Got this card in the mail couple of days ago, It was from someone who I did not know was praying for me as I go off to lead a prayer retreat this weekend. Was super touched to receive it; and by what she wrote, and what she glued on the inside of the front cover. Just last week I was thinking about some of my first prayers and the "Now I lay me down to sleep" one was all I prayed until I was 28! Was so blessed to see this reminder in this card!
Beginning around 4 years old, my bedtime ritual included first checking for monsters under my bed. Once I knew things were "all clear" under my bed, I would pray the "Now I lay me down to sleep" prayer along with some other things like asking for blessings on my family and asking for nothing traumatic to happen to me. Its interesting at how such a young age the list of anxieties were always included in my prayers. But not so much I guess, considering no matter our age, we need to be stilled within. God is faithful to do so. No monsters every got me ;). No monsters ever will because I am covered and hidden within the indestructible life of MY Savior.
If you have the influence, teach a child to pray a simple prayer for their soul to be protected by Jesus. Teach yourself too. I'm super thankful for the fact that although we never went to church, my mom found it important to teach me this prayer. It did plant a seed for a deep spiritual truth to work in my heart at a very young age! I prayed it every night.
May you offer up a childlike prayer if anxieties overwhelm. We are never to old to be held by Him, never too old not to call him daddy, never too old to say "Father, please help me."
Psalm 116:1-2- I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.
Encourage someone today that you are praying for them! Encourage yourself by spending some time alone with God. More next week! Blessings!
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Hi my name is Gina; and I'm the founder of the ministry. My 25 year journey with God has been centered on immersing myself in the safe relationship God offers, learning about the power of surrender, and praying for His life in greater measure!