As a new year begins it brings a fresh start to our lives. A chance to start over, make changes and it gives us an opportunity to grow.
A new year can also bring many challenges as a mom, which is why I created a list of things to pray for in a new year of motherhood!
Pray for Patience
What mother doesn’t need a good dose of patience?!
When your day has been filled with nothing but tears, tantrums and screams. When you’re behind on laundry + cleaning, dinner is burnt and all you want to do is lock yourself in a closet with a large glass of wine and watch Netflix on your Ipad. Ask God to grant you the patience in the moments where you feel like you’re losing your mind!
Ask God for patience with your children as they learn and develop this year. Each year brings new opportunity of growth in each of us, but especially in our children. They grow so fast and are constantly learning new things. Pray for your child’s growth, and for patience in yourself as you help them develop into their little selves this year.
This is a big one! In motherhood we are constantly being criticized, we are told what to do and what not to do and we are judged for anything we do. I am a firm believer in “MAMA KNOWS BEST!” As this year continues, ask God for patience as you’re constantly learning about yourself and how to do this amazing job called motherhood!
” Being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience.” Colossians 1:11
Pray for Trust
As the new year approaches it may bring uncertainty with it as well. Praying for trust will help to give you a peace about many circumstances that you may face this year.
Trust that God created you with the role of being a mother in mind. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” Jeremiah 1:5. On the particularly challenging days sometimes we may ask ourselves why? Why did we choose to have kids? Why did we choose to have them when we did? I know I’m not the only one who asks these things!!! We can be comforted in those very moments that God knew we were to become mothers one day! I can hardly plan my weeks and our creator knew before we were even in our mothers womb that we were to one day have children of our own… how amazing is that?!
Not only was it in his plans for us to become mothers, but he also hand-picked each of our children and trusted us with them as their earthly parents, what an incredible responsibility! I always share with my husband how amazing it is that out of my thousands of eggs and his millions of swimmers we were blessed with our little Adelynn! I mean think about it… there is only one of your child in this whole world! What an amazing blessing!
As God made each of us uniquely with our own personalities, characteristics, quarks and sense of humors trust that he knew what he was doing when he gave you your specific child(ren). On the days where we are challenged and feel like we can’t take it anymore, know that our God would never give us more than we can handle in this life. Trust that God will give you all that you need in this year of parenting.
” Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this:” Psalm 37:5
“But I trust in your unfailing love;my heart rejoices in your salvation.” Psalm 13:5
Pray for Guidance
Guide us in the decisions we make for our families. Big and small
This year may bring many changes in your life and you may find yourself making difficult decisions that can effect your whole family. Ask God as he opens and closes doors for you that he with grant you the wisdom to make these decisions for your family and invite him to be present through the process.
It is just as important to have God guide us in the small decisions that we make through out our weeks. From the way we react to tantrums to the way we react to the car who cuts in front of you on your way to work. Whether its dealing with problems with your kids at school or troubles at home, ask God to guide you as a mother through these situations.
Ask for guidance this year as you teach your kids more about God and how you can help them discover his eternal love for each of us. Ask him to show you what you can do to be an example to your family as to what a Christ like character looks like.
Lastly, ask God to guide you in your own faith this year so that you may have a stronger relationship than any year before.
” But I am trusting you, O LORD, saying ” You are my God! My future is in your hands.” Psalm 31:14-15
” A persons steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand their own way?” Proverbs 20:24
” For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.” Psalm 48:14
Pray for Acceptance
There is no such thing as a perfect mother.
In our world today I feel like there is the constant pressure to be perfect or at least appear perfect. Whether it’s through social media, our looks, our home, our family. Everything.
I find this pressure the world puts on us as individuals has a way of overcoming me some days and I begin to compare myself to other moms. ” How is she so put together all the time? How does she look so good? Why does she make this mom job look so easy? How is her house always so clean? Why can’t I be more like her?” … I can’t be the only one who does this!
Which is CRAZY! Moms, we have to stop comparing ourselves!
Ask God for acceptance, help us realize that there is no such thing as a perfect mom out there. All we can do is try our best and rely on God for help. When we feel down on ourselves, when we could have dealt with that last tantrum in a more calm matter or we could have been more understanding of our child(rens) feelings. Ask him to help you see clearly in these moments and to accept that all we can do is try our best.
A Mothers New Years Prayer:
Thank you God for blessing me with the amazing gift of being a mother.Thank you for the amazing child(ren) that you have given me to watch over and for creating them so uniquely. Thank you for giving us a new year and a fresh start! I pray as this year continues you help guide me in making the decisions I need to make for my children and to trust in you always. Grant me patience when I need it most and acceptance in times of weakness. Help me to be an example to my family and show them what it means to live your life for Christ. Thank you for all your many blessings!