Sunday, August 2, 2015

A Foundation of Faith, Paved with Prayer

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

I’ve come to realize that the seeds of faith begin their journey to the light, in the dark.

Raising kids is an amazing privilege. It’s also journey filled with unimaginable highs and devastating lows. I wouldn’t trade my experiences with anyone, but I don’t know how I’d have made it this far without a foundation of faith, paved with prayer.

I didn’t come into this parenting journey equipped with a strong prayer life. For those who’ve known me for years, the idea of me writing a book of prayers seems odd. I was the one who shifted uncomfortably in my chair when the topic of prayer came up, and the one who did everything possible to avoid praying in public.

Somewhere along my life’s path, I’d come to the conclusion that only spiritual people could pray prayers worth hearing. Those would be prayers worth hearing in regard to other people and especially in regard to God.

Then I became a mom . . . of three active boys. As their imaginations grew with ways to get into mischief, so did my fear for their safety and well-being. (Oh, the stories I could tell!)

I did my best to keep them safe and keep my worry in check. But I learned early on that MY best fell way short of what was needed. So I began to pray. I wasn’t comfortable with my words, though. When I prayed it felt inadequate. So I searched for books on prayer and books of prayers. I found the books on prayer, but couldn’t find what I was looking for when it came to books of prayers.

All I wanted was a starting point—a way to release the flood of words stuck in the depths of my worried heart. I couldn’t find anything out there. So out of desperation and as a last resort, I began to write my own prayers.

I learned to take my overwhelming fear to the only One who could protect him. And I left my sons in God’s hands. The prayers weren’t pretty. Often times they weren’t even words. They truly were the groanings we read about it Romans 8:26-27.

I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was like a seed, planted deep in the ground. I was surrounded by darkness, by rough, rocky soil, pressing in on all sides threatening to crush the life from me. But through that incredible pressure, the shell of my own strength fell away, and I slowly began to push toward the light that I knew lay just beyond the darkness.

And my course of last resort became my strength, It became the first place I turned. Instead of praying in desperation, I began to pray in confidence. When the fears threatened to overwhelm me, I learned to lean into God, instead of turning in on myself.

And today I’m excited to announce that God is taking those prayers and turning them into a book. I’ve just signed a contract with Worthy Inspired for my second book of prayers, this one for parents. 

While My Child is Away

As parents, we love our children and want to protect them. Unfortunately, we can’t always be there physically when they need us. But God can, and so can our prayers. Our prayers can surround our kids, no matter where they are. So get ready to hit your knees and go deep as we let God’s power and peace fuel our prayers

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8 comments:

  1. Amen, My son is 13. He was doing a lock in at the church. The kids sleep overnight at the church (with adult supervision) I could not believe how anxious I was at the thought of that. I am not an anxious person who worries. It truly took me off guard. I had to pray hard. Imagine when he leaves the nest permanently? Circumstances caused him to sleep at home. What a relief to me. I pray that next time I will be less anxious and more trusting that God has him in the palm of His hand. Praying for you and yours.

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    1. Cherrilynn, I think as parents we all have moments like that! Thank you for sharing your heart, Blessings, E

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  2. Edie, cannot wait to get this newest book! As the mother of four grown sons, I wish I had had it a LONG time ago. Believe me when I tell you I could have used it. I think all mothers have stories to tell. Thanks for sharing this with us, and I thank God for the gift He has given you.

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    1. Debra, thank you for the encouragement! Blessings, E

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  3. This is going to be a bestseller, Edie, because all parents and grandparents need this help.
    Boy, do I have some amazing answers to prayer we've seen with our son Tim and now our grandson Samuel. Prayer is truly our number one calling--Jesus' said we would be His house of prayer.
    Hugs, Elva Cobb Martin, Pres., ACFW-SC Chapter. www.elvamartin.com

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    1. Elva, great wisdom, thank you! Blessings E

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  4. Nothing in life has kept me more prayerful than motherhood! A second close would be home-schooling. Looking forward to your new book; congratulations!

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    1. Amanda, AMEN - to the motherhood and home-schooling! Thanks so much for stopping by, Blessings, E

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