I won this book! It was seriously the first time I had won anything. Thank you to my writing friend Becky Doughty for hosting the giveaway!
So, I read it and now I can give it away to you!
Mark Batterson wrote the New York Times Bestselling book The Circle Maker. In this book he uses those principals to teach us how to pray for our children.
“You’ll never be a perfect parent, but you can be a praying parent.”
Batterson’s books come from the true legend of Honi a circle maker of the Jewish Talmud who believed that God always hears.
- circle Bible promises and pray them around your children
- prayer is a way we fight our battles
- irrational fears only submit to prayer
- make prayer lists, a written record: do this in a graphic way, lunch box notes, a book of prayers
- focus on life themes where passions and God given abilities overlap
- pray with your child not just for your children
There is something mysterious about prayer.
The amazing thing is that we are part of something so much bigger. Your prayers circle, strengthen, surround and guide your family.
This book really reminded me of how important prayer is… something I tend to forget in the busy stretches. I would love to do a special prayer week at About Proximity in the future. If you have anything you would like to share about prayer send me a note! I’d love to have you for a guest post! This would be one of mine:
My first summer as a camp counselor, my first week with campers, my assigned prayer partner was a guy named Kris Van Engen. (Who I would later marry.) He asked me to pray for his brother Kirk, sister-in-law Maria, and nephew Michael who were expecting a baby in a few weeks. I prayed for the baby’s safe arrival. I prayed for Nikole after her safe arrival.
The next summer, Kris was called away from camp when his brother Kirk was killed in a vehicle accident. I prayed for Nikole and Michael who had lost their Dad and for Maria.
Of course, when I married Kris, they became my family. Sometimes I feel sad that I never met Kris’s big brother. Sometimes I wish I could have been there for his family during such a painful time. Then, I remember. In a way, I was there through those prayers. I had the blessing of knowing them and loving them through prayer before I ever knew them personally.
We don’t exactly know what God is doing when we pray. We might not ever have the complete answers. But, we can trust he hears our voice, and loves each expression of our faith. He uses each word given to him for something greater than we can imagine.
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