Discover how to entrust your children's past, present, and future to God, who loves them best! Wrestling with 31 issues that drive moms to their knees, a month's worth of meditations, Scripture verses, prayers, and discussion starters will help you equip your kids to live a deep, rich, and holy life.
Because God Loves Them Even More Than You Do
Its our instinct as parents to shield our children from harm. But our true responsibility is to raise children equipped to live well for God even in the midst of struggle. Upside-Down Prayers for Parents encourages us to pray for our children in ways we may never have before:
• I pray youll get caught doing things wrongand experience the power of confession.
• I pray your prayers will go unansweredand youll find a deeper trust in Him.
• I pray youll fail in things that dont matterand learn what matters to God.
• I pray youll encounter battlesand discover that God is your greatest ally.
By turning our prayers "upside down," we not only learn to release our children to the care of God alone, we also uncover how our own desires need to be submitted to Gods will.
Each entry in this thirty-one-day devotional includes a short reflection, a Scripture verse, and ideas to jump-start conversations between you and your child or teenager. Together youll discover a deeper trust in God that will help you make it through the upside-down times with a right-side-up perspective.
Lisa T. Bergren is the author of more than forty books, with nearly two million copies sold. Her work includes childrens books, historical and contemporary fiction, womens nonfiction, and gift books. A freelance writer and editor, Lisa lives in Colorado. She and her husband, Tim, are the parents of three children.
Praise for Upside-Down Prayers for Parents
"Reading Lisas book was a flashback to my own mothering years because my husband and I often carried similar petitions to our Father in heaven. We prayed our children would get caught in every lie every time. We asked God to allow them small fender-bender accidents as teens to temper their indestructible, immortal view of their lives. And when they experienced inevitable rejection, loneliness, and discouragement, we attempted to teach them that God wanted to use those hard experiences for their good. And they heard us speak these prayers, so when the answers came they knew Who was in control. Upside-Down Prayers for Parents will dispel the happily-ever-after deception that pervades our culture and will replace it with a solid bedrock view of God whose goal is our holiness, not our happinessa foundational truth for everyday parenting. I plan to give Lisas book to all my married children."
Barbara Rainey, cofounder of FamilyLife Today and coauthor of Growing a Spiritually Strong Family
"Lisa Bergren offers wise counsel, clear direction, and brilliant insights into how to pray in a way that shapes your childs character. Every mom needs this book! It will become a resource you will refer to often during your childs formative years and beyond."
Robin Jones Gunn, author of the Christy Miller series and Praying for Your Future Husband
"Lisa T. Bergren has crafted the perfect practical guide to enable parents to express the desires of their hearts, wrap them tightly in relevant Scripture, and send them soaring heavenward. The impact on their childrenand quiet confidence theyll experience themselveswill reap sweet spiritual rewards for generations to come. If youve ever longed to trust God and entrust your kids to Him, this book is for you!"
Karen Ehman, Proverbs 31 Ministries director of speakers and author of six books, including LET. IT. GO.: How to Stop Running the Show and Start Walking in Faith
"Lisas upside-down prayers require a whole new level of faith and trust in Jesus. Reading this book and praying these prayers made me realize how tightly I was holding on to my childrenand how much I needed to release them to God. These are exactly the prayers Ive always wanted to pray for my children but could never find the words myself!"
Erin Mohring, author of HomeWithTheBoys.net
"I love this book! These prayers confirm what Ive learned in my twenty-three years as a mom: that sometimes its the hard moments that bring about the heart-transformation in our kids. These are prayers to wrestle throughand find God in the midst of them. Highly recommended!"
Tricia Goyer, author of Blue Like Play Dough: The Shape of Motherhood in the Grip of God
"This is the perfect book for parents who want Gods best for their children even when its the difficult, more costly choice. Dive into this book and surrender your kids to Him. This book isnt a must read; its a must do!"
Nicole ODell, author of the Hot Buttons series for parents
"Lisa T. Bergren describes this book as not a sweet and gentle devotional. Shes right. The prayers she asks us to offer on behalf of our kids are scary, raw, and honest. They demand our bravery. Thats how I know theyre good. And thats why Ill be praying these prayers along with her."
Micha Boyett, author of Mama:Monk blog
"After reading these words and praying these prayers for thirty-one days, your heart cant help but be turned inside out. This book showed me the prayers Ive always wanted to pray for my kids but just didnt know it. Health and favor merely scratch the surface of what I want for my kids; reliance on God, warrior faith, and deep assurance of Gods love is what I really desire. Lisa T. Bergren leads us into examining our hearts so we can position our lives and prayers on the true blessing, redemption, power, and plans God has for our lives and the lives of our children."
Amanda White, founder of ohAmanda.com and author of Truth in the Tinsel: An Advent Experience for Little Hands