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Why I let my daughter into my prayer space

Madonna, Sculpture, Figure, Monument, ReligionIt wasn’t long ago that Father convicted me of wanting to shut my children out of my prayer time. It took a traveling priest from Ghana to teach me that. God certainly goes to great lengths to send his messengers, even if He has to pluck them from Africa and send them to the United States.

I’ve been working on ways to incorporate my children into my prayer life, to let them in and see the beauty of God in real-time. So many times we keep our prayer time to ourselves and isolate ourselves from friends and family who we know would love to join in. Yes, we definitely need to have a time set aside, a special time between us and God, but there are so many ways to bring people in.

Prayer is the building block of our faith, but we cannot labor alone to build our Holy temple.

I don’t push or insist they participate, but I ask. I ask gently as Jesus would. I invite, I extend a hand out. Would you like to join me guys? Would anyone like to pray the rosary with me?

Sometimes they all say no. Other times, I get a resounding, YES and I am flooded with three little ones around the precious beads of our rosaries. I let the Holy Spirit move in them, let them take their own journey, but I never leave them out, not anymore.

This morning I asked and I got one taker for the rosary. My daughter excitedly ran with me upstairs. But as we sat to pray the rosary she had a sad look on her face.

You don’t want to pray with me? I asked

I do! But can we pray in your prayer closet? She murmured quietly under her breath, as if afraid

It only took me a half a second to let her in. To let her into the private space I have lovingly shared alone with God for a year and a half. Before, I would have said no, but Father Peter’s words were ringing in my ears.

Don’t shut her out

So I invited her into my sacred space, dark and small and lit only by small candlelight. We prayed the rosary together and as she announced each mystery, I saw her excitement grow. Lord God, let us see your presence today! Show me you love me today! She shouted. And I know He will show up because she believes He will.

Praying with my children has opened up a new world for me and taught me a great lesson, our witness of faith starts at home. So many of us as mothers are off to prayer meetings, and bible studies  and other events to get our “God” time. Those things are needed and glorify God. But what God really wants in this season of our life is to imitate His mother. The one who said YES to her child, the one who gave up everything for Him, the one who stood by him and never left Him.

Happy feast day of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary!

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23 thoughts on “Why I let my daughter into my prayer space

  1. Wonderful post. Yes, very powerful to pray together and gorgeous about your prayer space bring shared. Today, I’ve started thanks to inspiration from another mum, openly saying 7 things we are grateful for because I noticed our 5 year old was not looking at what she had, rather she was started to become disheartened at what she didn’t have. After the session, she kept wanting to add more and more. It was infectious!

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    1. Yes! May our blessed mother watch over us and continue to make intercession in our lives and those of our children!

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  2. Awesome! You are so talented , present and setting the world on fire! You set such a great example for all mothers and make me strive to be more present with my kids. Happy feast day of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary! Gena

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  3. Mirjana of Medjugorje once shared that she used always pray the Joyful Mysteries with her children when they were little ones.

    On 15 Aug 2016 13:44, “God is in your typewriter” wrote:

    > Melissa Presser (formerly Esquire) posted: “It wasn’t long ago that Father > convicted me of wanting to shut my children out of my prayer time. It took > a traveling priest from Ghana to teach me that. God certainly goes to great > lengths to send his messengers, even if He has to pluck them from Africa ” >

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  4. One of my great joys was for my children to “catch” me at prayer. If they got up early and joined me in my den before I went to work – I would take it as providential that they join me (or rather – that we join together) in child-like talking to and with and about the One who made them for Himself in Christ. You are (parents are) the most profound portal to the spiritual journey your children will have. May they form fond memories and spiritual disciplines in prayer because of you.

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