This Sunday, September 20th begins the International Week of Prayer and Fasting. It is our opportunity to do battle with the evil and darkness of this world. Throughout this week, I am going to post suggested family activities for this important week. I apologize in advance for this lackluster post, though, I am still without a laptop and attempting to do this via my Kindle, but God is good.
I struggle often with how much to tell my children about the true character of the world. I do not want them to grow up thinking everything is rose colored and everyone is a saint; however, I can remember being exposed to more than I was emotionally ready to handle and still struggle with those little losses of innocent. They know that there are Christians being mistreated and killed that need prayer, but the graphic and heinous nature of the actual news reports is more than even I can truly comprehend and process.
I choose to expose the children to the world and its flaws through the lives of saints. There are so many of our holy friends who have suffered greatly. However, when presented through a story of a greatly devoted lover of God, seeing what this cold, broken human race is capable of is uplifting instead of degrading. Even still, it amazes me often the saint tales my children can listen to and not be frightened. I suppose that is the blessing of a child like faith. They implicitly trust that God works all things for good and His good and faithful servants are resting happily in Heaven. Despite all that their saintly heroes have endured, my children long to be saints. I pray that is always true.
Please read, pray over, and share the request below and come back tomorrow for my first post on preparing to do battle as a family of Prayer warriors. Thank you.
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