Virtue: Servant's Heart

A person who waits on another.  Someone who is helpful, who assists or attends to needs, or is of service.  To have a servant's heart, in my opinion, is to...

...be mindful and aware of others.

To be alert and willing to be available if need be in some capacity.  To have a servant's heart is to have no earthly strings attached when some level of action is taken; freely giving without expectation.

This quote describes a servant's heart...

"Work for a cause, NOT for applause. Live life to express, NOT to impress. Don't strive to make your presence noticed, just make your absence felt." - Unknown

We are blessed with two very special people in our lives who truly have servant's hearts; my parents.  They are my kid's grandparents, and my husband's in-laws.  They just so happen to be staying with us in our home for a couple of weeks and the boys realized this virtue in their grandparents this morning during our discussion.

My mom wakes up each morning and makes everyone breakfast.  She's doing the grocery shopping, organizing spaces of clutter, doing laundry, and last night she made dinner for all of us -- set the table, and cleaned up!  She does this all with a smile on her face and joy in her heart.  Additionally, she's been working with Zach on his country report for school...

...just because she wants to be of service.

My dad, he's handy and will embrace any project we put on his plate.  He's helpful to not only us, but I see him offer his gifts and talents to my mom's sisters, my friends, my siblings.  Anyone who needs a handy-man or who has a "honey-do-list" he will tackle it and...

...whistle while he works.

I love my parents.  They continue to set a very good example of this virtue for me and my children.  What a blessing.

"Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people" Ephesians 6:7

I pray, "God please help my children develop servant's hearts, that they may serve wholeheartedly, as if they were serving the Lord, not men.  And Father, give me strength to grow in this virtue and to keep my eyes focused on You, may You be my audience of One."

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You've just read day 24 of  the series: 31 Biblical Virtues to Pray for Your Children.  Whether your children are young or old, whether you’re expecting or hope to be expecting, whether the children in your life are biologically yours, adopted, step, or they are just precious to you — you can join in and pray for them!!

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Virtue: Faithfulness

This hymn quickly entered my mind when I read today's virtue...

...G R E A T  is Thy faithfulness

"Great is Thy faithfulness!" "Great is Thy faithfulness!"
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
"Great is Thy faithfulness," Lord, unto me!

At breakfast I had the opportunity to talk about faithfulness with my youngest nugget and one of my nephews, my sister and I swapped kids this weekend.

Our conversation was fun.  What impressed me most is that my son was proud to have this discussion, and shared openly with his cousin what we are up to, our daily routine.  He picked up the poster and read today's prayer -- then my nephew looked up the scripture verse in the Bible.

Over waffles, sticky syrup, milk, and strawberries the boys threw out their thoughts about what faithfulness means to them and we unpacked the word...

devotion. loyalty. dependability. truth. fidelity. trustworthy. adherence.

...true to one's word, promises, vows.

"Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart." Proverbs 3:3

To learn more about faithfulness, to develop more of this virtue in our own lives we must continue to seek first the Kingdom of God getting to know and understand His character as this is another fruit of the Spirit.  As we grow to understand Him more, as we draw near to Him, this fruit will manifest in our lives.

For me faithfulness means to obey God, to choose right, be honest, loyal, dependable, and to trust God - even when the circumstances say otherwise.  I desire faithfulness.

I pray, "Let love and faithfulness never leave me or my children, but bind these twin virtues around our necks and write them on the tablet of our hearts."

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You've just read day 11 of  the series: 31 Biblical Virtues to Pray for Your Children.  Whether your children are young or old, whether you’re expecting or hope to be expecting, whether the children in your life are biologically yours, adopted, step, or they are just precious to you — you can join in and pray for them!!

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Virtue: Justice

"So, boys, today's virtue is justice, are you ready to talk about it?" I asked this question when I picked them up from school.  My youngest responded in a not. so. energetic. voice, "Sure mom, I guess."  Alright, I was excited, let's talk!  "What does justice mean to you?" I asked...

...S I L E N C E. deer in head lights look on their faces.

"Um mom, I don't think we really know, could you help us out a little bit here?" One blurted out.  So, I shared...

justice = truth. lawfulness. fairness. authority. correction. integrity. honesty. right. impartiality.

The Message version of the two verses shared for this virtue were helpful for me as I explained to my boys:

"God's business is putting things right; He loves getting the lines straight, setting us straight. Once we're standing tall, we can look him straight in the eye."  Psalm 11:7

God is a God of justice and righteousness.  In His perfect time, He will be sure to straighten all things out.  His desire is for all to be treated fairly.

"But he's already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women.  It's quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, and don't take yourself too seriously— take God seriously."  Micah 6:8

We've got the. best. life. manual...Thy Word.  God shows us how to live, how to love, how to act justly.  If we ever have a question about "justice" we can go to the Word to discover the answer.

There is SO much injustice happening around the world and even in our "own-back-yards" in our communities.  It saddens me, breaks my heart -- I can not even imagine how our Creator must feel as He loves each and every one of His children.  We were all created very good, in His image, with a specific plan and purpose.

I pray, "God, help me and my children to love justice as You do and act justly in all we do. Amen"

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You've just read day 7 of  the series: 31 Biblical Virtues to Pray for Your Children.  Whether your children are young or old, whether you’re expecting or hope to be expecting, whether the children in your life are biologically yours, adopted, step, or they are just precious to you — you can join in and pray for them!!

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Will YOU journey with me and watch how God shows up as we seek Him and believe in Him for our children?

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Virtue: Honesty & Integrity

I got 5 minutes of their time today, after they rolled their eyes...

...so grateful.

We looked up the definitions...

hon·es·ty [on-uh-stee] -- noun  1. the quality or fact of being honest; uprightness and fairness.  2. truthfulness, sincerity, or frankness.  3. freedom from deceit or fraud.

in·teg·ri·ty [in-teg-ri-tee] --noun  1. adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.  2.  the state of being whole, entire, or undiminished  3.  sound, unimpaired, or perfect condition.

We discussed what these words meant...the conversation went from:

"But mom, let's say, IF...IF I were to kill someone, not that I would, of course.  BUT, IF I did.  I wouldn't want to tell anyone about it cuz then I might got to prison."

-- to --

"It means, don't lie."

-- to --

"Tell someone the truth, be honest with them, tell them they are fat, even if it hurts their feelings?  It would be, being honest."

WOW!  We covered a lot of ground in those 5 short minutes, it was a great discussion.

The primary thing I wanted them to hear was; no matter what situation you're faced with in life, the best answer will always be to adhere to the Truth and to your moral principles -- do what's right even when what's wrong might seem like the easier path to take.

The prayer today is simple yet powerful, "Father, may integrity and honesty be their virtue and their protection. Amen"

I continue praying, "...may they seek righteousness, moral excellence, and goodness.  May their life and actions reflect kindness, purity, love, goodness.  May they find safety, shelter, and strength as they walk in honesty and live a life of integrity."

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You've just read day 4 of  the series: 31 Biblical Virtues to Pray for Your Children.  Whether your children are young or old, whether you’re expecting or hope to be expecting, whether the children in your life are biologically yours, adopted, step, or they are just precious to you — you can join in and pray for them!!

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IF so, simply fill out the form below with the date you want to start!  You will receive a FREE printable version of the graphic/poster + an email from me everyday for 31 Days to encourage you along the way with my daily virtue reflection.

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Lets Pray for Our Kids

A couple of years ago, a friend of mine presented me with a 2-sided, off-centered, black and white copy of a copy 8.5 x 11 piece of paper.  The top of one side read, 31 Biblical Virtues to pray for your kids.

Her and I talk frequently about parenting, how to be better moms, how to deal/cope/handle the different personalities of our precious-little-nuggets -- SO, of course the piece of paper looked to be something worth taking action on...praying specific Biblical virtues for our children.

Admittedly, I folded the piece of paper in half, tucked it into my Bible and didn't look at it again...

...UNTIL a week ago.

You see, my same sweet friend that gave me that piece of paper, last week shared with me that she had dusted off her piece of paper and stated to talk with her 3 kids {ages 3-7}, every morning at breakfast, about these virtues.

She told me that some of the virtues they don't really understand, but others they do -- she also shared that she's seeing fruit as a result of their daily discussions as they are interacting with others they come in contact with.

This encouraged me and fueled me to do something too!

Here’s what I did. I unpacked a “virtue” a day and discussed the daily virtue with my two little nuggets. I wrote about the life changing journey and share my reflection here, with you via email for 31 Days!

Do you want to JOIN me?

There is...P O W E R...in prayer.

Let's pray these Biblical virtues, these scriptures, into the lives of our nuggets.  If it's appropriate and doable, lets create awareness in our children's lives by talking with them openly about these virtues.

I had my amazingly talented graphic designer Sue create this picture for us to make it easy to follow along...

Whether your children are young or old, whether you're expecting or hope to be expecting, whether the children in your life are biologically yours, adopted, step, or they are just precious to you -- you can join in and pray for them!!

Are YOU IN?

Will YOU journey with me and watch how God shows up as we seek Him and believe in Him for our children?

IF so, simply fill out the form below with the date you want to start!  You will receive a FREE printable version of the graphic/poster + an email from me everyday for 31 Days to encourage you along the way with my daily virtue reflection.

"Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children." - Chuck Swindoll

* These 31 virtues were written by Bob Hostetler and published by NavPress to learn more about the author go to his website, follow him on twitter, or connect with him on facebook.  They also offer prayer cards to purchase, you can find them here.