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Sunday, May 6, 2012

P4S~ DAY 6 Pride

Dearest mamas,
Today, we will pray for our sons to the LORD to keep them from pride, to help them turn from wrongdoing and boastfulness.
Rest assured, your prayers are being heard! Pour out your heart to the LORD, in praise and in thanksgiving, and then keep your eyes and ears open for the answers he sends.

My heart is broken today as I write this. A family from our church is mourning the loss of their 19 year old son, who fell in the river while on a hike yesterday with friends. I can’t begin to imagine their heartache, but I know that God will be glorified, even through this tragedy. God, be with the Eddy family, bringing them comfort and peace in the days to come.

READ | If you haven’t already, read through “Men Set Apart” (pg. 20-21) and work through any (or all) of the Study Questions that enhance your time in this challenge!

PRAY | Work through the 10 prayers on Pride (pg. 23) using whatever method works best for you! (See DAY ONE for ideas)

COMMENT | Pride will always have a tendency to rear its ugly head in our sons and in our own hearts as parents.  For our discussion today, how do you balance being proud of your son and his accomplishments and talents without stepping into the realm of being prideful?

Day Six – Pride
Encouragement from Melissa Smallwood(creator of Multitasking Mama at
“Praying for my boys has changed as they have gotten older. Watching their personalities, talents and spiritual gifts emerge provides the opportunity to pray specifically for the men they are becoming. My mama heart used to pray, “God, help me be the kind of mom they need,” but as they have moved into the tween/teen years that prayer has changed. “God, help them become the men you created them to be” is what I utter now.
That man may not always be what I pictured in my mind, when they were toddling around and getting into everything. None of my three boys are anything alike and none of them are what I pictured they would be when they were still small enough to sit on my lap or welcome my kisses. And that is OK.
Proverbs 22:6 reminds us to “Train up a child in the way he should go [and in keeping with his individual gift or bent], and when he is old he will not depart from it” (Amplified Bible). Prayers for our sons must be individual to that child, and sensitive to the one of a kind man God has designed each of them to be. Whether my boys grow to be doctors, pastors, or drive a milk truck, as long as they are living their lives for God’s glory, my mama heart should be pleased and satisfied.
All three of them are uniquely and wonderfully created. Praying for God to shape their hearts, trusting the master Potter He is, has allowed me to relinquish control of the outcome and cherish my role in the process of learning who they will become.
As they grow, up and away – as is God’s plan – my heart’s cry to Him is that they will lead lives pleasing to their Creator {and that they will visit their mama frequently}.”
May__________not have a haughty spirit, for pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall (Proverbs 16:18).
May__________be lowly in spirit and obtain honor, for one’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor (Proverbs 29:23).
Lord, make__________turn from doing wrong and keep him from pride (Job 33:17).
Lord, please break__________‘s proud spirit (Leviticus 26:19).
May__________take advice and gain wisdom, for with insolence comes nothing but strife (Proverbs 13:10).
May__________not be a “Scoffer” the name of the arrogant, haughty man who acts with arrogant pride (Proverbs 21:24).
Lord, give us the pleasure of taking great pride in__________, being filled with comfort (2 Corinthians 7:4).
Let__________test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor (Galatians 6:4).
Let not the foot of arrogance come upon__________, nor the hand of the wicked drive him away (Psalm 36:11).
Let__________talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from his mouth; for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by Him actions are weighed (1 Samuel 2:3).

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