life verses

I haven't written much about my faith in quite some time. There are many reasons for this, but I guess the main reason is because I went through a kind of spiritual low recently. After Liam was born and I was dealing with depression and bitterness and all kinds of ugly stuff I kind of drifted a little bit from God. I started wondering what the point was and why I even bothered with it all. I also felt hurt by the church which caused me to stray even further.  

I've slowly been trying to get back to where I was in my walk with God but it's taken time. So I've been quiet on the blog about my faith...not because I stopped believing, but just because I was tired...and a bit lost. But God is good, He always has been and always will be. And I want to teach my children that they can always rely on Him. I want to read them Bible stories and teach them God's grace. I want to pray over them so that God may protect and direct them.  

And so I thought I would start by choosing a "life verse" for each of my kiddies. I know the idea of a life verse can seem corny but I wanted to look to Scripture to help me pray for them. I want to be consistent in my prayer and what better way to be consistent than to choose a specific verse to guide them throughout their life.  

When I think about Liam I think about how headstrong he is. He's just so smart and willful and he knows exactly what he wants. Sure this can be an annoying quality to have to deal with in a toddler but I think he can be a great leader and a great man of God some day...if we mold him correctly. I read Luke 2:40, which is about Jesus but could easily be applied to my boy, "And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him." I know Liam is smart, but I want him to be wise. I want him to make good choices and seek God in everything he does. And I want God's favor to be on him always. I want Liam to grow into a man of God...a man who is wise, strong, hard-working, loving... So I will pray this verse for him all the days of his life. 

Isabel is still just a baby but seeing as she is a little lady, and I know a thing or two about what girls go through as they are growing up, I read a verse that I thought would be just perfect for her. Romans 15:13 says, "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope." There have been so many times in my own life that I have felt hopeless...I want Isabel to know that she always has hope in the Lord and she need not be filled with sorrow or anxiety...she has God to give her joy and peace and everlasting hope. I also want her to know that it's the Holy Spirit that empowers her, she doesn't need to rely on her own strength but on God's.  

Do you have life verses for your children? How do you pray for them?