Prayers for Girls {or what to do when God hits you with a two by four}

Y’all, I suppose by now you’re well aware I announced an exciting new project a few days ago. It’s been crazy! Scott and I were headed to the Auburn-Ole Miss game {I really just can’t talk about that right now} and we were amazed as literally hundreds of people were connecting with a community on Facebook and signing up to receive monthly Scripture-based calendars.

#PrayersForGirls ...

Here’s the thing: If ever anyone was not qualified to lead a prayer-based ministry it is me. Prayer is overwhelming to me. I’m a Word girl … give me a good study Bible and a notebook and I’m a happy camper. But prayer, well, it’s always been a struggle for me. I’m easily distracted and if I don’t make myself write out my prayers I lose track of what I’m doing.

When my daughter was born, I was totally overwhelmed with the weight of responsibility. I looked down at her and knew I wasn’t enough. I knew I needed wisdom far beyond my experience and knowledge. So, right there in that post-partum room at Helen Keller Hospital, I prayed James 1:5

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given to him.

All I knew was I needed wisdom and God’s Word said if I’d ask, He’d give it to me. So, I asked. And I’ve been asking every day since. Because parenting is not for sissies, y’all. It’s hard and exhausting and there are days, seriously, when I just want to give up.

But I keep leaning into the Word and keep reminding myself I don’t have to be enough … because HE is enough. I’m not going to be a perfect mom … but HE is the perfect Father. My job is to point her {and myself!} toward Him.

Last year I spent a month sharing some of the verses I’ve prayed for Casiday. It was a sweet time of prayer and connection with women who were also praying the Word for their girls. Since then, I get asked periodically if I’m still sharing my prayers based on the Word. And, I’d always give the same answer, “I’m sorry but I’m not.”

Until now … because apparently I’m the girl who the Lord has to hit with a two-by-four before she grasps what is right in front of her … so a couple of months ago, it became increasingly obvious that God was working in those prayers I wrote last October.  A long time ago I went through the Experiencing God study by Henry Blackaby.  One of the main principles in his book is “See where God is at work and join Him there.”

God is clearly at work in the hearts of moms who wanted to pray His Word over the lives of their girls. And so, with great fear and a keep awareness of my inadequacy, I whispered, “Yes, Lord.” And Prayers for Girls was born. ... a new community for moms who want to pray Scripture for their girls with boldness and confidence

Y’all, I have no idea what the path will bring. I just know this … God is calling a generation of moms {and grandmothers and aunts and teachers and friends} to pray with boldness using His Word as the centerpiece of their prayers. And He has so generously opened the door for me to share what He has done and continues to do in my heart as I pray His Word for my girl.

So, today, I’m flinging open the doors of this new little community and inviting you to join me there. Every month I’ll be sending out a prayer calendar for you to use as the starting point for your Scripture-based prayers over the girls in your life. I’ll also be creating and curating other resources for you to use as you invest in this beautiful and life-bringing work of prayer. When we pray, God moves. It’s that simple.

Just fill out the form below and, once you confirm your subscription, you’ll have immediate access to a sample prayer calendar and an exclusive Prayers for Girls resource, 3 Reasons to Pray Scripture for Your Girl. The first brand new calendar with prayers based on verses from the Gospel of Luke will be sent out later this month for you to use in December. And in January, we’ll be using Proverbs as the basis for our prayers.

Yes! I want to be a part of the Prayers for Girls community.

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Teri Lynne

P.S. I’m sharing more about the Prayers for Girls story today at two of my favorite places:  Mothers of Daughters and The Masterpiece Mom.  I’d love it if you popped by either or both of those spaces and said hello! 🙂


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