Last night before Anika went to bed, she suddenly cried. Natatakot daw siya sa music teacher niya because she and her group mates have to sing a song sung by a Filipino tomorrow. Grabe iyak nung bata kaya nabother ako. I asked her why is she so scared of her teacher. Pinagalitan daw siya last time because she was the leader and wala daw ata silang napresent. I asked her if her teacher shouted at her. Hindi naman daw. Sabi ko paano ka pinagalitan. She didn’t want to discuss. Basta pinagalitan daw siya. Pinahiya ba siya? Hindi naman daw. Strict lang daw yung teacher. Nagrelax ako a bit. I guess normal music subject performance jitters lang ito. She calmed down a bit when Alvin went home and they looked for a song that they can sing. Torete or Buwan, mukhang alam daw ng mga classmates niya. So I printed the lyrics for her so she can give to her group mates so they can practice it today. Nakatulog na siya after nun.
This morning, when she was making paalam because her bus was already here, she started crying again. She’s scared daw for their music class tomorrow. Na-bother na naman ako ulit. Iniisip ko what’s happening kaya in her class that’s making her very anxious? Siya lang ba or pati classmates niya ganun? I told Alvin this morning that I’m bothered. Alvin said hayaan lang muna. Let her fight her battles. She needs to face that and overcome that herself. Tama naman siya. As a mom lang kasi, I can’t help to worry about her. But hovering over her and solving her problems for her won’t help her. I know that. Ang hirap lang maging magulang ano? There are times like these na titiisin mo talaga wag nang makialam otherwise, hindi siya matututo. There are a lot more problems out there that she will face as she grows. Training ground nila yang school so I will not meddle.
Coincidentally, one of my CSA friends shared this prayer for our children in her Facebook wall. I feel that it’s very appropriate. I feel that it’s a good idea to pray over our kids every day. It’s from Debbie McDaniel and it can be found over at www. ibelieve.com.
I want to share the prayer with you, my fellow parents. Para mabawasan ang pagka-agitated natin sa mga bata. Praying does help talaga.
Another day is ahead, and once again, I want to release my children who I love so incredibly much, straight into your tender care. Because I know that’s the best place they could ever be. Thank you in advance for all that you have in store, for this day, for this season, and for their entire lives.
I ask for your wisdom and direction over their day, that you would give them understanding beyond what their years say they should even know. I ask that you would remind my kids again of how very much you love them. I pray that they find security and confidence fully in you, knowing that you are trustworthy and true.
I ask for your peace to cover them. I ask for laughter and joy to fill their day. I pray that you would give them boldness and courage to face the challenges set before them, with the confidence and calmness that can only come from your Holy Spirit.
I ask that you would teach them your ways, help them to be respectful to others, obedient to your paths, and have a desire to learn your word. Give them a compassionate spirit, and a willingness to look beyond the outward appearance of another to the deeper heart.
I pray that you would bring wrong to the light, that you would bring restoration and forgiveness when they mess up and lose their way. I ask for you to protect them from feelings of shame or condemnation, but instead, cover them with your grace and hope. I pray that you would surround them with friends and leaders who would challenge them to press closer to you.
Please keep them safe today. I ask that you would protect them from any harm or evil intent that would lurk close by, or attack them while they’re unaware. I ask for you to cover them in your care and hide them in the safety of your powerful presence. I pray for you to protect their coming and going, and to remind them that you’re always with them. Give them alertness, spiritual discernment, and wisdom to avoid temptation and to make the best choices. Give them a heart for your word and for your ways.
I pray that you would direct their steps, that your plans for them would prosper, and that every place you have determined for them to walk would be paved clear. We ask for you to open doors that need to be opened and close every one that needs to be shut tight. Allow every gift and treasure you have placed inside their lives to grow, develop, and flourish, to bring you glory.
I ask that you would raise up greatness in my children, greatness in this generation, willing to stand strong and true, passionate for you, believing that you have designed them for purpose and good works, which you have planned and prepared in advance for them to do.
Be a lamp for their feet. Be a light to their path. Shine over them. Fill them with your Spirit. Bless them with your favor and peace.
I thank you God, that you walk ahead of them, beside them, and behind them too. So I can trust you to always lead the way, be constantly at their side, and to have their back too, all at the same time.
Thank you so much for allowing me the privilege to care for my children, and I praise you for the work you are continuing to do in their lives. They are a gift to me and to many others.
I love you Lord. I need you. And I trust you today with these precious ones I love so dearly.
In Jesus’ Name,