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  • - Parents, grandparentsand caregivers,
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  • your prayers matter.
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  • Today, we're learning how totake a hold of God's promises,
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  • and declare victory,blessing and wholeness
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  • over our children,in Jesus's name.
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  • (upbeat music)
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  • - I recall my parents, mymother really telling me,
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  • that they prayed foreach one of us in utero
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  • and told the Lord, "If they'renot going to serve you,
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  • take them now."
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  • - Good Lord.
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  • - Wow!
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  • - I remember hertelling me that.
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  • And she just said, "We'dbeen praying for y'all
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  • from before you were born".
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  • - That's powerful.
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  • - But we wanted so badly tomake sure you'd be with him.
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  • That if he knew you weren'tgoing to choose him,
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  • we'd rather not have them,than know they're with you.
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  • Of course, you know, that'sa big prayer to pray.
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  • (laughing)
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  • But whenever they would talkabout praying for us and
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  • taking us to the Lord, youknow, she would always tell us,
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  • "You're not ours, youbelong to the Lord".
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  • My experience withpraying for my kids
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  • a lot of it's beenwith them because
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  • we're together all the time.- Right.
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  • But I'll never forgetmy own shock that God
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  • actually listened to my prayers.
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  • I told my oldestdaughter one time,
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  • I said, "Listen, I havea relationship with God,
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  • and if you're doing something
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  • you're not supposed to bedoing, I need you to know
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  • He and I are in cahoots".
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  • (laughing)
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  • And that I toldhim to let me know,
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  • if you're doing somethingyou shouldn't do.
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  • She was in third gradeand I had dropped by,
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  • she was at her churches' school.
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  • She didn't know I was there.
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  • I just happened tonotice something,
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  • and then asked theteacher what happened,
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  • but I was walking by the gymand saw something happen.
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  • So when she got home that day,I said, " The Lord told me
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  • (laughing)
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  • that today thisexperience happened ".
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  • And the look onher face was like,
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  • " How did you know? "
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  • I said, " I told you,that I told the Lord
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  • anything he needed me to know,
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  • we have a relationshiplike that ".
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  • Between my parentsprayers for us
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  • their children, and thenmy prayers for my children,
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  • I just have always thoughtit's my responsibility
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  • and my privilege to bein partnership with God.
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  • To parent my children- I love that.
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  • and to offer himthat back to them.
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  • But for me to be able
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  • to participate in that,- Right.
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  • I have prayed and told the Lord
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  • there's something thatone of my children needs
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  • and I don't know howto meet this need.
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  • I don't know how to parent.
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  • I need to know if this isa discipline situation,
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  • a talking situation, ajust let it ride situation.
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  • But the comfort that I getin knowing that weather
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  • it's something as light ashim letting me in on what
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  • I need to know, or himletting me know that
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  • he'll take care of it later.
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  • I love the idea that Godis still parenting me.
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  • That there are some things that
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  • my parents weresupposed to work out
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  • before my freedom.
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  • And then there'ssome things that
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  • God is still parentingme on directly,
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  • but I'm in partnershipwith God in prayer.
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  • It's my way to partner with him,
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  • - Absolutely
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  • - In knowing whatto do, how to do,
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  • when to do it, and knowing that
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  • there's something thatonly he can take care of.
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  • But that prayerwith my children,
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  • and for my children
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  • allows me to know whatmy positioning should be
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  • in that process as a parent.
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  • - You know, I think, Idon't think you ever stop
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  • praying for your kid.
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  • You think that therewould be a day that,
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  • okay, they're outta thehouse, you know, you're good.
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  • But my mom tellsme all the time,
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  • baby we pray for each oneof you every single day.
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  • We just, you know, andshe'll explain how she prays
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  • and I think knowing that Godloves my children even more
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  • than I do, I don't know howthat could even be possible.
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  • But in trusting God,
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  • that's dedicatingyour baby back to him.
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  • - Over and over again.
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  • - Over and over, yeah,every day and trusting God
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  • because I know a lot of peoplecome to the end of their rope
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  • with some of their kids.
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  • I mean, I've gota lot of friends
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  • that raised theirbabies in church.
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  • They raised them ingood Christian families
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  • and these children getveered off the path
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  • and trusting God thatthey will come back.
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  • - Right.
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  • - And they willserve him once again.
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  • But going througha time of rebellion
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  • and finding their own path,
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  • you know, we neverstopped praying.
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  • We never stopped believingfor our children's souls.
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  • - I love that yousay that it really,
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  • prayer is aboutpartnership with God,
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  • but utter dependence onGod that they are not ours.
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  • We get to shepherd them.
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  • We don't own our children.
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  • I think God was kind tome in the adoption process
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  • because I have thegift of control
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  • and because I had torelinquish Missy over and over
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  • and over again when I'd goto Haiti and be with her
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  • and then leave and goto Haiti and be with her
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  • and toward the endof the process,
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  • the orphanage shewas in was hard.
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  • And she was the firstand last child with HIV
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  • in that orphanageand the nannies wereafraid they'd get HIV
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  • if they touched her.
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  • So she wasn't well caredfor and well loved.
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  • And I remember onetime leaving her
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  • and I had to leave togo back to Nashville
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  • and work on the legal staffand she was just screaming.
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  • She didn't have English,but she was screaming,
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  • "Mama no, mama no (speakingin foreign language)".
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  • Saying, I'm sorry, I'm sorry,
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  • thinking I must'vedone something wrong
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  • for you to walk away from me.
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  • And because I had suchissues with abandonment
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  • when I was a kid,
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  • I mean, I really wasn'tsure I could go back
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  • and do the work I had todo back in the States.
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  • It just ripped my guts out.
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  • But what it also took off me
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  • was any thoughtthat I had control.
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  • I had to go, I can't fix this.
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  • I can't take her with me.
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  • I can't make thenannies be kind to her.
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  • All I can do is trust thatyou love her more than I do.
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  • And so I am utterlydependent on you, Jesus,
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  • to take care of this child.
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  • You know, it's like your heartcrawls out of your chest.
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  • You didn't own yourown heart anymore
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  • once you become their mama.
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  • But because I didn't getto bring her home with me
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  • for two years.
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  • I think he just knewI'd be a stinker
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  • and would have a hardtime, giving up control
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  • and I would operate underthe fact that I owned her,
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  • and he was like, no, we'regonna teach you early
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  • that she belongs to me.
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  • And you have totrust me with her
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  • more than you eventrust you with her.
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  • - I think it's hardfor some parents,
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  • some of us to grasp thatGod loves our children
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  • more than we do.
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  • Number one because of howmuch we love our children.
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  • And I think whenyou become a parent,
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  • the way you love your kids,
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  • like the things thatwill rear up in you
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  • if somebody messeswith your kid,
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  • the pain you feel ifyour kid is hurt bad,
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  • you hadn't felt that before,
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  • and you don't feelit for your spouse
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  • because that's aforced relationship.
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  • It's two adults who'velived their lives
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  • usually to some extent tryingto make this thing work.
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  • It's not that sense ofownership and responsibility.
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  • And usually we don't reallygrasp how much God loves us
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  • until parenting orsomething that we have
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  • outside of ourselves thatwe love so unconditionally.
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  • So I think it's hardfor us to understand
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  • that God could lovethem more than we do.
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  • And I think anotherreason is that our kids
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  • can become our idols.
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  • If you waited along time for kids
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  • or if you did nothave a great childhood
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  • and you're trying toredeem your childhood
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  • through your kids,
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  • if your kids are your resume,
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  • like they are yourcrown and your glory,
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  • that can really bleedinto this kind of idolatry
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  • with our kids, and sothen we can't believe
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  • that God would love them more
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  • because we kind of loved themalmost in an unhealthy way.
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  • So for me, I have tobe very intentional
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  • about saying he's notmine, she's not mine,
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  • they're not mine Lord.
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  • And I learned this lessonbecause a friend of mine
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  • lost her son at five months.
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  • He died of SIDS.
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  • And I remember sitting inthat funeral with that,
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  • you know, they shouldn'teven make coffins that small.
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  • It was just, Oh itwas gut wrenching
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  • and she's crying butnot like wrecked.
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  • And I was like, how areyou getting through this?
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  • And she was like,because he wasn't mine
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  • and God loves him more.
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  • And if God said five monthswith him is what I get,
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  • that's what I get.
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  • He's his to giveback to the Lord.
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  • And that was before I had kids,but that has never left me,
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  • that I have to always bemindful that they are not mine.
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  • I am the steward.
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  • That God graciously so fitto steward them for a season,
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  • but they're not mine.
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  • He can do withthem what he wants.
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  • It's the way that I staygrounded in this truth
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  • that he loves mykids more than I do.
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  • - We all learned that lesson.
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  • You got to learn itat the beginning.
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  • A lot of us learn itsomewhere a little later
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  • because no matter whatyou've taught them,
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  • no matter howyou've raised them,
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  • they start makingup their own minds.
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  • And then you realize, nomatter what you say to them,
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  • no matter whatyou've taught them,
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  • no matter what you put in,
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  • you're looking at somebodyand you're like, who are you?
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  • And the only thingthat you can do
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  • is to keep loving on them.
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  • But then to take allthose concerns to the Lord
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  • 'cause bringing it to them
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  • and thinking thatyou have some control
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  • or let them see me cryor scare them to death
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  • with all the things
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  • that I could control theirresponses or their actions
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  • as sooner or laterevery parent learns
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  • you have no control whatsoever.
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  • And the only thing that youcan always do is to pray.
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  • - And even remaining consistent
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  • because my parentshad been transparent
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  • and living whatthey were teaching,
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  • it helped me because itwas one of those things
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  • where, okay, now you areno longer in the state
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  • where you can control me,
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  • but your influence wasgreater than anything.
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  • You know, so to be able tosay you were the same way
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  • that you taught me to be, andI can see the fruit from it.
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  • As I got older and evenwhen I started questioning
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  • who God really was and allof what he was able to do,
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  • it was like I couldn'targue with the fruit.
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  • Even though I decided tobe rebellious for a while
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  • it's kind of like, okay,but you've seen this
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  • and you've seen patient action.
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  • You know, you'veseen loving action,
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  • you've seen thiswork and it's like,
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  • you know, you wantgreatness for your life.
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  • So this is the path to take.
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  • And so that's one of thethings that with my children,
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  • I try not to control.
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  • It's like let me influenceand let me live it.
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  • Let me be honestabout where I am
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  • and then even show themhow I get through things.
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  • Because there will be times
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  • where you question yourwhole Christianity.
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  • - Sure, sure, absolutely.
  • 00:11:55.171 --> 00:11:56.405
  • There will be timeswhere you question God,
  • 00:11:56.405 --> 00:11:58.040
  • you know, and I'm notgoing to be so spooky.
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  • Whereas like you areterrible for questioning.
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  • You know, it's I'm going tolive it out in front of you
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  • so that when you seethe fruit from my life,
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  • even when you hitthat rebellion stage,
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  • you come right on back around
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  • and in that process Iheard Joyce Meyer say,
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  • "You really have to be atpeace and you have to trust God
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  • that the word thatyou've put in it
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  • won't return to you void".
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  • - My parents showedme consistency.
  • 00:12:26.902 --> 00:12:29.305
  • They showed me how to standin faith, to trust God
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  • and to believe God,stand on his promises.
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  • That the word of God was true.
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  • I remember going through things
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  • that maybe God didn't answerlike we thought he would.
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  • Today I know that Ican pray for things
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  • that maybe aren't inGod's perfect plan,
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  • but I've learned because Iwatched my parents do it.
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  • I learned to stand and trust God
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  • that no matter whathis answer was,
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  • that's what was supposed to be.
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  • And so I think ifwe talk about faith,
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  • we need to show our kidsfaith, that God is in control.
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  • That he will do agreat work in us,
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  • and we just have tolearn to be pliable,
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  • learn to walk in his ways.
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  • Let this be, everything thatwe rely on is in God's word.
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  • His promises are trueand he is a faithful God
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  • and he will work inus his perfect plan
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  • - And actually have a powerI think in your prayer.
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  • I think prayer is not onlya spiritual discipline
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  • and something importantfor believers,
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  • I think prayer is thistool that God customizes
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  • for the people in your life,
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  • so we pray foreverybody and we should,
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  • but a wife's prayer forher husband is different.
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  • A momma's prayer forher kids is different.
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  • Like you praying for mykids it's not the same
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  • as me praying for my kids.- Yeah, that's right.
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  • - That feeling ofthis is my charge,
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  • not just my callingas a believer,
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  • but the people in my life,God's given me unique insight
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  • to constantly talkand my prayer life
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  • is specific to whoGod's given me.
  • 00:14:43.372 --> 00:14:45.941
  • And on top of that prayer isnot asking things from God.
  • 00:14:45.941 --> 00:14:49.044
  • It's just talking to God.- That's right
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  • - When I was in mypunky place in college
  • 00:14:50.879 --> 00:14:52.848
  • I grew up in a greatchurch and Jesus loving
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  • and I still had thosemoments where I was like, God
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  • and my mom was like, "Pray".
  • 00:14:57.386 --> 00:14:59.154
  • And I was like, Idon't wanna pray.
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  • She's like, "It'sjust talking to him".
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  • You know he already knowswhat you're thinking,
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  • keep talking to him.
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  • That was her thing.
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  • When you're doubting,discovering, keeptalking to God.
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  • - Consistency is key.
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  • - Is everything.
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  • - Our spiritual consistency
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  • is what builds theirspiritual scaffolding.
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  • Because when Missysees me over and over,
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  • he's going back to it, whenI'm tired, when I'm not tired,
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  • when I'm patient,when I'm impatient.
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  • But she sees me.
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  • Not too long ago, itwas Christmas time,
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  • I got a royaltycheck I didn't expect
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  • and I was so grateful
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  • 'cause it matteredto our little family.
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  • And I began to crywhen I opened up
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  • 'cause I justweren't expecting it.
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  • And she was like, mom,are you happy crying?
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  • And I said, "Honey, I ambecause our God is a provider".
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  • And I said, "Remember howI tell you all the time
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  • he's a husband tothe husbandless
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  • and a father to the fatherless".
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  • And she was like, yes ma'am.
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  • I said, well hejust took care of us
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  • and we went into the livingroom and I'm not Jesus jr.
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  • I mean I do some thingsthat are not in the Bible.
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  • So I'm not tryingto say I always,
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  • (laughs)
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  • You know what she hasseen consistently in me
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  • is we get blessingsto thank God.
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  • And we went and we knelt downtogether and we just prayed
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  • and she's like,
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  • "Thank you God forbeing our daddy".
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  • And I said, "And becauseof him we have a roof
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  • over our head".
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  • And so I think the moreconsistently she sees me pray,
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  • 'cause we went throughthis little season recently
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  • where she goes,
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  • "I don't wanna pray to God mom".
  • 00:16:24.239 --> 00:16:25.274
  • And I was like, "Okay".
  • 00:16:25.274 --> 00:16:27.576
  • I said, "Why don'tyou wanna pray?"
  • 00:16:27.576 --> 00:16:29.078
  • And she goes, "Because Iget sleepy when we pray".
  • 00:16:29.078 --> 00:16:30.813
  • And I was like,"That makes sense".
  • 00:16:30.813 --> 00:16:33.415
  • I said, "How about if we startpraying in the morning too?"
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  • - Girl, are youpraying too long?
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  • Is that right?
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  • Are you having somelong prayer sessions?
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  • (laughs)
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  • - You know why I pray too long,
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  • but we still consistently pray.
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  • I just said, "Let's prayin a way that you love it
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  • 'cause you're talkingto your daddy".
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  • - Be consistent in your faith,consistent in your care,
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  • consistent in yourguidance and your rules
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  • and your relationship,
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  • because that just providesa really smooth runway
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  • for your house to run on.
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  • The funny thing is that, youknow, I think a lot of us
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  • pray for our kids,
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  • but I think what I've beenlearning is how important it is
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  • to pray with our kids and topray with our kids about them.
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  • 'Cause we'll pray together,you know, at the dinner table,
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  • we'll pray, we'll pray.
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  • But what has beenreally sweet for me,
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  • particularly as thekids have seemed
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  • less and less interested,
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  • is to not let that determineyou're praying for them.
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  • - That's right.
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  • - I want them to hear me andremember me praying over them,
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  • praying words ofblessing on them,
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  • resting my handon their shoulder.
  • 00:17:46.889 --> 00:17:49.091
  • My boys, I call it huddleprayer just because normally
  • 00:17:49.091 --> 00:17:52.161
  • it's super quickbefore they go to bed
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  • and I'm like, "We'regonna pray together".
  • 00:17:53.562 --> 00:17:54.696
  • They all stand together.
  • 00:17:54.696 --> 00:17:55.898
  • And then the oldest oneand the youngest one
  • 00:17:55.898 --> 00:17:58.367
  • who don't want totouch each other,
  • 00:17:58.367 --> 00:17:59.568
  • I don't care you'regonna touch each other,
  • 00:17:59.568 --> 00:18:01.570
  • you know, we'rehuddled in a thing
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  • and I huddle them close and I'mpraying for each one of them
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  • or sometimes I'll have one ofthe kids pray for the other
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  • one of the kids.
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  • I think that this ideaof praying for our kids,
  • 00:18:09.778 --> 00:18:12.648
  • we don't wanna forget that ourkids need to see us praying.
  • 00:18:12.648 --> 00:18:15.651
  • - That's right.
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  • - That our quiet timesand our times with God,
  • 00:18:16.885 --> 00:18:19.254
  • don't always need to be whenit's so quiet in the house.
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  • And then also thatthey're praying with us.
  • 00:18:22.424 --> 00:18:24.660
  • I want my children to rememberme before God blessing them
  • 00:18:24.660 --> 00:18:29.665
  • on their behalf and callingout of them in my prayers
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  • to God.
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  • I want them to know what Isaid to God on their behalf.
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  • - Right.
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  • - And that only happensif we do it with them.
  • 00:18:39.708 --> 00:18:42.010
  • I remember I wentthrough a season where I,
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  • with my oldest daughterhad been praying
  • 00:18:45.514 --> 00:18:47.316
  • and I have a little oiland I put it on her head
  • 00:18:47.316 --> 00:18:49.851
  • and one day I ran out of oil.
  • 00:18:49.851 --> 00:18:51.220
  • So I was like, it's fine.
  • 00:18:51.220 --> 00:18:53.455
  • (laughs)
  • 00:18:53.455 --> 00:18:55.757
  • In some way it's theact of obedience.
  • 00:18:55.757 --> 00:18:58.393
  • And I had gotten away fromthat and I went to Israel
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  • and got a little bottleof anointing oil.
  • 00:19:02.197 --> 00:19:04.399
  • - That's right.
  • 00:19:04.399 --> 00:19:05.834
  • - And my oldest son was like,"Why are you doing that?
  • 00:19:05.834 --> 00:19:08.303
  • What does that mean?"
  • 00:19:08.303 --> 00:19:09.771
  • I said, "It means nothingother than I want you to know
  • 00:19:09.771 --> 00:19:12.941
  • that I'm blessing you andthis is just my action.
  • 00:19:12.941 --> 00:19:16.612
  • I'm just putting action
  • 00:19:16.612 --> 00:19:17.779
  • more than just blessingyou with my words.
  • 00:19:17.779 --> 00:19:19.348
  • I'm blessing you with mypresence and with my touch.
  • 00:19:19.348 --> 00:19:22.017
  • And if you don'tremember what I said,
  • 00:19:22.017 --> 00:19:24.052
  • you'll remember Iput my hands on you.
  • 00:19:24.052 --> 00:19:25.654
  • - That's right.
  • 00:19:25.654 --> 00:19:26.989
  • - So just to underscore,praying for them,
  • 00:19:26.989 --> 00:19:29.391
  • but praying with them,
  • 00:19:29.391 --> 00:19:30.859
  • letting them hear yourprayers on their behalf.
  • 00:19:30.859 --> 00:19:33.895
  • - And I love thatyou bring that up.
  • 00:19:33.895 --> 00:19:36.164
  • My mom is much more elegantthan I am, much more formal.
  • 00:19:36.164 --> 00:19:40.569
  • And so I saw mymomma praying for me.
  • 00:19:40.569 --> 00:19:42.938
  • My mom got up early everymorning and prayed for us
  • 00:19:42.938 --> 00:19:45.240
  • and that really blessed me.
  • 00:19:45.240 --> 00:19:47.743
  • But other than the meals,I didn't pray with my mom
  • 00:19:47.743 --> 00:19:52.748
  • because it's almostlike there was a...
  • 00:19:53.949 --> 00:19:55.417
  • I mean, and I so respectedmy mom's relationship
  • 00:19:55.417 --> 00:19:57.319
  • with the Lord, but wedidn't have that together
  • 00:19:57.319 --> 00:20:00.088
  • and we didn't.
  • 00:20:00.088 --> 00:20:01.556
  • Now she's 82, but Missy, Ithought it's incumbent upon me
  • 00:20:01.556 --> 00:20:05.160
  • to help her understandthat God is accessible.
  • 00:20:05.160 --> 00:20:08.630
  • If all she knows is I'mon my knees on her behalf,
  • 00:20:08.630 --> 00:20:12.234
  • I wanted her to join me.
  • 00:20:12.234 --> 00:20:13.468
  • We do sing prayersnow in the car.
  • 00:20:13.468 --> 00:20:15.237
  • Missy loves hip hop music.
  • 00:20:15.237 --> 00:20:17.272
  • So I let her do a beatand then we make it,
  • 00:20:17.272 --> 00:20:20.375
  • and you know, I don'thave any rhythm,
  • 00:20:20.375 --> 00:20:21.643
  • it's not good, butit's fun for her.
  • 00:20:21.643 --> 00:20:24.980
  • And I'll be like, "Let'ssing some prayers,
  • 00:20:24.980 --> 00:20:26.782
  • let's sing some conversation".
  • 00:20:26.782 --> 00:20:28.350
  • And it actually sometimesrevives my prayer life too.
  • 00:20:28.350 --> 00:20:31.586
  • But Missy unlike me, kinda gets,
  • 00:20:31.586 --> 00:20:36.124
  • it's an ongoing conversation.
  • 00:20:36.124 --> 00:20:37.359
  • - Yeah, all the time.
  • 00:20:37.359 --> 00:20:38.627
  • - You know, it's notthis formal thing.
  • 00:20:38.627 --> 00:20:40.696
  • And so I stillappreciate you saying,
  • 00:20:40.696 --> 00:20:42.464
  • don't just pray for them.
  • 00:20:42.464 --> 00:20:43.432
  • - Don't, it's never too late.
  • 00:20:43.432 --> 00:20:44.933
  • I mean, my parents, weknew, they prayed for us,
  • 00:20:44.933 --> 00:20:47.736
  • we prayed at the table,
  • 00:20:47.736 --> 00:20:49.204
  • but the hands on yourthing didn't always happen.
  • 00:20:49.204 --> 00:20:52.607
  • However, in August, sojust a few months ago,
  • 00:20:52.607 --> 00:20:56.078
  • we were all togetherwith my dad and my mom,
  • 00:20:56.078 --> 00:20:58.080
  • all of the kids, their spouses,
  • 00:20:58.080 --> 00:21:00.215
  • and my dad went around the table
  • 00:21:01.216 --> 00:21:04.353
  • and put hands on theshoulder of the son-in-law
  • 00:21:04.353 --> 00:21:07.589
  • on the daughter in law, thechild, my brother, my mom,
  • 00:21:07.589 --> 00:21:12.294
  • he went around thetable, grandchildren,
  • 00:21:12.294 --> 00:21:14.396
  • all the adult grandchildren,
  • 00:21:14.396 --> 00:21:16.331
  • and he went around the table
  • 00:21:16.331 --> 00:21:18.033
  • and blessed every single person.
  • 00:21:18.033 --> 00:21:20.602
  • - How lovely.
  • 00:21:20.602 --> 00:21:21.837
  • - And so, you know,I'm in my forties.
  • 00:21:21.837 --> 00:21:24.673
  • So for even theparent who's saying,
  • 00:21:24.673 --> 00:21:26.975
  • "Oh, me I didn't do that".
  • 00:21:26.975 --> 00:21:30.679
  • It's never too late to startpraying for your children
  • 00:21:30.679 --> 00:21:33.782
  • and it's never too lateto bless your children
  • 00:21:33.782 --> 00:21:37.919
  • with your mouth,with your hands,
  • 00:21:37.919 --> 00:21:39.688
  • because for them to knowthat you love them enough
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  • to pray for them, that youlove them enough to bless them.
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  • - Yeah, that's right.
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  • - That is something thatcan only come from you
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  • the way you're gonna do it.
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  • - That's right.
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  • - And if you haven't done it,
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  • and I'll say this onelast little thing.
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  • My mom, at the end wewere taking care of her,
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  • we were with her all the time
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  • and there's one point wherewe kind of was turning
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  • or we were making somechanges in the bed
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  • and getting her situated
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  • and so I was facing her,
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  • she was turned inthe bed and facing me
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  • and she was sayinga couple of things.
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  • I was trying to understandwhat she was saying.
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  • And then she reached out
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  • and she put herhand on my forehead.
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  • - Oh my goodness.
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  • - And I just said, and Iwas trying to understand
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  • what she was saying and I said,
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  • "Mom, I'm sorry, I don'tunderstand what you're saying".
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  • And then when she put herhand on my forehead, I said,
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  • "Are you blessing me?"
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  • And she said, "Yes".
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  • It's never too late.
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  • - It's never too late.
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  • - And you haven't done ittoo often or not enough,
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  • - That's right
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  • - To not pray on behalfof your children.
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  • - That's right.
  • 00:22:46.087 --> 00:22:47.656
  • - And then for them to knowthat they have your blessing
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  • because they're yours,because they're yours.
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  • - If you're watching thisand you're not a parent,
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  • there's still people thatGod has connected you to.
  • 00:22:56.431 --> 00:23:00.168
  • There's nieces andnephews and children
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  • that for some reason youhave a connection to,
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  • pray for them, bless them.
  • 00:23:06.041 --> 00:23:08.276
  • What Chrystal just saidis just everything.
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  • We have this privilege.
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  • There's kids I pray forthey're not my children.
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  • I got God's sons.
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  • It's just, you know when Godhas put that name on your heart
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  • to just cover them.
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  • I have reminders in my phone,
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  • 10:00 AM, let pray forChloe, pray for Joe, pray,
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  • because we forget and weonly pray in a crisis.
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  • But then you gottapray consistently
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  • and not just whenthings are going bad,
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  • it's utter dependence andanybody can be called to pray
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  • as a parental role.
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  • - I have spiritual moments.
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  • This prayer life shaped me,every bit as much as my mom.
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  • - I wanna encourage you to pray,
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  • but I wanna pray for you
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  • as you seek to be a prayerwarrior for your children.
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  • Lord Jesus, I thank you forthe privilege that we have
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  • of coming to you in prayer.
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  • I know that so many of uspray for those we love.
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  • Would you remind uswhen it's appropriate
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  • and when the timing is right,
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  • when we have thebandwidth to do so,
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  • or the opportunity to do so.
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  • To not just prayfor our children,
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  • but pray with our children
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  • so that they hear uscalling out to you
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  • to bless them.
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  • So that they hear us callingout to you to save them.
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  • So they hear us callingout to you to be with them.
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  • Help them to neverdoubt our love for them
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  • or to doubt our prayers for them
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  • because they'd never seenit, felt it, experienced it.
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  • What I would ask forthose of us who are timid
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  • about prayers, is thatyou give us the boldness
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  • to not just pray in silence,but to pray with our words
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  • so that our children canhear us calling out to you
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  • on their behalf.
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  • So that not only youcould move in their lives,
  • 00:24:43.905 --> 00:24:46.141
  • but so that we createa pattern of visual,
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  • of praying for others that ourchildren carry on afterward.
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  • In Jesus name, I pray thatyou'd give us that boldness
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  • and that confidenceto do this, Amen.
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