Friday, September 2, 2011

Prayer Encouragement: "Physical and Spiritual Training" by Guest SkyMom, Terrie Chevaillier

Physical and Spiritual Training

"Physical training is good, 
but training for godliness is much better,
 promising benefits in this life and in the life to come."
1 Timothy 4:8 

 The Lord has prompted this verse in my heart many times,
but it seems that during this season, my family needs it the most.

Back to school not only brings academic commitments,
but added sports commitments…inside and outside of school.

These experiences have proven to be all great things…new friendships,
an awareness of the way God has gifted my boys athletically,
discipline, perseverance, confidence, and the list could go on.

The Lord is sweet to tell us that these things are good, but there is
a training that is much better:  training in godliness.

Let’s pray God’s Word:
Father, thank you that you tell us that physical training is good.
So many of our children have had numerous
opportunities for physical training in sports, cheer, teams, band,
and in all of the other ways you provide for us to use our bodies
and bring glory to You. 

While enjoying these gifts, please give us as moms
an understanding and courage to not allow
what is good to rob from what is the best….training in Godliness.

Oh, how tempting it is to worry and become anxious about allowing
our children to miss a practice or workout for fear they will get behind.

Please Lord help us to heed your word and purposefully
carve out time for family devotions, sweet meal times together,
family prayer, unhurried time to pray with our children
as they get up in the morning and as they lie down at night.

Please prick our hearts with your gentle conviction
when we are allowing our family schedule to
be dominated by good things, but not your best.

Help us to say yes to church, worship, youth group, small group,
or other opportunities for training in godliness, trusting
that as we put these things first and pursue 
we get THE BEST…benefits in this life and the life to come!
~Terrie Chevaillier, Guest SkyMom Prayer Encourager

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