Our baby was a one-year-old bouncing baby boy when my husband decided to come back to church after thirteen long years of doing his own thing.

You know boys and dads. I was all too happy to let my husband hold that boy during church. In fact, some people probably wondered why I seemed to be such a detached mom. . . I barely noticed that baby during church. I didn’t hold him, or talk to him, or caress him, or let him rumple my dress, or snag my stockings. In fact, I tried to avoid all eye contact with him.

Know why? I was so relieved to have some help on Sunday mornings. . .  and it was such a blessed relief to just be able to sit in church and focus my full attention on the spiritual aspects. . . and to not worry about anything but feasting.

It’s kind of like how Thanksgiving dinner will be this year. I don’t have to prepare plates for kids, and wipe mouths and make sure they are using their utensils for eating and not weapons, and to grab the goblet before it crashes, and make sure the napkin catches the crumbs, and to try to convince them that candied sweet potatoes are really like dessert. I can sit at the adult table and sigh with relief as I enjoy the meal (although I have to admit that I am looking forward to helping my little nephews at the dinner table!!).

Are you in that stage of life where you have to do everything yourself? Are you spiritual mother and father to your children? Are you the wrangling rumpled mother at church? Are you exhausted by the time you come home from church? Are you too tired to eat by the time you’ve prepared the meal and fed everyone else?

Well, it’s not supposed to be that way. Dad is supposed to tackle that little tyke for you. Dad is supposed to lead the family into church. Dad is supposed to pray for breakthrough and delivery for your family. Like Christ, Dad is supposed to break the loaves and fishes of spiritual sustenance for your family. Dad is supposed to. . .

And if he’s not, the one thing you can do that is effective is to pray that God will change his heart. Don’t complain. Don’t whine. Don’t get so discouraged that you decide to sleep in on Sunday. Don’t withhold spiritual nourishment from the children. Prayer is effective, and is the single most important thing you can to do to affect the change you want to see. So, commit to spending time every day praying for the goodness of God to be revealed in your family, spread out like daily manna.

It is the goodness of God that draws a man to repentance. (Romans 2:4)

And pray, pray, pray. . . Give us this day thy daily bread. There is enough truth in that prayer to feed your family for now.

“I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.” Psalm 37:25


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