The night Abigail turned four I had a dream. I woke up scared. A nightmare. I eventually went back to sleep and did not really think about the dream until about two days later. John and I were driving to church. Kids playing in the back of the car. Somehow the dream was in my head and so I shared it with John.
Abby was standing frozen in the kitchen entryway. I walked in and saw a lion cub on the kitchen table. Calmly and quickly I pushed Abby behind me and we backed out of the kitchen and into the living room. I turned and there stood a big male lion. Huge teeth and a mighty mane. I knew we were in trouble. Calmly I pushed Abby to the ground and I placed my body over hers. There was no question, no second thought, only that I knew we were being hunted and I would sacrifice my body, my life, for Abigail. The claws of the lion hurt badly. Then he bit me. Two large fangs in the center of my back. I was calm. I was not really afraid, but it hurt. And then I woke up.
In church that morning our pastor was speaking about spiritual warfare. This verse was referenced:
I Peter 5:8-Stay alert!! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
The Lord spoke to my heart, and John's, that my dream was not a nightmare, but a calling. A reminder. A warning. My adversary is out there. He wants nothing more than to have my family. I believe it is real. I believe in spiritual battle. I believe, and am learning about, the power of prayer. More specifically, the power of a praying mother.
I claim my babies for the Lord. I am so grateful for this dream. It was an intense visual reminder about the realities of life here on earth. It made clear the absolute importance of a praying mother.
When I first had Abby my parents bought me the book "Every Child Needs a Praying Mom." It is written by Fern Nichlos, the founding of Moms In Touch. I have been spending time each morning reading this book and praying. It is my goal to surround my children in prayer each day of their lives. I recommend this book. So far it has provided some very practical advise about how to pray.
thanks mom and dad.