“I needed a way to bridge the gap in his little mind, between a big God, and a stirring and beautiful friendship; present even in the smallest calling.”
Mommy, Mommy, When You Pray
Cuando Rezas – Spanish Children’s
Families are often attacked for their faithfulness to God, and it is difficult to remember the blessings of the vocation God has given us, especially in the midst of a world that clings to comfort and selfishness.
As a mom living the vocation of family life, I wanted to leave my children with a positive encounter of gratitude – especially for the simplicity of the beauty found in the everyday. This book sums up this ordinary gratitude in simple, and colorful language, penetrating little ears and eyes and hearts.
It is now my hope and prayer that this same book can bless your children – instilling in them the virtue of joy and thanksgiving, and planting in them the positive idea of family life. Despite the challenges and hardships of serving others, there is always great joy and blessing in doing so!
The genesis for this little book of thanksgiving came late one night after about a million things ran through my mind, and sleep seemed to be the furthest thing away. I decided to use the time for prayer, since it was the most productive thing I could do at the time.
My mind turned to my young son – how he had observed me praying, and began asking questions. The Holy Spirit was moving in me, and I knew he was drawing my attention to this lesson for a reason. As a parent, I desire to be faithful to prayer for own soul, but also for my children’s souls. They are always watching and imitating, and kids can tell when things are genuine, or just for show.
I started reflecting on what I wanted my children to know about my prayer life. I hoped that they saw the joy, peace, and consolation I received in prayer. I also wanted them to know that I talk to God about them! About how to raise them to be men and women of God, how to give them a Godly example, how to discipline them as the Psalms have laid out, and how to create a house of peace and prayer, so that they may go forth into the world, and know how to return to God in prayer at any moment.
Our children are blessings, just in being who God made them to be. Sometimes they know this intuitively, and sometimes they need to be told and shown through our love.
Mommy, Mommy, When You Pray helps little ones realize just how worthy they are of love and of the great thanksgiving for their lives. They are made for such greatness, and created to be brought into such a mysterious divine love story.
This book is for moms in the midst of the struggle of motherhood, as a reminder of the good they are doing. And for children, who are filled with innocence, hunger for God, and the need to know they are always loved!