While My Child is Away (Part 1 — And a Give Away)

Is your child away? Learn how to best pray. While My Child is Away (a book by Edie Melson) Interview by Jean Wilund

Here we go again. Kids scattered around the country.

Is your child away? Learn how to best pray. While My Child is Away (a book by Edie Melson) Interview by Jean WilundLast night Larry and I drove off from Clemson University with an empty U-Haul and without our youngest.

Year two of our empty nest begins. Tweet Tweet.

Every time one of our children flies away, I turn to prayer.

This year I’m turning to prayer and my friend Edie Melson’s new book, While My Child is Away: My Prayers For When We Are Apart.

Edie’s book is a beautiful healing balm and great reminder of the power we hold in our prayer-clasped hands to affect our children’s lives.

Our prayers make a difference whether they sleep in the room at the top of the stairs or lay their heads down 4,677 miles away.

Take a Peek Inside:

 

While My Child Is Away:
My Prayers For When We Are Apart 

by Edie Melson

Three days after I signed the contract for this book, two of my sons went for an afternoon kayak trip on a nearby river. They are fully grown and capable young men—one served in the military and the other has a degree in outdoor leadership. They’re both married, are not novices about the outdoors or about life in general. As experienced outdoorsmen, they don’t ever take unnecessary chances. So the confidence I have in their ability isn’t misplaced. Even with that, I felt a momentary battle of what-if when they told me about their proposed outing. Instead of voicing my fears, I told them to have fun and took my motherly worries to the One who can ensure their safety.

The next day I found out just how close I’d come to losing both sons.

They’d been on the river when a strong thunderstorm moved in with unusual speed. Immediately they headed to shore, but never made it to safety. They woke up three and a half hours later. Both were in the river, separated from their boats and each other. One son was caught on a snag in the middle of the river, the other was lying half-in and half-out of the water on the shore. After they’d found each other—a harrowing ten minutes later, they’d assured me—they assessed the injuries they’d sustained and realized they’d been struck by lightning.

While both are fine, with no lasting damage, this once again reinforced the fact that we never know when our children are headed into a dangerous situation. Whether our kids are headed to first grade, camp, college, or just a day at play, we need to be praying for them. Not just general, “God, please protect my child” prayers, either. We need to invest in a solid set of knee pads and be ready to do battle for them on a daily basis.

That’s what this book is about.

Any time our children are away from us can be a time of anxiety. We can’t always help the emotions that accompany specific situations, but we can always take those emotions to the One who will provide the protection they need and the peace we crave.

 

Parents’ Survival Kit

It’s hard being the parent of a kid who’s out of the reach of our loving kisses. Right? Some of us could use a Parents’ Survival Kit.

On Friday, August 19th I’m giving away just such a kit.

I asked Edie Melson, if she were to create one, what would she put into it.

I love her idea, so I’m creating this Parents’s Survival Kit as a Give Away.

Win:

a signed copy of While My Child is Away,

a fabulous journal, and 

a framed copy of Isaiah 65:24.

Is your child away? Learn how to best pray & enter to win this book. While My Child is Away (a book by Edie Melson) Interview by Jean Wilund

I’ll announce the winner in Friday’s blog post.

Will it be you?

How Can You Win?

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Comment, Tweet, and Share the post on Facebook each day and rack up entries for a better chance to win.

I’m Praying for You

If your child is away, I know how you feel. I’m praying for all of you this week.

If you have something specific you want me to pray, leave a comment or email me. I’m honored to pray for you and your child(ren).

Maybe you’ll want to pray this prayer I prayed last night as Larry and I drove off with our empty UHaul: [Read more…]

Does The Dog Rank Higher Than You? A Book Giveaway & Interview with Michelle Medlock Adams ~ Part 3

Click to read: Does the Dog Rank Higher Than You?  An Interview with Michelle Adams Part 3, Author of "When Chocolate Isn't Enough: An Inspirational Survival Guide for Moms" Enter to win a copy of her book.

It happens in the life of every mom.

There comes a time when even the dog ranks higher in your kids’ affection than you. 

It’s even worse when you don’t have a dog, and your neighbor’s dog ranks higher than you. 

I’ve been interviewing Michelle Medlock Adams this week, the author of When Chocolate Isn’t Enough: An Inspirational Survival Guide for Moms.

Enjoy this sneak peak at just such a hilarious moment in Michelle’s life, ripped from her book: [Read more…]

Does Prayer Change God’s Mind?

Click to read: Does Prayer Change God's Mind? Isaiah 37:21 via www.JeanWilund.com

 

“. . .  Because you have prayed to Me . . . “

Have you ever had an incident where you felt led to pray for someone or something, and then when you did, He actually did it? 

I have.

My youngest daughter needed 20 more points on her SAT score to win the top state scholarship.

I prayed and asked God to give her what she needed.

To make it obvious that it was by His power, I asked Him to give her exactly 20 more points. Or, if He preferred — because I preferred — He could give her 120 more points.

I prayed, and she took the test. [Read more…]

A Prayer For When Your Loved One is in Harm’s Way: Help Me Hang On

Click to read prayer: "Help Me Hang On" by Edie Melson

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Fear strikes all of us who love someone in harm’s way, but sitting around wallowing in fear doesn’t help.

I don’t think anyone but God could raise me up out of fear if my loved one were serving or living anywhere dangerous. But thankfully He’s not only able, He wants to remove fear and replace it with faith and peace.

Below is a prayer written by Edie Melson, the author of While My Soldier Serves: Prayers for Those with Loved Ones in the Military.

Edie wrote this prayer when her son was serving in the Middle East.

It’s a prayer for the brokenhearted whether your loved one is a soldier, policeman, fireman, or a missionary serving in a dangerous area.  

Dear Lord,

I’m trying to stay positive for my loved one’s sake, but inside I’m slipping. I can feel myself tumbling into a pit of depression.

Replace my negative thoughts with faith. Help me turn off the litany of what can go wrong and replace those images with Your promises. Lord, I know You can bring her home safely, and I know that when I rely on You, I’m strong. But at times I don’t want to be strong. I just want to bury my head and cry. 

I want to lash out at a world filled with other loved ones who aren’t in harm’s way. I want to scream that it’s not fair. It’s not that I want other young men and women in danger. I just want my loved one to be safe at home.

Show me how to guard my thoughts and to process all the things I’m feeling. Let me accept help from my friends instead of hiding away and feeling sorry for myself. Most of all, wrap my loved one and me in Your loving arms and carry us safely through this difficult time.

– Amen. 

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Psalm 34:18 NIV

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If your loved one is serving someplace dangerous, I highly recommend getting this book.

Or maybe you’re the one serving someplace dangerous. You may want to give this book to your loved ones as a gift.

Prayer works. Prayer matters.

It’s not too late to enter to win a free signed copy of the book.

Follow the link below by clicking on the picture to register. Today’s the last day to register! I’ll announce the winner tomorrow.

Click to view music video "Letters from War" by Mark Schultz and read about "While My Soldier Serves: Prayers for Those with Loved Ones in the Military" by Edie Melson via www.JeanWilund.com

Click to enter to win “While My Soldier Serves: Prayers for Those with Loved Ones in the Military” by Edie Melson 


 

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A Prayer for My Soldier from “While My Soldier Serves” (by Edie Melson)

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Click to read A Prayer for My Soldier taken from “While My Soldier Serves: Prayers for Those with Loved Ones in the Military” by Edie Melson via @JeanWilund.com

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Dear Lord,

I’m asking You to protect my loved on by helping him make wise decisions. I know at times he has to make split-second decisions — life-and-death decisions. Please give him the information he needs to choose wisely. I know he’s exhausted and tired of the situation he’s in. Don’t let him make decisions that will harm him or those around him.

I also know he’s far from home, and there are many temptations surrounding him. I ask that You give him the strength to resist the things that would harm him. Show him clearly the consequences of poor choices. Make his path clear, and put people around him to make choosing wisely easier.

Surround him with buddies who will support his good choices and point out his poor ones. Give him the friends he needs for this specific situation. No one knows what can happen when we choose one thing over another, but You do know. Let him hear You clearly as he decides what actions to take. Most of all protect him, even when he chooses poorly. Keep him in Your perfect care.

– Amen.


 

It’s not always easy to know what to pray for our soldiers, especially when our emotions have our thoughts going in a million different directions.

Edie Melson has written a powerful book of prayers, “While My Soldier Serves: Prayers for Those with Loved Ones in the Military” that gives us numerous powerful and specific prayers we can all pray for our soldiers.

(See the book in the photo below. Better yet, click the picture below and read more about it and enter to win a free copy.)

There’s still time to win a free signed copy of this book of prayers. Check out this post and enter to win by clicking on the picture: 

Click to view music video "Letters from War" by Mark Schultz and read about "While My Soldier Serves: Prayers for Those with Loved Ones in the Military" by Edie Melson via www.JeanWilund.com


 

I hope you’ll share this post with others, especially with those who have loved ones in the military. Our soldiers need our prayer support, and so do their families. 

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While My Soldier Serves: Memorial Day Encouragement, Giveaway, & Monday Music

Click to view music video "Letters from War" by Mark Schultz and read about "While My Soldier Serves: Prayers for Those with Loved Ones in the Military" by Edie Melson via www.JeanWilund.com

While my soldier serves.

That doesn’t apply to me. But wait, actually it does.

Neither my husband nor children serve in the military, but my soldier does.  

Your soldier is my soldier.

I owe my freedom to every American soldier who’s served so that I can live free.

Every soldier is our soldier.

We should pray for them as if they were our very own son, daughter, husband or wife. 

I can’t begin to match the tremendous sacrifice our soldiers have made, but I do have three gifts to offer: Encouragement, a Giveaway, & Monday Music. [Read more…]