Sunday, April 22, 2007

Prayer Makes Consequences More Bearable

Bekah with her friend - Misa making fish faces

When my children were little I would say to them. . . . . ‘Don’t forget to pray.’ ‘Have you prayed about that?’ ‘Pray!’ ‘You know, God can help when you pray and ask Him.’ ‘Prayer is a powerful tool.’ ‘Pray!’ ‘Why don’t we pray together?’ ‘Would you like me to pray for you?’ ‘Pray!’ Prayer was a very important thing in theirs and my life. I didn’t realize how much until one afternoon. . . . . .

Rebekah was 5 (She is soon to turn 20) she had trouble with bad words coming out of her month, probably the ‘S’ word (check earlier blog). She had been warned of what would happen if she should cross the line again.

One morning she was playing in the floor, when out of her mouth popped one of ‘those’ words. “Rebekah,” I said. She jumped with a start. “Yes Mama?” she said with eyes downcast. “You know what I said would happen the next time you used that word. Come on, we are going to my room for a spanking.” She stood slowly, dropping her doll to the floor. Her little face turned up to mine, her blue eyes sparkled with unshed tears; I knew I had to be strong. She placed her little hand in mine as we made our way to the bedroom. “Momma!” she said with such excitement that I stopped and turned to see a huge smile and twinkling eyes. “Momma, could we pray first?” “We sure can” I said. “And then we will have to get that spanking.”

After she and I prayed together, true to my word I gave my little blonde-headed imp her spanking. I think that was one the hardest things I’d ever done. Prayer didn’t change the consequences, but it made the consequences more bearable.

Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”


Anonymous said...

You're quite a writer, in fact, a fantastic writer. You have a great personality and I know that your family enjoys you tremendously. I'm just sorry that others don't get to enjoy you daily as I do. Between the banana stickers (which Daniel nows enjoys sticking on people), watching your spiritual life and the influence you had on the kids and me, you've been the best blessing God's given me. All reading this will enjoy you every so often. But I get to enjoy you every day...and I'm glad. Love you.
Guess who?

Monalea said...

Guess Who,
Thank you for your kind words. I love you so much! I do know you are buttering me up; hoping to avoid any future blog brunt’s when it's your turn to be in a feature story.

nb said...

My Sunday School leader directed me to Philippians 4:6 several months ago. I read it often. It's a great verse.

Anonymous said...

I love the story! I can see one of my girls saying the same thing.


Monalea said...

nb, I love Philippians 4:6-7 because it offers so much comfort. I think I like the peace it promises most. Have a great week.


Monalea said...

Thanks for sharing and leaving your blog spot. If you listen very carefully, you hear so many funny things.


Mommysmart said...


What a great story. How difficult that must have been for you to stand by your word. You know, I remember my mom always saying that spanking hurt her more than me. It has taken me a lot of years to understand that, but it is true.

Have a good day!

Monalea said...

I think for that I actually wished the Lord would come back. I would have loved to have let her off without a spanking.


I told Cooper (5) the other day at Wal-Mart that if he did "that" again I would spank him.

He did it again. I angerly grabbed him by the arm and took him to the bathroom. As we reached the bathroom it was out-of-order. (I know I heard him singing "there is a God, he is alive...").

Anonymous said...

MOM!!! I WAS AN AWESOME CHILD! i still am too and your the best mom ANYONE can ever have! reading your blogs makes me miss you even more, but yet again excited to get to see you the next time! and that is a really sweet note that dad wrote you! LOVE YOU MOM!!!!

misa said...

you are such a fantastic writer, monalea!! i love you and your family so much, even after the "awesome" picture you put of me on here. haha!!

Monalea said...

I hope to feature you here again soon. Love ya girl.