Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Joined Up Motherhood (J.U.M)


JUM Weapon of Devil Destruction!

Joined Up Motherhood is something God laid on my heart in response to my confusion and panic about something I said to my teen children about three weeks ago. At the time, I thought it was the 'right' thing to tell two teens. Later on and even before I shared it with my mgm who saw it differently too, I knew that it may have sounded like the right thing but it was not the 'God thing'. I realised that I said it to them out of fear, pure and simple. And it dawned on me that a person who would come to that kind of conclusion and say that kind of thing had clearly forgotten the place and power of prayer in our lives as Christians. How could I have done that? Me? Salt? Honestly, I know not. I just did cos this world of ours has that kind of power. The power to frighten a Christian mother to the point where she loses sight of her God and begins to babble nonsense to her kids!

But I have found my lost sight and I thank God for allowing verbal u-turns.You see, I need not be afraid as long as I can pray. On my own and with others. That is what Joined Up Motherhood (J.U.M) is about. Women coming together to pray for their children. I know I am not alone in the worries I face as a mom in these times. I know there are other moms out there gazing into the future wondering what on earth is to become of our kids in a world that seems to be getting more and more permissive with each passing day. It is these moms that I am inviting to 'join up with me' in praying for our children, our future. Motherhood is a powerful force. A dear friend once told me that 'women hold up half the skies. God holds the other half'. I love that and I believe that if we join our 'praying hands' together and partner with God, we will hold up the skies of this world for our children and they will prosper in all their ways. Regardless of the times we live in.

Please Joined Up Motherhood is not a group. It is not a Club. It is not a social or networking event. The way God laid this in my heart, Joined Up Motherhood is a deep expression of a mother's Love & Trust. Love for her children and Trust in her God. So if you do decide to come join with me, I would love for you to come prepared to express your deep love for your children and your even deeper trust in God via your heartfelt prayers. It's as simple and as powerful as that. We will pray using Stormie Omartian's awesome treasure for moms - The Power of  Praying Mom/Parent. We will also pray as led by the Spirit of God. So please do go get a copy  of this book if you plan to join up with me on this.

May I warn you, the gatherings will be during the work week so if you plan to come, it means you have to plan to take the day off work, if like me, you are in paid employment. Our weekends, as women, are just so short and full of activities and we want to be able to focus during the three (3) hours we shall be praying for our children. The first date will be in March 2013  and once I lock down the date, I will send it to all who wish to join up. How do you join up? You just send me a mail to abimbolaen@yahoo.com to say so. You will get the date, venue and more information on what you will need to bring for the J.U.M gathering. I am so excited about this and pray I have managed to infect you a little. But I tell you, whether we are two or twenty-two women there that day, we shall pray for our children and I know God will hear our joined up prayer in Jesus name! Amen!

Enjoy the holiday people and remember, you don't have to wait for J.U.M or any other prayer event to pray for your children. Talk to your God now. That's really all prayer is: Talking to God and as he has proven to me over and over again, He is waiting, eager to listen to us..
  

  

16 comments:

  1. I love it when I see a confirmation of God's word through another person other than one. Thank you for initiaiting this. I' d read this book a long time ago and longed for this, but I probably didn't push for it. I pray that God will establish it now even as you have expressed the desire. Amen!

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    1. Amen Debby! Amen. My dear, I must say say that it is quite daunting and I put off blogging this about 4/5 times cos I knew the moment I did, there would be no going back but then I could not ignore God any longer and I really know this is the key to freedom from my fears as a mom. So I have jumped so to speak and I shall just trust God to 'catch' me. I am not a pastor, nor am I a certified prayer warrior. All I am is a ordinary mom partnering with a super extraordinary God. And to be honest, that is all I need to be to pray for my kids. That is all any mother (now or future) needs.

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    2. Nice one! hmmmm how can one join from Abuja? I will only need the prayer points I guess, while I join in the spirit.

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    3. My love, all you need is the book and your heart! Who knows, we may host one in Abuja in the future. You know I have always thought you were in the States!

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  2. I agree with you completely. motherhood in these times can be quite scary sometimes, not with all we had to deal with... and to think we thought we had seen it all while growing up!!! Anyway, God dey. I would love to be a part of it (((hmmm, now how do I get a day off from work)))). Loorrrd, have mercy!

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    1. Bernnie, please try. The planned date is far away enough for you to ask for the day way in advance. The key is to ask NOW to give enough notice to your boss(es) or direct Supervisor. God will give us all favour!

      I do hope you can come. But over and above that, I do hope you continue to pray, every day for your kids and use this book. It covers it all.

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  3. Salt, praying for our children is much needed. Also, Stormie Omartian is a great author. I have the power of a praying wife and the power of a praying woman. Those are good as well. I try my best to keep my girls lifted in prayer because times just aren't like they use to be. good post:-)

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    1. Martina, all her books are great! She has somehow managed to cover all the key areas we need to be praying for when it comes to our children and our husbands. The world is for sure not like it used to be. My daughter was just telling me her school had a drill in her school yesterday to know what to do in case there is an attack on the school! I mean, I never heard of anything like that EVER when I was in school! Thanks for coming by!

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  4. Beautıful ınıtıatıve. Count me ın. God bless you for thıs.

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    1. Oh, Unyime, eyen eka nmi! Thank you. Please look in your mail box. I have sent a mail. I am so grateful to God for bringing you to join with me on this.To God alone be all the glory. ALL you will see in my mail to you is totally God's ideas and thoughts......I just wrote as he spoke.......

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  5. I love how you put this: "I thank God for allowing verbal u-turns"
    I've been granted quite a few of those!
    I pray for my child, but I must say that I need to pray more for her. She's 6 years old and never too young to be tempted by Satan...
    Great post

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  6. @Patrice: Hey! Thanks for coming by! My word, how many times has God granted me u-turns, verbal and physical? what a merciful forgiving God we have, right? Ah, over here we say there is no 'overdose on prayer' which means you can never pray too much and that includes praying for our kids....

    May God hide your daughter in the secret place of his tabernacle. May she continue to grow in the stature and mind of Christ! In Jesus name. Amen!

    So that by the time she is nine which I understand in the age from which we become answerable for our actions, she will know 'to choose life' always.

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  7. Hi sis, I hadn't read this post until our conversation this morning. Pls count me in. God bless you for being obedient. I understand about your taking a while to do the post. I can so relate. It would have been safer not to, cos there really is no going back now. Funny enough, this morning what God spoke to me was ''Move! Staying in your safe space will keep you from bringing full glory to Me'. I'm so glad you moved sis.

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    1. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you Audrey! I tell you, I am thrilled by the calibre of women/moms that are joining up to do this! To God be praised! To God alone be the praise for touching the hearts of his daughters! Yes, Audrey, I too thank God for making me MOVE!!!!! At the end of the day, that is all I have to do, He has shown me HE will do the rest! Halleluyah!!!!!

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  8. @ Salt, please fill me in on the book. Thanks.

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    1. The Power of a Praying Parent is a fantastic book and is available in almost all Christian book store. For sure, you will find it at Laterna Bookstore.

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