Making Your Car a Sanctuary

Making your car a sanctuary. // ohAmanda.com

I’ve always wanted our kids to feel the most comfortable, the most celebrated and the most accepted in our home. My friend Kat takes it a step further and says she wants her children to feel God’s presence–his peace, love and goodness when they climb into the minivan after school and practices.  I love the idea of our car, our house and anywhere our family is together, as a comforting little bubble.

This morning, I felt tension in the car. Maybe it was the half-eaten apple in the back seat, the fact we didn’t finish our homework from the day before or the argument-about-nothing as we walked down the stairs. I could have given the kids a talking to, or sat in silence on the way to school. Instead, I fished out Yancy’s Roots for the Journey CD and sang over my kids.

Roots For the Journey at YancyNotNancy.com

Yup. Sang over them. I cranked up the volume enough so no one could talk and I sang. I’m not a singer, y’all. But I sang every word of those Scripture-based songs as a loud prayer over my kids.

I sang and prayed they would know God’s new mercies this morning and that they would rely on God’s joy for their strength. I sang and prayed they would remember God as their strong tower, the One who keeps them safe–“safe in His arms, safe in His hands, safe in His love that is never going to end, safe when they wake up, safe when they sleep.” I sang and prayed they would recognize God as their perfect Creator, the one who knows them and loves them just as they are.

In that short drive, on the way to school, I felt God’s presence in our car. God’s Word, put to music, was living and active in our car. I believe it was a prophetic, powerful prayer–not because I prayed it, or because Yancy recorded it. But because GOD’S WORD IS LIVING AND ACTIVE, sharper than any double-edged sword! And when we speak God’s Word (YES, SPEAK IT! OUT LOUD!) over our children, over our lives, over our husbands, our friends and family–we will see God move. We will see God’s Word for what it is–alive!

Maybe you wouldn’t belt out a song in the car, but you can walk through your kids’ rooms while they are at school and pray God’s Word over their beds and their desks. You can lay hands on their heads while they sleep and pray God’s peace, provision and power in their lives. God’s already laid out so many promises and directions in His Word. Use His words to pray for your children. Create a place of peace and comfort in your car, in your home–not just by having freshly-baked cookies when they come home, or hugs when they walk through the door–but by surrounding your children with God’s powerful, living Word!

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This reminds me, the 21 Days of Prayers for Sons begins on October 1. If you want to take an active, purposeful step in praying for your kids (specifically your boys),  join this challenge!

Also, Yancy’s Roots for the Journey is free on Amazon Prime! Or you can snag your own CD for the car on her website.

Oh! And one more thing–the Atlanta Area Truth in the Tinsel Swap Party registration is OPEN! See all the details here! Spaces are limited, so sign up quick-like, Georgia peaches!
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Well, hello there!

It’s been a whole month since I’ve been in these here parts! During my little bloggy break, as you know, Asa started kindergarten. With our homeschool-hybrid, he goes to school two days a week with Lydia. I assumed those two days–MY two alone days would be full of answering my emails, finishing posts I’ve had in my drafts folder and other such super-star-blogger practices. If nothing else, my house would be cleaner, right?

The very first day I was home without the kids, I was literally standing in the middle of the house looking up at the sky wondering what in the world I should do. I felt absolutely lost. I knew I was supposed to do something productive but just couldn’t put my finger on exactly what that productive thing should be. It got a little better the next few days but then, well, LIFE took over. I had to help the kindergarten teacher (and lots of other moms) cut out crafts for Art class, I went to Moms in Prayer, I had to run errands for my husband, I went to the grocery store and all sorts of other…STUFF.

Anywhoo, the break was good, too. I was much more singularly focused on school and home this last month. But then, something began to sneak up on me that got my focus moved and my heart-rate pumping a bit. Do you know that there are only FIFTEEN Saturdays until CHRISTMAS?! Y’all. That means there are only TWELVE Saturdays until Truth in the Tinsel begins! You might not know (or you might, because I talk about it every year) that October through December are straight up Truth-in-the-Tinsel time in my inbox and mind. And ever since my friend Sunny’s post about a Truth in the Tinsel Swap Party, I’ve had it in mind to do a meet-up of all the Atlanta-area Truth in the Tinsel folks to have our own little Swap Party.

So, I did it! I got it all squared away and figured out and now, my Atlanta-area friends, you are cordially invited to a Truth in the Tinsel Swap Party on Sunday, October 12th!

SAVE THE DATE: Atlanta-area Truth in the Tinsel Swap Party coming October 12!

What’s a Swap Party? Well, basically, it’s like a cookie exchange party. But instead of bringing 4 dozen cookies, you bring a slew of craft supplies all ready to go for one of the days of Truth in the Tinsel (maybe enough black paper and tissue paper for 24 people to make the day Day 1 candle) and then you’ll switch out with the other people at the party and when you walk away–you’ll have EVERY SINGLE craft ready to go for Advent! How cool is that?!

Registration will begin later this week and will include all the details (including time, location, what craft to bring, childcare, super-fun extras and more!) And if you’re not in Atlanta (*sniff*), don’t worry, we’ll be sharing the fun with you, too! I’ll also be keeping track of all the details and behind-the-scenes so you can craft your own Swap Party!

So, right now? All I want you to do is be CRAZY EXCITED about this, share it with all your Atlanta-area friends and then leave me a comment telling me how excited you are there are only 12 weeks till Christmas!! The registration will be limited (based on the venue) so make sure you’re subscribed to ohAmanda to get the most instant updates and are a friend on Facebook so you don’t miss the announcement when registration opens!

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