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Seeds of Devotion
By Julia Attaway

A Prayer for Life with Teenagers

I have a simple rule for life with teenagers. When a kid starts getting argumentative or difficult, I pray.

It’s always the same prayerHoly Spirit, give me the words.

I pray it before I speak. Holy Spirit, give me the words. Sometimes I need it each time I open my mouth: Holy Spirit, give me the words.

At times I hear wise things coming out of my lips, calm observations that I know were not in my head even a split second before. Other times nothing comes to mind, and I know to be silent.

Holy Spirit, give me the words.

Julia Attaway is a freelance writer, homeschooler and mother of five. She is the editor of Daily Guideposts: Your First Year of Motherhood, a book of devotions for first-time moms. She lives in New York.