A Prayer for Their Struggle

We are now a little over a month into the new school year and I wanted to share a prayer I wrote a few years ago. The prayer is a prayer for their struggles. As a mom, seeing our child struggle can be heart breaking. I remember my mom often saying one of the hardest parts of being a parent is watching your child struggle and how painful it can be on a mother’s heart. But she also shared that watching them face their struggle and use their challenges to do good is one of the most rewarding parts of parenthood. 

So here is to all the parents who have a child who is struggling. May these words give you peace, comfort, strength and the wisdom to continue your job as a parent. Remember, our job is not to take away their struggle, but instead learn how to use the lessons they learned in their struggle, to do good in this world. 

A prayer for their struggle: 

“Thank you for this gift of this child __________ you have given me, as we enter a new school year I pray that the struggles will not define him/her, but strengthen ____________.

That __________ knows the struggles are not a symbol of all he/she cannot do … but a window to see all he/she is capable of.

I ask that his/her struggles are not to be seen as an obstacle, but instead an opportunity  to:

  • grow stronger
  • be grateful for all that she has
  • be humbled and know, ultimately we are not in control

Let the trials and struggles _____________ face will be seen as an opportunity to receive your wisdom, guidance, strength and grace.

I ask that his/her struggles don’t define him/her, but instead is used to refine _________ into a person who embodies your love and walks in his/her purpose.

Finally, please give me the wisdom and strength to grow, prune and nurture this child into the man/woman __________ is designed to become.” 


Yvette has a pretty simple philosophy: feed yourself well on the inside so you can live well on the outside. New Orleans native who has called Lafayette home for the past 10 years, she knows how important food is to the Louisiana life. Wife to a LSU football and duck hunting fanatic, mom to two busy girls, and mompreneur with her own business, keeping healthy and sane is essential to balancing the juggling act.  A graduate from Louisiana State University, Yvette is a registered dietitian nutritionist for Eat Fit Acadiana and creator of Foodspirations.  Her passion of inspiring women to show up and rise up, facing both the beautiful and messy pieces of life, embracing all they are, and putting the best version of themselves out in the world. 


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