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Twana:
Other than the love of God, there is non greater than the love of a praying mom. Sarah Watkins shares with us the wisdom of a lifetime of prayer, beginning in the early days of motherhood are her 2, now adult, sons, to reflect on her own growth in prayer, an amazing intervention from God, and the subsequent result of her life as a praying mom.

Sarah:
There was a period in my life when I had a good prayer life and that was between when I was a young lady and growing up, when I had kids, because my mom made me go to church. But then as I got older and I had kids of my own. My prayer life changed to start being concerned with them so I stopped praying for me and started praying mostly for my kids.

Then there was another period where I kind of dropped away from praying period because I became angry because I had a separation from my spouse and I had the responsibility of my kids. And he just was free to go and do whatever he wanted to do and I just felt like, you know, I'm stuck with the kids. I was a little bit upset because I had to make a way for everybody and he was free and single. Then one day it just dawned on me and I looked at my boys and I said 'they didn't have to come here, I brought them here, it's just me and my boys.'

Twana:
It was an affirmation that not only reignited her prayer life but set her on the path of succesful single parenting.

Sarah:
Once I made that decision that it was me and my boys, I started going back to church because I could see at this particular age, they were 12 and 13 and I figured 'well I don't want them to start getting with the wrong crowd.' So I said 'I got to get back in church.' Then I got back in church and I realized I didn't need a whole lot and all I needed was God. Then they got into church and I kept them in and I started praying and I prayed for them more than I prayed for myself because I wanted to make sure that they had a discerning spirit to know how to stay away from the wrong crowd. And by me praying for them, my spirit got better and the better I got, the better they got.

Twana:
As time went on, Sarah's saw the fruit of her labor; God answering her prayers but not exactly in the way she had planned.

Sarah:
First I started seeing it in my kids because at one point I would have to chastise them and I realized when they got about 13 and 14, I never had to chastise them. They did maybe one or two things, but I sent boundries; certain things they weren't allowed to do, certain areas that they weren't allowed to go. And I spent most of my time with them; taking them this place or to the library, or taking them fishing, which I didn't like fishing, but I took them fishing because I didn't like worms.

So I did all kinds of things with them that, even though I didn't want to do it, but I wanted them to do wholesome things so that they would experience the goodness of God, and know that all the things weren't so good; we were struggling sometimes, trying to make ends meet. But we had eachother; we would do a talent show on Friday night, just me and the boys, we would do games and stuff like that just to keep them busy. So I realize that God was answering my prayers, I just had to accept the way that it was being answered.

Twana:
Sarah would find that her prayers for them went beyond their general well being, but also included help for their moral integrity.

Sarah:
My prayer was that they would be good, honorable, decent young men with good moral character, treated the way that they wanted to be treated, not worry about the color of their skin or of anybody, not worry about if the girl or young lady that they want to date was beautiful or ugly, not worry about their beauty because I always taught them that the beauty on the outside is not the beauty on the inside, and that I would be happy with them even if they didn't think the girl was beautiful, that as long as she had a good heart and a caring spirit. I always used to tell them "Never look at the outside beauty of a woman, but look at the heart, and if they can respect older seniors, then you know that they have a pretty decent heart."

Twana:
Looking back on her prayer life over the years, her boys now full grown men, Sarah can see how she's grown spiritually and is reminded of a difficult time when God made his will knowsn to her, directly.

Sarah:
One of the biggest problems that came up for me was my son when I prayed for him to get off of drugs. And I prayed and I kept saying "God, I know you got him." And I didnt trust it, I didn't trust it. For the longest time I kept praying and when he would call I would be always trying to send money or I would try to bargain, but then I made up my mind one day through prayer and through a revelation and through a vision. I woke up at 3 O'Clock in the morning and it was like a vision from god and it said to me "I'm working a miracle in this man, and if you don't leave him alone and let me do what I got to do, I'm going to take you out of here." That was 5 years ago. Right after that happened I said to myself "Somethings going on in my life." I went to the doctor and the doctor said "You have a clogged artery in your brain and it's inoperable." So I said "Woah, so that's what he meant." So at that point I changed my thought.

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