Four Things I Pray for my Children

When it comes to praying for my children and grandchildren I have expressed no greater passion. It comes natural for a grandparent to pray for their grandchildren and a parent to pray for their children but I have felt that I needed to be more defined in my requests. More than “Bless them, Lord.” I needed to pray a definite and detailed request for God to actually move into their home and personal life and be the third person of their marriage and the unseen guest at every meal.  I wanted to pray, believe and record the results but “Bless them, Lord” didn’t cover all the bases.

Here are the four things I pray for my children and grandchildren.

Protection They must be kept from the invisible influences of evil that can pull at their tender hearts and minds – they must be protected. Swaying compromises and unbalanced convictions can turn their life in another direction – they must be protected. Crime, accidents, disease and trouble must be kept away – they must be protected. Wrong friends, temptations and a fading spiritual life can ruin them – they must be protected. I pray for their protection.

Preservation Life has a way of dragging you down, dragging you around and dragging you away – I pray for their preservation. Stability, closeness, and family ties are important – I pray for their preservation. Marriage, love and togetherness are valuable – I pray for their preservation. Faithfulness, committment and bonding are needed – I pray for their preservation.

Provision I don’t pray for riches but I do pray for their needs to be met. I don’t pray for wealth but I do pray they will live debt free.I don’t pray they will build bigger barns but I do pray they will be abundantly blessed. Every need to be supplied, every care to be placed in the hands of God, and every day to be filled with thanksgiving for His faithfulness.

Presence When praying for my children and grandchildren I pray most passionately about the manifest presence of God in their home and daily life. I firmly believe when God is present not much else can survive. I pray for the living room, bedrooms and kitchen is filled with the presence of God. Their heart, mind and soul is filled with the presence of God. Their home, church and school is filled with he presence of God. I pray for the presence of God to be living, active and working in their daily life.

Prayer is essential and not a routine , especially when it comes to praying for our children and grandchildren, let us pray.

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Previewing the Galley Proof

The Galley Proof may be the most important part of the publishing experience. Many will say “you can’t judge a book by its cover” but you can judge a book by its interior. The proof must be exactly the way you want the interior of your book to look once published.

The Galley Proof is the last opportunity to examine the interior of the manuscript before the “sign off” sheet before the manuscript goes to print. Before you sign the “sign off” sheet here are a few things you need to check.

Make sure the manuscript is the last manuscript you sent to the check in coordinator Small changes may have been made at the last-minute and it is important to make sure those last-minute changes made it to the interior designer.

Check for detail and for overall design  It is easy to fall in love with the design and the feeling of accomplishment that small details go unnoticed. Designers are not editors. Read the text for clarity, flow, bold face and italics typing, column headers and footnote calibration. The details of each are important to give your book a professional feeling.

Make sure the blank pages are correct Title pages need to always start on the odd page, (1,3,5.7, etc.) Behind each section heading a blank page may need to be added so the chapter title begins on the odd page. A good design team is able to add blank pages to make the flow and feel of the manuscript better rather than cramped together.

Check proper spacing There should be enough space between paragraphs, illustrations and sketches or photos (if used) to provide a comfortable feeling to the interior design. Crowding the text makes for an uncomfortable read.

Easy text font The font can change the mood of the book, the font must express the tone of the manuscript and be comfortable reading for the reader.

Read and reread No doubt you are ready to have a published book in your hand but like a pregnant woman waiting for a baby you can go on a walk but usually the baby comes when the baby is ready. Read and reread the text. It is better to spend time reading and rereading than it is swallow your pride later when a mistake has been made.

Don’t announce the publication of your book You will celebrate – don’t celebrate too early.Wait till the publisher has announced a print date before you post a sale, book signing or announcement of availability. The printing may still be out 4 to 6 weeks. Patience is a virtue and one that is difficult to attain at this point in the publishing process. Take your time but be quick to meet any deadlines. Don’t linger or delay but work calmly through the process.

Now, go get another cup of coffee and preview your Galley Proof.

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