There are nights, after long, exhausting days, when I am seriously praying for my kid to calm down and go to sleep so that I can have peace. The moment arrives when he has finally passed out. I pick him up and he nuzzles into my neck. I stand at his crib and, try as I might, I cannot put him down. I hold him, swaying back and forth, and talk to God about this beautiful miracle that I have been blessed with.
I love these quiet moments in the dark of Little Man’s bedroom. I thank God for him, pray that He will keep him safe and healthy. I also pray that I will be a decent mom and that Luke and I will be good examples for our son. I pray for his future. His school, career, the people that he will meet, his future spouse (who might not even be born yet). I pray that he will grow up to be a strong Christian man.
The hardest thing I pray about is acknowledging that this child is not mine but His. Little Man was given to me to raise but he truly belongs to God. I think it’s extremely difficult to remember that as a parent. After all, our children grow inside our bodies and we work to get them out. We stay up late and make too many sacrifices to count. They are almost like our own personal trophies for surviving parenthood. The truth of the matter is that they are blessings given to us to mold into Christ loving human beings with the hope that maybe others will find Christ through them.
As I reflect on the recent Las Vegas shooting all that I can say is hold your loved ones tight. Continue to pray for them. You never know what the day will bring. Hopefully your loved ones will be able to shine a light in the midst of an unfortunate tragedy.
Prayer is so powerful and I urge you to pray for those around you. In the midst of tragedy or triumph lift your brothers and sisters and children to Christ. When you tell someone you are praying for them, mean it, do it, don’t make an empty promise. Faith can move mountains.
Matthew 17:20 -Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.
Philippians 1:6 – “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in your will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Psalm 127:3-5 – “Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.”