Dear Sweet Jesus,
I count it an incredible opportunity that I get to raise two beautiful children while at the same time walking out our calling as a family to care for the orphan and the widow as it talks about in James 1:27. It hasn’t been easy, but I know that you know that.
My kids have seen and experienced more at their age than most adults. Help them put words to the feelings going on inside that sometimes feels at a different maturity level than their age warrants. Guard the tender places of their hearts.
On our recent trip to Kenya, my heart swelled with pride to see those two, only 12 and 10, loving with a Christlike, selfless love. May compassion continue to drive them far into adulthood to love without restraint caring for the least of these. May their lives be like Matthew 5:14, like a city set on a hill shining bright.
Their lives are so different than most kids’. May they never feel like they’ve missed out on “normal” but may they embrace the richness of this life that you’ve called this family to. I pray they are wrecked for the ordinary and that You use them to do far more than we, their parents, ever did or do. May they dream big and follow You wherever You may lead.
You’ve taught us, as a family, to love deep and to walk through challenges with Your grace and strength. There’s been happy times and difficult times. We’ve had to say goodbye more than we care to count. Sometimes I want to shield them, because they are just kids, but then I remember than You don’t give us more than we can handle. You are right there with us. Faithful. That doesn’t just apply to me but to my kids as well.
May their relationship with You always outweigh anything they can do for You. May you always be The Source of where their strength, love, and life comes from. Continue to mold them and make them to be more like You. I pray that they will be known for their good Jesus – like character which will, in turn, make them leaders driven by humility and grace.
Jesus, please also continue to teach me to parent well. In the midst of the calling at hand, I’ve worried that I haven’t always balanced ministry and family well. Please fill in the gaps where I fall short, and keep my heart in tune to priorities. You first. Family second. Ministry third. It’s way too easy to reverse that order, and the only place that ends in is disaster.
I want to end this prayer with thankfulness. Thank You for this life you’ve called us to. Thank You that my kids have gotten to be a part of miracles. Thank You that they’ve learned to hear Your voice and see Your hand at work in our lives. Thank You for using this family to love the orphaned and vulnerable children. You are too good in our lives, and for that, I can’t say thank You enough.
With all the love in my heart,
Jen, the world changer who wants nothing more than to know You more and follow wherever You may lead.
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