I pray you know how much we love you, not because we are the perfect parents, but because we have Christ in us to show us the way of humility, service, love, and sacrifice. I pray you see those traits in us — and that when we get it wrong, we apologize and you see that God can redeem even our failures.
I pray you know that we value you immensely – not because you’re our only or because we prayed and waited for you for many years – but because you are made in the image of God (Gen. 1:26-27), precious in His sight. I pray you understand that the world doesn’t revolve around you, but that your purpose is much nobler and higher – to glorify the God who made you (1 Corinthians 10:31), the One who knit you in my womb (Psalm 139:13-14).
He has given us a beautiful world where we can see His majesty in nature (Psalm 19) and His steadfast love through His mercy to us and others (Psalm 103:8; Psalm 145:8-9). I pray you will see God – when you look for Him with a pure heart, He can be found (Matt. 5:8).
I pray that you know God designed our family – he put you specifically with your Dad and me, and we are honored to have this sacred calling to be your parents. When we are impatient, tired, wrong, or unsure, I pray you know that we try to rely on God’s Word and the Holy Spirit for wisdom, strength, and self-control (Psalm 143:10).
I pray that you come to know Jesus personally, not just in your head, but in your heart so it changes your life here and for eternity (John 10). He will go before you – and once you catch up with Him, He will never leave you or forsake you (Deut. 31:8). I hope you know following Jesus has been our greatest calling and adventure.
I love all of your questions and big vocabulary. I love your ability to go along with the family on big and small adventures. I know you have mommy’s struggle with wanting to persevere with hard things. I pray you know that God will help you do all He calls you to do (Phil. 4:13). I know you love to move, and I pray you use that energy to serve, be kind, and encourage others.
Of course I want to keep you safe from all hurt and harm, but I know that I cannot keep every heartbreak or disappointment at bay, nor should I. I pray we teach you through example how to handle life with grace and endurance – that our good God can be trusted with life’s hardest days (Psalm 27:13). Getting you in our arms was a hard thing, but it’s been one of life’s greatest treasures.
We love you, our sweet boy. Our family is small, but abounds in love because Christ first loved us (I John 4:19).
Thank you for calling me Mommy, Mama, Mom. I’m thankful every day.
(because I’m no longer “Mommy” to you, my big seven year old.)