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Happy Birthday, Dear Jackson!

     I grew up with two sisters and was nearly 9-years old when my little brother arrived on the scene.

     Even though I wanted a son, God instead blessed me with two daughters.

     Our first two grandchildren? You guessed it! Two adorable little girls.

     When we received the news our daughter’s sonogram left no doubt a little boy was going to appear on the family scene, everyone was ecstatic.

     Jackson Eric arrived June 22, 1999.

     I was incredibly privileged to spend the first two weeks of Jackson’s life with him and his family in California. His two older sisters and I made a banner welcoming him home from the hospital. I gave Jackson his first at-home bath, an activity both of my daughters have allowed me to do for each grandbaby.

     From the get-go, our new grandson—a little ‘man-child’—seemed mysterious to me. Before long, I realized my understanding of little boys was minimal. Over the past 17 years, the mystery has subsided, but my admiration for the amazing ‘man-child’ God brought into my life continues to grow.

     Jackson is one of those all-around good kids. He recently returned from the Caribbean, invited to accompany his friend’s family on a fantastic vacation. Jackson is the type of young man you’d like to be your kid’s friend. He’s well mannered, considerate, bright, quiet, and remarkably witty.

     Jackson is a natural-born athlete. Even as a tiny baby, their family doctor was amazed by his muscular definition. While his athletic ability is God-given, what makes Jackson excellent is not only his love for every sport, but his commitment to hard work, his willingness to be coached, his dedication to team and humility concerning his ability.

     Jackson began playing tackle football when he was just a little guy—around 7 years old. This picture, taken after a game played in the rain and mud, is my very favorite snapshot of my firstborn grandson.

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     A couple years ago, while Jackson was visiting us, I told him even though I don’t know much about sports, I do know a good deal about character. I assured my beloved grandson that while his sports ability impresses me, what I truly admire about him is his character.

     Jackson’s athletic prowess will wane. Even in the best human speciman, physical ability diminishes—can even be snatched away. Good character, however, has the ability to grow and develop as a boy, girl, man,or woman chooses to make one good decision upon another.

     Nothing can rob us of our character.

     We sent Jackson his birthday check early this year so he could have a little extra spending money while in the Caribbean. We’re not wealthy people. I’ve often wished I had greater financial resources to share with our kids and grandkids, but there is one thing I can give.

     Prayers.

     Prayers won’t buy ‘stuff,’ but their benefits are priceless and timeless.

     Since my first daughter was a little tyke, I’ve searched for Scripture I could pray for my daughters and grandchildren. In my position as Care Connect Director at Lake City Church, I’ve compiled some of those in a handout we make available to parents, grandparents or people concerned about praying for the special kiddos in their lives.

     Today, as I celebrate the life of my grandson, who’ll soon enter his senior year of high school, I’d like to share some of these Scripture prayers with you, my Listening on the Journey friends.

     Blessings throughout your days and the days of those children you love!

Sue Reeve

Scripture and Prayer

Praying for My Children, Grandchildren or a Child I Love

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. (James 1:5 NLT)

My Prayer: You know I need wisdom, Lord. I need your heart to be the best parent (grandparent/influence) I can be. I’m asking you to direct me in these areas:

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My Thanksgiving today:

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 All your children will be taught by the Lord, and great will be their peace. (Isaiah 54:13 NIV)

My Prayer: Dear Lord, Thank you that you know even what I don’t know about this child’s heart. I’m going to trust you will teach this child what I cannot. I want to partner with you. Help me with:

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Philippians 4:6 & 7 tells me to bring my requests with thanksgiving. Thank you for:

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Satan asked this question of God concerning Job. “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has?” (Job 1:10)

My Prayer: Lord, even as you did for Job so many, many years ago, I ask that you would build a strong hedge of protection around (child’s name). Protect him/her from physical, emotional, intellectual, sexual and spiritual harm. My requests:

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My Thanksgiving today:

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Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. (Luke 2:52 NIV). Also,   (Hebrews 13:21 CEV). I pray that God will make you ready to obey him and that you will always be eager to do right. May Jesus help you do what pleases God.

My Prayer: Thank you, God, for giving me a picture of Jesus as a child. I pray that even as Jesus did, (child’s name) will grow in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man. Help him/her to grow healthy intellectually, physically, spiritually and socially and help him/her desire to do what pleases God. Specifically, help him/her:

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My Thanksgiving today:

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Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it. (Proverbs 22:6 NLT)

My Prayer: I want to see this child grow into a good adult who is a productive citizen and who loves you, Lord. Show me how to direct him/her:

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My Thanksgiving today:

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Random Thoughts About Kindness…

(Part 1)

     Kindness, one of my core values, is the theme of today’s post.

     My older daughter, Angie, who will celebrate another birthday this coming Saturday, taught me an invaluable lesson about kindness when she was around four years old. Both of my daughters seemed to come into the world equipped with innate wisdom, but while Sarah, my younger, displays her wisdom with quiet contemplation, Angie has always been verbally expressive.

     I remember well the important lesson about kindness I learned from the mouth of my babe.

     It was after a full day of work for me and daycare for Angie. I was tired, irritable, trying to complete the never-ending myriad of household chores, which weigh upon the mind of every mom. Angie was acting age-appropriate—rambunctious, a bit ornery— probably desiring some one-on-one attention from her mommy. Instead, I recall, I was yelling at Angie, attempting to align her behaviors with my desires, frustrated my youngster didn’t share my sense of urgency and priority.

     Finally, she’d had enough. Angie placed her little-girl hands on those miniature four-year-old hips and declared firmly, “Mommy, be ye kind one to another!”[1]

     I stopped suddenly, broom in hand. Right in the middle of the kitchen, I realized the rightness of my daughter’s reprimand—a simple but profound Bible verse she’d learned at either her Christian pre-school or Sunday school.

     “Oh, Honey,” I replied, scooping Angie into my arms, “yelling isn’t very kind, is it? Mommy’s sorry!”

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     The saucy wisdom Angie displayed as a four-year-old is evident today as a wife, mom, friend and marketplace worker. Even today, my adult daughter continues sharing insights and speaking nuggets of truth to her mother, a grown-up woman who still tends to get busy and preoccupied with the plethora of responsibilities and activities related to everyday life!

     When Angie celebrates her birthday in a couple days, I assure you, my stylish daughter won’t be wearing a pantsuit similar to the dated version she’s wearing in this picture, but I know she’ll look just as adorable on June 18, 2016, as she looked when she was four years old.

     Happy birthday, dearest daughter! The joy you’ve brought has been an enduring gift to your mama. Thanks for teaching me this very valuable lesson about kindness!

     In subsequent blog posts, I’ll discuss some additional lessons I’ve learned about kindness. I hope you’ll join me then.

     I would love to hear your comments and insights concerning kindness.

     In the meantime…

          May your life journey be filled with kindness….

Sue Reeve

  1. Ephesians 4:32 KJV