Meanwhile, We Pray…

Scan_8When our children were really young, a mom of teens shared, “I pray almost every day for each of our children’s mate.”

Silently I thought, “Well, that’s a good prayer. But that’s a long ways down the road. I’ll add it later.”

My mind already overflowed with prayer needs for the current season.
Potty-training, sharing, sleep, wellness…
…Patience, guidance and getting everything done.

Because it wasn’t pressing, I wasn’t motivated.

075_75Several years after Terrell and I were married, an older couple approached me at an event my husband and I were attending. After introducing themselves, one said, “We’re so glad to meet you. We prayed for years for you.” They attended my husband’s church when he was single.

No words. Strangers praying for me, a stranger. For my path and development over many years.

That day I jotted some prayers in my Quiet Time journal that I pray daily for each of our children and their mate. Here are a few: That they love Jesus most. That they love, honor and cherish each other. That they’re each other’s best friend.

To love Jesus most is a lifelong journey. Learning to love, honor and cherish another person is learned over the course of lots of relational experiences, the painful and pleasant. Understanding how to be a good friend takes time, which often includes trial.

get-attachment-68.aspxOur son Ellison asked a beautiful young woman to marry him a few months ago. Her name is Carter. Our whole family is excited and thankful to God. They love Jesus most. They love, honor and cherish each other and they’re each other’s best friend.

What a privilege God gives us to stand in the gap praying for our children and for those they will love – for their protection and development. And for their continued growth throughout their lives.

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people…” (1 Timothy 2.1)

16 thoughts on “Meanwhile, We Pray…

  1. Loved reading this. How awesome that Ellison is engaged. Wow!! Tried to catch you at church on Sunday. Loved hearing Terrell’s sermon but so wanted to talk to you. Too many people trying to grab you and the grandchildren were running away from me:)
    hugs and love

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  2. Love this…..we are all so thankful for you and your family and rejoice that Ellison has found God’s best for him in Carter! Am still praying for my 3 and your words have encouraged me in this! Love to you…..love to Terrell! Katie

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  3. Congratulations Teresa! I am so happy for you and your family and the lucky young lady who will be your new daughter. As a mother of 3 boys, I have prayed throughout their life for Gods hand in the choosing of their mate and for their listening ability! Miss you.

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  4. Beautiful words to share and a beautiful couple. We are so excited for them.
    I pray everyday for my boy’s and their future mates–Love you! Kara

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    • Thank you for reading this afternoon! That means so much. If you have the time, I did a 31 day focus called “Loving You MOST, Jesus.” Also, I read your “about” today. What a beautiful transition. I pray God’s blessings to you and your ministry.

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