W hands the phone over. We’re in the car, driving home with grout for the new shower tiles. “Who is it?” I ask.
“Jeremy, he says, glancing at the screen as he slides the IPhone bar to ‘on.’
“Hi Mom.” In his low-key way, with just a hint of excitement in his voice, we get the good news that our eldest is engaged to his best friend Rebekah, a wonderful Christian woman. We’ve known her since she was a young girl, picking through songs on the piano keys in my studio. We've watched her grow through her teens into a lovely gal who loves God… and loves our son. Besides, her mom and dad are some of our best friends.
When we pray for our kids, we offer their life choices to God. As far as possible, we send them into the world with no strings attached but the reassurance of our love and prayers. What careers will our children choose? Will they live close by or move away? Who will come into their lives to join their family to ours? When our children respond to God’s leading, we can trust them. Release them with open arms and warm hugs.
All the years of prayer come together in these special phone calls, in these moments of new beginnings. As I pray for Jeremy and Rebekah, there’s a big smile on my face. Glory to God!
*Shout with joy to God, all the earth! Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious! Say to God, "How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power that your enemies cringe before you. All the earth bows down to you; they sing praise to you, they sing praise to your name." Psalm 66:1-4 NIV
*For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV
*For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil. Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? 1 Peter 2:12-13 NLT
*In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 1 John 4:10-11 NLT