My Children. You are my breath and depth of life. You help me find joy in darkness and peace in chaos. My day starts with prayers for you, continues with prayers for you, and ends with prayers for you. You are each so different, in your own quirky ways, and yet so alike in your humility and compassion. I could not be prouder. God blessed me and trusted me with your lives, and for that I will be forever thankful.
I pray that in each day you will see and receive Hope in every situation. Hope for today, Hope for tomorrow, Hope for eternity. And in those moments, I pray that you will reach out to help another find Hope in their circumstances, for in giving Hope, your Hope will grow brighter. “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” Romans 15:13
I pray that every day you will receive Grace for every situation, and in return, you will give Grace to those who have come short of your expectations. Grace allows people to err and yet be restored once again for any inabilities or lack of judgment in their lives. Grace is our greatest gift from God. For through all of our failures He continues to love us and encourage us, and for that our lives are richer. “By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” Romans 5:2
I pray that each and every day you will receive Mercy, and in return, you will give Mercy to each and every person, animal and situation you encounter. Mercy is the very compassion that we receive, no matter our circumstances or what brought us to those circumstances. With Mercy we see the soul inside of another that may be hidden deep within a hardened exterior, and forgive the trespass. “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.” Matthew 5:7
I pray that Joy will infuse your life so fully that it overflows into the paths of everyone you meet, and captures them in the moment, permeating them for their lifetime. I pray that it will overflow your every action, every word, every step and every essence of your being. I pray that the very Joy within you shines so contagiously that it doubles back and reinfects you over and over again. “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” John 15:11
I pray that in all things you will receive the gift Patience from others, and in turn, you will give the gift of Patience to those struggling to figure things out in this life. More than others, I pray that you will grant Patience to yourself when you are trying and trying to figure out a life lesson and have failed at it over and over again. Patience can seem quite small at times, but most of the time it stretches every muscle and sinew inside of us, putting us on the edge of frustration and anger. Realize that you are not, and never will be a perfect human being and you have permission to fail, many times, in many areas. As long as you are Patient and continue to try, you will never be a failure. “But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” James 1:4
I pray that people will always show you Kindness, and you will honor that gift by showing Kindness to others. Kindness is stepping back and recognizing that everyone has difficult days and it can all be turned around by a simple smile, an offered hand, an opened door, or a simple gift. Kindness embraces sympathy and empathy, without requirement of return. Kindness does not have to cost anything more than a moment in time, and we have a lot of those to share. “For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD.” Psalm 117:2
I pray that you will be surrounded by Goodness, and that in that loving atmosphere, you will show and lead others into Goodness in all that they do. Respect follows goodness and paves the way for all good things. Goodness always receives ultimate favor among men, cherish it. “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:10
I pray that your life will be surrounded by people of Faithfulness and that you will find and live in Faithfulness all of your days. No matter what character a man has, if he is not found faithful to his convictions, he has lost all. Remain faithful to your beliefs, to those who surround you, and most importantly, to God. “It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23
I pray that as you walk through your life you will be treated with Gentleness, and in return you will treat other people, animals and situations with Gentleness. No matter how big, strong, smart or creative you are, Gentleness is a gift that cannot be ignored. Gentleness can turn the heart of the most hostile around in a moment’s time. Gentleness can defuse anger, bring confidence, turn tears to determination, and give another the courage to continue. “To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.” Titus 3:2-3
I pray that you will recognize the strength inside yourself, and that your strength will give you the confidence to maintain Self-Control. So many things in life can drastically change in one moment of lost Self-Control, things that cannot be recovered, things that cannot be fixed, things that are forever lost. I pray that your courage in exhibiting your Self-Control will give others the strength and inclination to maintain their Self-Control. You will be an example to all around you, whether you recognize it or not, and your choices will help others in making their choices, good or bad. I pray that you will always choose wisely. (Self-Control – The virtue of one who masters his desires and passions, especially his sensual appetites). “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance (self-control); and to temperance (self-control) patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:5-8
I pray that you will always walk in the presence of Peace, Peace that surpasses all understanding. Peace that allows you to stand strong in the challenge of fear, in the heat of angry men, in times of eminent danger, in the absence of understanding and the face of the unknown. May Peace overwhelm you and cover you with a shield so graceful, so dense, so all encompassing, that nothing can penetrate it. It will be your defense in the face of all odds. “Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” Luke 1:78-79
Most of all I pray that you will always feel and receive Love. Love is the very center of every person’s being. Love is a feeling that cannot be explained with words. Love is a presence that cannot be shown with actions. Love is something so deep that it can only be experienced. Love can be a feeling between friends, spouses, animals, nature, and the entire environment around you, but it can also be something inside that is very personal between you and God that no one else can share. Love is the very foundation of who you are. Love is your integrity. Love is your humility. Love is your sun and moon and stars. Love is your very breath. Love brings you to tears at the sound of music or the sight of a child. Love turns giants into gentlemen and weaklings into giants. Love makes us go farther that we ever expected we could or would. Love boasts pride and breaks hearts. Love is the greatest gift to mankind by our most wonderful God. I pray that you will never try to harness your Love. I pray that you will always let Love guide you and set your path, for by Love, your path will always be straight. I pray that your Love will be strong. I pray that your Love will be deep. I pray that you will always remember the source of your Love and will praise God for that precious gift. “Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and Love—and the greatest of these is Love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13 “And we have known and believed the Love that God hath to us. God is Love; and he that dwelleth in Love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” 1 John 4:16
This is my prayer for you. I thank God every day for giving me the honor of being your mother. I speak these words over you, and through you, with deep conviction, knowing that the God who created this universe hears every word and answers my prayers with His most gracious wisdom. Never forget who you are or the difference you were called into this world to make. God Bless You.