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A Father's Prayer

 

I sit here and wonder about my son’s future. He is such a wonderful little man who says thank you and will stand there…anywhere…holding the door for any woman who will walk through it. It does not matter if a man walks up to hold the door for the woman or not he just says I got it and lets the man go in as well. I love hearing his screams of DADDY’S HERE DADDY’S HERE every time I get the chance to pick him up.

Like tonight. I went to pick him up at my ex in-laws and hear Daddy’s here and I just smile. Then I listened to his day. He then asked me to pick him up and carry him to the car. Brandon is now seven and weighs quiet a bit. It is not easy for me to carry him with my back being the way it is but I cherish it non the less. For I know that there will come a day when I will no longer be able to do this at all.

At moment he still loves taking pictures of himself. His selfies are always hilarious. He is always so sweet when I ask him to take a picture with me. I love of our father/son moments.

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I also know that there may come a day in the not too distant future where he will no longer want me to pick out his clothes, make his plate at dinner or stay in the bathroom as he takes a bath while playing with his cars.. Those are the little treasures of fatherhood that I know will disappear but my prayers for him go way past the age of not wanting me to do these things. I pray for not only today but for his future.

Brandon has so many choices ahead of him. Many of these choices will be a matter of the heart. Some of those choices will be in black and white areas while others will be “gray”. I pray that when those gray decisions present themselves he will call on the Lord for guidance. For I am living proof that gray areas can and do blur the lines between black and white. I can only hope that through my prayers that I can lead him properly according to scripture and with integrity.

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Father,

I want to thank you for Brandon. Lord, I know it was only by your will that Brandon is even here and that you have a specific plan for his life. It was through you that he came to be. I mean his mom was not even supposed to be able to become pregnant for several more months upon removing the birth control method that we chose. It was also a tough pregnancy for her. And we almost lost Brandon more than once. And yet here he is Lord, so full of energy and love.

I ask for strength Lord. Your word says that if we train up a child in the way he should that when he is old, he will not depart from it. But Lord, I will need a lot of help in this area. I ask that you send Godly men into my life who have or are doing great jobs in raising their children.

I pray that I may be an example for him to witness living out your word.

Lord, I am actually scared. Things are so different from when I was growing up. Access to so many things are just too easy. I know he will not find an access to porn through me or his mom for that matter but with things the way they are now I know he will run across it at one time or another. I ask Lord that he always remembers what he has been told by me and his mom. But more importantly Lord let him remember what your word says in 1 Corinthians 10:13 that there is not a single temptation that someone else has not gone through. Nor will you allow him to be tempted above that he can handle and that you will always provide a way out. Lord, I pray he sees those ways out and takes them.

I know he will get picked on in school. It comes with the name but Lord, let him understand that his value is in you and not with what the world or his friends think.

I pray for his future wife. I ask Lord, that you prepare her heart for his love but more importantly that she will have a heart for you.

Lord give him wisdom and allow him the strength and desire to learn from others as well as my mistakes I have made and his own mistakes that he will make.

I love him so much Lord. I look at him often and just say to myself “Why me?” And yet, I do not sit there and ponder that question anymore as you have shown me why. And I thank you for that knowledge Lord..being chosen is a very important role. Thank you for choosing me to be the one to raise, nurture and love this little man of mine.

I ask these things of you in the name of your Son Jesus Christ

Amen

Now that Brandon has seen me writing this and has had me to read this to him after almost each sentence I have written…he wants to say hi.1036

MY DAD IS SO KIND BECAUSE EVERY TIME I WALK THROUGH THE DOOR HE GIVES A HUG AND SUGARS AND HE PRAYS FOR ME…BRANDON

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