In 1992 when Sarah was born a friend came to visit. She had had a baby girl within the year and we were discussing how we could have never imagined how much we love our babies! She asked me if I could have one wish for Sarah what would it be. I think I answered that she would always be safe but that question stayed with me for years. As I grew in my faith I quickly learned the answer to that question.
1 Samuel 1:27-28 says, "I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord." I did pray for my girls when I was pregnant but I cannot say I handed them over at that point. It was when I knew God was the priority in my life that I was able to do that. I knew He loved them even more than I did. That is also when I believed Psalm 127: 3, "Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him."
My wish for my girls is that they will always have a growing relationship with God. Then I know that they will live their lives in joy. Trials and tribulation will come....that is scriptural. But they will know who and whose they are and they will see God in all things. They will live their life in joy both in this life and the one to come for all eternity. What more could a mother want?
The Bible tells us in Proverbs 22:6, "start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it." What comfort this verse gave my parents while I was "off track." This Mother's Day weekend I am so grateful I was born into a Christian family. I am grateful for being raised in church and I continue to be grateful for all of the prayers by my parents. What are you thankful for this Mother's Day weekend?