Friday, March 18, 2011

Spiritual and natural parenting...no easy job, but oh the rewards...


Larry and I performed the wedding ceremony for this sweet couple last night ~ Brad and Amber Richards.  We are so proud of them for how far they have come!   We have watched them grow so much...coming to Celebration this past summer and giving their lives to Jesus, and maturing so much during this time.  My husband commented yesterday about how Brad and Amber are both like 'sponges' ~ taking every word that comes out of our mouths, just soaking it up.  They never miss church unless it's a true emergency.  They are there, on the edge of their seats - fully participating and ready for change.  Their growth is a reflection of their passionate pursuit of God.  Brad and Amber, we are so proud of you, and we love you so much.

What a responsibility it is to be a spiritual parent!   Leaders, take note!!   There ARE people taking in each and every word we say, so let's be real careful what we put out there!  

In other news, Jordan turns 20 today.  How is this possible?  It was just yesterday that I was pulling him down from the countertops and his Daddy was getting him off of the roof of McDonalds!  Time flies.  I'm saddened at how fast.   We don't really get to celebrate as a family today because he is headed to PK retreat with his sister ~ he as a counselor, she as an attender.  They will have a blast but we'll be separated on his special day and will have a family dinner and celebrate upon his return.

What a responsibility it is to be a natural parent.  I've learned so much ~ the hard way.  Jordan has also taken in the words I've said and things I've done.   I've had many victories, also mistakes.  God's grace has been there to make up for my shortcomings.    I love Jordan so much and I'm proud to call him my son.

Please keep Jordan in prayer.  He may be 20 years old now but no less in need of prayer.  God has a special assignment for his life and the enemy would love to destroy it.  The most important thing I commit to do for Jordan's birthday is uphold him in prayer ~ to stand in the gap for him, and believe for God's favor in his life ~ all the rest of the days of his life.  Please join me in prayer as it comes to mind, for my precious baby boy.  He'll always be that to me no matter how old he gets. 

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