In just a few days, my daughter will be celebrating her 12th birthday. Time passes so quickly and in another twelve months, I will be the mother of a teenager. As she heads into this new territory, I began thinking about how much she will have to face in the years ahead. And with it being Mother’s Day weekend, I decided to put those thoughts into a prayer, cause that’s what we Moms do best. We pray for our children…without ceasing.
First and foremost, keep her safe, Lord. Put a hedge of protection around her always and keep her safe from harm.
I pray that she turns to you when she cannot make a decision on her own. When friends are pushing her to do the wrong thing, I pray she remembers to ask You first …what would be most pleasing to You?
Remain near to her always so that her faith grows stronger. Give her the ability to share with people how amazing You are.
Guide her in her thoughts and actions. If she sees a classmate who is struggling, left out or alone, give her the courage to be that one friend that reaches out to a lost soul.
Lead her to her passion. Show her the gifts you have instilled in her and help her to find a way to use them to her fullest potential.
Let compassion continue to dwell in her heart and freckles cover her cheeks.
Let her mind remain curious about things.
Show her how to be confident but not arrogant.
Let her always be as honest with me in the years ahead as she is now.
She will have struggles. You will use these to show her how to be dependent on You. Go easy on her please. Never more than she can handle or that the two of you can’t handle together.
As she enters her teen years, steer her toward the good boys, even when she seems to want to go in the other direction. Help her discern who is right and who is wrong for her. This one will be a biggie.
And finally, grant her patience with me, as I learn to have continued patience with her. Some days she will hate me. Let those moments pass quickly and remind her that I would walk to the ends of the earth for her.