“What Moms Do Best”

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.

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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.

Amen.

“Changing the 66%”

There’s this kid. (young man I should say). He’s pretty cool. He likes to goof off and hang out with friends and do the stuff that fourteen year olds do. However, he’s not your average teenager. Statistics show he represents only a third of teenagers in a particular group. This group I’m speaking of is those who believe in God. That means roughly 66% of our teens do not believe God is real, do not pray, do not go to church and do not read the bible. 66%. That’s quite a number.

This young man, Drew, is trying to change that. He wants to make a difference in that percentage. God has laid it on his heart to reach out to those who may not know the written word and he has accepted the challenge and rose to the occasion. I admire him. He is doing something that has and most likely will continue to bring him ridicule and negativity. Does it bother him? I’m sure at times it may. Does it stop him? Absolutely not. No doubt he knows his goal and his reason for doing it and that is a greater reward than any words could ever change.

Drew started a prayer group on Facebook. This was huge for someone his age. His mother shared the story of his group in church and the following day, I joined. As I read through it, I was touched by all that he was doing. It was inspiring to see the praise and encouragement he was giving to his fellow teens (and adults too). As I continued reading though, I was shocked (sort of…honestly a lot of it didn’t surprise me) at the negativity aimed at Drew. There, on his prayer group page, was part of the 66% representing themselves in the cruelest of ways. Foul language and jokes about his faith and beliefs. Being the person he is Drew replied with prayer and scripture suggestions. I can only hope that somehow his words were heard.

His mother also recounted how he called her one day last week from the pool. He wasn’t asking for extra money or a ride home. He wanted her to come to the pool and bring….bibles. Yes, bibles. She admitted she was shocked. When she arrived (stack of bibles in tow), he called his friends over to a table under an umbrella in the corner and right there, at the pool, Drew led an impromptu bible study. He only had five bibles. There weren’t enough to go around so he helped the others download a bible app on their phones. That’s pretty awesome. His mother admits she was still in shock at what was happening, but no doubt was proud. Teenagers (and a couple moms I think) soaking wet, covered in towels sitting there reading the bible and learning a scripture lesson from a fourteen year old.

Could I have done this? Probably not. I’m not sure I would have had the courage. Most of us are afraid of what people will think. Shame on us. We could learn a lot from Drew. He is a true man of God. A warrior for God. Keep it up, Drew. You’re gonna change the world!