Wednesday, November 24, 2010
THE GREATEST GIFT
SO, I'm pitching the ten catalogs a day that arrive in my mailbox, trying to stay out of the stores and refuse to go surfing online! After the wrapping is all done I'll be ready to savor and calmly enjoy the remaining days until Christmas! Anything that is purchased or made now is for the sheer recreation of the process!
I LOVE buying gifts for the kids and grandkids. I spend a lot of time thinking of just the right thing, something that I'm just sure they would enjoy. (It doesn't always work out that way, but I try!)
Today I'm thinking that I've been a little lax on the greatest gift I could give them. During these days as they live through economic struggles, relationship challenges and our unkind, selfish culture I want to spend time in prayer. I am SO thankful for the four big KIDS (Andy and Jamie, Philip and Nancy) and eight little KIDS (Hays, Maggie, Dax, Tiki, Gabby, Gracie, Mollie and Thompson) and desperately want the best for them. Sounds "motherly" doesn't it???
My "how to pray for your children" list is mine alone and I may have already posted this in days gone by, but I'm whipping it out again for my own benefit.
Here's how it goes: (usually about 4 a.m. when I'm wide awake and have God to myself)
1. Protection - physically, emotionally and spiritually.
2. Holiness, rather than happiness.
3. Godly character rather than earthly comfort.
4. A desire for the smile of God rather than the approval of men.
5. A genuine desire to put others first above self.
6. An appreciation for every person they meet regardless of differences.
7. That their marriage would be an exhibition of divine blessing.
8. Business success that brings glory to God.
9. Relationships that challenge them to a godly lifestyle.
10. Wisdom, patience and sacrificial love for their children.
11.Participation in some type of ministry that forces them to pray and then experience God's answers.
12. Viewing their spouse as God's gift to them.
13. Dependence upon their spouse as #1 counselor rather than family or friends.
14. Honesty in everything said and done.
15. Generosity of forgiveness.
16. A determination to refuse to respond to criticism.
18. Joyful abandonment and trust in the Sovereignty of God.
Now that I look at that, I may need to give this list to them to PRAY FOR ME. I need every one of those characteristics developed in ME! Yes, it's ME that's "standing in the need of prayer."
Well, what a revelation!! I think I'll wrap myself in the gift of God's GRACE and today be very thankful for HIM, the GREATEST GIVER of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. AMEN!