Amen

dsc_0047Every night I rock Nora in the rocking chair Collin’s mom rocked him in.

First, we read two books and then I sing her our two special songs. After that, I say the same little prayer for her every night.

Dear Lord I pray that you wrap your arms around Nora and keep her safe and healthy through the night. 

Lord I pray that you help her to grow up big and strong, but that most of all she grows up to love and follow you. 

Thank you so much for blessing us with Nora. Amen

As I was saying the prayer, that has almost become second nature, I was really struck by how heavy those words truly are.

Dear Lord I pray that you wrap your arms around Nora and keep her safe and healthy through the night.  I thought laying my little girl down at night would get easier as she grew past that tiny baby stage, but it hasn’t. I still check on her multiple times to make sure she is breathing. I still wake up in the morning after a full nights sleep and worry that she might not be okay, checking on her immediately. I know tragedy can happen, but I need to put my trust in God. I think I will pray these words as long as I am alive.

Lord I pray that you help her to grow up big and strong, but that most of all she grows up to love and follow you. Of course every mom wants their kiddos to grow up big and strong and I am no different.I don’t just mean big in size, but big in personality and convictions. I don’t just mean physically strong, but strong in character and bravery. More than anything I want Nora Kate to grow up to love the God we will tell her all about. To love the God who knit her together and who knew of her before we ever dreamed her up. I want Nora to grow up knowing how loved she is by God and for her to share that love with others.

Thank you so much for blessing us with Nora. Amen. I know too many people who are struggling to have children of their own and I know how fleeting lives can be. We lost a child before Nora and I would give anything to rock that baby in my arms each night. Because I know that loss all too well, I know how blessed we are to have our precious gal to hold and love.

Prayer is so important. Right now my nightly prayer for her is just sounds, but I love knowing that as Nora grows she will begin to understand my words and I pray they make her feel loved by me and more importantly, by God. Hopefully some day, she will live by example and pray for her own kids like her momma prayed for her.

 

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