I think about this often

Allen and I attended a nice marriage conference about 6 years ago in Cambridge. It was a very relaxing weekend without kids, and it was nice to focus on us for a while. There were mini conferences and speakers throughout the day and I attended one for women with children. One of the messages from that speaker has always stuck with me. The speaker talked about daily things to pray about for your child. Okay, some were the obvious ones, but the one thought that keeps reoccurring is this:

Pray for your child's future spouse.

If you think about it, the partner for your children are out there somewhere in the world right now, and their experiences are shaping them and hopefully enriching them as a person. I pray that they are loved, and will love my children the way they deserve to be loved; I pray that they are being educated and will be able to offer the gifts associated with education to my child some day; and I pray that they are learning to live in a fun family environment so that they can experience raising a family with my children.

That is, after all, why we endure parenthood....so we can enjoy being a grandparent someday (and being exempt from the diaper changes!).

We had lots of family time today with a T-ball game, shopping, eating lunch outside, a "Pirate and Princess Party" at the Youth Center, and playing Wii sports. I wish for many more days like this for my kids.

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Rhea said...

That was a sweet post. I can remember from the time I was a little girl that my grandmother told me she was praying for the right man for me. :o)

Bilary said...

Very interesting! I am ashamed to say that I have never thought of that. I think that will be a constant part of my prayers. Especially in the world we are living in - kind of makes me scared that there will be "slim pickins" for the kids to choose from in a spouse. It is comforting to know that there are other parents like you who are out there doing the best they can to "raise responsible, respectable, loving adults."

Thanks for the tip...Got any more? I could use all the help I can get! :)

Anonymous said...

That is a great prayer. I try everyday to 'train' my son for his future wife. By golly, he'll know how to clean up after himself and work around the house. Maybe, just maybe, I can limit the amount of time his future wife has to put in to training him to do stuff..ha!

Bridget said...

so true! I too pray for my children's future spouses. great post thank you!