Each of our boys have a Bible verse. We waited until they were several years old and got a sense of what their personality was, their innate traits and things we saw in them.
We read over several scriptures for each until we really felt we found the right ones.
These verses we had my friend Lauren design prints for, and we hung them in their bedrooms.
We pray these over them every night at bedtime and they've memorized them as well.
They even say them to one another at times.
We chose verses that not only felt fitting for them, but that would be true about them in the future. That the truth would become a part of their identity and they would grow in them.
Jack is a leader, which is pretty typical for firstborns. He's also super cautious and sometimes second guesses himself. He is tender, super smart and wants to know anything and everything he can about almost anything. We pray that as he grows, he would find courage in who he is and stand strong in what he believes. And that he would find his strength in the Lord.
Jack, be on your guard, stand firm in the faith...be a courageous (a man of COURAGE), be strong.
1 Corinthians 16:13
Camden, as mischievous as he can be, truly is a peacemaker. He is the first to give up something to create peace, he's the consistent helper, and the first to say sorry and forgive. We pray has he gets older he would continue to be a peacemaker but not to be walked on, seeking out mercy for others and that love would be his default.
Camden, to those who have been called by God the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ,
be yours in abundance.
Christian is slight in stature but big in emotions and feelings. He continues to work on controlling those emotions, because at this age when he's angry it's explosive and when he's excited and joyous he's been known to knock down unsuspecting friends with hugs. He's also the one with the most tender heart. As we work with him on processing his emotions in the right ways, we have seen and believe that he's always had this fighter/warrior spirit. Going back to his days in the NICU.
We fully believe God has big plans for him and cannot wait to see God use him.
Christian, the Lord is with you, MIGHTY warrior.
A few days after we had been caring for Little Man I asked Jack if we should pick a verse for him.
He said yes!
I asked him if he had any ideas, and he immediately said
I immediately began tearing up. Our boys listen to Seeds Worship in the car and at home. We love it because it's scripture, put to music but in a non-cheesy, whole family loves it kind of way. It's a wonderful way for kids (and adults) to memorize scripture and in essence hide it in their hearts.
This is the first song on the album we listen to most often.
This isn't Jack's favorite, nor is it one we often sing together.
But it is so fitting. It's so incredible Jack didn't hesitate when he said this and I love that verses are on the tips of their tongues.
Little Man, call to ME (Jesus) and I will answer you, I will tell you great and
unsearchable things you do not know
We pray that wherever Little Man goes from here, wherever his life takes him he would have something inside of him that begs to search for more. That he would not be able to settle until he has sought out Jesus for his answers, because we have a faithful Father who will meet his every need.
He may never know he was loved by us, we may never see where his life takes him.
Whether or not we are a part of what his life looks like in the future, we know that God has his hand on him and will be faithful to meet him where he is and be the answer to his questions.