All your sons shall be taught of
and great shall be their peace
Isaiah 54:13 NIV
And Now Goodbye
parent, we spend years teaching
our children. No wonder it’s
called, ‘raising your children,’
for indeed many times I found
myself lifting them in prayer to
my all knowing Heavenly Father.
More often than not, out of
sheer desperation knowing only
God could intervene in
situations way too critical for
me to attempt to fix.
One such occasion, my son became
ill with spinal meningitis.
Prayer went up all over the city
and state. We experienced a
miracle in our son’s life.
According to the doctors, he
should have either died, or had
permanent brain damage. He had
neither. In fact, as I’ve said
many times, he lived and
graduated at the top of his
But our prayer life didn’t stop
there. This experience was a
real life-changing experience
for me. I knew God had the power
to heal, but I also realized the
importance of praying with
passionate faith. I learned that
I needed to know how and what to
ask for in my prayer life. Of
course, our children were on the
top of my list each day.
I learned to pray for their
specific needs. Then, I prayed
for wisdom, guidance, for their
health, and most importantly,
for their salvation. I prayed
for their future spouse.
Finally, I prayed that God would
use our children for his glory.
This is the assurance we have in
approaching God; that if we ask
anything according to his will,
he hears us. And if we know that
he hears us, what ever we ask,
we know that we have what we
asked of him.
1 John 5:14, 15 NIV
Our children are now grown. I
can, with much joy and
thanksgiving, say that God has
answered my prayers in his
timing and according to his will
and his Word. Praise God, as I
grew in his Word, my faith grew
to ask and believe God for
greater things in their lives.
For years I dreamed of our son
becoming an evangelist or
pastor. I never once spoke or
suggested these desires to our
son. I wanted that calling to
come from the Lord, and not from
his zealous mother. Yet I
continued in faith-filled
prayer. It took many years of
prayer before I saw the answer,
but the answer did come!
God gave me the desires of my
heart. Soon we will be saying
goodbye to our son and his
family as they move out of state
to pastor a Church. It’s a
bittersweet moment for me as a
mom. On one hand, I am so proud
that he has heeded the call of
the Lord. On the other hand, it
saddens me to say, ”goodbye.”
The cord has been cut
never-the-less, and it's time to
give him back to God.
I know this is just the
beginning of a wonderful journey
walking with Jesus; and serving
under the guidance of the Holy
Spirit. My praying days for our
son are far from over. He and
his family will need constant
uplifting by loved ones and his
Church family, but I know that
God will complete the good work
he has begun in him.