Your Mom and Aunt Renee was so opposite to her brother. She was a quiet, introvert as a child. She was trusting and naïve. As a teen I worried because she was interested in the bad boy types. I prayed and asked God to help me guide her.
One night, Papa and I went to a concert at a Christian Conference Center. We sat across from a Doctor and his wife. As the Doctor talked, he pointed toward the banquet table at a handsome young man with a beautiful smile. The doctor beamed saying, “That’s my son.” As he continued to brag on his son, I sent prayers up to God. I prayed, “God, please give Renee a young man like this one. She doesn’t know what a ‘good guy’ looks like.”
A year later Renee met a young man who came to our Church as the leader of the college-aged youth group. Soon, he showed an interest in Renee and began to hang out with our family. One thing he liked to do was cook for the family. One night as he was doing his thing, I asked him about his family. He told me his Dad was a Doctor and his mom, a nurse. He told me they spent a lot of time, in the summer, at a Christian Conference ground near their house. The bells went off!! Oh, my goodness, this was the young man the Doctor had bragged about. Here he was – right before me. God did not send me someone ‘like’ David, he sent David! I looked at David and said, “David, I don’t know what role you will take in my daughter’s life, but I know God sent you.” I then revealed how God sent him to Renee as a direct answer to my prayer.
David married Renee two years later. David loves your Mom/Aunt Renee consistently, and he is a stabilizing force in her life. She needed that – God supplied it. Only God!
Prayers for my Youngest
This writing would not be complete without mentioning your Mom and Aunt Christy. This, my youngest child, has possessed a heart for God from the time she was little. We did not experience the struggles with her we had with her siblings.
I prayed for Christy as I watched her make hard choices. As a teen, Christy was committed to her faith and loved her friends from youth group. They hung out at our house and called me mom. But one summer, while she worked on staff at Lake Ann, her friends and boyfriend turned from following God to partying and indulging in sin. When she confronted them, the whole youth group turned on her. She lost her friends overnight. It broke her heart, but she did not budge from her convictions.
Though she too, was strong willed, she took her orders from God and followed in His footprints.
I share these miracles of answered prayer, within our family because I want you to know how specifically and lovingly God has blessed our lives.
You girls are blessed to be born into a family where God is actively at work. You have a family that pulls together to speak into your lives and to love you well. It’s rare these days girls!
May these words give you a reason to pause and offer thanksgiving to the God who answers miraculous prayers and bestows blessings on our family.
I love you forever and always,