“She said, ‘Yes!'” It was my oldest son Timothy calling to tell his dad and me his glad news: the girl of his dreams, Miss Elisabeth Grace Werner, had just accepted his proposal of marriage and consented to become his wife! Theirs is an incredible love story of how God has been leading in both of their lives to bring them together now – at this place and time – answering their own prayers, as well as the prayers of their parents. Dave and I share a deep joy with the Werners in seeing how God has brought this story to life, and I am honored that Linda has asked me to share with you concerning a “behind-the-scenes” aspect of our children’s love story: “the prayers of a mother for her child’s life partner.”
In doing so, I must confess to you that I am not an authority on prayer, just a mom following God with all my heart – still “in the trenches,” so to speak, as I continue to pray for God’s best for our daughter Elissa and our two younger sons Stephen and Daniel. However, I do hope that this simple paraphrase of many, many prayers offered up time and time again while holding my baby boy, “tucking him in” as a toddler, kneeling beside his bed during his childhood, standing in the doorway of his bedroom when he was in high school, and lying face-down on the floor of my bedroom (no kidding) when he was away to college, will bless and encourage you.
“Father, hear us, we are praying,
Hear the words our hearts are saying,
We are praying for our children….”
(From “For Our Children” by Amy Carmichael)
A little girl is growing up somewhere, Lord Jesus, a little girl who will someday be Timothy’s wife if it is Your will for him to marry. I don’t know her name or where she lives; I don’t know what color her eyes are or who her parents are but I know that you do know, Lord. So I pray, please watch over her as she grows up. I pray for her now as I do for my son that she will come to know You as her Savior while she is young. I pray, too, that she will grow stronger in her faith as she grows physically and emotionally over the years. I pray, Lord Jesus, that she will want to know You and live for You and above all else that she will learn to find her identity in You and will trust You for the answers to her questions as she grows. I ask You to protect her from evil and to preserve her innocence and her wholeness.
And I pray, dear Father, for her parents. I pray that they will seek Your wisdom as they train her and that they will find Your grace to be truly sufficient in whatever trials they face together. Help them, Father, to be steadfast and patient parents.
The things I ask in this prayer, Lord, feel overwhelming to me – impossible, even –
but I know that with You all things are possible. I do thank You that it is not the size of my faith that matters. Oh, Lord Jesus, please be strong in my weakness; teach me Your ways, Lord: teach me to pray.
And please, Lord Jesus, bless and keep that little girl today.
In Jesus Name, Amen.
Sharon Graeser and her husband Dave are homeschooling their two youngest boys at Circle. Both Dave and Sharon teach at HOUSE Clermont. Sharon says about Tim, “Since his high school years, Tim’s ‘stay-the-course,’ and ‘don’t settle for less than God’s best’ verse has been Jeremiah 29:11, For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Tim and Lis will be married on May 5, 2007.