Sabbath joy!

The wedding of our son, Jay, to the beautiful Kateland. (Yesterday!)


May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.  Proverbs 5:18

Back Porch Prayer…Back To School~

Many years ago, not only before FB but before blogging, I shared my back-to-school prayer for my boys with some friends via e mail.  Since then, I’ve had requests every year to share this prayer again.  So here it is, my back-to-school prayer for all of our children.  I’ve never believed in the idea that it takes a village to raise a child, but I am a firm believer in the power of a village that prays together for them.

Dear Gracious Heavenly Father, Once again we send our children out into the world. We know it’s a place that won’t love them like we do and won’t always encourage them to love you. But Lord, greater are you in them than what they will face in the world. We ask you to place a hedge around their physical bodies and give them safety and strength. Guard their hearts from doubt, fear and emotional attacks of the enemy. Give them wisdom and minds that always seek you in what they are being told and let them learn to compare the information they receive with your word. Give them victories that they can praise you for. Give them failures that will teach them to be humble but not break their spirits. Give them friends who love you and with whom they can learn to serve you. Give them teachers who follow you. Bless the buildings they will sit in and the people they will be with.

Father, if there is any person, adult or child, out there who might intend harm toward these precious kids; stop that plan now in the name of Jesus Christ. Put a barrier in front of that intent of destruction before it can materialize. Expose those individuals that they might be helped and saved from themselves.

Finally my Savior, I ask that you would lay a cloak of peace and joy around our children. Do a good work in us as parents that we might become worthy of this great gift you’ve placed in our hands.

Thank you God; for kindergartners and high schoolers and college students who will love you with their whole hearts and live lives to your glory.

In Jesus name.