I am sure that Peyton would be thrilled that I am posting her prayers, but I am counting on NO ONE telling her;) Wednesday morning, when we were starting school, Peyton agreed to pray before we got started. I wrote this down right after she prayed, so that I would remember, here goes.......for my mommy that she will declare her iniquity to God, and for daddy, that he will declare his iniquity to God, and for us to do the same... I know that the rest of her prayer was equally heart felt, but I was SO blown away when she said that. We have been learning a verse a week for school. We read it, discuss what it means. The girls write it, and they get credit when they recite it at the end of the week. Each week, we add another verse, and continue to work on the old ones. A recent verse was For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin. Psalm 38:18. Now, we discusses what this verse meant, and what iniquity means, so I am not suprised that she understood that word, but to pray in for other people, and have it in correct context was impressive to me. I don't believe that she has ever heard me pray about "iniquity" specifically. At any rate, I was touched and as usual, convicted by the words of my own child. Peyton is someone who I ask to pray for me, in the moment, on a regular basis. She doesn't have to know exactly why I need the prayer. Often times, she is so insightful, that she really knows anyway. These little girls are SO precious and a neat gift from God. I am truly thankful for them.
I had someone tell me just yesterday that my girls were smart and beautiful, and that Brad and I had done a good job with them. I don't know that I think that is true. I think that God is growing them, and HE is doing a great job with them. Occasionally He uses one of us for that, but mostly, the work is done despite how we may mess up. Oh, I still feel that their spiritual, academic, physical, social, etc.. future will be affected by our parenting choices, the choices they see us make, and the environment we raise them in. However, nothing will reach them that doesn't go through the filter of God's perfect will. When I am anxious, and think ahead too much, I am being challenged that I forfeit God's grace. Now why in the world would I choose to live in anxiety and fear over circumstances that I am powerless to change, when instead I could be living in God's grace on a day by day basis???