Before Olivia was born, a dear friend suggested that I choose a Bible verse that I could pray over her throughout the course of her life. “Babies don’t keep,” they say, and that phrase has been ringing louder than ever since the start of this new year. Olivia has discovered her feet and hands; the drool all over my shirt and her face can attest to her teething; and she’s starting to lose the Martin Luther hairstyle we’ve grown to love (probably for the better) with all the newly grown hair on the top of her head.
Babies don’t stay babies—a realization that sounds like a major “DUH” until you have a baby of your own and that little body you thought was chunky one day soon surprises you with even more chunk the next, leaving you teary-eyed in front of the nursery room mirror—hoping you didn’t miss anything—as your not-so-much-of-a-newborn flashes your reflection a gummy smile.
But there are a few things—important things—that don’t change as Miss Olivia becomes bigger and smarter and starts arguing with me. Things like my love for her. Darrin’s love for her. And the treasure she is to Jesus. So for Christmas, my sister ordered for me this beautiful, handcrafted print from one of my favorite Etsy shops—The Nickel Shop—and Elise’s incredible handwriting will make you wish that you would’ve taken those elementary school cursive lessons a bit more seriously.
Colossians 1:9-10 spoke to the love we’ve felt for Olivia since the day those two pink lines appeared on all five of my pregnancy tests. She’s a firecracker, and its been only by the grace of God that we’ve been able to keep her alive and well these past three months. A major miracle in and of itself, if you ask me (#wingingit).
There’s nothing more humbling for your parent ego than praying for your baby. Especially when you realize how much of her life will be out of your control.
“Since the day we heard about you we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.”
If you’re interested in any custom print work, do yourself a favor and check out The Nickel Shop (FYI: this is not a sponsored post). Elise is a joy to work with. And my gosh, I wish she was available to sign all my checks. Or write out my grocery lists.
Choosing a verse to daily pray over your baby as she grows and discovers both the One who created her and the one she was created to be is humbling as a parent. I’m reminded of the blessing that she is–the miracle that she is–and I’m thankful for God’s controlling power and mercy because my gosh would I screw things up if I had complete control. So I encourage you, whether you’re expecting or your children are all adults and out of the house, to choose a verse to pray over them. Frame it. Have someone like Elise write the verse using a beautiful talent she’s been given. And then pray for your kids.