My 16-year-old walks into the kitchen and I’m slicing strawberries. He’s got a basketball game in a few hours and is heading out the door.
“Bless me, Mama,” he says.
My thin, ginger wisp stands near my side by the sink.
This is the moment every Christian mom hopes will happen and today’s my day. This is cool. I’m going to write about this I vow to myself.
“Oh, ok, I can do that.” I stop slicing. My strawberry stained fingers lift into the air and words flow from my lips.
But no sooner did I finish the first sentence then Ike interrupts me and says,
“Mom, I didn’t mean it!”
You can’t be serious, Child.
For a second, I hesitated.
Then what did I do? I prayed for him anyway. #shablam
He had a great game. The team won. I did not cause these things by my prayers but I was obedient to the Lord.
Time and desire to pray have increased since beginning the YouVersion 21 Day Challenge. Other crazy, interesting things are also happening which perhaps I will share one day.
But the words “Bless me, Mama” resonate within me again.
My oldest olive shoot begins pre-Ranger school tomorrow at 11:45. Gulp. He will sleep on the ground and be pushed to his physical and mental brink. Many fail, it is beyond challenging.
“Bless me, Mama” is my charge as his mother. Nathaniel, my gift, I speak blessings and success into your journey. Oh how I treasure you. Shine brightly.
My ministry-minded middle will soon speak to group of high school students. About the subject of love. Basically it’s his first preaching opportunity. Plus each Friday he goes into the inner city of Chicago to reach high risk young kids with the Gospel. “Bless me, Mama.” I do, Aaron, I do.
May I be fruitful with all you have given me, My Holy One. Allow me to seize every opportunity to pray. Grant me knowledge to embrace ways to boldly proclaim your truth and loving kindness, as a mom, as a woman; every role I play, Father may it be so all the days of my life.