JESUS CHRIST - MY ONLY BOAST

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I am the wife of B.J. Maxwell (married August of 1997) and mother of our four adopted children.
I am blessed with the awesome privilege to care for & love my husband, invest in & love our children, and keep our home.
May I steward these gifts well, for the glory and praise of Christ Jesus our precious Lord & Savior!

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus . . . sweetest name I know!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Abigail's Prayer

Father, thank you for filling our quiver. Thank you that You are bigger than hysterectomies. We asked, and it was given to us. We sought, and we found. We knocked, and it was open to us. (Matthew 7:7) We sought Your will and Your grace in regards to having more children. You answered and You blessed. “Come and hear, all who fear God and I will tell of what He has done for my soul. I cried to Him with my mouth and He was extolled with my tongue. Blessed be God, who has not turned away my prayer nor His loving kindness from me.” (Psalm 66:16,17,20)

Thank you for our beautiful baby girl, Abigail Faith. And just as her namesake (David's wife, Abigail) I pray that she will be a woman of good understanding and intelligence (I Samuel 25:3). But above all, I pray that she would be known among the women for her steadfastness and faith. May You alone be her rock and her salvation.

Father, I pray that You would begin a work in Abby that will produce fruits of faithfulness, goodness, self-control, love, peace, joy, and kindness. Put within her heart a desire for the greater gifts – that of hope, faith and love. I pray that You would open her heart at an early age. May she embrace and love Christ and His bride, the church. May she serve faithfully. May she love with all gentleness and patience. Place within her heart the desire to be obedient, kind, and loving. Help her to love Jesus more than anything in this world.

If it is Your will for her to marry, I pray that You would help BJ and I to teach her what it means to be a respectful and submissive helper. I pray that I will model for her what it means to have a gentle and quiet spirit. I pray that BJ will model the endearing love of Christ. May You find a suitable husband for her that will love and protect her as Christ loves and protects His church. Help BJ and I to graciously give Abby to her husband when it is time for her to cleave to him. Help us to love, respect, uplift, and honor her marriage.

Father, use her hands for ministry. Give her strength and courage to serve faithfully. Open her ears to hear the Word. Fill her with wisdom and discernment. Fill her mouth with words that edify and encourage. Use her passion and energy to proclaim the new life that is found only in Christ Jesus. Give her the gift of hospitality for Your glory. May she always hide Your Word in her heart. Control her tongue so that she will not dishonor You in gossip or slander. Keep her heart free from bitterness.

Help Abby to understand and rejoice in what You have done in bringing her into our family. I pray that she will embrace Your will. May You use her as a loving, forgiving, and gracious witness of the gospel to her birth family when it is Your will to reunite them.

Gracious Father, may Your will be done. Glorify Yourself in our precious daughter, Abigail Faith.

“Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong, they are weak . . . Daddy is weak . . . Mommy is weak . . . Abby is weak, but HE is strong . . . Yes, Jesus loves me!”

(BJ has literally sung this song to Abby every night before bedtime. She LOVES this song . . . So much so, that whenever she gets fussy or mad, Byron and Lydia automatically start singing this song to her and it instantly calms her down. Beautiful!)

Byron's Prayer

Father, thank you for filling our quiver. Thank you that You are bigger than hysterectomies. We asked, and it was given to us. We sought, and we found. We knocked, and it was open to us (Matthew 7:7). We sought Your will and Your grace in regards to having more children. You answered and You blessed. “Come and hear, all who fear God and I will tell of what He has done for my soul. I cried to Him with my mouth and He was extolled with my tongue. Blessed be God, who has not turned away my prayer nor His loving kindness from me.” (Psalm 66:16,17,20)

Thank you for our beautiful son. To Byron we have given our family names. Yet, I pray that of all names, he will bear the name of Christ. Open his heart. Teach him Your ways. Use him for Your kingdom. I pray that Byron would be strong and courageous and that he would dance before You with all his might. Help him to model justice and righteousness (II Samuel 8:14-15). When Byron's heart strays, when he becomes intoxicated with sin and does what is evil, help him to repent. Help him to trust and obey Your Word. May he find great wisdom from the words of Paul, Solomon, David, Peter, and the many other men that You have used to proclaim Your righteousness. May the Psalms fill his soul with great encouragement and steadfastness. And above all may He love Christ more and more every day as He meditates on the Word. May Christ be Byron's greatest gain.

I pray that You would give Byron men of faith to surround and encourage him. Provide for him a godly friend, that You would knit their souls to one another, as David and Jonathan (I Samuel 18:1). May this friend always provide love, accountability, and encouragement in the gospel. May they encourage one another to love their wives and boldly proclaim and live out the gospel. Help BJ to model Christ to Byron. May Byron see the fruits of salvation lived out in our home. Give him a humble heart, that he would seek his heavenly and earthly fathers for wisdom, instruction, and knowledge.

Help Byron to understand and rejoice in what You have done in bringing him into our family. I pray that He will embrace Your will. May You use him as a loving, forgiving, and gracious witness of the gospel to his birth family when it is Your will to reunite them.

Father, use his hands to work hard for his family. Invest his mind in the Word. Give him a humble heart. Fill his mouth with words that edify and proclaim the good news of Christ's redeeming work. Save him at an early age. Help us to model and teach him that his trials and sufferings are for his good and Your glory. Give him great courage. Use him for Your glory and for the kingdom.

Gracious Father, may Your will be done. Glorify Yourself in our precious son, Byron Dacus.

“God is so good. God is so good. God is so good. He's so good to me.”

(This was the first song we taught Byron. However, he wanted NOTHING to do with singing, especially anything about God or Jesus. But now, we can't stop the little guy from singing! And he is always the first to want to pray. AMAZING! God is amazing . . . and so very GOOD!)

Lydia's Prayer

Father, thank You for answering our prayers for a child. Though our womb was barren, You blessed us. “My heart exults in the Lord because I rejoice in Your salvation. There is no one holy like the Lord, indeed, there is no one besides You, nor is there any rock like our God” (I Samuel 2:1-2). I pray that we will steward this gift well. May Lydia love Jesus more than anything in this world. And as her namesake (Lydia in Acts 16), may You open her heart so that she can worship You.

Father, I pray that You would produce within Lydia fruits of faithfulness, goodness, self-control, love, peace, joy, and kindness. Put within her heart a desire for the greater gifts – that of hope, faith and love. I pray that You would open her heart at an early age. May she embrace and love Christ and His bride, the church. May she serve faithfully. May she love with all gentleness and patience. May she model for her younger siblings what it means to be obedient, kind, and loving.

Help Lydia to understand and rejoice in what You have done in bringing her into our family. Help her to embrace Your will. May she always carry great love and respect for the difficult, selfless decision that was made by her birth family.

If it is Your will for her to marry, I pray that You would help BJ and I to teach her what it means to be a respectful and submissive helper. I pray that I will model for her what it means to have a gentle and quiet spirit. I pray that BJ will model the endearing love of Christ. May You find a suitable husband for her that will love and protect her as Christ loves and protects His church. Help BJ and I to graciously give Lydia to her husband when it is time for her to cleave to him. Help us to love, respect, uplift, and honor her marriage.

Father, use her hands for ministry. Give her strength and courage to persevere in service. Open her ears to hear the Word. Fill her with wisdom and discernment. Fill her mouth with words that edify and encourage. Use her passion and energy to proclaim the new life that is found only in Christ Jesus. Use her curiosity and love for cooking to serve not only her family but also those who are poor and hungry. Give her the gift of hospitality for Your glory. May she always hide Your Word in her heart. Control her tongue so that she will not dishonor You in gossip or slander. Keep her heart free from bitterness, by filling it with Your love!

Gracious Father, may Your will be done. Glorify Yourself in our precious daughter, Lydia Grace.

“Mightier than mountains, You live among the weak. Ruler eternal and lover to me. Jesus, name above all!”

(This was Lydia's lullaby song. I pray that she will always love the sweet, powerful name of Jesus.)