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.)