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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

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.)

1 comment:

jerry said...

Having read the three previous and one following posts, I have laughed, cried, and shouted out loud praise to our great God. These posts are priceless, it is funny how we encouter various individuals in our pilgrimage. I was in Jim Eliffs blog, from there I found BJ's then here. I will pray for you all as you travel the narrow way, what a blessing my short stay here was, challenging and convicting. I am 70 yrs old pastored a small country church in Texas while our two sons were growing up and know something of the challenges you and your hubby face. May God continue to grow you in grace and peace. Never waver from the path He has placed you on, I am sure there will be some tough times, even persecution, especially as we see the end nearing in the our present day. God has surely already sustained you thru some difficult times for you to be able to write such inspiring words. He is truely a faithful God. I continue to weep tears of joy as I recall your words to your precious husband. Later.