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The day that we got “the call” I felt that all hope was lost. That November day in 2001 the sky was filled with clouds that I could swear were made to pour out the tears that where welling up inside me. Josh and I were sitting as close as we could on that plaid covered futon staring at our brand new little baby girl. I felt with one word the doctor had sliced my heart right in half. I had never felt true heart break until that very moment. How could this happen? How would we ever find hope in this hopeless situation? What were we going to do? In a single 10 minute phone call our life changed forever.

Honestly I had no idea how much our life would be affected that day. I never could of imaged that a tiny little baby girl with a great big pink bow could teach us how to have HOPE. This same little girl would lead us in a FIGHT of a lifetime. She UNITES people together with a single cause. She has taught us all how to be WARRIORS.

Warriors have to learn how to fight along side people that they have chosen to unite with. By doing this hope is inspired.

HOPE comes in many forms, our HOPE comes in the Lord, that He is the giver of life. I found solace in this knowing that God knew every day that she would breath. Each day she was with us was gift from Him alone. Without this comfort I really would have gone crazy, I would have lost my mind. I held on to the HOPE that God had a plan for her before she was born. Nothing I could do would ever change His ultimate plan.

FIGHT of a lifetime! When you are fighting for the life of someone you love round and round we have gone, but each time she and we have become and remained stronger. Fighting, Josh and I learned that together we made an awesome team. When one of us was down we would find some way to lift the other up before the next round. We both learned that fighting as a team is so much better if we took the time to help each other.

Unity is beautiful

UNITES people, from doctors across the country to teenagers learning how to serve for the first time. She has the light of the Lord living in her. It is not her medical condition it is her, she is amazing. People choose to unite for a common cause, to uplift, to help, to inspire. Unity is beautiful.

WARRIORS have to learn how to fight along side people that they have chosen to unite with. By doing this hope is inspired. Each of us is a warrior of a different kind. warrior of the bills, warrior of advocating, warrior of making her laugh when she is sick, Prayer warrior, healing hand warrior, cleaning my house warrior, even gift giving warriors! When you become apart of a family that has been touched by childhood cancer please know that you are warriors with us.

Now 11 years later I look at this big girl with a little yellow bow on and see that she is HOPE for a disease that is heart shattering. That the life in her is HOPE. The WARRIOR she is, is HOPE. The way she UNIFIES People is HOPE. Her never ending FIGHT is HOPE. HOPE for childhood cancer… I think so.

Words from Minnie

Cancer has affected my life in a good way…. cause I have met doctors that give hope for kids like me and you. Nurses have work so hard to help me, they have also encouraged me to do my best. It does not matter if it is just bending down to tie my shoes or to climb 22 flights of stairs. The nurses that have been in my life have made my life so much better. My brother makes me feel safe, my dad prays for me and makes me smile and laugh. My mom stays 24-7 when I am in the hospital and always helps the doctors take care of me. My friends will come and visit always. All of these people give me hope.

 

Inheritance for Generations

Just recently I had a friend ask Ty “If you were to die today what would you want written on your tombstone.” As I waited for his answer I felt my heart hammering in my chest. What does my son think of himself? What would he want people to remember him for? Does he know who he is? Or where he is going in life.  Ty simply said “I don’t know.” I have been wrestling in prayer with this question/answer for a week and I just now have found some peace.

Reputation is what men say about you on your tombstone;  Your reputation is what men think you are….  Character is what angels say about you before the throne of God.  Your character is what God knows you to be.

So how do we teach our sons/daughters to strive to have a reputation that shows their true character. How do we impact the lives of our children in a way that when they stand before the throne of God he says to them….  Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased… Mark 1:11

My Great Grandfather just passed away this last month. He had a life verse that has been running through my head… MY WHOLE LIFE! Really it has been entering my mind with out ceasing. Every time I think about my kids this is what pops into my head.

A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children… Proverbs 13:22

I am sure just like with my Great Grandpa  that when you read this money is the first thing to enter your mind. But let me share with you what enters my mind when I read this verse.

Legacy is defined in the dictionary as:

leg·a·cy [ léggəssee ]   1.bequest made in will: money or property that is left to somebody in a will 2.something from past: something that is handed down or remains from a previous generation or time 3. outdated or discontinued: associated with something that is outdated or discontinued

As parents our goal should be to leave a lasting legacy of godliness for those who come behind us. My Great Grandfather did this, his intention when sharing this verse with us kids for our whole life was to assure us that he was working to leave “an inheritance”. What he did not realize is he was showing us the whole time what Godliness looked like, and how to hand it down from generation to generation.

Solomon knew a lot about wealth. He was one of the most wealthiest men of all time. He also had a lot of wisdom.  If you  know Solomon you will remember that he came to the conclusion that there are some things which are much more valuable than silver, gold, and things. He shares with us in Ecc 12:13 what they are…: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

Each day our children are inheriting things from us. Awesome right! I don’t know about you but it makes me want to throw up!  The things that we are passing along to them, passing down to them is creating who they are going to be. What reputation they are going to find and what character they are going to meet Jesus with.

What are our children, and YES are soon to be grandchildren inheriting from us ? Our kids will inherit our principles. Even if they walk away from them for a while the basic principle of life will be stitched into the fiber of who they are.

Deut 6:6-9 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates !

The greatest  thing my Great Grandfather did was he taught us how to have a relationship with Christ. He left a grand inheritance beyond anyone’s wildest  imagination to his children’s children… a Love for the Lord. He gave us the foundation to properly, and adequately teach our children about the Lord, and his word….the words must first  be in our own hearts !  Because of his love for the Lord we get to teach our kids how to love Jesus. And I promise the best way to teach them is to show them.

So how do we teach our kids to grow up with a reputation that shows their true character? We must “‘Love the Lord our God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our strength and with all our mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” Luke 10:27

My Great Grandpa Loved God with all his heart, soul, strength and mind. He Loved each of us as himself. Indeed he has left a lasting inheritance that will be carried on for generation after generation.

Praying for my Warrior

 

Can you image being Mary? The mother to our Lord. Do you think that she prayed daily for her son? I do, I am sure that our Lord faced all of his battles with his mothers prayers. I am sure that when he was sacrificing his life for us his mom was praying for his suffering to end. I am sure when he was leading the disciples that his mom prayed for his ability to lead. I want to be a “Mary Mom”. I want to pray ahead for my son, I want to know how to effectively pray each day for this man that God has entrusted to me.

A challenge to pray for 21days for my son. I feel honored that I get to pray for this young man. I feel blessed that there are other woman out there to feel the same. My son is amazing, he is smart, funny, kind, and courageous. He is a really neat person. He is also a teenager and is daily facing the world. I want him to be a Christ warrior, I want him to know that he is covered in prayer while he is growing in his faith. I need him to remember that he is in the Lord’s favor. I have a desire that he can lean on God when facing the daily challenge of growing up in today’s teen world.

 

I encourage all of my friends, family and myself  to take this challenge.  I wonder how next 21 days of there lives would be changed? I wonder how the next 21days would change us as moms.

                                                     “The fervent prayers of a righteous {mom} avail much.” James 5:17.

 How do we do this?

  1. Purchase your own copy of Warrior Prayers: Praying the Word for Boys in the Areas They Need it Most (just $2.99 on Amazon KindleNook, and as a PDF download!)
  2. Commit to praying for your son(s) or grandsons using the prayers from the book for 21 days straight (May 1-21, 2012).
  3. Sign up by linking to your “about” page if you blog, or by leaving a comment below stating your intention to participate.
  4. Come back here to the MOB Society on May 1st to begin the challenge. Our own Alle McCloskey will be leading us through the challenge, and posting daily encouragement for you as you pray. Watch the site (and the Warrior Prayers Facebook page) for more from her soon.

 

What are you waiting for little Mama’s! Follow the links above to join the Challenge… And let’s start changing our sons worlds one prayer at time!!

 

 

 

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