Back almost 8 years ago, when we had our first child, we knew immediately we wanted to do a special Baby Blessing that our church offers. It was so wonderful and so touching to bring our 2 week old baby to be blessed and prayed over in front of the church and with all the members praying for us as a couple and over him! Very very touching ❤
We did the same with our second baby boy, and it was also so sweet.
But nothing like what I’m about to write to you, sweet girl, has ever happened to us before.
About the time that you were 4 weeks old, I had to return to my doctor to make sure everything was healing well, as is normal for after-birth, c-sections especially. Your daddy wasn’t able to come due to work, and I had your Grandma watch the boys for me. It had been a somewhat difficult recovery… I got mastitis within the first week because of how much you were feeding (every hour of the night!), and I had somewhat scary problems with swelling in my lower body. But by this time, we were set in our little routine and everything was going pretty well.
There was a new, young nurse there helping me, and toward the end of my time with her (and after the doctor had left), she asked me if she could pray over you! She said she could just tell that we were a Christian family, and I was amazed at how bold her faith was to ask something like that in our secular (harsh-toward-Christians) culture, as well as to be so bold as to actually ask to pray over another person’s baby! I was so glad for her and accepted her offer of prayer.
I thought it would just be a normal kind of prayer… I guess I didn’t really know what to expect, but this young nurse prayed a powerful prayer of prophesy over you. I found myself crying during the prayer it was so intense and powerful. Very very strange. Again, I’ve never had something like this happen before – to me or any of our children – and I’ve grown up in the church and around very religious, wonderful teachers and mentors throughout my life. I’ve never experienced anything this strange, and this powerful spiritually. I knew it was important to remember, and write down for you so that you will know your purpose and stay forever strong and rooted in God.
The boldness of that young nurses’ faith touched me so deeply in praying over you in that way. I went in thinking it would just be a normal, run-of-the-mill appointment, and left with my face glowing and wiping away tears from that super-natural experience! I came away feeling in awe of what God had in store for you, as well as terrified even more so that God expects me to be a mom to such wonderful, wise little children. You and your brothers are just so different, both your dad and I have noticed this often.
Regardless, we will commit to teaching all of you all of the Word of God continuously. You will have deep roots. You will be like the good soil Jesus talked about, that accepts the seed (His Word) and grows and flourishes.
Your heart is good soil, Little One, never forget that.
Never falter in your faith. Never lose heart in doing good. Never be afraid of anything other than having the fear of God, who supports you in your integrity and honesty. You will watch as He shames and destroys your enemies and false people who come up against you. You will watch your prayers be answered after you hand certain people over to Satan; them having nightmares and anxiety and great fear because of their terrible deeds. You will see His Hand over your life in a way most people don’t get to.
Many women will lose heart in doing good, or give way to sins or even idolatry because they care more about pleasing other people, than living for an audience of One. But you will stand like a lily among thorns. You will still be standing even when all the others have lost heart and given away to fear, because their faith in God was weak. Yours will remain strong, because of your deep roots and the faith God will grow in your heart.
We will continue teaching you and your brothers the decree we received from our father Moses:
“Listen Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is One. Love the LORD with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words I am giving to you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the door-posts of your house and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:4-9
“Timothy, my child, I entrust you with this command in keeping with the previous prophecies about you, so that by them you may fight the good fight, holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and thereby shipwrecked their faith. Among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan to be taught not to blaspheme.”
1 Timothy 1:18-20