Today my focus shifts to my middle child, Alek.
Middle child. Need I say more?
I love Alek's ability to fit in anywhere, anytime, with any group of people. At fifteen he is growing into an amazing young man.
My prayers for him revolve around God's plan for his future. Kyle knew what he wanted to do with his life at twelve--because of the cancer. Alek has no clue. I firmly believe God gifts each one of us with skills and talents so that we can turn around and use those gifts to bless and serve Him. I also believe wallowing with no direction is not from the Lord. Even for teens.
And now, O Israel,
what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God,
to walk in all his ways,
to love him,
to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,
You continually amaze me. I know that with you all I can expect is the unexpected. I love your smile, your laugh, your hugs, and your sense of humor. Never change who you are. God wants the best from and for you and so do I. So my prayers for you this week will be for direction, clarity, and a deep, lasting walk with God.
Father, You created Alek. Every single cell. You put him together in a deliberate and precise manner. What do You have for him this day? What awesome plans have You mapped in his life? This week, speak to Alek's heart. Open his eyes and ears to see You walking ahead, preparing the way. Give him an unquenchable love for You first and then a craving to follow the dreams You have planted in his heart.
Who are you praying for today?
Even Jesus prayed.
"Very early in the morning, while it was still dark,
Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place,
where he prayed" (Mark 1:35 NIV).
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About Lori Freeland
Lori Freeland, a freelance writer from the Dallas area, holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In her other life, the one BK—before kids—she has worked as a social worker and a certified dyslexic reading tutor. Currently, she embraces her status as full-time homeschool mom to three awesome children. Her big dream? Becoming a Young Adult novelist, a goal she diligently pursues during the wee hours of the morning with help from a very large mug of coffee and occasionally some chocolate-covered peanuts. In addition to blogging and contributing regular inspirational articles to Crosswalk.com, The Christian Pulse, and Believe.com, she loves to mentor new writers and encourage people to share their life stories. As a member of the Cancer Mom club, she desires to connect with others in hopes of giving support to those struggling down the messy paths of life. You can find her hanging with the North Texas Christian Writers as a Critique Group Leader and Writing Coach or cheering on her writers on the Faith Team at The Christian Pulse where she recently took on the role of editor. She also loves to attend Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators meetings where she has begun a critique workshop for new writers. You can visit her website at LAFREELAND.COM.
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