Today (March 11th) my greatest teacher turns 12 years old!
My first born son, Alexander, has taught me more than anyone else about sacrifice, enduring love, forgiveness, mercy, grace, patience, joy, self-control, anger, endurance, obedience to God, and humility. In just twelve short years, this little guy has taught me lessons I have needed to learn to mature in my walk with God.
Psalm 127:3 says “Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him.”
This boy – this little boy that God has given to me for a short time – is my reward. Some days are so rewarding.
there are days when the sacrifice and patience that it takes to train him does not feel like much of a reward and I am reminded – God is not just doing a work in this little boys life – but he is using this little boy to do a work in my life.
Through my parenting challenges and hurdles God has drawn me closer to Him as I have sought Him in prayer and in His word. God has used this boy to teach me.
As I look at Alexander, I see a mirror – so many of his flaws are partly my own flaws. I tell him to be patient with his sister – while I am impatient with him. I tell him to use self-control while steam is pouring out my own ears. But each year as he grows one year older – I notice that I also have grown one year older.
As he matures, I mature. Together we are growing in our walk with the Lord and becoming more like Christ as God reveals our flaws through the flow of family life.
Alexander is the perfect child for me. God created him in my womb and placed him into our family because God knew that this is the child that we needed for his glory. And we are so thankful for him.
This past Sunday we celebrated his birthday with the family
at a restaurant where they cook at the table.
Here’s some pictures from our party including my
parents, sisters, cousins, brother-in-laws and uncle:
Happy 12th Birthday Alexander –
You are my favorite little boy in the whole world!