Sunday was a pretty big day for our second son, Justus. He turned 15 on Feb. 15, 2015.
Even more fun? One of his very good friends from church camp shares his birthday – as in – they were born just hours apart, 15 years ago. Since we live over two hours away from this friend, the two of them have been plotting for months about how they could spend their golden birthday together. Amazingly, plans all fell into place, thanks in part to willing parent drivers from both locations. The two boys met half-way and spent the afternoon and evening hanging out.
On the home front, we celebrated by making 15 birthday cakes (just kidding) and giving him 15 gifts (just kidding). He was given a present and a cake, and his choice for meals – just like all birthdays around here. Later this week, he’ll go get his driver’s permit. Here we go again with driver training!
Have I mentioned lately how fantastic teenagers are? The older my kids get, the more I understand the verses about Mary watching Jesus grow and “treasuring these things up in her heart.” Watching my boys grow into godly manhood, surrounding themselves with godly friends, and being open to God’s leading in their lives – well, there is much to be treasured. I’m also obviously relying on many other scriptures for mama encouragement as without a doubt, raising kids in this world is very hard work. I have to daily surrender the worries and fears that threaten to take over my heart.
God is big. God knows what our kids need. God loves our kids unconditionally. God has plans for our kids that He has worked out in advance. My job is to simply trust the Father to protect my kids and to be their loving mama. Like I said, daily surrender.
I’m praising God today for the privilege of being Mom to my four incredible boys and for His constant guidance. And how about you? What are you thankful God for this Gratituesday?