This I Pray

With first grade in full swing, I’ve found myself impressed this year more than ever to be bathing my children in prayer.  This is something that I’ve always known was important, but if I’m being honest I’d confess that I haven’t been faithful in daily lifting them up.  But for some reason, this year, I can’t really brush aside or ignore the need to send my son out under the protection of God who is able to keep Sloan in ways that I cannot.


 I pray that Sloan is a light among his peers.  I pray that he is a bold leader.  I pray that he is an encourager to others and a helper to his teacher. 


 I pray that Sloan has fun.  I pray that he laughs often, learns much and finds joy in each and every day. 


I pray that Sloan will be strong in the Lord and that he will be filled with wisdom as he grows into a young man of stature.


I pray that waking up in the morning gets less painful every day.


I pray that his relationship with his brother and sister doesn’t suffer despite the fact that he will be absent seven hours a day.  In fact, I hope that the separation makes them appreciate each other more.



I pray that he never forgets how deeply he is loved and that he can always seek refuge in our home.


Most of all I pray


that he always remembers


he’s under the watchful eye and faithful protection of a God who never slumbers. (Psalm 121)


I pray that this first grader has the best first grade year and makes memories to last a lifetime.



  1. Great post…and great pictures! I see that new camera is really working out for you.

  2. Thanks Gregg! I love it! 🙂

  3. Sloan will do great! And so will you! Love the first photo- looks like it could be in a magazine! You have a lovely family…so nice to see in this world filled with not-so-nice stuff.

  4. Thanks, Joyce. We are very blessed.

  5. What a wonderful post Kelli, I hope that he did have a great day!! I LOVE the pictures and can not believe how big he looks, I mean we have only been gone out of the neighborhood 3 weeks and I think he has grown 3 inches!!

  6. Robin Vierling says

    you brought tears to my eyes! Beautifully put!

  7. I think I’ve met you and your kids once…but holy cow…I’m not even a mom yet…and that brought serious tears to my eyes. I’m so encouraged by your faithful prayers for your children. They are so blessed:)

  8. WOW Kelli! That was just beautiful!!! Thanks for the reminder of the importance of praying over our children daily!

  9. sob.

  10. Once again, Kelli, I give praise to God for giving Lee such a faithful, loving, caring wife and mother of our grandchildren. I praise Him for your sensitivity to the Holy Spirit in praying such a mighty prayer for Sloan as well as for Tia and Landon. As parents, praying is one of the most important protections we can give our children; standing in the gap for them between the onslaughts of the enemy and the blessings of God. Thank you for your mighty spirit in the Lord. I love you.

  11. Um…you just made me cry. Thanks. Thanks a lot.


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