My trust in the Lord and my prayer life have grown enormously since the birth of baby Joy.
There are those of you that are reading this very column that were among some of the first to congratulate my husband, Kevin, and myself on the exciting news that we would soon become first-time parents.
As some folks wished us well and shared their own stories with us, many would chuckle and say “Your lives will never be the same.”
“Never be the same” is an understatement, and I wouldn’t trade how things are for anything in this world. Becoming a parent brings out the sweetest and the scariest feelings in the world. Now you are responsible for this whole other little person that is counting on you for their every need.
Joy spent a few days at Egleston Children’s Hospital not too long after she was born, for failure to thrive. Although she received the best care in the world at Egleston, for a parent, the waiting game is agonizing.
As we waited for the doctors to tell us what the next steps where, I was reminded of what Grandma Sarah used to tell me all of the time, “Julie, you are really not mine, I’ve turned you over to the Lord. He just blessed me with opportunity to raise you here on earth.” She’d usually follow up with this statement, “I pray that the Lord follows you where you are and that He has his angels stay camped about you to and fro.”
Now that I am a parent, that’s my prayer for Joy as well. She ultimately is God’s child, He just blessed Kevin and I both by allowing us to be her mom and dad — and what an incredible privilege that has been.
It hasn’t been an easy road for baby Joy; she’s been sick a lot because her immune system was compromised early on in her life. But no matter how many doctor’s visits, blood tests or sleepless nights, I can honestly say that God is still God, and He is still good.
Before Joy I confessed to have a strong prayer life, and since Joy I walked into a new realm of prayer. I figured out that I was completely incapable and I have absolutely no desire to walk this path of life, being a wife and mom, without the help, guidance and reassurance of Jesus.
So, we’ve dedicated Joy to the Lord. She is His. Kevin and I have a lot of prayers, hopes and desires for her. We pray that she gets saved at her early age, has a love for The Word and loves Jesus in a way folks have never seen before. But, that all has to start at home, with us, as her parents.
The chorus to the song “Trust and Obey” goes like this: “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.” That’s the best thing as parents Kevin and I can do for Joy. Live a life where we’ve completely trusted and obeyed the Lord, and pray she does that same.
Julie Wells is the editorial assistant in the newsroom at the Rockdale Citizen. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.