Not a day goes by for me without prayer. For me, prayer is as essential to my life as breathing oxygen and getting some rest, so it is imperative that I honestly approach God with confession, reverence and praise. For the last few years I’ve penned a set of prayers for Samantha and I’ll do the same in early January, but for now I’d like to share with you the specific prayers I wrote for Sam early in 2011 and provide a little insight into how God specifically answered the prayers and revealed Himself in the process…..
Father, I pray for Samantha –
That she would read and study Your Word each and every day and that she would see that Your promises are both everlasting and relevant to our everyday lives.
Samantha’s life was greatly enriched this year by her daily dedication to reading God’s word and witnessing the continual revelation and deliverance of His promises. Her life and walk have also seen amazing growth thanks to her opportunity to lead a group of dedicated women in a weekly study into the Book of Isaiah. This study will continue in the New Year and continue to keep Sam enthralled.
That she would experience tremendous joy and happiness in the raising and disciplining of Emily and Trevor, and that their collective smiles and laughter would be a constant reminder of how wonderful a mother she truly is.
It would seem difficult if not impossible to experience joy in disciplining the kids, but our home is a happier one with Emily and Trevor feeling safe and secure knowing that there are rules to be followed and consequences when they are not. God handpicked us to be the parents of these two little souls and there is no better mommy for our kids than Samantha, who through her self-sacrifice and selfless actions maintains balance and order in our home and as a result gets to experience much of the prayed-for joy and laughter from the miniature Fultons.
That she would be ever mindful of the power of her words, and that the things she says (and the thoughts she has) would be edifying, honest and loving.
Together, Sam and I have learned tremendous lessons concerning the power of our words and have also felt the sting of wrongly-placed words and thoughts. Throughout the year we talked through so many scenarios where it seemed that hurt was purposely inflicted upon us, but upon further inspection we discovered in most instances that no malice was intended nor was there any motive. These lessons kept us forever mindful of the things we think and say every single moment of every single day and how we are to take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ.
That our marriage would remain strong and grounded in Your Word.
We clung to Him more than ever this year and our marriage flourishes as a result. I love Samantha more today than ever and I thank God that He chose to bring us together.
That we would be forever seeking Your will for our lives and the lives of our family, and that we would glorify You in all circumstances.
We want to do things our way and in our timing, but when we have exhibited even the tiniest faith and trusted God’s plan and His timing, well, our lives have been amazingly blessed and we have been able to see obstacles as opportunities and closed doors as answer to prayer and been able to share this testimony with friends, family and perfect strangers. To God alone be the glory!
That she would not only seek Your holy forgiveness, but that she would learn to forgive herself.
Asking for daily forgiveness is a healthy part of our prayer lives and I know Samantha is on her knees daily in seeking His will and forgiveness, but I continue to pray for Sam that she will forgive herself of her failings, as I know that she is hardest on herself. I know that she is making daily breakthroughs where this is concerned and I will continue praying in earnest that Sam will realize that His forgiveness is sufficient.
That she would choose to continue loving me even though I am crazy.
This is a huge request because living with me every day has to be pretty mentally taxing. I’m thankful that through all of the mood swings, angst, rants about work and the failures of my hockey team, while obsessing about the lawn and the wild outbursts when I bump my head, that God has softened Sam’s heart sufficiently to continue loving me after all these years!