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God, make me a man (woman) that you are proud to call your own.

This last week I was thinking about how excited I was to see my mommy and my husband’s parents. The matriarchs and patriarchs of our family would be gathered around for the special occasion. How much longer would I have them around?

Grandparents spend time in prayer for their families. They listen to us and they offer advice through stories and kind words. They are an important part of the family. In some families these all-important people are missing. Then we usually reach out to find others who can fill this role for us.

Then I realized that soon my brothers and I are going to be the grandparents, the matriarchs and patriarchs of our families. We will be the ones who spend time in prayer and learn how to listen and give advice sparingly. I was beginning to worry about this new challenge. How will I ever be ready? What should I do to prepare for the next stage of my life?

My youngest daughter said to me, “Relax, Mom, you’ll do it the way we do everything. You will ask God to help you and he will guide you the way he always does. It’s the only way we do anything, with God’s help.”

So again, I learn from my daughter. I will begin my prayers now to learn to listen to God and do what he says. God, make me a man (woman) that you are proud to call your own.

Titus 2:11-14 God’s readiness to give and forgive is now public. Salvation’s available for everyone! We’re being shown how to turn our backs on a godless, indulgent life, and how to take on a God-filled, God-honoring life. This new life is starting right now, and is whetting our appetites for the glorious day when our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, appears. He offered himself as a sacrifice to free us from a dark, rebellious life into this good, pure life, making us a people he can be proud of, energetic in goodness.

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