Oh, sweet Ezra Hayes. The closer your due dates arrives the more your dad and I fall in love. We’re so lucky to be given this chance to bring new life into the world and there are so many things we can’t wait to teach you. Your life is something we don’t by any means take for granted. Baby boy, this is our prayer for you:
I pray you know Jesus. Not because “you’re supposed to” or because you grew up hearing about Him, but because you experience His unending love, His grace, and His many blessings he will pour into your life.
I pray that you watch your precious daddy interact with me and others and can become at least half the man he is because he really is an incredible man.
I pray that you value your grandparents and love them to the end of the earth because I can promise you that they love you that much more.
I pray that whenever you become a Big Brother that you treat the title like it’s the best one you’ve ever been given and love your new sibling beyond measure.
I pray that you respect women and treat every woman you encounter with as much respect as you would expect your dad to give me.
I pray that when you experience your first heartache that you pray for guidance and peace and not fight back with a vicious heart.
I pray that you seek adventure but know when it’s time to come back home.
I pray that when you meet the woman that will someday be your wife that you love her like crazy and realize she is truly a blessing from God.
I pray that you know how to hold a gun, bait a hook, build a fire, change your oil, etc. because skills like those are some strong things to possess.
I pray that when you hold your baby in your arms for the first time that you soak up every single second of the awe and beauty that you created.
I pray that when you do wrong or are in the wrong that you admit it and fix it because you are a man of integrity.
I pray that you value your education and realize you are so fortunate to be given one.
I pray that you know the value of a hard earned dollar and appreciate the work that went into earning that dollar.
I pray that you look for opportunities that will better you as an individual because you should never just settle.
I pray that you play a sport and understand the value of working as part of a team.
I pray that you have a fire within you that is so strong and bright it can change the world and make it a better place.
I pray that when you see someone being bullied that you have the courage to speak up for them.
I pray that you never initiate a fight, but if you find yourself in one that someone else started that you finish it fair.
I pray that you don’t fall into peer pressure because you’re trying to be like someone that isn’t worth mimicking.
I pray that you treat others with respect and dignity, even when they don’t deserve it.
Last but not least, I pray that you know that your mom and dad love you beyond belief even when it feels like we’re being so mean and so unfair because it’s only for your own good.
Baby boy, this is our prayer. Amen.