Last Sunday, Pastor Carlton did a child dedication and one of the things he asked the parents to do was come up with a bible verse they'd like to dedicate to their son and daughter. I cried, of course, but it really got me thinking. What bible verse do I want to dedicate to Isaiah?
It didn't take me long to come up with this one because it has meant so much to me during my years of "growing up" not only because of how relevant it feels in almost every situation but because it reminds me of one of the greatest qualities God gives us: HOPE.
I don't know what God has in store for Isaiah and no matter how I dream it up in my head, it may never compare to what his reality will be. But I do know it will be great because God is so good and in the hardest of times He can bring out the best in people.
So I pray that Isaiah is hopeful. I pray that he loves more than he hates, he laughs more than he cries, and that he always, always remembers how much his dad and I love him and how grateful and excited we are that God has chosen us to be his parents. I pray he remembers that life is a beautiful journey even though it knocks you down. I pray he is a dreamer and that he has the courage to chase those dreams. I pray he fights for who he loves and what he believe in. I pray that he learns from his mistakes and that he learns to stand tall after he falls. And I pray he always remembers God has a plan for him.
(And I also pray he's a Seahawk fan instead of a Raider fan, that he eats all his veggies, sleeps through the night, loves sports as much as his daddy, and that I'll be his only girl - all these things can be negotiated, of course. :) )