Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Great Verse for Boys.

One of the things I am passionate about as a boy mom is raising boys who grow up to be MEN. I often pray for my boys to become men of great influence-- not just wordly influence, but spiritually influential as well, growing the Kingdom through whatever they set out to do. I pray for them to be courageous and brave, to be warriors for Jesus (Brayden's full name actually means "Brave Warrior") and to stand for what is right. The other day as I was perusing pinterest, I saw a sign that had I Corinthians 16:13. I've read this verse before, but in NASB. I love the NIV 1984 version of this verse, and thought it was a perfect summation of what I want for my boys. It reminds them to:
- Be on your guard. My heart is heavy for my boys who will have to grow up in a society that is inundated with pornagraphy, sexual messages and moral relativism. I never want my boys to let their guard down, and pray that they will remember to always be on their guard, because there is an enemy who would love nothing more than to steal their hearts.
- Stand firm in the faith. It's hard to stand firm when everyone else around you is pulling you in opposite directions. I pray that my boys will stay grounded to what they know is the truth, and instead be a pillar in the darkness.
- Be men of courage. I want my boys to be courageous in all that they do. I often tell Brayden that he's a part of our family, and our family is not one that quits. I know that sounds kind of harsh to tell a 3 year old, but I want Brayden to know that I believe and know that he has what it takes to do whatever he sets his mind to. I want to cultivate courage now so that when the waters are deeper later, he'll know that he can take on anything.
- Be strong. I want my boys to be strong. Strong in the faith, strong for their future families, strong in their work ethic and the work of their hands. A man that is strong will lead people gently but with authority.

I plan on printing this verse and framing it for their room. Do you have verses that hold special meaning for your kids?

1 Corinthians 16:13 (NIV 1984):
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love. 

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