PRAYING FOR POSTERITY
In just about 4 short weeks I’ll have a new man in my life. Our first grandchild!!!! And I can’t wait to meet him. To say that I am over-the-moon is such an understatement! I am weepy and sappy and totally in love… already! He occupies my thought and prayers these days! I may not have met him face to face, but we have had plenty of “close encounters”. Like last weekend when Jacqueline came for a short visit as Jonathan was out of town. She was sitting next to me in church when she grabbed my hand and placed it low on her beautiful round belly. Immediately my eyes flew open wide and met hers as I felt the little thump-pause-thump-pause-thump-pause-thump rhythm of baby hiccups.
My eyes fill with tears just thinking about “our little baby” (that’s what we call him since the expectant couple are not saying names)! It was such a poignant moment. He hiccuped quite awhile and I kept my hand on my daughter’s stomach not to miss a one!
I think it’s an amazing thing to see the child you gave life to holding life within herself. I can’t keep my eyes off her. It is a miracle of miracles! I’m overwhelmed and overcome and I’m trying to keep it all in check!
Thankfully, she lets me get close to her round-as-a-ball belly, hold it and speak to my grandson who is tucked and now quite cramped safely inside. Those are precious moments. I want him to know my voice! I want to know how much I love him before he even comes into this word.
I also have several 3D images of him from Jacqueline’s latest sonogram and I actually know what he will look like! These are real images of him. They look just like he’s posing for a photograph!
He has a sweet bow mouth and big chubby cheeks and he has my turned up nose! We know that he will be a big baby and that he is “lanky” with a long torso.
We know that he has 10 fingers and 10 toes and has can now open his eyes. We know that he dreams and practices breathing in and out regularly and loves to kick.
Isn’t it amazing how much we can know about a child before it is born?
Psalm 139:13 says…
FOR YOU CREATED MY INMOST BEING, YOU KNIT ME TOGETHER IN MY MOTHER’S WOMB
We have actually been able to see how God has been knitting “our little baby” together from the time he was just weeks old! I am awe struck!
And my cry to God when I get these glimpses of the growing and developing life of my grandson is…
I GIVE THANKS TO YOU FOR HE IS FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE. WONDERFUL ARE YOUR WORKS AND MY SOUL KNOWS IT VERY WELL! Ps 139:14
You see I’ve been waiting a long, long time for this young man to come into my life. I’ve planned for him before my daughter ever had a thought about a baby of her own.
When my children were just babies themselves I started praying for many things that would come to pass in their lives. Their spouses and their children.
This little boy has been prayed over for decades and decades! All of my grandchildren have, even though I have not held one! I can pray with confidence because I may not know them yet but I DO know their Creator intimately! And I knew that if God were going to bless us with grandbabies He could and would honor my sincere, honest and fervent prayer!
I pray not only for my children and my grandchildren but I pray for my posterity… all my generations after me.
My specific prayer is that ALL my descendence would come to know and serve and be disciples of Jesus to the fifth generation and that if the Lord should tarry that someone in that fifth generation would pick up this prayer… and on and on and on until Jesus comes to take us home!
Our God, our Father loves us and wants to hear out deepest desires. He is good and perfect and benevolent and grace-filled and all powerful. He answers prayers that are in His will!
THE LORD IS NOT SLOW IN KEEPING HIS PROMISES, AS SOME UNDERSTAND SLOWNESS. INSTEAD HE IS PATIENT WITH YOU NOT WANTING ANYONE TO PERISH BUT EVERYONE TO COME TO REPENTANCE. 2 PETER 3:9
God want EVERYONE to come to repentance. He does not want anyone to perish. I am praying my prayer with this truth in mind!
How about you? Are you praying for your posterity? For your family? You should! They need our prayers. Keep them in your prayers always!
Don’t give up! Never give up! Keep praying for posterity! Even if it seems like all is lost. God is so so so much bigger than any circumstance! Pray with rejoicing and thanksgiving for what God will accomplish in the lives of your family members!
I will never see this prayer come to its fullness until I am in heaven! But I know that I know it will be so because I know my God and I trust Him!
And when I get to meet “our little baby” in just a few short weeks I know I’ll find so much more to thank God for and pray to Him about than I could every imagine!
I waiting and praying just for you little one!
This week’s memorization verse:
THEREFORE, CONFESS YOUR SINS TO EACH OTHER AND PRAY FOR EACH OTHER SO YOU MAY BE HEALED. THE PRAYER OF A RIGHTEOUS PERSON IS POWERFUL AND EFFECTIVE. James 5:16
Bless your heart. I know that this must be a time like no other. We have two married sons and when the grandchildren were born that was such a special time. But, to share the experience with a daughter must be an amazing feeling. Just like reliving your life. You make me weepy just reading your comments. You totally amaze me with using all the talents the Lord as given. Anxiously awaiting this new arrival. Joyce
Grandchildren are truly a gift from God!
Yvonne, your words are so beautiful! God bless you and you family, especially your daughter and that little one inside her. Your words are such a treasure. Thank you for never being afraid to share your love of Christ and His importance in your life.
This is amazing! I am so happy for you! I love my grandchildren more than words can explain. They are truly a blessing! Enjoy and savor every minute with your soon to be bundle of joy! You will be a wonderful grandmother!
Get ready for the sweetest love on earth! That’s how I’ve always described my grandchildren. Am so happy you are experiencing this wonderful miracle of a grandchild. I know you will hold him, adore him and whisper love to him. God bless everyone!
What a blessing this baby will be to your family! I am praying your daughter has a safe delivery. I am very excited for you!
Thank you for being a vessel to share what the Savior is about in our lives. Another example of why the sanctity of life is so important to cherish! Each season of our life is to be savored and oh how you are enjoying this one. So sweet to share your heart with us. Can’t wait to read your words after you’ve actually held this little blessing.
Yvonne, you are such a blessing to your new baby. I have never heard anyone speak so beautifully about their impending new arrival. Your grandson is precious indeed. And you are to me as well. You make me think about our precious Lord and His being in each of our lives in different ways and remind me of little issues that we tend to overlook or forget. Thank you.
I am so happy for you. I was thrilled when my grandson was born. The time goes so quickly, he is now 12 and still the love of our lives.
My son was married this past June, and hope that there will be babies when the time is right, and the Lord blesses us.
I don’t say anything to the newly married couple, as I want to to be a good MIL.
Blessings on the arrival of your little man. Enjoy the journey.
I, too, became a grandmother this year, and share with you how lovely it is to see a daughter become a mother. I teared up just watching her having contractions; I was taken aback at how beautiful she was in labor. There are more surprises awaiting you. Your role as praying grandmother is so important. This baby is already blessed.
Your new arrival will be such a blessing to your family. I was over the moon when my grandson arrived four years ago. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think or pray for him. He has made me a better loving person.
Congratulations…. we have just joined the elite club of being blessed with our new Grandaughter, Ella… Our hearts have exploded into a million pieces with pure love and joy for our precious Ella.. it’s a love that’s very hard to wrap your mind around, she is our heart and soul.. I have waited a lifetime for her, since the day I delivered my own daughter.. I held her and new that one day she would be holding her own daughter.. the full circle of life.. humbled and blessed beyond belief..
My 4th grand baby was born on Thursday, October 13th. His name is Knox Douglas, after his daddy, which is my son. This is his 1st. My other 3 are by by beautiful daughter. Two boys and one precious, feisty 3 yr old girl. There truly is no greater gift than grand babies. They have my heart and soul!
Congratulations on your upcoming blessed event! Keep us posted! So excited for you.
Thrilled for you, Yvonne. When my son held his newborn after delivery and I was able to embrace them both, I just whispered to him that now he will learn how much his dad and I love him. Was privileged to be part of the birth of two of our 4 granddaughters. Oh the miracle of birth and the bond between mom and daughter. Enjoy each moment. Already praying for your precious family.
Yvonne, I have a son, after he graduated from college we prayed he would find the girl God has for him. We kept praying, and I could not understand why my prayers were not answered. Finally, I thought that maybe God had other things in mind for him. I prayed that I wanted to be ok with whatever His will was for my sons life. Well, he turned 40 this year, and he met THE one! A May 2017 wedding is planned! God is so good! I rejoice at His love for us! Congratulations on your newest blessing!
Congratulations Candy! You are a testament to never stop praying!
May you all be blessed with a safe birth, a healthy child and sleep when you can get it.
We were blessed with our first grandchild just 4 months ago. He is truly a gift from above. I’ve been thinking about what a wonderful gift the relationship is between grandparents and grandchildren is. We can have more influence on a child than anyone else other than parents. When a child gets older and doesn’t want to listen to their parents they will usually listen to grandparents with whom they have a good relationship. The respect a child has for their grandparents seems to have been wired in by God. I look forward to helping nurture my new grandson in the faith and show him just how much Jesus loves him. I pray that God will allow me to be part of helping him to be the man of God He wants him to be. Enjoy the journey, Yvonne. You’re going to love it!
Amen and a big congratulations! God is awesome and honors those prayers! I have prayed too for decades before my daughter was even conceived. God has answered above and beyond my prayers for a husband for her and a son to us! He is an amazing young man and the wedding is in the spring! Sweet blessings as you wait and prepare for this little miracle to snuggle in your arms and gaze into his precious eyes! Enjoy it all!
Sweet blessing from God to you and your daughter and soon to be son-in-law!
Sweet sweet words! Grandbabes aee the best! So happy for you. ?
I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. 2 Timothy 1:5 You will be this type of grandmother. My Mother led her granddaughter to the Lord. What precious memories. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14 Children are a miracle from our loving Father. Love him as God does and you will receive innumerable blessings.
My mother in law’s grandfather prayed for his children and grandchildren and “Ya all their descendants.” We have seen these generations walk with God, serving as pastors, missionaries, and families that walk with the Lord.
My husband and I have six children and three granddaughters, two of whom were born just this week! (They are cousins not twins!)
We too, pray these kinds of prayers.
What a wonderful encouragement Deanna! Thank you! And congratulations to you!
Yvonne, you words really touched me today, thank you! ?
Just you wait… that love you (already) feel for this grandson will grow and grow. It is wonder filled to be a grandparent!
I have five little grandsons (no girls-yet!) and to hear “GiGi” and those little arms around my neck-ahhh.
Hi P. I’m a GiGi too!
OH Yvonne, this was so beautiful! I cannot wait to see my son holding his first baby. For this child I prayed…
You will be a wonderful grandmother.
Oh my! How exciting for everyone.
I’m sure you will be a most wonderful grandmother to the best little grandchild in the world.
diane @ thoughts&shots
I needed to hear this today, to keep praying and never give up. I have been blessed with two grandchildren, but my daughter is dealing with infertility and it is killing me. She and her husband will be wonderful parents. I ask that you and your prayer warriors pray for Katy. My son’s children are a blessing, yet I have always dreamed of my daughter being a mom.
Sweet Lord. Thank you so much that you are a merciful, holy, grace-filled and good God! Thank you for loving us and your sacrifice on the cross for us. What extreme love! Lord, we pray in the power and name of Jesus for Katy and her husband. Lord, we leave their infertility in your nail-pierced hands. Lord your very words say that you are near the brokenhearted and I pray that Katy and her family feel your presences in huge and tangible ways along this journey! Please Lord, bring them a child. A child to raise up in faith and love for you! Please bless Becky’s prayers with answers that only you can give. I pray Lord that you would magnify yourself to this dear family and raise up a child! May all the glory and honor be yours. I thank you in advance and trust in your faithfulness in this situation! Amen!
Such an exciting time!! He will
Have you wrapped around his fingers!!
Yvonne, years and years ago, just after my grandmother died, I was listening to Dr. James Dobson and will always remember his comment. He related that “studies” had shown that after the parental relationship, grandparents had the most influence on a child’s life. Speaking from experience now, I can affirm it! Your little one will be so blessed by all of his loving family, and will capture your heart like no one has ever done before. Enjoy!
Oh what a joy…a sweet baby boy!
Yvonne, We may not know each other in this world but we will in the next. Cant wait to meet you someday. You made me smile and cry with your post today. God is good!! I eagerly await hearing about this beautiful boy in the weeks and years to come! And thank you for the reminder to pray for our posterity. A very real need, to be sure.
This touched my heart today. Thank you!
Grandchildren are such a blessing! I am so thrilled for you Yvonne! This is one of the greatest milestones in your life, having a grandchild. Enjoy it to the fullest…I know you will!!!
Beautifully expressed Yvonne. Thank you for reminding us that our prayers are powerful and can affect future generations.
Congratulations and thank you for the beautiful message. All blessings to you and yours.
So happy for you and your husband. Your new bundle of joy will truly be blessed to have such wonderful grandparents. Grandchildren are such blesseings. We have three grandcildren,two granddaughters and one grandson and each day I thank the dear Lord for them. They are our joy and inspiration for living each day. Bless you and your family.
How beautiful! I had tears in my eyes reading your lovely message!! Congratulations on the forthcoming bundle of joy!!
As I’ve said before, you are so inspirational! You would fit quite comfortably behind the pulpit!!!
I’m so thrilled for you, Yvonne! Grandchildren are truly a blessing and you are already getting a taste of that. I know you’ll be a wonderful grandma. I have four grandchildren, all under age 7, and I cherish the times we’ve spent together. You will experience those special times and memories as well. Congratulations to both Grandma and Grandpa!
You make this Grammie’a heart sing and soul rejoice, Yvonne.
Beautiful thoughts, beauiful heart, beautiful faith. Blessings to the entire Pratt Family as you wait in joyful anticipation of “our little baby”.
Thanks so much Gail! Love and prayers to your family too!
Congratulations on your upcoming blessed event! It is such a joy to welcome a new baby into your family! My prayers for you and your family!
Yvonne, I so enjoyed reading your words this morning. When my parents became grandparents, I told them that they had waited all their lives for the best job God would give them. The love between them and the girls is incredible. It is truly a gift for us to have grandparents that love our children as if they were their own. Except in this situation, these children get to eat and enjoy everything that we were not allowed to have growing up, haha! I also love how you prayed for your children’s spouses and your future grandchildren. I began praying for their spouses and future children when my little girls were born, and like you, I will continue. May God bless you on this wonderful time in your life! Thank God for good grandparents who make our babies’ lives richer and more fulfilled than they could ever be without them. You will be a blessing as grandmother, I can tell! Enjoy every minute with the new love of your life!
Just such a beautiful post today, Yvonne! I always enjoy your posts. May God continue to bless you and make you a blessing to all those around you. You will be a fabulous Grannie! How I loved my Grannie and Grandpa and still thank God for the blessing they were in my life — so many precious memories.
A wonderful new baby grandson- you will laugh and you will cry and you will have a most thankful heart! Congratulations to you and yours
Yvonne, what a beautiful post! I hope to experience grand parenting one day!
Praise God. It is amazing how much love is felt immediately for a grandchild. Enjoy the love.
You just spoke the cry of my heart!!
Love when my grandchildren run into my arms for a hug!
I so enjoy reading your Sunday message. You truly have a calling which I am more than confident will spill over into being a great grandmother. I have 3 grandchildren; 2 girls & a boy, two of which were born three months apart this year, by a son & daughter.
I live for their visits, it truly is a blessing to be a grandparent !
Best wishes to you & your daughter !
I am a grandmother to a four month old little boy, the love of my life! Thank you for the beautiful reminder to pray always and for our children and grandchildren that they to may know the love of our Lord and Saviour!
Grandchildren are truly a gift from God. You will love it! And he will be a lucky young man to have you as a grandmother. Enjoy!
At a time when our stamina isn’t what it once was and the mirror isn’t our friend, along come these little people who think we are the the greatest!Be prepared to be ambushed by unconditional love that travels between you. Unsolicited hugs around your legs while busy at the sink, big hugs and heartfelt declarations of love for no particular reason, and the laughter, all the laughter. There can be no doubt that they are a gift from God because the gift is perfection! I am so happy for you, Yvonne!
Oh I can’t wait!!!!!!!
Congratulations! Being a grandmother is absolutely the best! I think grandchildren are such a joy! We have 3 now – the second little boy was born on September 25. The only girl will turn 1 in November. What fun I’m having!!
Kristine, are you the Kristine Grego I know from years ago?
I feel so blessed to have just joined your blog! I’ve been checking out your decor over the last several weeks, while fighting my worries about getting so obsessed with thoughts of trying to make my home beautiful. How can I justify that kind of time (and often expense) when the world is dying around me and needs Jesus. Your decor and home are gorgeous. And to now see that your heart is even more beautiful than your decorating talent leaves me feeling very full. What precious words for your grandson and daughter to hear from you. May the Lord bless you all richly, as you continue to bring HIM the honor for all in your life!
Welcome to the StoneGable family Sherry. Love and obey God first and hold all the rest of His blessing loosely in your hands! Be grateful and thankful!
Being a grandparent is such a joyful experience! Your heart will be full of love and gratitude for all you get to share with him, and his parents. It truly is a full circle experience. Blessings to you and your family.
Hooray! Congratulations! Baby grands are THE BEST! I’m so excited for you. I know your heart is going to explode with love! Blessings to you all! 😀
Our 5 grandchildren are the “light of our life.” Congratulations to you and your family.
I love that you are praying that your descendants through the 5th generation wil be Christ followers and that then someone else will continue that prayer- Wonderful!
How beautiful and heartfelt! I was overwhelmed as I read this! You are always so eloquent and your Sunday posts are like a ministry for us! Thank you for sharing again- not only your home but today your heart and soul. Thank you for reminding us how very small and powerless we are and yet so safe in his care! I particularly needed this message today…
You said it PERFECTLY Joanne! We ARE small and powerless and yet so safe in His care. What an amazing thought!
Oh, congratulations, Yvonne! Your first grandchild! It’s such a blessing to get to be a get to be a grandparent! My first grandchild turned out to be twin grandsons! They are five now and I have two more little boys, the youngest just past one. I love them all so privileged to be a part of their lives. It is truly miraculous to know your children’s children! Love and blessings to all of you!
Nobody can tell you the love for a grandchild until you have one in your arms. Get ready for your heart to explode with love.
I’m so very happy for you Yvonne. My one grandson, our first grandchild, captured my heart in ways I could never imagine. The love is so powerful, unique, and I think grandchildren allow us to experience life all over again, only this time with more wisdom and boatloads of more patience and just a desire to drink in every minute with them. We look forward to meeting him too!
I so enjoyed today’s post, it gave me so much to think about.
Congratulations Yvonne. So happy for you and your expanding family.
Our youngest just got married onSaturday. Looking forward to having
a grandchild someday.
Congratulations! Thsnk you for such sweet reminders of how daily prayer strengthens us & our family. God’s Peace.
Perfectly said….thank you!
Yeah! I’m so excited for you – I too am about to become a Grandmother – actually a “Grannie”! My son-in-law is an only child and his Mom and I have been friends since childhood. We are expecting Brady James soon. His actual due date is the 28th of October, but he may be here sooner. Like you I’ve prayed for this child and haven’t missed a day since learning of his conception! It is so awesome to see my baby girl having a baby! Pregnancy was such a wonderful time for me.
Best wishes to you and your family! God bless you all!
Best wishes to you and your family too!God bless your little Bardy James!
Thank you for sharing your beautifully written words of faith, joy, and scriptures.
Thank you for sharing your heart. I always pray for my two daughters and for God to send them good and Godly men. As a single mom I try to live by example – I pray that God sees me as a good example. They walk in faith and when I see them closing their eyes to give thanks and praise I am grateful. Congratulations on your little angel.
Dear Yvonne, I knew I had you on my favorites bar for your beautiful blog images & such, but today I found the real reason you are there! Today, you have used your beautiful heart & words to refocus me on the Creator & His creation. Thank you for sharing not only your joy of becoming a Grandmother.. but also your joy in sharing & serving the Lord. Praying that your bundle of joy will be healthy, happy & fulfill all your hopes for your family.
Thanks so much, Sherry! And thanks for being a part of the StoneGable family! hugs!
Congratulations Yvonne!!! Isn’t GOD great!!!
Beautifully said.When you think you can’t love anyone more than your own child,
along comes a grand baby that steals your heart away.Since the loss of our granddaughter
over 3 years ago,I have been praying for my daughter’s wish of another child to come true.
As I write this,she is embarking on a new journey that will hopefully make this dream a
reality.Congratulations to you and your family on God’s blessing.
Praying for your family Doreen!
I know how excited you are waiting for your grandchild to finally arrive. I can truthfully say being a grand parent is really the best fun. It may feel strange at first that your daughter is now going to be the mommy in the family and you have the new role of grandmother. You have so many wonderful experiences ahead of you.
This is truly an exciting time in all of your lives. I’m so excited for you all. Enjoy theses moment s of time. I pray for blessings to all of you.
With big hugs to you.
Oh, Yvonne! You have been in my thoughts so much lately (maybe this is why) – I am SO HAPPY for you and your family. You are going to be an absolutely amazing Grandma. YAY!!!!!! Praise the LORD! xo, mb
Love to you Mary Beth! YOu are in my prayers too!
Congratulations and may God bless!!!
I’m so happy for you. I have six grandchildren and each one of them is a miracle from the Lord. Let’s pray together for our country that we as a nation would protect innocent life and value each baby whether they are in the womb or already born.
Amen and Amen!!!
Grandchildren are truly a gift from God. We have two grandsons and they are so precious to us.
Congratulations and may God bless your family as you enjoy this special time.
The job of being Grandma Yvonne will be the best job you ever have! Prayers for Jackie ‘s delivery & the triumphant entry of her baby. Blessing to you all as your family grows.
Hi Jinny! I know you have seen me raise Jacquie along with Jill and her boys. We were very blessed to be such great friends! Hugs!
I call grandchildren our rewards for raising children and shall never forget seeing our baby son holding his baby daughter for the first time. My husband and I were weepy the entire time we were visiting. The feeling of joy is like none other. Congratulations! Enjoy each and every moment for as you know from raising children, they grow up too fast.
I was so blessed by this article. I can feel your love for the new baby and for the Lord. Blessings for the family!
I cannot adequately put into words the incredible journey you are embarking on. Walking into a hospital room and seeing my baby holding her baby was one of the most cherished moments of my life. This new chapter of your life will bring you joy beyond measure. I am very happy for you – welcome to the Grandparent Club!
Yvonne, I can totally feel your heart on this one. I long for the day of our first grandchild…although not too soon as our oldest is only going to be 20 LOL! But I just can’t wait. Congrats on your growing and loving family.
Yvonne, you are about to begin an amazing new adventure! Very soon you will discover why they are called GRANDchildren. I have 5 grandsons and one granddaughter and they are such a blessing. They are so much fun and I love each of them to pieces! May God Bless you and yours……………..
The days I look for blessings as I pray to God and sing Him songs. I say verses I learned as a child just out of my mouth they come. I’m exploring my Bible in ways for my group but for me to grow in knowing God better and better. Oh what a wonderful God I serve. In the midst of this, I battle a hidden injury. Brain damage. Which affects every area of life. From physical to emotional to social. And financial. And now my friend dear dearest of all has died. My mom. My hubby faces a lengthy list of diseases and broken down body from treatments. My life is quiet. He’d rather grocery shop quickly alone forgetting there are no outings. For us. Where does my help come from?i remind myself in prayers of thanksgiving? My help comes from the Lord, Maker of heaven and earth. My daughter is expecting our second grandchild. It’s been a struggle with a diagnosis of cancer. But it appears slow growing but after birth, we shall know. Jameson appears healthy yet I’m concerned. And pray. And pray for our five year old to know and love Jesus by the little bit of influence I have. I pray. Maybe not in my lifetime but true commitment to Christ will again come. I get sad.
Congratulations! I also have a new grandson ! My son and his wife had a baby boy 08/12/2016 They named him a biblical name Thaitus Abuja Dees. This is just a blessing from above I know you are so excited because this is my 4th grandchild. No matter how many you have you still get excited! Praying for your family.
You are richly blessed! All glory to God!
This article was a tremendous blessing to read..especially reading of someone who understands the importance of a generational blessing. While in the kitchen, the word “posterity” came to mind and I did an online search and found your article. Enjoyed it so much and know now how to pray for my posterity. Thank you and God bless.
Oh and I LOVE your website! A rare treat to find something with similar style, taste and beliefs!