Our church is reading through our senior pastor’s latest book, The Circle Maker. In the book, our pastor talks about two things that struck me. First is the idea of prayer genealogies. Answered prayers originate somewhere, and it’s important to track them. Many times we pray for something…and then forget about it. And then when God answers that prayer, we don’t give Him credit because we forgot we prayed it to begin with. Our pastor encourages prayer journaling so we remember what we prayed for and give God credit when He answers.
God answered our prayers in a big way when He sent us Teddy. No need to look back through the journal for that one! We’ve been praying for a LONG time for a baby. And we’ve had a lot of people praying for us through our journey. One friend shared that she felt compelled to fast for us at one point. Another friend shared that she and her husband were literally on their knees in prayer for us. And many, many friends shared that they were regularly covering us prayer. I love that so many people are part of Teddy’s prayer genealogy! That is so amazingly encouraging and humbling.
And to enjoy the fruit of it now, well, that brings me to the second thing that struck me: the importance of sharing our stories of how God is working in our lives. I hope this blog is one way of doing that. Also, journaling will become more important as we pray for God to do specific things in Teddy’s life. Theodore means “gift from God” and we pray that we always treat him as such.