All the Men!

8 17 07 120Her name is Jadyn. She spreads joy everywhere she goes. This picture was taken in 2007. She was three years old.

Jadyn was a praying princess. She wouldn’t let you eat a peanut unless you prayed first. One day I caught her choking the dog because he started gobbling his food without praying.

She couldn’t say “Amen.” The closest she could come was to finish her prayer with the words, “All the men.”

Jadyn was like medicine for me during a very difficult time in my life.  One day we were headed for the doctor. I had said nothing to her about my condition but instinctively she knew something was wrong. As we drove her little voice drifted from the back seat. “I think we need to pray for Grandpa,” And then she prayed.

“Dear God. Please don’t let grandpa be afraid. Help him to think of bunnies and rainbows and happy faces. Help him to think of Jesus. But please don’t let him be afraid……  All the men.”

You think he heard her?

I get so many comments and messages from people who are going through deep valleys in life. Jadyn’s prayer is what I pray for you today. Please don’t be afraid. I remember those days of fear as if they happened yesterday and I am glad God answered Jadyn’s prayer. I hope these words from Isaiah will be a comfort to you:

Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you.
I’ve called your name. You’re mine
When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you.
When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down.
When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end.
Because I am God, your personal God,
The Holy of Israel, your Savior.
I paid a huge price for you:
All of Egypt, with rich and Cush and Seba thrown in!
That’s how much you mean to me!
That’s how much I love you!
I’d sell the whole world to get you back, trade creation just for you.
So don’t be afraid. I’m with you. (Isaiah 43 The Message)

This is Jadyn today! She can still say a pretty mean prayer.
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Has a child ever encouraged you during difficult times? [reminder]

Read in my book, “Fully Alive” the story of Jadyn’s rescue after being lost in the Colorado wilderness.