While I was pregnant with Nathan, Eric and I selected three very specific traits to pray for regarding his character. One of those traits is that Nathan would be someone who is compassionate and sensitive to the needs of others. We continue to pray for Nathan to develop these same traits, and yesterday I saw some beautiful "fruit" of those prayers.
To set the stage a bit, Nathan is usually quite fussy when we first get home from any kind of errand or outing. We'd just walked in the door from church and he was whining about pretty much everything. I was feeling discouraged about the way he was acting, and said a quick prayer that God would help me.
A little later, I started crying about something that had touched my heart, and Nathan came over to me and said, "Mommy's crying." I told him that sometimes Mommy and Daddy get sad just like he does. Nathan responded by handing me his bear, aka his favorite thing in the world. I tearfully thanked him for being so kind, but what he did next made me cry even harder. He grabbed a pillow and blanket and brought them to where I was sitting, then climbed into my lap and said "Let's snuggle, Mommy." I wept for his sensitivity and compassion, for the Lord's faithfulness in developing our son's character, and for the comfort Nathan extended to me in my sadness.
You answered my prayer for help and encouragement, Lord, and in such a beautiful way. Thank You for Your faithfulness, and for reminding me to be faithful in praying for my children.