Faithfully My Name is Called Each Night*

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Mama’s Losin’ It

For many years but especially since I had children, I’ve asked my parents many times what they did to me when I was a teenager. What did they do to make me not ever want to do anything bad?

I’m not saying I was a perfect or model teenager. But I never fell away from my faith in a drastic way, I did not smoke or drink, or have sex, or really even have a great desire to do any of these things. Yes, I did have the first-child syndrome of wanting to please my parents immensely. But I know many oldest children who did not take the narrow road.

For years, my parents would respond that they had no idea what they did. My mom tended to credit our youth pastor. Sometimes they claimed that strong-willed chilren became teens who didn’t bow to peer pressure.


Only recently did my dad finally respond, “Well, your mom prays. A lot.”

My college. My husband. My children. My ability to stay at home. All things I know my mother has prayed fervently over.

Mom is a bit of a worrier … but she turns that into prayer, the right solution for worry. And I believe she’s taught me to do the same thing. Every joy, every pain, every struggle, almost always my first reaction is to speak to my Jesus.

Oh, how glad I am that He always listens.

One of the most important things I’ve ever learned is that if it concerns me, it concerns Him. He loves me that much.

And I believe it’s a lesson my mother taught me well.

Title is from the song “Mama’s Prayers” by Elizabeth Cook, whom I love!

12 thoughts on “Faithfully My Name is Called Each Night*

  1. Wow this post brought tears to my eyes. I was a relatively good kid as well and i always wondered why cigarettes, drugs and alcohol didn't appeal to me like it did to others. You hit the nail right on the head. I always knew that my parents prayed for me but i never truly took a moment to think about it. Thank you Jessie for lifting me out of a very dark place today. God bless!

  2. You look like your mom! 🙂

    I look like mine, too! Like sometimes I'll see a picture of myself and think it is my mom. Crazy!

    This was a beautiful post. Tim's mother is a fervent prayer, and I certainly feel the benefits of her close relationship with God. She told me after Tim proposed to me that she had been praying for me faithfully since Tim was a baby. WOW!

  3. Sounds like I better start praying then! I hear that when kids get to be teenagers, you need every advantage you can get.

    Visiting from Mama Kats.

  4. She taught you the most important thing!! I love the picture of the 3 of you together.
    I have 3 teenagers…and, yes, prayer is a neccesity. I want to keep my sanity!
    Stopping by from Mama Kat's

  5. Awww, my mom prayed for us ALOT too and it worked! I can only hope to see my kids through the coming years the same way.

  6. my mom is the exact same way. (and i was a "good" kid, too.)

    my kids are a handful. i need to get my pray on more!

  7. You mom sounds exactly like my mom! Thank you, Lord, for praying moms. I have definitely seen how her prayerfulness has rubbed off on me. Great post!

  8. You have caused me to remember my upbringing. I, too, was what some would call, "a good girl." I didn't think about it much, I just knew that I didn't want to be a disappointment to my mother. I also could never understand girls who were ashamed of their mother. I have always been so proud of my mother. After I left the home, I also knew that my mother was always praying for me. What do girls do who do not have the security of that knowledge? Oh my.
    Thank you for causing me to remember the encouragement I have received from my precious mama who will be 93 the 26th of this month.
    (can not hold back the tears)

  9. PS and even as I wrote about my struggle with my weight and eating habits, I have to say it has been the prayers of my mother that have been highly instrumental in my success. Wow.

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