Saturday, December 02, 2006

Sons

There's a reason why we call our son "little man". (Besides the fact it's a cute, endearing term.) We know that we are raising him to be a man. A man who will be a strong warrior for Christ. Who will stand firm in his beliefs, never faltering, knowing he stands on "Christ the solid rock." Our every decision, the way we treat him, will point to what he will become.

Now, after three girls, I am new to this. My mind has not traveled this path, this path of raising boys. But I am fascinated at the way he plays with the wheels of cars. The way he likes to put objects into things, and take them out. The loud, raucous, sounds he makes, and the way he gets excited and boisterous when he sees my husband. (A male thing, no?)

And my prayer for this young babe, this man-to-be, as I am rocking him, or washing dishes--is that he would be a strong man for Christ. A gentleman to his future wife (who I am already praying for), and full of wisdom, from God's word.

And I am praying for his father, the man he will (and does) look up to.


"Lord, I find the genealogy of my Savior strangely checkered with four remarkable changes in four immediate generations. (1) Rehoboam begat Abijah; that is, a bad father begat a bad son. (2) Abijah begat Asa; that is, a bad father begat a good son. (3) Asa begat Jehoshaphat; that is, a good father a good son. (4) Jehoshaphat begat Joram; that is, a good father a bad son. I see, Lord, from hence that my father's piety cannot be entailed; that is bad news for me. But I see also that actual impiety is not always hereditary; that is good news for my son."
~Thomas Fuller

I'm thankful for this quote. I am not saying my husband is a "bad" or "good" father in refering to this quote. It's good to know that piety or impiety is not always hereditary. That our faults in parenting or in character are not always hereditary. That's good for my husband...and for me.

8 comments:

bluemountainmama said...

when i was pregnant, i really wanted a girl. but we had a boy and now i don't know what i'd do with a girl! boys are so much fun! "bringing up boys" by james dobson is a great book for parents of boys and touches on a lot of issues that boys face in today's world. i think it's great that you are already praying for your son's future wife.

Anonymous said...

Hey andrea, dropping in to say Hi but the baby just woke. Have to come back. Love that photo there!

Jennifer said...

What a wonderful picture!

Anonymous said...

So sweet. Man-to-be. I love it.
I know you are so thankful to have a wonderful man for a husband - for your son to follow his example. I feel the same way about mine.
It's such a gift we women get - to bear sons who will become MEN. An awesome, frightening gift.
I pray every day about it. And then leave it in God's hands and just BE.
Thanks, Andrea!

Andrea said...

Elise
I am so thankful. It *is* a frightening gift. But I'm glad we can leave it in His hands. That's part of why I liked that quote--it's not *everything* that *I* do or my husband does that makes a "good" son. So I'm praying. :)

Kat and Jen
Yes, I love the pic, too. When I saw it, I immediately thought of this topic for this post: "looking up".

Blue mountain
We are loving having a boy. It mixes things up.
I have been wanting to read that book you mentioned. Another friend with three boys recommended it to me.

L.L. Barkat said...

Oh, what a darling, darling picture! A man of music, too, I see. :)

Holly said...

That is a great picture. :)

How does your husband like having a son after three girls?

Andrea said...

Holly
He *loves* it. It is amazing to see. I love the bond they already share with each other. He loves his dad.