I love birthdays because they are a perfect time to reflect on the past. Micah’s first two years of life are so wonderful.
Micah is so very loved!
Physically, Micah handles climbing up ladders without a hitch. He’s got beautiful teeth and some molars too! He’s a fit little man. It seems like he’s all muscle. He’s brave, and jumps easily off things two or more feet tall. He’s been sleeping in his own room since 19 months, and in the morning comes into our room, saying “Hi Mommy! Hi Daddy! Good morning!” We still nurse several times a day. He shows no signs of stopping, although occasionally I have him stop sooner than he’d prefer.
His personality is fiercely independent. He’s curious about the world around him and loves to go exploring outside. He’s an outdoors boy. He loves to blow on spiders and find butterflies and caterpillars.
We have spent a lot of time at the zoo this year, and his favorite animal is the elephant.
Still a sensory seeker, he loves playing in sand, digging in dirt, or playing with shaving cream in the bathtub. We call shaving cream “smooshies”.
He still eats pretty much everything, but he doesn’t like peppers and we haven’t tried eggplant again since I still suspect he has an allergy. His favorite vegetables seem to be beets, broccoli and asparagus.
He loves fruit, and has had pomegranate for the first time in October. He loves mangos too, especially when I make mango coconut banana icecream (with no cream, only fruit).
At night we love to do a night time meditation, after prayers, where we practice breathing deep, recall our day, and name all the people that love us.
We spend probably an hour a day reading, between books before nap and books before bed.
Sometimes Micah skips a nap nowadays, and instead, will run around his room and look out the window while talking to himself for 2 hours. That’s kind of frustrating, because at night he gets very fussy.
He’s the light of our life. What can I say? What was life before Micah? What a blessing he is to our hearts.
Adonai, thank you for this life. Thank you for every breath we have together. Thank you for trusting us with this little life, this sweet baby boy we can call ours. I offer him to You again, and acknowledge he is Yours. We have a great responsibility to raise him in a way that makes You proud of us, and proud of him. May we be acceptable in Your eyes. I humble my heart before You.
Help us instill in Micah, a great love of You, a love that fans into flames a faith that moves mountains. Give him a pure heart, and let him be a ‘most moved’ believer. Let him compel people to love Christ, because he learns to speak in a way that relies solely on the Holy Spirit’s small and powerful voice.
May his tongue build and not destroy, encourage and not dishearten, bring together and not separate, and enlighten and empower others to faith. May his tongue just reflect You and Your love. May he be found innocent in your eyes because he lays his sin and his burdens at your feet every day. May he be granted wisdom and understanding, and fear You, as your word instructs us, so that others may come to him and find You. May You give him confidence, because he is Yours, and lays his insecurities down for You.
Make a way for him. Build up the valleys before him, and level the mountains, so he can be walking in Your ways, seeing You clearly, and moving his feet quickly in obedience.
Father, love my son abundantly, as you love Christ, and usher him into Your kingdom, Your heart, Your wise and knowing ways.
Place him as a seal on Your heart, and a seal on Your arm. Place Yourself like a seal on his heart, like a seal on his arm. Protect him from harm, and help him not cause harm to others. Protect my family with supernatural protection – only You can provide this kind of covering.
Help Micah love the truth and cling to it. Help Micah declare the truth boldly all the days of his life. Help Micah hate evil, and come up against evil in Your name. You make us successful, we have no fear, for we fight battles unseen.
Bless Micah with gifts of the Holy Spirit, and help him use those gifts wisely. Help him know his purpose early on, and with laser focus, pursue that purpose. Provide for Micah amazing context, so he understands the ways You are moving in his life. Help shield his emotions, so he responds with grace to others, to circumstance, to situations and people. Give my boy insight and discernment so he can see the hearts of men and help move them closer to You.
Make Micah a mighty man of God. Help guide him by providing him with mentors all his life, and by making him a mentor to many generations of men. Bring him spiritual companions, Father, whom he can confide in, and who speak biblical truths into his life. Make Micah a spiritual warrior. Make him one of Your mighty men, Father.
Your word says you scan the Earth for those looking for You. May Micah always have his eyes set on knowing and pleasing Your heart, and may You draw him into your inner courts. Give him a fire for memorizing and understanding Your scripture.
Always walk beside him, behind him, and before Him. Make a way for Micah. Never forsake him. May he never turn from you, nor burden your heart. May his praise be like sweet offerings to You, sweet and savory and pleasing to You. May his life bring glory to You.
Enlarge his territory so he can extensively bless others, giving praise to You all the while, and glory to Your name.
Give him a humble heart. May Micah lay prostrate before You, bowing at Your feet, and honoring You all the days of his life.
May our days be long, so we can enjoy each other. Protect us Father, my whole family, so we can bring glory to You. Use our family to bring more people to you. It’s all about You and not about us.
Cast Your favor on Micah, and lavish Your love on him. May he always know to go to You first, to wait on Your instruction, to listen to Your council, and to tremble in Your presence with awe and thanksgiving.
I want Your relationship with Micah to blow me away, Father. I want us to learn from what he learns from You. I want him to hear You speaking. I want him to see You moving. I want You to use him to help advance Your kingdom.
May You find us pleasing to You today and tomorrow, and forever. Amen.