When my kids were little, I decided that every year on their birthday I would write them a letter. I tried to remember special things about their year then told them all about their birthday celebration and what they were like at that age. I also told them my prayers for them. I would tuck each letter away in my special box, thinking about the day they would have their own kids and I would give them their letters. It seemed so far away at the time. This year I was able to give Michael his on his birthday and Andrea hers on her birthday and just recently gave Jessica hers for her upcoming birthday. Through the years there have been struggles. There were times I felt like I was failing or wasn't a good enough mom. I would pray and cry and sometimes wonder what I was doing wrong. Then pray some more. There were times I thought my girls hated me. There were times I worried my kids would grow up and not have close relationships with each other because of how badly they fought. I re-read all the letters this morning and I cried. It was like living all those moments again. The precious, innocent love your kids have for you when they are young and then some of the heart aches that come in their pre-teen and high school years and how quickly things can change. I remember wishing at times that I could just go back to when my kids were so little they truly believed that mom was their everything and couldn't wait to snuggle with her at the end of the day. When I read those letters today, God showed me something very dear. He showed me that even when I felt like I was failing, He was listening. When I wrote my prayers to my children, He heard them. That there was a lesson to be learned in every moment that I lived, and that someday He would show me the good in every one of those moments. Mom, no matter the age of your children, never stop praying for them. God hears your mother's heart. Your children need you but more importantly, they desperately need your prayers. Even when we feel like we can't get it right, there's such a peace to be had in the assurance that~He can.