A Prayer for Your Eighteenth Birthday

Son, I have written you letters before. We’ve had deep talks and Mommy & Son dates, but today, as you turn 18, I felt led to say a prayer. These last couple of years have definitely been challenging. It has been more intense than the books and TV explain. Through it all, I am grateful for the gift of you, and my heart is shown in the prayer I prayed to the only being who I believe loves you even more than I do.

The Prayer

Heavenly Father,

It’s me, your daughter. I have come to know and trust over the years that you truly love me deeply. Not because I deserve it, but because it is the nature of who you are.

My first request today is that my son will have that same clarity of who you are. That he would know you and the love you freely give. That he would trust that when he feels unlovable by everyone else, you will never stop loving him. Allow him to walk in the truth of who he is in your eyes when the world tries to show him something different.

I also ask for protection. I know he will make choices, as we all do, that may lead to unfavorable consequences. Please keep him covered in your safety as he does his best to journey through this life. Allow him to learn lessons quickly and apply the knowledge.

Send him loyal and wise friends to accompany him as he goes on the adventure of life. Let him know when to open his heart and when to set a boundary. As he enters into adulthood, please allow him to remember the things we tried our best to teach him as a child. Let him trust that he is made up of all things good, and he can achieve anything he wants to as long as he is willing to do the work. Please help him to know that we have done our very best and only want him to have the brightest future.

Lastly, let him know without a shadow of a doubt he is never alone. You are with him always and so are we. The love his father and I have for him is greater than any mistake or great accomplishment. We will always have his back, front, and sides, and you have placed us here to be an example of your love for him in human form.

Thank you, Lord

Amen

Strong willed and determined since a little girl, this mom of three, wife, worship leader, writer, and career woman, believes dreams come true if you do the work. Nikyla hails from St. Louis, Mo, the “show me” state. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University and Southern University. She is a certified teacher and currently teaches at Louisiana Connections Academy. Her time out of the office is filled with family, friends and faith. She adores her three children Kyre, K’mya, and Kris and has been married to her childhood sweet heart Remiah Trask for fourteen years. Nikyla is currently a worship leader at Anchor Chapel in Baton Rouge. She has always been passionate about the things she sets her mind to. Her story of victory over severe anxiety disorder, after her third child, is truly one you must hear to believe. It will transform the way you view people with mental illness and even the way you view yourself. She is the founder of the mental health campaign entitled Be Brave. Writing has become a form of therapy for her, and the stories she shares are always honest, heartfelt, and transparent. Read more of Nikyla’s Brave Blogs here.

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