Just like any parent, I have high aspirations for all of my children.

I want them to receive a good education, have decent-paying jobs, and for them to marry godly people who love them with their whole hearts.

I hope they follow their dreams, have a career they love, and work hard in everything they do.

I pray my children aspire to more than just awesome paying jobs and a great resume.

I pray they aspire to date and marry someone for more than good looks and a healthy bank account.

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I pray that as they grow older, they really take the time to see people.

I pray that compassion leads their hearts over pride.

I pray they notice those who are different but realize that a person is so much more than their differences.

I pray they own their unique quirks rather than try to hide who they really are.

I pray they notice people in their brokenness and learn the power of a kind word and a heart that is eager to shine the light and love of Jesus.

I pray we all try to sit with people in their brokenness. To really get to know them.

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I pray we can take the time to look under the surface of a person and get into the nitty-gritty of the path they have walked. For that is where the growth and pruning of relationships really take place.

Originally published on the author’s blog

Lizzy Christian

Lizzy Christian is a toddler-chasing, coffee-sipping, firefighter wife, and vacuuming enthusiast who has a passion for writing. She is the founder of the Fire Wife Chronicles, which is geared on topics of motherhood, marriage, faith, & first responder family life. Lizzy received her undergrad in Crisis Counseling from Liberty University and her Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling – Crisis Response and Trauma from Liberty University’s Graduate School. She is a two-time NYC Marathon finisher and avid runner, and former School Counselor and Athletic Director. Lizzy married her high school sweetheart and together they have two sons and a daughter. Visit www.lizzychristian.com for additional resources and upcoming projects.