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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.

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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. 

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