Praying Kids are Scary!

September 3, 2013 — 6 Comments

One night during family prayer, our 3 year old daughter, Calan, asked God to give her a brother named George. Kneeling nearby with our 13 month old daughter, Cauriana, I stole a glance at my husband, Craig.  He was looking at me with wide eyes and we both chuckled.

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When Cauriana was born, she came into the world demanding a manicure and a massage.  High maintenance was her calling card.  She would only take twenty minute naps and scream during the rest of our waking hours.  If I wasn’t holding her, I was feeding her.  And if I wasn’t feeding her, I was changing her diaper.  And if I wasn’t changing her diaper, I was trying to figure out what was causing her ear splitting screams.

While I tended to Cauriana, I also tried to give proper attention to Calan by reading to and playing with her.  I was exhausted!  All the time!

So when Calan prayed for a brother, I decided to help God out.  After all, this prayer would not be answered in the way she hoped so I was a bit concerned that it would crush her childlike-size-of-Texas faith.

I gently explained although God is in control of all things, He does let us have a bit of control over some things.  And her dad and I definitely had some control over whether or not she would have a little brother and it wasn’t going to happen, nope, no way, no how, nada, not happening!  Okay, maybe it wasn’t so gentle.  But I was panic-stricken.

Calan didn’t seem to notice or care so I felt we dodged a bullet.

The next day, I began to feel strange.  In the early afternoon, I stopped in my tracks as I realized the only times I had felt this way was when I was pregnant.  I immediately looked up toward the sky and said/yelled, “NO WAY!!”

I sped to the store and bought a home pregnancy test.  By this time, you’ve already finished this story in your head.  And you would be right.  The stick turned pink.  I was pregnant.

I was shocked.  Craig was shocked.  Calan was not.  Calan said, “Of course you have a baby in your tummy.  It’s a boy named George.”

During the entire pregnancy, she never deterred from, “It’s a boy named George.”  Even when we tried to reason with her saying it could be a girl, she would respond, “Nope!  It’s a boy named George.”

When delivery day came, lo and behold, we had a boy.  I was shocked.  Craig was shocked.  Calan was not.

We called Craig’s parents house where the girls were staying to give them the good news.  I said to Calan, “You were right!  We had a boy!  But honey, his name isn’t George.  It’s Colby.”  She said, “No it’s not!  It’s George!”

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She had been right about everything else so I was ready to rip the birth certificate from the nurse’s hand to ensure I had named our little boy Colby and not George.

Calan insisted on calling Colby, “George,” for the first week of his life.  She finally conceded after that and began calling him, “Colby George.”

Today is Colby’s 12th birthday.  And we are extremely blessed God answered Calan’s prayer.  At least the “brother” part.  And Calan has finally dropped the “George” from his name.

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Calan’s special prayer taught me I never need to try to “explain” God.  And I definitely don’t take credit for having control of things I do not.

So now when the kids pray for outrageous things that scare us, we let them.

Then Craig and I pray against them.  It’s the “battle of the prayers” at the Johnson household.

Yep, praying kids are scary!  But it just adds to this adventure we call life.

This post is part of the following link-ups:

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©2013 Connie Davis Johnson

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6 responses to Praying Kids are Scary!

  1. 
    Pouring Down Like Rain September 4, 2013 at 9:13 am

    That’s so awesome. Kid’s prayers are just as powerful, maybe more than adults. They don’t get caught up in all the details – they just have faith that God will deliver. And that’s what He asks of us, to have child-like faith. If it were only that easy sometimes, right? I am your neighbor on Word Filled Wed. Kim

    • 

      I so agree, Kim! If only I could have the faith of a child. God’s amazing and they don’t ever doubt His power. Not sure why I do when He’s proven Himself faithful over and over. Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again! Connie

  2. 

    Love this- we have a child prayed for by an older sibling too. lol God likes to shake things up. Thanks for linking up this week!

  3. 

    Oh I just love this!!! 🙂 Yes a praying child is powerful!!

    My youngest son, 10yrs old, has wanted a baby brother for a long time and we well, “can’t” {hubby medically took care of that after four kids, lol}. So we’ve always told our son, if you really want a baby brother you have to ask God. Just the other day he came up to me and said that he was sad he didn’t have a baby brother yet. I reminded him to continue to pray but it is ultimately up to God. If it happens, it’s definitely a miracle! 🙂

    • 

      Ha!! Keep me informed because I would LOVE to hear how this story turns out! With his faithful prayers, who knows how He may answer. Some friends of ours had a procedure done for the hubby after their second one was born. When the second child was in 8th grade, the couple decided to adopt a baby girl from China. While overseas completing the adoption, they discovered the wife was pregnant. God can overcome anything. Better not get rid of the baby stuff just yet. 🙂

  4. 

    Oh I just love this!!! 🙂 Yes a praying child is powerful!!

    My youngest son, 10yrs old, has wanted a baby brother for a long time and we well, “can’t” {hubby medically took care of that after four kids, lol}. So we’ve always told our son, if you really want a baby brother you have to ask God. Just the other day he came up to me and said that he was sad he didn’t have a baby brother yet. I reminded him to continue to pray but it is ultimately up to God. If it happens, it’s definitely a miracle! 🙂

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