When our son was born a phrase jumped out at me from the Scriptures.
1 Chronicles 7:9 KJV — And the number of them, after their genealogy by their generations, heads of the house of their fathers, mighty men of valour, was twenty thousand and two hundred.
It’s actually used several times in Scripture.
1 Samuel 16:18 NKJV — Then one of the servants answered and said, “Look, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, who is skillful in playing, a mighty man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a handsome person; and the LORD is with him.”
David made mistakes, but he was the greatest King Israel ever had and more importantly, he was a man after God’s own heart.
So, I prayed this over our son.
“Lord, make him a Mighty Man of Valour.”
I don’t remember exactly when, but within the last year, I was praying that same thing for our son again and the Lord spoke.
Why don’t you pray this for your other son?
I was like Job.
Nothing to answer.
However, I began to add our son-in-law to my prayers in a new way.
I was praying for him regularly, but not in the same ways I was praying for our son, born into our family.
It was clear, I’d missed a step.
Marriage is just as much a joining the family as birth.
We were thrilled when our daughter married our son-in-law.
He’s a godly man, who truly loves all of us, and we love him.
And I praise God for him.
Infact, getting to live in his home with our daughter and baby was such a blessing.
He treated me as a cherished guest.
Sometimes, when I couldn’t leave my room, he’d bring me a plate of food and sit on the floor to chat while I ate.
There are so many thoughtful things he did for me while I was there.
He’s always willing to help in anyway he can.
He’s a humble guy too.
When I try to let him know how much I appreciate him, he simply points to Jesus.
Or he’ll say, “It’s all God.”
So why am I going on and on about him when I know he’d rather me not tell everyone what a blessing he is?
Today is his birthday.
And this is my small way of thanking God for adding this young man to our family as a son.
Psalm 127:3a NKJV — Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,…
And I think that includes adult children who marry the ones born into our family.
Happy birthday, son!
May God richly bless you!