“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it. You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39).
Help us become child whisperers so that we will know how to gently break the foolishness while focusing his gifts, talents and loving heart towards You and others.
“Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child” (Proverbs 22:15).
Lord, teach us how to focus his attention that takes in everything and presently distracts him from continual first time obedience. Help us know the correct way to train his heart. “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6).
Help us as parents know when to give him enough slack so that he learns his own lessons, but not so much that he breaks free.
Help us know when to help him push past his fears and when to step back and let him do it in his own time.
“Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged” (Colossians 3:21).
Help us as his parents to always be available to him and to make our home a safe refuge for him.
“You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up” (Deuteronomy 6:7)
Help us focus his gift for instructing others so that he utilizes his sensitivity to be gentle, good and kind while helping others without being bossy or becoming wise in his own eyes.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control” (Galatians 5:22-23).
Help us teach him the importance of patience, practice and perseverance in developing his skills.
“But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self control, to self control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness, love” (2 Peter 1:5-7).
Lord, the word Dillon means faithfulness. Help us teach him how to be faithful first to you and Your Word, then to us, and to honor his word to others.
“A faithful man will abound with blessings” (Proverbs 28:20).
Help us encourage him to become involved while not becoming overextended so that his word will come to mean nothing.
“But let your ‘yes’ be ‘yes’ and your ‘no’ be ‘no’” (Matthew 5:37).
Help us teach him to always see the possibilities and to never lose Your hope and vision.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5)
Help us bottle his childhood enthusiasm and joy so that we will have some on hand when he gets older and loses it.
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life” (Proverbs 13:12).
Help him see that each new day is an opportunity to serve You better and to be forgiven anew for his transgressions.
“So teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12).
Lord, help him learn to turn to You when we as his parents, and others, will inevitably fail him.
“I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, My God, in Him I will trust’” (Psalms 91:2)
Help him see his problems as opportunities to become closer to You, knowing that You control all circumstances.
“And we know all things work together for good to those who love God” (Romans 8:28).
Help him see Your will for his life and to love who You created him to be.
“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I sanctified you” (Psalm 139:13).
Finally, Lord, help him to know that to You goes all the glory, for what was, what is and what will be.
“Therefore, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:13).