Lord, you have blessed me to live 40 years—to not only experience life but to enjoy many of your gifts, as well.
You have given me health & a sound mind.
I enjoy the blessings & fruit of marriage to my more than gentle & kind partner & friend in life. Thank you for Jill.
You have blessed our union with healthy & bright children. The next decade is so critical to their development. Help me, Lord to be a faithful, loving, gentle & patient father—like you! Fill me with your spirit. Drive out my irritability; my short temper. May my kids feel that I enjoy being with them. Help me to make them feel like you continually make me feel. Lord, help me to not drive Kate away from me but to draw her toward me. Help me with Charlie—my namesake. He is so precious & fragile. I am the one that needs prayer; that needs help! He is innocent. Help me, Lord. Forgive me. May I raise him up not just physically but inwardly & emotionally; to fan the flame of a strong & indomitable spirit. May Oakley be an oak of righteousness—the planting of the Lord. & may Jude’s life be a praise; a thanksgiving offering acceptable & fully pleasing to you.
Lord, thank you for my parents. Help me to love & honor them for who they are & how they raised me—for the untold sacrifices they made on my behalf.
Thank you, Lord. Amen.