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twenty three.

i can not think of this day or this boy  man without seeing the mercy of god. i love this guy so much, sometimes it makes my heart hurt.  i am so incredibly proud of him and all that he has walked through.

Jordan is probably the most like me of all my children.  he has such a love for life and truth and god.  he has always wanted more and more of whatever god had for him.  i remember one time, after sunday school.  i think he was about 5 or 6.  his teachers looked for us after church to tell us how jordan blew the rest of the class away with his knowledge of the bible and the depth in which he ‘got’ it.  it surely didn’t come from us.  we drilled them all, yes, but for the revelation he had at such a young age….only god.

jordan has walked through many years of having an angry mom….and lots of that anger was directed at him…because this mama didn’t like herself very much, she was determined to not have any children like her….how sad. for him and for me.  it breaks my heart that for years, i didn’t allow him to be what and who god created him to be.  years of beating submission into him…literally and figuratively

but god

god knew what it would take for me AND for jordan to turn to him with our whole hearts…..it has been a bumpy road….a hard one.  and we have come out on the other side.  and we are great friends.  i love that.

i love that jordan and i can talk for HOURS about scripture or a movie or a book…to get to the bottom of its true message.  we debate most of the time:) but we both love a good debate…..

jordan has had several prophetic words spoken over him through the years….one was that he wouldn’t walk with god…he would run.  i so see that in him…the other one is that he is a pied piper…..and boy.  does that describe him.  he never meets a stranger and is ready to jump into whatever game any group, anywhere may be playing at any time….and he is determined to win…and usually does.  and he draws others to him with his smile and sense of humor.

this year, he graduated from college.  he was the only child of ours that was home schooled all the way through high school and he has done an incredible job of working his way through college and holding down a job leading the youth in church and as a worship team player.

today, i think back on that itsy bitsy baby handed to me….a son…the oldest boy……..who knew…that this man would {by the age of 23} have served on the mission field, would be a great writer, could play a musical instrument….who has journeyed so far….physically and spiritually….?

who knew that this young man that i call jordy boy would grow up to be such an amazing man of god….running after god, to have a hold of all god has for him?

god did.

i am so thankful for this man….that god allowed me to have him and through my mistakes has redeemed what i and the enemy tried to steal.

Happy Birthday, Jordan!   we love you!!!!

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Gail - December 16, 2011 - 5:40 pm

What a blessing. :0)

Happy Birthday dear Jordan.

Janette@Janette's Sage - December 17, 2011 - 4:54 pm

Ginny…this just blessed my socks off. He has been on my heart lately and I even asked Aaron if he knew how he was doing and how school was going…did he take the LSAT? So today I rejoice with you and say Happy Birthday to you both…may each day the Lord restore all that was stolen

Oh I heard last night our sons are going on vacation with the Barbers again…that was new to me…and I got to laughing thinking your son probably sees my son more than I do…who would have guessed.

Hugs and Merry Christmas,

Betty - December 19, 2011 - 12:17 pm

Okay, lots of tears here. You’re such a wonderful writer and I know this came from the closest places in your heart. Love you and your precious children. Happy B-D to Jordan and Blessings throughout his sweet, anointed life.

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