“For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.”
This day, my firstborn graduates from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He is a pilot and a tender soul all wrapped in one amazing man. He is 6 feet 5 inches of mostly teddy bear. He gives the best hugs. But you can be sure he will tell you straight what is right and wrong. As engineers have reputations for being precise to a fault, pilots have reputations for being staunchly black and white about issues. And if you think about it, you wouldn’t want it any other way. “Should I turn right? No, Left. Um, no let’s go right” wouldn’t work very well in split second decisions pilots must make. Greg is no exception. I admire his strength and his sensitivity at the same time, and today I celebrate his accomplishments and who he has become as a man and as my precious son. I will try to post some pictures later in the week when we get back home. Meanwhile, Boomama is hosting the Christmas Tour of Homes this week, so don’t miss that today. I couldn’t let one of our final weeks pass by without a cover to cover post, which Bev has so graciously and faithfully sponsored this year. Check out others posts as we wrap up a year in His Word.
This week, Paul’s faithful diligence lingers in his never tiring crusade for the sake of Christ Jesus. He endures every possible persecution yet never wavers from a very black and white understanding of who Christ is and how He came to change the world one soul at a time. And, if our eyes of our hearts are fully open, we would understand the love of Christ in His revelation and Gift, as deeply as Paul.
I love this prayer above in Ephesians for a number of reasons. It is the prayer if you ever want to pray over me that I would appreciate most. It covers all the bases. It is what “annie’s eyes” is about, I pray. The eyes of our hearts. Annie’s Eyes aren’t the dimming, aging eyes of my physical self, but the understanding of my heart, which grows in Him, by the power of His Spirit, thanks be to God, as He graciously grants it.
It is my prayer for you as we approach the final pages of Scripture in our study. Because of your faithfulness to His Word, the Holy Spirit has strengthened your spiritual eyes in knowledge and in a love that could only come from Him. I pray for not just enlightenment, and even against vain knowledge which only puffs up, but for the remainder of the promises offered in these verses: “the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.” The HOPE to which He has called you…the RICHES of His glorious INHERITANCE…and HIS INCOMPARABLY GREAT POWER for those of us who believe in Him. May your deepest heart’s desires be found complete in Him.
My love to each of you,
🙂 Is Greg single? I can’t find any men of God where I live.
Annette, I agree you don’t look old enough to have a son graduate form college!
love your prayer amen…..
well you be doing Beth Moore knew study??
Okay, Annette, you don’t look old enough to have a son just graduating from college!
Also, on the way home from church last night, there was a car in front of us that had an alumni license plate cover from the same university your son just graduated from. He didn’t just happen to be Raleigh, NC last night, was he?
Thank you so much for your post. What a blessing you are and may God bless you.
I know that your family is busting with joy and pride today in Greg’s accomplishments. Your post as usual was well written and so on target. Your heart is beautiful and tender toward our Lord. May your time with your family be blessed beyond measure. You have enriched my life with your insights into the scripture. Blessings…Mary Lou
That is so exciting for Greg to graduate with an expertise known only to a few. He looks like a great kid! How could he not be? I was so moved by Eph 1:17 as well and have been so drawn to your open humble life because of the God whose immeasurable power is toward you.
Amen Annette!!! Congratulations on Greg’s graduation. May your celebration be ever so sweet.
It has been wonderful walking through the Word with you this year. I have been so blessed.
Beautiful post. The Epistles are packed with prayers and wisdom, yet many Christians seem to skim through them.
I pray the eyes of our heart are open each day and we continue to grow in Christ until we go home to be with him.
Congratulations on the graduation of your son. You and your husband must be bursting with joy.
I’m giving thanks for you as I read this post. I love Annie’s Eyes! She has such a beautiful heart! You must be so proud of Greg! I can appreciate black and white… right or wrong… especially if I am the passenger! I’ve never met him but know I would feel perfectly confident with him as my pilot!
Love and prayers as you all celebrate his accomplishments!!
What an amazing and exciting accomplishments…you must be beaming with pride!
I love the prayers that we read in the two epistles this week…in fact the one above I have recently been praying over my children…simply the best!
Have a blessed week…what a lot of wonderful blessings!