Today is your 14th birthday. It seems like in this past year, you changed overnight. We looked across the breakfast table one morning and wondered what happened. That cute adorable 5 year old boy had turned into a handsome young man.
As we look to this coming year, we pray for you. You will be entering high school this year. You will daily make decisions that could affect your future. May you make those decisions with God and His ways in mind.
We were proud when you decided a month ago to start reading your Bible on your own. It made tears come to this mom's eyes to find you up early diligently reading. Don't give up just because you miss a few days or even weeks. We understand. God understands. Our flesh is weak. However, we have to remind ourselves that we don't live by our flesh but by the Spirit of God in us. God's Word in you is power. Satan does NOT want you to have that power. May you determine to keep fighting like a soldier with the sword of the Spirit (which is the Word of God).
Struggles and temptations are a part of life. We pray for you as you face these each day. We love you whether you succeed or fail. And there will be times of failure, but that is often how we learn. When failure happens, come to us. Turn to God. May we work together towards living a life of victory.
Michael, you are a chosen son. It is a choice that we have never regretted. It is a choice that we would make again in a heartbeat. Why? Because we love you. Don't ever forget that!
You are a gift from God. You make us smile. You are good brother.
May your day be blessed. May this coming year be one in which your life glorifies God. He is the one who made you and loves you even more then we do.
With much love,
Mom and Dad