Patty and I are at our daughter Shelly, her husband Philip, and their 6 wonderful kid’s place in Fairbanks, Alaska for the next couple of days having a wonderful time. This coming Sunday, September 29th, our son Seth is getting married (the last of our 8 kids to get married) to a wonderful lady, named Amie in Idaho and all 8 of our kids, 6 son-in-laws, daughter-in-law, and every one of the 27 grandkids will be there. At 70 years of age our family is the most important part of our life, the most memorable part of our history, and the most significant accomplishment of our life. Almost all of the 45 people in our family love Jesus, and love each other, a true miracle in our age of dysfunctional families. I am so much looking forward to the gathering and the family interaction and fellowship that will take place. Patty and I regularly pray together for various members of the family, and I pray for everyone of them everyday in my own private prayer time. I can do that from memory as I start at the oldest, Sarah and her family and go all the way down to Sally and her husband, Aaron and their 3 kids. When I pray for them all in my head it goes fairly fast, taking less than 10 minutes, as I hit the high points in their lives. My favorite way to pray is to go through the pictures I have of each one of the family in various situations and stages in life, and to write prayers for each one of them, and also to read the prayers I have written previously in my journal. I try to do that about once each week. I believe God has given me a special “authority” with Him on behalf of my family. Jesus makes this statement as He prays for His disciples in John 17:9, “I ask on their behalf; I do not ask on behalf of the world, but of those whom You have given Me”. God has given me a great wife, 8 great kids, and an expanded family, and I will faithfully use the power and authority I have been given on their behalf. My simple main prayer is, “Lord, please bless my family“. God’s blessings are joy, peace, strength, wisdom, opportunities to serve Him and bear fruit, protection from the devil and his demons, and growing character that is like that of Jesus.

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