Elena holding baby Chloe, 2001My sweet Elena confessed to me the other day that she hasn't been praying very much lately. I was telling her to pray that we would find a new van soon (we're in the market for a "big van" as we've outgrown our beloved minivan). I asked her if she prayed during the day on her own. She said that she mostly just prays before we eat. I asked her why. She got really quiet, then a sad face overtook her.
She said: "Sometimes I pray for things and God doesn't answer my prayers."
I told her that sometimes Daddy and I have to say no to her because we know what is best for her. I explained that God responds the same way. Sometimes He knows that what we are asking isn't what's best for us.
I asked her what she was praying for.
"A baby brother."
Last week, she said, she had a dream that I had given birth to a baby boy. She was so happy because she's been praying for that for a long time. She said, "When I woke up and realized it wasn't true, I cried a lot."
I don't know what God has planned for our family, but I would love to be blessed again.
What would you say if your precious daughter said this to you?