When we created our first scripture notebook as a newlywed couple, we compiled a list of scriptures that we wanted to sow into our hearts and meditate on as prayers for the future of our family. The Lord is drawing me back to the very same scriptures that He gave me eighteen years ago at the beginning of our marriage. Psalm 144 speaks of our sons and likens them to well-watered plants, and our daughters as sculptured corner pillars carved like that of a palace. Over the years, these visual images have stood with me. We even gave our home school the name “Olive Trees and Pillars”. I feel the Holy Spirit prompting me to do a deeper study of the meaning of these scriptures that He gave me early on.
Psalm 128:3 “Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine, In the innermost parts of thy house; Thy children like olive plants, round about thy table.”
“The Psalmist never intended to suggest the idea of olive plants round a table, but of young people springing up around their parents, even as olive plants surround the fine, well rooted tree.”
“May our sons flourish in their youth like well-nurtured plants. May our daughters be like graceful pillars, carved to beautify a palace.” Psalm 144:12
Prayer for Sons: “That at an early age they might be firmly rooted in the good soil of God’s Word. That their roots might be so strong and so deep in the Word that they can stand strong in every storm. “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers” (Psalm 1:1-3).
“Pillars are not found in the wild. Pillars are not born. Pillars are formed. Carefully, an artisan chisels away at the stone little by little, creating a masterpiece.”-author Lynn Cowell
As parents, we are entrusted to speak the power of God’s truth into the next generation. When our daughters are critical of themselves in the mirror, we can be the voice that says “All beautiful you are, my darling; there is no flaw in you.” Song of Solomon 4:7 “The King is enthralled by your beauty” Psalm 45:11. She needs to know that she is special just the way that God made her. She may be a work in progress but through all the chiseling, He is creating her to be a sculpture corner pillar that will stand strong. “The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
“May our daughters be like graceful pillars, carved to beautify a palace,” Psalm 44:12
Your pillars are each hand hewn by God. No two are exactly alike. Each is unique in its own way.
“Let us pray that they will be …
Graceful and useful,
Beautiful and strong,
Polished and perfectly placed.
Polished with Godly Character”
Prayer for daughters: “Dear Lord, this task is so much bigger than me. Raising a daughter that glorifies You is completely contrary to the culture we live in. I want my daughter to be like a graceful pillar; One that brings You honor. Show me the opportunities today where I can lovingly speak that Truth into her life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Photo credit: Olive Tree Photo in Israel by Larry Bell