Just be you

How many of you can honestly say you are  confident in your own skin, filled with not an ounce of insecurity and are always self assured in just being you? 

I can NOT say that I would be able to raise my hand to the proposed question…

But I know someone who could. And that someone is very near and dear to my heart. 

Meet cowboy…  

 Jacob Avery, my precious precious birthday boy! 

He wears his Justin boots with style and I will never forget the day he got his first real, Western cowboy hat. His daddy bought it for him at Tractor Supply when we were living in Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia and that adorable grin will forever be etched on my heart from when he walked through the door with it on for the very first time. I kid you not, he even slept in it for at least the first five days of being its new owner. 

  
And now, he has boots, a cowboy hat, two leather belts, a lasso and a pocket knife to help portray the true cowboy that he is. The only thing he is missing is a horse or some cattle! 

I love that my boy loves all things cowboy and doesn’t even seem to mind if he is the only one dressed that way for miles (or even States for that matter). 

Our new adventurous life traveling the U.S. with my husband’s job has landed us a stay in many large cities… And not a single one has intimidated him from being true to who he is. 

Here’s cowboy taking on Philadelphia…  

And New York City…  

Boston, St. Paul, Minnesota and even Atlanta did not stop this boy from being who he wants to be! From the East to the West, North or South, he is cowboy head to toe. 
   
   

I could learn a thing or two from my little guy…  
He doesn’t give in to peer pressure. He doesn’t have to dress like anyone else nor conform to what others opinions are. 
He is kind, loving, smart, athletic and funny. He is a friend to everyone. He stands alone in the crowd with his cowboy attire and it just doesn’t seem to bother him one bit. He is who he is and that’s that! 

His assurance of His identity in Christ is just as bold. He wears his cross necklace around his neck and never takes it off. He even saved up his own money to buy another cross necklace when his last one broke. Every now and again, I find him in his bed at night with flashlight and Bible in hand. He would rather read the Bible than any other book in the world!  

  

He is one Jesus loving little cowboy… And today he turns 9!

  
 
As parents, we strive to set a good example for our children. We want to teach them to grow up to be the best they can possibly be… And I must say… If we allow them to, our kids have the ability to teach us a thing or two as well. My little guy has taught me so much about striving to be exactly who God has called me to be. 

  
Jacob Avery, you are shining light! You display the splendor of the Lord in such an amazing way.  The Lord has big plans for your life. I love that you are who you are (Jesus loving cowboy) and it doesn’t matter what anyone thinks.  

Psalm 139:14 is the scripture your daddy and I have claimed over your life from the moment we knew God was etching you in my womb… And we continue to believe it is absolute truth showing through you. You are “fearfully and wonderfully made!” 

  
 We love you and are so proud of the young man of God you are becoming. And if I’m honest, my heart skips a beat every time I see you walk in with your boots and cowboy hat! Jacob, I tip my hat to you! Happy happy birthday our precious 9 year old cowboy! 

     For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.                      Psalm 139:13-16



 

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