Have you ever stopped and reflected on the times where you know that the prayers of your family were covering you?

I was in college from 2007-2011 and you couldn’t tell me that I wasn’t a HOT GIRL. For the first time I was able to live how I wanted to live and do what I wanted to do. I fell in love with the newfound freedom and leveraged it in every opportunity.

Hop on the road at 2am with 6 girls in a two-door Honda!? Absolutely.

Walk to my best friend’s apartment at night alone requiring to take a route that’s poorly lit and pretty much desolate after hours?! Bring it on.

Tag alone with a group of classmates that I knew all of 2 months to go to the first away game in Memphis?! What time do I need to have my bags packed?

 Let’s also not discount the plenty dates I went on with people that I knew nothing about that could’ve left me in a situation that made a turn for the worse really quick. They say that God looks out for babies and fools.

I grew up in church and by the time I went off to college had a solid foundation in God. I knew about him and the impact of the “prayers of the righteous.” So if I must be honest, I knew that no matter how crazy or outlandish my decisions were, that “I WAS COVERED.” **Grabs superman capes and stands with chest out.

Let me tell it then, I had “immunity” and plus, God is a forgiving God right?! I took God’s grace for granted and let my life take me to places that I was well aware that i should not be.

I remember having a scare during college that caused me to make a complete stop and re-evaluate my decisions. I was met with a new distasteful reality that I was foolish to not expect. I prayed and prayed HARD for the best and God once again showed me favor, but not without still teaching me a lesson. The prayers of my mother covered me and God showed me mercy, even when I didn’t deserve it.

Can I just stop and say how good God is? That’s #reallove or as the young folks like to call it #relationshipgoals. But what brings me joy is that this type of love is unsolicited and has no connection with who were are and what we do. It’s that “just because” love.

Let’s also shout out the people in my village that interceded on my behalf. They had no idea what I was doing or what I was going through, but still felt called to lift little ole’ me up in their prayers. It was their prayers and God’s favor that caught me when I was falling. Every,Single.Time.

As an adult, I push myself to pray more for others. Not as a way to return the favor, but because the love of God in me desires to obtain a closer relationship with him.

It’s safe to say, I am who I am today because somebody prayed for me.

“Somebody prayed for me. They had me on their mind and took the time to pray for me. I’m so glad they prayed, I’m so glad they prayed. I’m so glad they prayed for me.”

Thanks Mom and Dad.