Jason Christopher Powers. Our firstborn, and a light in our life in his "old age" :) Somehow, we knew early on, that this was a child who had the hand of God on his life. I say "somehow" because I have to admit that from Day 1, he was a person determined to do things his way, and no one was going to tell him how: Not parents, not teachers, not God - no one! And unfortunately, his way often seemed to veer way off the path that any self-respecting parent would want their child to go. Not that our childhood years weren't filled with lots of love and joy: Jason was passionate about baseball, which bonded the whole family together in that common love. We have so many great memories of nights at the ballpark, and we enjoyed following him in his credible talent as a catcher and pitcher all the way through the first part of his college years where he played for 2 colleges. BUT those years -- all the way through college -- did have its challenges as a parent.
And, like God has an amazing way of doing, He brought so much good out of trials that seemed very tough at the time. He taught his mom what it means to "pray without ceasing" and after what we all would call a dramatic, supernatural encounter with the living God, Jason's heart was called home, and the most inspiring transformation began immediately taking place in his life. I remember once being given a verse to prophetically call my own from Jeremiah 31. It says, "Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears, for your work will be rewarded declares the Lord. Your children will return from the land of the enemy. . .there is hope. . .they will return to their own land." God was so faithful to fulfill that promise! Jason is now an associate pastor at our church, River City Community Church, and his story has amazing power and influence in teaching others some of the things he's learned along the way. Since many, many people prayed with me during those not-so-perfect years, his story also gives hope to lots of other mom's who may be walking through similar days of praying for their kids who have lost their way.
In March of 2004, I'm not sure who got the greater gift: Jason or us. . .but we were all given the gift of Natalie, his wife, who we could not possibly love more if she had been born to us. I know they say no one is perfect, but in our eyes, we think Natalie might just be that one exception! (no two -- our other daughter-in-law is also perfect :)