This post is in honor of my daughter’s 10th birthday.
A letter to my daughter:
It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since you have been on this earth. Where has the time gone? It’s hard to believe when you entered into this world you were only a mere 3 pounds 8 ounces! You came way too early, I was not ready. How glorious it was to hear your screaming cry as you first encountered this world! You have never ceased to amaze me from the day you were born. Even though you had so many odds against you—they didn’t matter, you defied them all!
You have been fearfully and wonderfully made by the hands of God (Psalm 139:4).
You have taught me it doesn’t matter how big or small a person is to be able to make their mark in this world. What you lack in size you make up in spirit.
God has given you not a spirit of fear, but of power, love and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7).
You are one of the most determined people I know. When everyone is swimming down the current you are swimming up. You are a perfect picture of what perseverance looks like. Keep swimming, never give up!
The first moment I saw you, I knew God had big plans for you (Jer. 29:11). Everyone in this world has been born with a purpose–my sweet child you were BORN TO FLY! No matter how many times you fall you always get right back up and want to try again. Most people would have given up long ago when they can’t get it right, but not you. Never lose your determination or will to keep trying. It will take you farther than you ever know.
Never let this world tell you, you can’t. Never believe you are anything less than who God says you are. I am glad God has made you small, so everyone can see how big your heart is. Your heart is filled with a kindness for others like none I’ve ever seen. Keep treating others with kindness and love to as many people as you can, in as many places as you can, for as long as you can. Your kindness shine the light of Jesus to others. His kindness and love is a language everyone can understand.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.” Matthew 5:11-15
Your heart will continue to grow immeasurably more when you allow God’s desires to be your desires. Keep allowing God to be a lamp unto your feet so he can always guide your steps and way.
You have been a blessing in so many ways and you have no idea how much I love you.
I know we have our stumbling and roadblocks at times and had to face adversities, but I’m so glad we have each other and God to walk through these times together. I pray you will always seek God for truth, wisdom and strength, He will provide for any of our needs if we just ask Him.
“Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding.” Proverbs 3:13
I pray you will bloom wherever you are planted. I pray God’s seeds that He has planted in your heart will take root, flourish and grow into something beautifully amazing, greater than you can imagine. I can’t wait to see all God has in store for you. He will use you for great and mighty things, one that only a small person with a big heart can do.
“But I have raise you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” Exodus 9:16
Don’t be in a hurry to grow up to fast. You only have 18 summers as a child. Enjoy everyone of them. You have the rest of your life to be an adult. Cherish your childhood, you can never go back once you leave it.
There will be times we fail. Never allow your failures to define your past but propel you to try harder and strive to do your best in the future. Failures don’t limit us, our fears do. Never allow your fear to be greater than what God is able to do.
I can do all things in Christ who gives me strength. Phil. 4:13
At times it will seem like you are up against battles as big as giants. Always remember David when he faced Goliath. He didn’t see the giant, he saw God’s power. When everyone else saw defeat, David saw through God all things are possible (Matt. 19:26).
God’s plans are always bigger than what we are up against (Jer. 29:11). There may be times you fall, but keep getting back up. God’s plans will always provide a way for you to FLY! God LOVES you more than you will ever know.
It seems like only yesterday you were in diapers running around the house. Now you are doing cartwheels around the house. It seems like yesterday you lost your first tooth and now you are ready for braces. It seems like yesterday you were in kindergarten. It seems these moments keep going by faster and faster and before I know it, you will leave for college.
I appreciate who you are. God is equipping and preparing you to do great and amazing things! You are loved beyond measure. You are and are becoming such a lovely young lady. Keep being you, because everyone else is taken. You are one of the biggest blessings in my life and am so honored to be your mother. And never forget you were BORN TO FLY!
I love you so much.
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