Tears filled my eyes as we said our prayers on the way to school. My kids and I have said morning prayers before school for as long as I could remember, but these prayers were different; challenging you could say. It was the first day of school and unlike anything I could have prepared myself for, it was my baby girls’ FIRST day of HIGH SCHOOL! Really…WAIT…NO….WAY!
When did she grow up, when did I grow up???
Since the day she was born I have had so many hopes and dreams for her and my heart began to flood with fear and insecurity that this was it, time had slipped away before my very eyes. Had we taught her enough, what had we missed? As the tears streamed from my face this verse began to tug on my heart:
Psalms 139:13-16 “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.”
The Lord has a plan for her and her life. He has molded her and formed her perfect in His image. My fears and insecurities of this world will hold me captive if I let them chain me to doubt and delusions.
I have faith in my daughter. I BELIEVE in my daughter. I believe that she is a child of the King of Kings and there is nothing in this world she cannot do. I believe that she has never been more ready to spread her wings and soar to her full potential that Christ has in store for her life.
I pray that she will believe in herself as much as I do. I pray she will take risk and learn that life may not always be fair, but Christ is always there.
I pray she will fall deeper and deeper in love with her Savior than she ever could have imagined before she falls in love with the one God has for her.
I pray she will never take for granted her true beauty and know all she is worthy of and never settle for anything less.
Per-pressure will come; I pray she stands firm and strong in what she knows and believes.
This world will feed her lie after lie and attempt to deceive her with things that appear right or simply feel good. I pray she seeks the guidance of her Savior…I can’t always protect her anymore. I pray that when she fails and feels like a failure, God will scoop her into His arms and show her how to forgive her self and NEVER give up.
I pray she will never lose the love to serve others, especially those less fortunate. I pray God will give her a heart of compassion for all of those who surround her and need Him more than she needs materialisms of this world.
Most of all, I pray the God will let the light inside of her shine as bold as he sees fit. Allow her to be who He intends her to be and give her the strength to be that light in a dark world.
Be BOLD my sweet girl and NEVER hide from the person God designed you to be, for you and you alone were fearfully and wonderfully made!
You will forever be MY GIRL!