Kehnley you turned five today... not sure if its more of an accomplishment for you or for me and daddy that we made it 5 years so fast, what wonderful memories we already have to share! (and what great lessons we have learned) We are beyond proud of the little girl you are becoming. Fun. sweet. smart.imaginative .artistic. kind. friendly. lovable. laughing. dear. cherished. tough. sassy. witty. unique. silly. brave. light hearted. energetic. gifted. wise. caring....and more and more and more. I wish that I had written this next part, but i didn't, and that's okay. Because its comforting to know that there are other moms out there praying things for their little one just like I pray for you. It reminds me of the things I need to live out in example for you. Some times we get off track, thank heaven for Jesus...we always have a new day with Him. These words I hope you will remember and think on often when you are wayyy older than 5 and you look on them :)
I love you my darling.
When I Pray for You, Daughter
When I pray for you, daughter of mine, I pray for the most beautiful home…I see you with that doll house, see you already learning to make that nest for the babies and their blankets. I know God made you to love to feel at home, to love to make a house into a home. And so I pray this for you…that you would let Christ make His home in you. Do you know that every home here, no matter how lovely, will seem a shack compared to the one Christ will build for those who follow Him down the narrow road? So follow Him, daughter-even if He asks you to make your nest in a place that’s less than beautiful here.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” John 14:1-4
When I pray for you, daughter of mine, I pray for perfect love and life happily ever after…I see you with your daddy, hear your voice when you call him to look at you. You want to be loved, want to know you’re the center of someone else’s world. And so I pray this for you… that you’d make Christ the center of your own. For a husband can be so many things but he cannot be all things for you. He cannot give all that you need to take. But Christ can. So let Christ love you before you go looking for love in so many other places.
Answer me quickly, O LORD; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. Rescue me from my enemies, O LORD, for I hide myself in you. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground. Psalm 143:7-10
When I pray for you, daughter of mine, I pray for you to be beautiful…I’ve seen you catch your reflection in the glass and take a second look, seen you twirl around and look to see who might be looking. I know you want to be beautiful and want to know someone thinks so too. And so I pray this for you…that you’d see Christ’s beauty. That you’d notice Him more than you notice yourself, that you’d look at Him more often than you glance in the mirror. I pray you’d be taken by His beauty and slowly let Him take you and make your spirit more lovely than you can imagine.
The LORD their God will save them on that day as the flock of his people. They will sparkle in his land like jewels in a crown. How attractive and beautiful they will be! Grain will make the young men thrive, and new wine the young women. Zechariah 9:16-17
How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Isaiah 52:7
When I pray for you daughter of mine, I pray you’d have your arms full of children…I see you with those dolls and watch you hold our own little baby. I know you’d love to dress and feed and carry and teach your own children one day. And so I pray this for you…that you would first be a child of God. I pray you’d let Christ feed and carry and teach you. Then, I pray you’d do what His disciples do…feed and carry and teach others. I pray you’d find your hands full, even at a young age, of young ones who call you ‘mama’ and look to you for help in this long, challenging walk with Christ.
Who is like the LORD our God, the One who sits enthroned on high, who stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth? He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes, with the princes of their people. He settles the barren woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Praise the LORD. Psalm 113
Daughter of mine, I see you standing here, feet and hair and mind growing by the minute. All the world is before you, but how, in all the world, will you keep Christ before the world? I pray all this for you, daughter, that Christ will be your world and that you might become a beautiful gift to all the world around you.