Once upon a time God thought it good idea to gift you to me. And while feeling at times completely inadequate, I have loved and prayed for you ever since. Along the way, I have let moments go when I should have stopped and encouraged you. Days where I was just so tired, I went to bed without listening or spending more time with you. And if I’m being honest, there are days I wish I could go back and just have a redo.
But life spins forward. And while I can’t go back, I didn’t want TODAY to pass me by. So I’ve been thinking and there are some things I wanted to say to you.
I am not a perfect parent, but there is a Perfect God. I wish I had been a better representation of Him in your life. Jesus says in John 14:6 that He is, “the Way, the Truth, and the Life” and that “no one gets to the Father except through Him.” This world will tell you there are many different sources of “truth”. That you need to find your own “truth”. "There is no truth." But those are all deceptive schemes from the enemy whispered to distract you from The Truth. The Truth is a Person. It’s not just a word. Jesus is The Truth. Put your faith in Him and you will know The Truth. I promise, in doing that, you will find the freedom you will be seeking in this life.
Admittedly, there are days I’d just like you to behave. I know I've even said that to you before. But baby, it's not just for “being good’s” sake. No. Even sinners do that. But it’s because I believe that your behavior reflects your core beliefs. And your core beliefs should reflect that you know that God loves you. That you believe that He has a plan for you. That you understand that He doesn't want to keep you from doing "fun" things, but that He laid out His commands to protect you from harm and equip you to serve Him. Your behavior will reflect that you understand that He loves every other human being just as much as He loves us, and that He wants us to love each other. Behaving in such a manner will reflect that you are”living proof of a loving God.”
I know you think I preach to you. Laughing, that’s ok! I get that. I thought my parents did too. It’s just because I know the world is preaching to you. Only its sermons are filled with all sorts of lies. You see, this world will preach to you to serve yourself first. That no one else will be looking out for you so you need to always be watching your back. My dear child, let me pour my heart out to you in this regard, pleasing God really is more beneficial than pleasing anyone else...even yourself. Galatians 6:8-9 says “Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” Beloved, the blessings that come out of serving God will reap for you an eternal reward!! This is why I ask for you to “behave.” It isn't a perfect word, but it's a beneficial one.
Purity of heart child. It’s so hard in this broken world. Broken people trying to find completion in each other. It can’t happen. Only Jesus can make you whole. And baby please, don’t ever “follow your heart”. Like, not ever. Why? Because Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?” It simply cannot be trusted. Warped by past decisions, things we’ve seen on TV, and/or how our culture has influenced us. No. Following your heart will not do. Give Jesus your heart and He will bring the right person to you if that is His will for you. And if that’s a desire of your heart, then pray for your future spouse’s heart now. Pray he/she loves Jesus as much as you. You will want an undivided home. This is critical to that end.
There is this thing I’ve been learning lately. It’s called radical obedience. Basically it’s saying “Yes” to whatever God is calling you to do. Or whatever He MAY call you to do. You’re ready. It’s an attitude you assume - before the behavior is required. Baby, you’re going to want to obey God. I promise you! If there are days you just don’t “feel” like being obedient, ask God for both the “will to do and the power to do what pleases Him”as Philippians 2:13 puts it. See if He won’t do that for you! Obedience will bring blessing child. And knowing what to obey and how to obey will be found in the ancient texts written many years ago. The Bible should become your source of information on knowing God and understanding His plans for you life. Reading it, meditating on it, and loving it will shape your daily attitudes and decisions. It will become your life’s battle sword as you allow the Holy Spirit to bring the scriptures to mind that will help you navigate this world. Stay in it. Immerse yourself. The Word - His Words - holds timeless and holy truths meant just for you. It is God’s main way of communicating with His children. You were created to have an actual relationship with Him and this is done through prayer, scripture reading and application, and worship. Baby a real and personal relationship with Jesus Christ is the most addictive and and supernatural thing you can be a part of. You will have less regrets and more blessings. Radical obedience. This is my prayer for you.
Oh how I have wished I could do this faith walk for you. But I cannot. In fact, my prayer is that you will radically obey even to a greater extent than I have. You simply cannot gain entrance to heaven using my Visa. Your entrance will be granted on your faith in Jesus Christ alone. Understanding and accepting that what He did on the cross - He did for YOUR sins. You must take ownership of your own relationship with Jesus Christ. Sweetheart, it’s so much more than religion. It’s your life. He must be your life. You must know, love, and seek Him for yourself. I promise you, you will find Him worth it.
I want you to know I love you. The kind of love that doesn’t have an asterisk. You know like when you win a product:
5 day free trip to the Bahamas!*
*with timeshare presentation, restrictions apply, must be dates we choose, non-transferable.
But you see with me - there’s no asterisk. I love you, without exceptions. Unconditionally.
And it will always be that way. Why? Because baby, that’s how God loves you! You may sometime take a route on this journey of life that you may regret. But when you come to the dead end that that route leads to, you will find that God still loves you and is wooing you to come back under His sheltering wings. He will never stop loving you. Honey, listen to me - if you find yourself in a place where you sense you have walked away from God, turn around immediately - you will find He has NOT LEFT YOU. And neither will I. You are worth it. You are worth it.
There will be days you will feel like you are not. In those moments you speak truth to yourself. You say - out loud mind you - “I AM A CHILD OF THE KING!” and you put those small and deadly emotions where they belong. In a grave. When the enemy wants to speak a lie into your soul - you should know you have a momma who will be speaking and believing life over you. In fact, since we’re chatting, let me take a moment to speak a little life right now:
You are precious.
You are chosen.
You are purposed.
You are loved.
You were created for good works.
You are talented.
My world is better because you’re in it.
You are a gift.
And you are called.
Now, go walk in THOSE truths!
Finally, I want to leave you with these 3 things:
First, I don't understand everything about this broken world. Sometimes I have questions and sometimes I even have doubts. You probably will, too. God already knows, just bring them to Him. You might not get all of the answers, in fact, you won't. But you can bring it all to Him. In those moments, pray the prayer a desperate father prayed in Mark 9:24, “I believe, help me overcome my unbelief!” Your Heavenly Father CAN be trusted.
Secondly, Matthew 6:33 says, “ Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” God’s Word seems at times contradictory to the emotions and/or circumstances you may find yourself in along the way. But it is true. It can be trusted. And that will be one of those radical obedience moments. Seek HIS kingdom first. Always. In everything. He will see to the rest.
And lastly, hug your momma every chance you can. Even now, Time is flying past and this world will soon be gone. I’m so glad God gave you to me. You are a treasure. And I will love you forever and ever….