Saturday, January 18, 2014
that she will grow into a Godly woman and stay my baby all at once
that she will always see snow as a snack and life as an adventure,
that she will grow to cling to You, like she reaches for "pinky" the elephant every night
that she flies out of her selfishness, fluttering empathy to others, and find hers true self
that generous words, deeds and new ideas would flow from her like a steady spring
that a smile trumps an eye roll, relationship trumps task, and You trump all else
that her "dorky Jesus mom" gets off her nerves and dives deep in her heart
that her gratitude floodgates open until keeping up with the Joneses is washed away
that peace envelopes her mind like a river swim with Samson
that confidence cleans her mirror and imagined judges disappear
that humility invades her soul, usurping pride to set her free
that You help me raise this perfectly imperfect reflection of You and me
that I can shut my mouth and just be
that she will see and choose You over me
That is what I pray.
"As parents, then, instead of concentrating on – and sometimes fretting about – whether and how our kids are living “righteous” lives, we have the opportunity to help them discover, access, and strengthen their trust and faith in Jesus Christ. In so doing, the righteousness they eventually display will be the product of the Holy Spirit. A good faith conversation doesn’t equal convincing your kid that what you believe is best."
Powell & Clark, Sticky Faith
“Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.”
― Anne Frank
"Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it."