My younger daughter turns 12 tomorrow. I have no idea where the time has gone, but watching her grow up is one of the great joys of my life. This child has taught me so much. She has challenged me in ways I didn't know I could be challenged. And she has always shown me that it takes courage and strength to be the person God created you to be.
So as this precious child of my heart turns 12, this is my prayer for her.
A Birthday Prayer
I pray you know more joy and laughter this year than you know tears and sorrow.
I pray you never forget that God created you to be you -- no matter what anyone else says.
I pray you continue to grow in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.
I pray that you will never lose your zest to learn something new.
I pray that you will learn to look before you leap but that you will never lose your enthusiasm for doing the things you love.
I pray that you will continue to look around you and see the needs of others. And that you will then meet those needs.
I pray that you will be surrounded by good friends who will make you laugh, carry your burdens and encourage you to seek God.
I pray that you will continue to grow closer to God and that you will make Him a priority in your life.
I pray that you will be healthy and strong.
I pray that you will never lose sight of what's important in life.
I pray that you will never be swayed by anyone telling you the things that you are passionate about aren't the right things.
I pray that you will be a good friend to others.
I pray that you will never believe anyone who tells you that who you are isn't good enough.
I pray that you will always know that you are loved.
Precious child of mine, I pray that your coming year is a great one. I pray that even when you are lonely, frustrated, scared or sad that you will know that we have your back and more importantly that God has your back. I thank God every day that He gave you to us. Our life is richer and full of so much more joy with you in it. No matter what this year holds, remember you are precious and you are loved.
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