The child who made me a mom turns 14 today. I'm not really sure where the years have gone. It's hard to believe the amazing young lady standing in front of me today is the same pixie-haired, wide-eyed toddler of just a few years ago. She has become a young lady that I am proud to know -- one filled with a love for Jesus and a huge heart for others. Even as we sometimes struggle through the ups and downs of the teenage years, my love for this child just continues to grow. So, here's my prayer for her this year:
A Birthday Prayer
I pray that you will always know you are loved.
I pray that you will never lose your joy for life or your reason to smile.
I pray that you will always chase after God as hard as you are chasing him right now.
I pray that you will have wisdom as you make difficult decisions.
I pray that you will be a light to other people.
I pray that when you get knocked down that you never lose the determination to get back up.
I pray that you will approach each new challenge and experience with confidence and a spirit that never gives up.
I pray that when you are feeling down that you will be surrounded by friends who will pick you up.
I pray that you will always look up when things are tough.
I pray that you will know more laughter than tears this year.
I pray that as you embark on these last four years before college that God will direct your steps to lead you on His path for your future.
I pray that you will never have to walk the path of life alone.
I pray that you will have fun and make memories that will last your whole life.
I pray that you will continue to grow in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.
My precious, precious child, you are so very loved. You are the child I prayed for and have loved from the moment I knew about you. Happy, happy birthday, sweet girl!