I wrote this letter when my daughter was 10 years old. Now that she is just a few days away from turning 18 I thought it was time to repost. I’m so proud of the young lady she has become. She shines with the love of Christ and she has my heart!
One of the highest callings in life is that of a mother. It comes with great joy and incredible responsibilities. When God gave you to me, He gave me a most precious gift. You are a joy and delight. When you smile your sweet countenance spreads light throughout the room. You can laugh and turn sorrow into joy. You are a treasure and your calm disposition brings peace to our home. I realize that I only have a few years in which to teach and train you to become a virtuous young lady of highest character but that is my desire.
Daughter, there are many things I want you to know. First of all, know that I love your father. Next to Christ he is my dearest friend. Every night as I pray for you, my prayer is that someday God will bring a godly young man into your life that mightily loves the Lord and deeply cherishes his wife, just like your father. I pray you discover early on in your marriage your God given role as wife and that you will embrace it with joy.
I want you to know that children are a blessing from God. Today children seem to be nothing more than a burden to many in which to cast off on someone else. You and your brothers are a joy and I thank God daily for each of you. I praise Him for the opportunity that He has given your father and me to raise you. I want you to know that we will do our best to raise you not by the world’s standards but by God’s standards alone. The world says you must be beautiful on the outside and that your value is based on how you look and dress. God says that your value is based on who you are. True beauty comes from within and God’s standard is one of purity.
Never forget that the most important thing in this life are relationships. Your relationship with God is first and foremost. Only in Christ will you find complete fulfillment. Your life will be void if you look to any other. Second is your relationship with others. Never miss opportunities to love your family, to build and cultivate friendships, and to reach out with kindness to strangers. For it is in loving and serving others that Christ will be glorified.
Finally, I want you to know that no matter what stage of life you are in and no matter what you find yourself doing, make sure that it is for God’s glory. If you’re being educated, learn with the desire to use your gifts to please God. If you’re working, whatsoever your hands find to do, do all for the glory of God. If you’re serving others, do it to point others to Christ. Remember, you have purpose; no matter your age or station in life God has a plan for you. Seek Him with your whole heart and your life will be complete. You will have joy unspeakable. Know that I will make mistakes and sometimes fail you, but I pray with all my heart that my words and actions as your mother are that in which you can look to as a godly example.
I love you sweet daughter.