by guest blogger Emily Farmer
by guest blogger Emily Farmer
I was reading an article the other day when I ran across this idea and I thought I would share it with you today. The idea was to start a special journal for your child or a loved one. In this journal you could record bible verses or prayers and even personalize them by inserting their name in them. Any time you have a special thought about that person write it down. Well, I was approached the other day to do just that through a letter. So I thought I'd share it with you and give you some ideas to that might get you started on your special journal. This letter is to a young lady I used to baby sit many years ago.
I can't believe how time has flown by so fast and here you are a High School Senior. Even though I have missed many years of your life, I was there for the first several and that's the memories I hold dear. The first time I saw you at 6 weeks old I fell in love with you. There was something about your parents and you that I just took to and we bonded almost immediately. I remember caring for you like you were my own little girl. All the cute little pink outfits and bows. Something I am not accustom to these days with my boys. Our families just seem to blend like we were made for each other. As I look back now I see it was all God's plan of working out his details in our lives. Like you became my parents "first grandchild" they could spoil. My mom took on the role of being a grandmother and a special friend to your mom like it was second nature. Even though I got married and moved away Mom has kept our families together all these years. I am so thankful for that! Moving away from you and your parents was the hardest thing about moving. My heart was truly broken. But, I knew ,even more important, our bond would always hold us together. There are two pictures that stick out in my mind of you. One is with you in your cute little two piece bathing suite, standing by your kiddy pool on the deck. The other is on my wedding day and you were dressed so cute in your little white dress and your big smile. My sweet little princess of a flower girl. Such a special memory to me!
I am so proud of you as you head towards graduation and starting the new journey in your life. You can do anything you set your mind to, remember that! "For Kalee can do all things through Christ who gives her strength." Phil. 4:13(NIV) I pray that all your desires and dreams come true for you. "For God is working in Kalee, giving Kalee the desires and the power to do what pleases HIM." Phil. 2:13(NLT) Work hard and apply yourself and you will go far in life. "Getting wisdom is the wisest thing Kalee can do! And whatever else Kalee does, develop good judgment. Prov. 4:7(NLT) When ever you are discouraged or troubled lean on God for peace. "Find rest in God alone, Kalee, your hope comes form HIM." Ps. 62:5 Draw all your strength to make it through the day from HIM. "Kalee, who trusts in the Lord will find new strength. She will soar high on wings like eagles. She will run and not grow weary. She will walk and not grow faint." Isa. 40:31(NLT) When someone tells you NO it can't be done, remember " With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." Matt. 19:26(NIV)
So as you go out in the world hold this truth close to your heart. "Don't be afraid, for I am with Kalee. Don't be discouraged, for I am Kalee's God. I will strengthen Kalee and help Kalee. I will hold Kalee up with my victorious right hand. Isa. 41:10(NLT) You have been equipped with all the knowledge you need to succeed. So use that power and good knowledge and use it to the best of your ability. "For God has not given Kalee a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline." 2 Tim. 1:7(NIV)
You are a VERY strong young woman and I am SO PROUD of you. "Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with Kalee wherever she goes." Joshua 1:9(NIV) I am praying for you and thinking of you often. Set your goals high and aim for the stars. You deserve it all! God will be with you each step of the way, holding your hand and leading you if only you will lean on and allow HIM to do so. Read HIS word daily and depend solely on HIM and he will guide you in the way you should go.
I LOVE YOU!!!!!!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
What a great idea Emily! Thanks so much for sharing. I've always loved the idea of inserting your name into scripture, and that is a wonderful letter that I am sure she cherishes! :)
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