Back in 1996 She was Just Eleven Years Old

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It happened again.

Sometimes you find the strangest things when you are looking for something else. I was cleaning up some computer files today, deleting this, moving that, editing and saving something else and I stumbled across a file that is obsolete, misplaced and hard to let go of. It’s a note I left for our oldest to greet her in the morning when I was away at work. Here’s what I found.

July 23, 1996

My dear precious daughter,

I am so proud of you. You are working so hard and doing so well in your classes. You bring great joy to your Daddy’s heart. I love you very much.

Your mother and I prayed for you before you born, while you were still hidden from us in your mother’s belly. And oh how God has answered our prayers! We prayed that you would love people and you do. We prayed that you would love Jesus and you do. We prayed that you would love us and you do. We prayed that you would love life and you do. God is so good.

Thanks for helping your mom with the dishes yesterday. You really are a good little helper around the house. I love it when I see you helping without complaint. Your mother is, in my unbiased opinion, one of the most wonderful women on earth, but even she can’t do everything. So, thank you for making her days easier by cooperating with school and straightening up, and just lending a hand when she asks. (Proverbs 1:8)

I love you.

Your gushing Daddy

P.S.     Make sure you tell Jesus how much you love Him today and thank him for
giving you to me (and Marty and Aubre), and your mother.

She’s married now. Out of the house and under the roof of a husband we prayed for before we knew his name. Dan is God’s gift to her and she is God’s gift to him and they continue to delight our hearts. How incredible and wonderful it is that God showed me this old file on a slow and silent day in a New Year, missing my family, and just minutes after reading Psalm 37:25-26 in my Bible once again.

25 I have been young, and now I am old,
         Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
     Or his children begging for bread.
26 He is ever lending generously,
         And his children become a blessing.

We have been so blessed in all our children. It was great to be reminded again by a letter I wasn’t looking for but I’m glad I found. How extraordinarily exquisite are the blessings of life lived under the Lordship of the Sovereign God! Completely undeserved. All is grace, Let everything that has breath praise his holy name.

“Praise You my King, for You have triumphed gloriously (Ex. 15:21). Help me to be ever thankful for the blessings of my children. Continually draw their hearts to you and never let them forget your goodness. For the glory of your name and for their eternal happiness, Amen.”


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