My dearest sisters, moms, and future moms, this ones for you!
Similarly, teach the older women to live in a way that honors God. They must not slander others or be heavy drinkers. Instead, they should teach others what is good. These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, to live wisely and be pure, to work in their homes, to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the word of God.
As I sit here and reflect on all that the Lord has been teaching me, I had this thought... I would never want to go back and change the things that have happened in my life, or how I've gotten to where I am today, but I would love to help someone else avoid making the mistakes I have. The thought of my future daughter came to mind, only the Lord knows, of course, if I will have a daughter, but regardless, I wanted to share the things I would tell her at this point in my life.
Dear Future Daughter,
I pray that this letter finds you well. As I sit here and reflect a little on where the Lord has brought me through these last couple of years, I couldn’t help but think of you. Pray for you. I don’t know you yet, but I know that when I do, I will love you. As you begin this journey, I wanted to give you a couple gems that I’ve come to know. I want you to never forget that…
God is good. You will see the goodness of the Lord, but you must wait on Him. Don’t allow your “human best” to be the enemy of the Lord’s goodness. His goodness comes gift wrapped in different packages. A lot of them, require waiting and trusting before removing the shiny bow and beautiful wrapping. It's worth it.
Listen to Him. The little nudge. The whisper. Listen to it. He might be telling you not to pursue something that you want so badly, even if it hurts, listen. From the most silly, to the deepest of things, listen & obey. He knows ALL things.
The reward is worth the cost. He is worthy of it all. It might hurt, but the intimacy it brings outweighs the pain and the tears.
Don’t waste suffering. God can use suffering to produce endurance, character & hope, but will you let Him? Will you grow or sulk? Will you allow suffering to fulfill it's purpose?
Guard your heart. Boundaries are important. Learn to say no when you know that you need to, even when you want to scream yes. Place your heart it in a box in which only the Lord has the key. In your friendships/relationships. God sends people, but so does the enemy. Be discerning and careful. Ask the Lord to hand over the key to your heart to whoever it is that He has for you. Don’t do it yourself.
Find your value/identity in Him. Remember who you are in the eyes of the Lord. Remember that He calls you by name. That He sings over you with gladness. Human love will leave you unsatisfied, but the Lord quenches the heart consistently with His faithful love.
Pursue your purpose in Him. There is NOTHING more fulfilling than fully pursing the calling that the Lord has placed on your life.
Pursue purity. In your dress. In your speech. In your actions.
Dear Daughter…. There is much I have yet to learn, but I pray that these few points will save you from the mistakes and the heartaches that I’ve had to endure.
Your Future Mom.