|Sweet baby girl!|
|All grown up!|
Oh my, where do I start?? I cannot believe that you started your sophomore year of college today. It is unbelievable to me that one day you were that precious chubby-cheeked baby and now, you are a beautiful young lady, inside and out. Oh, I have watched you grow physically and spiritually through the years, but I have to say that I still see glimpses of that shy, timid, sweet little girl with the cutest laugh and it makes my heart smile. God has truly blessed us with a compassionate loving child and I know you have heard it many times, I want to be like you when I grow up. Your Dad and I are so very proud of the woman you have become. You stand your ground, you live your faith out loud and you do not back down from what you believe in. Oh yea, there are hard days and sometimes fear can get the best of you, but you know who to call on in those tough times. And that is more than we could ever ask. That you know WHO to call on in troubling times. This summer was a bit tough for you. You faced many challenges, but girl, you have made it through strong and ready for today!!
As you begin this school year at a new school, I know you are excited, nervous, overwhelmed, and maybe a little anxious, but you said so just yesterday, that you felt excited about this and that this is going to be different than last year. You just seemed peaceful about the changes you have made. God does have a plan for you and it is up to you to follow it. Every year I see changes and challenges that help you grow stronger and more confident. I cannot wait to see what all God has in store for you!!
Your Daddy & I will be praying this verse over you this year, and I pray you commit it to memory and hide it in your heart so when you feel anxious, tired, lonely, overwhelmed, weak, etc you can say it over and over until God gives you the peace that only He can.
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10
Fear thou not
Do not fear my precious child - there is no reason to be afraid I am on your side (Psalm 118:6)
for I am with thee
I will never leave you nor forsake you... I am with you EVERYWHERE you go. (Hebrews 13:5)
be not dismayed
Do not be alarmed or discouraged (Joshua 1:9)
for I am thy God
I am the LORD thy God (Deut. 5:6)
I will strengthen thee
You can do all things through Christ which strengthens you. (Phil 4:13)
I will help thee
I am your refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)
I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness
My hand leads you, and my right hand shall hold you. Psalm (139:10)
We love you baby girl!!
Mom & Dad
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you so much for this precious child. Please keep her safe, give her peace and help her as she begins yet another chapter in her life. Continue to work in her heart so that she will glorify You in all she does. Oh Father, I pray this verse over her as she begins this semester. I pray you give her strength, help and that she will commit this to memory and to her life. Oh thank you Father for your blessings on me! Amen