This year for your 29th Birthday,
Wait… what? 29 years old? Your last year of being 20-something?? Boy did those years whoosh by!!!!
Anyway, for your 29th Birthday I feel the need to give you a pep talk of sorts. I mean, this is your last year in your twenties! Maybe it’s more for me. I’m not sure. Batten down the hatches baby… here goes….
First and foremost, I am so very proud of the woman that you are. You are amazing. I don’t know if you know this or not, but I learn so much from watching how you style through life. You have this certain pizzazz that cannot be bottled. It’s just… You! And I don’t mean that just outwardly. It is intrinsic with you as well. You are amazing.
Your name means ‘dearly loved’ and that is exactly what you are. You are beautiful inside and out. Your smile brings overwhelming joy. Your sweetness melts hearts and gives hope. And your beauty lights this old world. And darlin’, this old world needs more smiles and light, and definitely hope. I am impressed with the gentleness and grace that you maneuver and conquer the area that you live in, and the field of service that God has called you into.
I have some other things that I wanted to make certain that I conveyed to you before you hit the big 3-OHhhh as well. Please bear with me on this…. I’m feeling a tad philosophical tonight. Better go grab some coffee or hot tea, hun. Might be a long night! (p.s. sorry about the love/need for coffee or tea that I so obviously passed on to you. It’s a blessing and a curse all at the same time, isn’t it?)
Always have dreams for yourself. When one dream comes true or changes, make another. Dream bigger. Work hard to make those dreams come true. If hard work is not enough, then fight for it. Stand up for what is right. The greatest things were not achieved by following the crowd but from leading one! Do what you believe is right and never falter to the pressures of other’s beliefs. Live your life with purpose and give purpose to your life. (How’s that for a mommy-ism?)
Laugh often. Cry when needed. Love much. (Your brother is probably rolling his eyes right now while reading that.) But in reality, laughter warms the heart; a good cry releases the pain, and love heals all.
I’ve already taught you to look at your shoes until you could control your emotions on your face. Always step back and pause to think before you speak, especially when emotionally charged, you will gain more respect with a well thought out opinion. Speak from your heart with loving directness; what you say may be forgotten but the way you make someone feel will remain for generations to come.
Never give your word if you can’t keep it. Breaking one’s trust is the hardest thing to rebuild. The Bible in Psalm 15:4 (CSB) ‘… but honors those who fear the Lord, who keeps his word whatever the cost.’
Lastly, you will always be my baby.
Continue to take the world head on and be the strong, independent woman you were born to be, but at the same time never feel alone in this world. I will always be in your corner; you will always be my baby, and you will always have a home. And p.s. … Jesus loves you even more!
Deuteronomy 31:6 (NKJV)
6 Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”
I know that my daughter already knows all of these things, and I also know that a gentle reminder or ferocious accolade are timely too. Thank you for allowing me to be this precious woman’s momma. It has been such an adventure to this point, and knowing her, and You ~ the adventures will continue on and on and on. Please keep her safe with your protection. You promised in Your Word to go before her and to also be her rearguard. I am reminding You of Your Word. (Isaiah 43:26) I know that you love her even more dearly than I do, and I just do not know how that is even possible.
A Muse of the Remnant