A Letter to my Kids

Little Miss & Little Man,

This is a strange time for us all to be experiencing life. It seems at every turn, there is a battle of some sort, one side against another.

There are warriors for their way, warriors solely against the way of another, and warriors for the thrill of a fight.

I pray you will always be warriors for truth. Not just as it [truth] appears to you. But Truth, from God.

I pray your father and I equip you – to rationalize ideas and come to conclusions on your own, by insight and intuition rather than influence. I pray your answers come as a result of your intercession and prayer, not as a result of peer pressure or popularity.

There are sides that shout louder at each other for their passionate stake in knowing what’s right. But it’s possible to be wrong in deed even if right in thought.

Don’t let passions or persistence cloud your judgement. Being loud is not a recipe for being right, no matter how many facts are on your side. Being wrong is never admirable, no matter how peaceable it appears.

I pray you always seek, always learn, always remain open to what the Lord has to show you. The world is full of dazzling distractions, but none of them are what will hold weight in the end.

I pray you laugh often and are filled with joy, gratitude, and a splash of sass. A sense of humor is a gift, and not taking oneself too seriously is a skill that may soon be envied by others.

I pray for boldness, courage, and strength, that you would wage justice in the most merciful of ways.

I pray you’re not hardened by your experiences. Strengthened, solidified, of course. But not hardened. Scars aren’t a sign of weakness, but rather, are a symbol of survival. The wounds they rest upon are part of our story, and the Lord will never waste them. He kept His wounds even after His resurrection, to show all what He had conquered.

I pray you would forgive me for all my shortcomings as your mother, and that list is a long one. I pray no matter my failings or frequency of them, you never doubt how much you are cherished, loved, and esteemed.

Ephesians 6:10-18 talks about the armor of God, and I pray you are always suited up, always ready to stand, always defending Truth. You will want to give up at times, but victory has already been won. It doesn’t rest on your success, but you can successfully rest in it.

I pray no matter what you face, as children or as adults, you stand rooted in faith. Rooted in Truth. Eternity is the prize. Bringing as many people to that same realization is the goal.

I love you. So, so, so very much.

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. (Dt. 31:6)

Love,

Mama

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