Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Happy Birthday, My Sweet Girl!

Fourteen years ago today, your eyes opened on this earth...



First, you looked into the eyes of your precious earthly father, who would point your heart to your Beloved Heavenly Father. We couldn't have imagined on that day the things God had ordained for your eyes to see.

That just ten years later those eyes would go across the world to look into the eyes of those He came to save, and those eyes would close in prayer as you prayed with those who would receive Him.


That you would look out into the South China Sea and stand on those shores while new sisters and brothers "went swimming."



And on the shores of the Mediterranean, where a dear new sister in Christ would be baptized, in part because of your heart to share the love of Jesus with her...



Yes, your beautiful eyes have seen great things already. And I know there's more to come!


I pray most of all, no matter what your fifteenth year brings, that you will fix your eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of your faith... (Hebrews 12:2) And I pray that "the eyes of your heart will be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe." (Ephesians 1:18-19)

Because of you, my own eyes are getting a first-hand glimpse at something God Himself is doing, and it is my privilege to be your mother. Happy Birthday, my sweet girl.



12 comments:

Mindy said...

SO sweet. What a blessed girl she is to have you for a mom!
In HIM -
Mindy

Susanne said...

Happy Birthday Sweet Girl!! She shares a birthday with my Jedi!! Something special about those September Babies...I can say that 'cause I am one!! ;-) What a great day!!!

Susanne said...

Happy, happy birthday!

Deidre said...

Such sweet words to your daughter....thanks for sharing. I pray she has a wonderful birthday!

The Preacher's Wife said...

This is the most beautiful thing...The post and more specifically, the mom and daughter it is about...

I've said it before, but you inspire me to be MORE.

Blessings to that wonderful girl..Have a wonderful 15th year!

Kim said...

Happy Birthday! This is so sweet! What a life of spiritual blessings she has already been given. May God be glorified in her life!

mary said...

Oh what a sweet precious girl she is!! She amazes me and so does her Momma! I love you both!

Linda said...

There is no greater joy than to know our children love and serve the Lord.
Happy Birthday Bethany. May you continue to grow in wisdom and grace.

Jen and family said...

happy Birthday to your daughter
Praying she has a nice day

jen at http://my3boysandi.wordpress.com

Jenny in Ca said...

your daughter is just beautiful. Wish her a happy birthday.

Holly said...

I purposely waited a couple of days to read this post because I knew it would make me cry.

Sweet Bethany!!
I love your precious daughter as if she were my own, and I'm thankful that I've had the privilege of knowing this young woman of God through so much of what you posted about her.

Happy Birthday, Bethany!!
What a blessing you are!!

Karen said...

What a wonderful post!
Karen
http://thetagblog.blogspot.com/