Monthly Archives: February 2016

A Letter to my Children on Valentine’s Day

A Letter to my Children on Valentine’s Day | Faith and Composition

You’re looking forward to Valentine’s Day. You’ve told me already. You’re looking forward to chocolate and cards and candy. But this year, I want to tell you a little something about love.

Although Valentine’s is a day to celebrate love, love isn’t confined to a date on the calendar. Nor is it a sentiment written on a card, a feeling, or an embrace. Love is a choice. It is a choice to choose you every day: the hard days, the easy days, the monumental days, the monotonous days. Love says I choose you, and I always will. 

I choose to serve you, to hold you, to hear you, to support you, to encourage you. I choose to give you shelter, rest, a safe place. I choose to double your laughter and share your tears. I choose to walk with you when the road is easy and to shoulder your burden when the journey is rough.

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Life will bring you both joy and heartache. People will befriend you and shun you. You will have great successes and desperate disappointments. You will laugh much, and you will cry much. But no matter the circumstances, no matter the feelings that storm inside, I will love you always.

You can never do anything to earn my love, and likewise you can never do anything to lose it. It just is … steady as the sun rising in the morning. It is and it will be.

Time and time again, with every sunrise and every sunset, I choose to love you. You can write that upon your heart, my dear. I love you because God has placed a fierceness inside a mother’s heart that cannot be shaken. He has given you to me as my child, and from the very first moment that He knit you together inside my womb, I have loved you with a force that defies description.

And today, I want you to know that as much as I love you, the God who formed your inmost parts, who knows the very number of hairs atop your head, He loves you more. Though we can scarcely fathom a love like that, it is true. He loves you with a width and a depth that spanned the cross and conquered the grave.

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Can you understand that, dear one? Do you hear how much HE LOVES YOU?  He went to the cross for you; he bore your sins upon himself and he took your punishment so that you could experience eternal fellowship with the Father. This is the ultimate expression of love. God bending low to give his son so that the son in turn might give his very life away for you.

“This is real lovenot that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.– 1 John 4:10 (NLT)

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God has given you to me as my child, and I will always love you. But better still is the love the Father has for you. For He has given Himself to you, and you are His.

“But now, this is what the LORD sayshe who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” – Isaiah 43:1 (NIV)

Note: I have written this so that I can give it to each of my children on Valentine’s day, but it is my hope that should you like it, you may choose to give it to your children as well. Print it out as is, or change some of the language to suit adoption or as your needs may warrant, but please feel free to pass this onto your own children. All that I ask is that you do not reprint this online in its entirety. If you would like to share online, please link back to this original post. Thank you!

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Like what you see here? Then you’ll love my first-ever children’s book, Bruce the Brave. Now available on Amazon!

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A Return to Writing and IF

A return to writing and IF | Faith and Composition

It’s been a while since I’ve written, a long while. Between the width and the breadth of the last time I posted, we’ve lived a lot of life. To say it’s been busy is a gross understatement. Since July, we sold our house, built a new one, moved into a temporary apartment, had our fourth baby, and then, finally moved into our new home. In some ways I feel as if I am just now catching my breath.

I hate that I’ve been silent here for so long, but it has also been healthy. It has helped me to see how much I truly love this space, and how much I appreciate you. I have longed to feel these fingers strike upon the keys, and that is good. So I look forward to returning here with some regularity.

A return to writing and IF | Faith and Composition

God has put a return to writing upon my heart for a while now, and I can ignore it no longer. Over and over He has patiently pressed; and over and over I have said, “Yes, but …

But I’m too busy, I’m too tired, I’m too stretched, I’m too incapable.

But I can no longer make excuses. Just this weekend, sitting in a group of women at an IF:Local gathering, I watched Jennie Allen take the stage. She began to talk about the next step for IF, and I felt my spirit whisper a prayer: “If she says it, Lord. I’ll do it.” 

Then I laughed a bit at the ridiculousness of it all. Because of course, she wouldn’t actually ask us to submit content from up there on that stage. And then she did. Just a couple minutes after praying, she invited us all to share our voice.

And I couldn’t breathe. 

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Only a gracious God who loves His daughter intimately could cause the calling He’s placed upon my heart to be confirmed from a stage. Sometimes I am like Gideon and the fleece. Show me, Lord. OK. Now show me again.

So he showed me. And now here I am.

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Does anyone else relate? Is there a burning calling upon your heart? That one thing you know you should do but you’re terrified of all it will require of you? The story you want to tell; the art you want to create; the thing you want to orchestrate; the idea you long to bring to life. What is that brave, beautiful thing that will cost much and cause you to be stretched and poured out in ways you didn’t think possible? What has God called you to do that will require the undeniable working of His hand in order to accomplish it?

Those things … those are the things I want to spur you onto here, and those are the things to which I want you to hold me accountable. Because if we encourage one another to set aside convenience, to roll up our sleeves, to get up early or burn the midnight oil to do the hard work of that thing He’s woven into the very fiber of our being, then the effects could echo throughout eternity.

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It’s a call simply to be faithful and a promise to do the next thing. Who’s with me?


(These images are from my Instagram feed. To connect with my everyday, follow me there. In the days to come, I’ll share some more images of our sweet baby 4, so you can meet her!)  

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Like what you see here? Then you’ll love my first-ever children’s book, Bruce the Brave. Now available on Amazon

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