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Birthday Letter to a Daughter {remember who you are}

A birthday letter to a daughter. Remember who you are, and whose you are.

You turned two years old today, our precious Ava Hope. I wanted a picture of you that was Pinterest worthy. Yes, of course, I have to admit that to you. But the words on the board are what I really want you to remember. Although you were most interested in that delicious sweet treat you hold in your hand, rather than holding the little chalkboard, I was dwelling on this truth down deep inside — believing it for you.


Even before you were born, I was thinking of the great BIG BEAUTIFUL plans God has for you. I have had a bit more time to get to know your brother and your sisters. Each of you have such special gifts and talents, given by God to bring Him glory. I pray that I will walk in a manner worthy of my call, in helping raise you up in those gifts to walk in a manner worthy of your call. Colossians 1:10


I pray that you will be confident in those gifts. It has taken me too long to be confident in mine. It has taken me too long to celebrate who God created me to be. I want you to know, today, who you are in Him.


There is an enemy of our souls, and he is the devil. The enemy does not want to see us rise in our calling. The enemy wants you and the whole world to remain in darkness. But Jesus is the Light of the world. In Him there is no darkness at all. Jesus overcame the world, and He make us over-comers.


Jesus desires to be our friend so earnestly, He paid a high price for us –He paid it with His own life. There is no greater love than one that lays down his own life for his friend. John 15:13


He laid it down His life for you, and He raised it back up again. When He did, He conquered — He conquered death. We do not have to fear the devil. We resist the devil, and he must flee as we surrender our hearts to God. The devil does not want you to know your value and worth.


“Don’t ever let others define your worth!”

Jesus proved your value

when He showed you,

you were worth dying for,

when He used a cross to express to you,

YOU ARE LOVED FIERCE.


By His grace always know and remember…

God already takes pleasure in you.

You are the apple of His eye.

Do not accept what the negative voices say you are.

You have a creative and intelligent mind.

You were created in God’s likeness.

You have gifts.

You have strengths.

You are brave.

You are valuable.

You have a voice.

No one can replace you.

God created you just the way you are.

You are wanted.

You are beautiful.

You are chosen.

You are called.

You are accepted.

Your skills matter, even the ordinary ones.

You are wonderfully made.

You are deeply loved.

You are a daughter of not just a king, but of the KING OF KINGS.

You are His forever, and cannot be separated from His love.

You are cherished.

You are worthwhile and capable.

Your identity is already settle in Christ.


The fun part is discovering who you really are and celebrating you.

Today, and everyday we CELEBRATE you. You are our gift from God.

May you follow Him all the days of your life.

Go ahead… You stand on His promises for you. His promises are Yes and Amen.

May you always know you are LOVED FIERCE by us and by God 


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  • http://www.astoryofgrace.com Janelle@AStoryofGrace

    Amazing pictures. I absolutely love the words you wrote.

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com Michele-Lyn

      Janelle,

      Thank you very much for saying so, so sweetly :)

      Blessings to you…

      Michele-Lyn

  • http://www.unstuckandunstoppable.com Karen

    “Love you fierce”– I love that! :-)

    I was especially moved by the following,
    “There is an enemy of our souls, and he is the devil. The enemy does not want to see us rise in our calling. The enemy wants you and the whole world to remain in darkness. But Jesus is the Light of the world. In Him there is no darkness at all. Jesus overcame the world, and He make us over-comers.”

    Thank you for that, Michele-Lyn. God is always right on time. So glad that you’re the person who was right before me on the Allume Linky list. :-)

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com Michele-Lyn

      Karen,

      His words of truth liberate shackled souls as well as preserve our freedom. His word is a powerful sword He has furnished for us to wield against the enemy of our souls. I am so very grateful for that…

      And I am thankful you stopped by and shared your thoughts here. You bless me :)

  • http://kaiyaslaughterheals.blogspot.com/ Court

    Thank you, Michele, for sharing this honoring of your daughter with us. You also are ‘loved fierce’ and it shows in these beautiful words.

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com Michele-Lyn

      Court,

      I feel blessed that I was able to share these words here. I am grateful for the liberating, life-giving truth of God’s word. Thank you for your kind and heartfelt comment :)

      Blessings to you…

      Michele-Lyn

  • http://www.servantslife.com Stacy

    So, so precious! And such truth.

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com Michele-Lyn

      Stacy,

      Thank you and AMEN! I pray to walk in it… and that my kiddos will too, all the days of their life…

  • http://www.sortedlife.blogspot.com Colleen

    Precious girl. Love the words that you have put together for her. In a time where many girls grow up not knowing they are loved and accepted for who they are, you give her such a blessing

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com Michele-Lyn

      Colleen,

      So much of my heart’s passion is that others, especially girls, would know their worth and value. I pray that I will always be able to lead my children in the truth.

      Only by His grace, I can. Thank you for your encouragement. Blessing to you…

  • http://myfreshlybrewedlife.com/ Barbie

    Absolutely beautiful! I can feel your fierce love for your little one. She is gorgeous!

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com Michele-Lyn

      Barbie,

      Thank you, thank you :) Our little Ava Hope has changed our lives — coming 8 years after the last one before her. She is a toddler tornado these days, but I am so blessed :)

  • http://www.gettingdownwithjesus.com Jennifer@GDWJ

    Oh my goodness. This is just.precious. I am so glad our paths have crossed. So. Very. Glad. You bless me so.

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com Michele-Lyn

      Jennifer,

      You bless me, you know. You have my heart on Haiti, dreaming of the opportunity to visit soon. Thank you for encouraging me… I am truly grateful.

      Blessings to you,

      Michele

  • http://www.girlplusgrace.com Mari

    What a beautiful letter. But I think its not just for your daughter, but all women. We all need to hear those words now and again!

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com Michele-Lyn

      Mari,

      I agree. I have been re-reading these words for myself this week… God knows what we need, doesn’t He? I am grateful for His words are truth and they are life.

      We can walk in them, by His grace :)

  • Amanda

    Thoes words spoke deep to me. Im going through a time where I dont feel valuable,so thanks!!

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com Michele-Lyn

      Amanda,

      Thank you for sharing your this with me. It encourages me more than you know. I pray that His truth speaks louder in your heart and mind, than any of the enemy’s lies resounding and that you would truly walk in knowing your worth in Christ. I pray this for myself as well.

      Blessings to you…

  • http://kathrynjfletcher.blogspot.com Katie @ simply[his]

    Such encouraging words that we all need to tuck deep into our hearts and really believe!!!! <3

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com Michele-Lyn

      Katie,

      Thank you and yes! I need to believe these, too. They need to become part of my thinking and dialogue. If I do not believe them, my kids won’t either.

      Only by His grace..

  • http://christinamariehernandez.wordpress.com/ Christina

    Hi Michelle,
    I found you through your link on Ann Voskamp’s site. You have a beautiful blog. I love your use of turquoise and what a beautiful tribute to your daughter. I will definitely share. Looking forward to exploring more of your site.

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com Michele-Lyn

      Christina,

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving your kind thoughts. It is very nice to meet you :) I was just second guessing the turquoise color this week.. it is funny that you would mention it :)

      Blessings to you and hope you have a fabulous weekend.

  • http://redemptionsbeauty.com Shelly Miller

    She is so very blessed to have you as her mama. And I am blessed to have you in our SDG small group. So thrilled to get to know you better, link arms in this pilgrimage of faith together.

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com Michele-Lyn

      Shelly,

      Thank you :) You are so generous with your kindness. I am too, looking forward to seeing what God would have in this group of ours :)

  • http://alwaysalleluia.com Kris

    Sweet, Christ centered words for a little soul. Someday, she will treasure this…

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com Michele-Lyn

      Kris,

      Yes.. that is what I hope and pray. Only by God’s grace can I demonstrate that I believe these words to be true. It keeps me on my knees, truly. Thank you for teaching me in this call of motherhood.

      Blessings to you…

  • http://simplystriving.wordpress.com Nikki

    First, your daughter is an absolute beauty!
    Second, LOVED this post!
    Third, it feels like a wonderful encore to my post today. Me, learning how I need to not get in the way of God’s plans for my child, and you proclaiming those plans loudly. LOVE IT!

    I’m going to share it on my facebook if you don’t mind. ; )
    Hugs to you, friend, and happy birthday, sweet Ava Hope!

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com Michele-Lyn

      Nikki,

      Thank you for this wonderful comment here :) You bless me! I read your post… it convicted me. Thank you for sharing it, it means so much to me that you would.

      Blessings and love to you,

      Michele

  • http://www.toshowthemjesus.com Christina

    She is so precious! And that is pinterest worthy:) I love the way you speak hope into her heart and affirm her worth in God’s eyes. May we do that every day with our children. Thanks for a wonderful post!

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com Michele-Lyn

      Christina,

      Thank you :) Thank you for stopping in and leaving words here that just make me smile big. I do hope and pray that each of my children will know who they are in Christ.

      Only by His grace, can I.

      Blessings to you…

  • http://www.heseesme.wordpress.com Danelle

    This is such a beautiful tribute to your sweet daughter. I have a feeling when she is a grown woman she will cry every time she reads these words. But most importantly, I have a feeling you are filling her love tank everyday so that when she is grown, she will know how much He loves her. So blessed to be your neighbor today over at Ann’s. Nice to meet you. :)

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com Michele-Lyn

      Danelle,

      Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your beautiful thoughts. You encourage me, here you know. I do hope and pray that her love tank stays full, especially to get her through the tough times…

      It is very nice to meet you and blessings to you…

  • r.elliott

    Oh my…I just want to come through the screen and give her a big hug…Michele…I love what you did here…the sign…love it and the words you are pouring into her soul…filling up her love tank …when we are full it leaves so little room for the enemy. Have a wonderful celebration …there must be something about those last ones…just a little extra from God. blessings~

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com Michele-Lyn

      Ro,

      I receive your hug… arms open wide :) Thank you for filling MY tank! Ah… something special about these little ones? YES! This one is different because we parents are so different…

      We are learning to ENJOY the precious fleeting moments we have <3

      Love you,

      Michele-Lyn