To my beautiful nieces. I know I may not be in your lives on a daily basis, but that doesn't make me love you or care less for you. You are amazing creations of God that are living in a scary world at a scary age.
Be strong. Be courageous. Be confident enough to make the right choices. You don't need anyone or anything to make you better.
You are smart, important people going women who have to power to change this world for good. Don't give in to the pressures of society. Be a light for God. You are princesses. Daughters of a Heavenly King and he wants more for you than what this earthly world pushes on you.
Stand out for the good things in this life. Be an example of who all your friends wish they were strong enough to be like.
I love you both. I want more for you in this life than you can ever conceive. Be strong. Be courageous. Be a true princess.
...and in true Aunt Theresa verbage...tell anyone who pressures you otherwise to screw off. :)
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Give them ears to hear, Father. There are so many who need to know You now. Let them hear Your voice through my feeble words.
There's no doubt that evil exists in this world and that there is a spiritual war going on everyday in every place we look. So how do we win? How do we protect our families? How do we restore peace within our world?
We start in our homes. We start by disciplining out children. By teaching them that they can't have everything. That there is right and wrong. That we reap what we sow. That manners are important and the basic rule of "Treat others the way you want to be treated." is worthy of being followed.
We start by being the example of a committed marriage and equal partners in relationships. When we take vows that say "for better or worse", we actually work through the "worst" and not give up or get bitter, resentful or let out hearts, minds and bodies look for something "better".
We stop being overly indulged, entitled brats that think the world owes us something. We owe us something. We owe us integrity, honesty and accountability. We're not children anymore.
But first we start by knowing who we are through Christ. We are the children of a mighty and powerful God who loves us more than we could ever begin to understand. He is mercy. He is grace. He is forgiveness. He is with us in the hurt, the confusion, the pain, the joy, the miracles and the unexplained. He is the Healer. He is what YOU are looking for.
It's time to rise up. It's time to grow up. It's time to win this world back.
There are many who will see these as empty words of just another christian. My prayer is for you. It's time to believe in something.