Monday, June 13, 2011

Birthday Cards...a long post!

A faithful man (or woman) shall abound with blessings. Proverbs 28:20

Amanda received her first birthday card on Saturday. I made her wait until this morning to read it. It is from our friend, Miss Kathy.

She writes:

My prayer for you on this Special 13th birthday is that you will understand how much God loves you. You are precious to Him (and to us too!) We know you as smart, creative and wonderfully spontaneous. God sees you as a favored daughter - sparkling like a jewel in a crown.

We have been up since 5 am working on a science packet that some how was forgotten over the weekend in the midst of completing a math packet and a social studies packet. In defense of the teachers, there was adequate time given. We just like to wait for the last minute to do our best work. LOL.

I will be back with pictures and more words about this teenage.


Happy Birthday Amanda!!

Dear Amanda,

You are a very special young lady. I want to take a few minutes to remind you of a few important things. First, remember your identity is in Christ and you have a spiritual blessing.

Ephesians 1:3-14 - Praise for Spiritual Blessings in Christ
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he[a] predestined us for adoption to sonship[b] through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, 9 he[c] made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
11 In him we were also chosen,[d] having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

The world will offer you many things to identify yourself - clothes, make-up, even attitudes and behaviors. There is nothing wrong with nice things but never loose sight of the most important thing about you and that is Jesus loves you and died to save you. You are forgiven and live in freedom to be just who God made you to be!

Second, your identity is in your family. You have two great parents (and a great little brother even though you don't think that right now). God has given your parents authority in your life, you are wise to obey them, honor them and seek their counsel.

Exodus 20:12
“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

Third your identity is as a young woman. It is a wonderful and fun thing to be a girl! There will be choices in life where you will face compromising that beauty and strength. Be confident in your heart that loving God and loving others is the most precious gift you can share. There is nothing weak or frail about being a woman, but you do have a choice about what kind of woman you will be. Strength and confidence is best displayed in love, compassion, grace and humility. It is not in demanding attention or flaunting your beauty.

Forth, you are surrounded by people who love you. God has given you a father who loves you, cares for you, protects you and provides for you. Be thankful for him! God has also given you women in your life who you know you want to be like. I would recommend your mom at the top of that list. Think about who these women are and remember you can trust them and turn to them anytime and for any reason.

Finally remember dear sweet one you are a role model too. Little girls including my Olivia look up to you. Take that role seriously, and allow it to be accountability for you all through life.
I love you I am one of those women who will be here for you anytime and for any reason. Have a wonderful birthday. I love you!!
Happy Birthday, Sweet Girl!
Today you are thirteen. You have grown in to such a lovely young lady, beautiful both inside and out. I just finished reading a “Girlfriends in God” devotion and these words are just what I want to share with you:

Each and every one of us has great significance to the Father who cares for us as if we were His only child. If you have ever felt insignificant in your little part of the world, know that nothing could be further from the truth. God treasures you, my dear daughter. You are important to Him.

This is the verse on Klove’s webpage today. I am claiming this as your life verse. It is just fitting.

“So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 NLT

From a very early age we knew you were gifted in song. Honor the Lord with that ability.

Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth”. Psalm 96:1

From an early age we knew you were gifted in dance. Honor the Lord with that ability.

Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp. Psalm 149:3

From an early age we knew you were bold. Honor the Lord and be bold for His name.

Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.
2 Corinthians 3:12

From an early age we knew you were a servant. Honor the Lord by serving others.

”Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,” Philippians 2:3-5

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well”. Psalm 139:14

Amanda Grace. I think you are wonderful and beautiful. We have had many stumbling blocks in our path but together, with Christ, we can do all things.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Philippians 4:13

Keeping being the awesome person that God created you to be. Remember, I love you, but God loves you more!
Dear Amanda:
Happy 13th birthday to my only God Daughter! I remember when you were just a dream of your parents'. I remember when you were an anticipated cousin for baby Kayla (who was merely six weeks old when she "whispered" to your Mommy's belly to "come out" and you did the next day!) I remember you as Kayla's sidekick for so long and this makes me smile. It seems like yesterday that some of this happened but somehow you are a teenager! I wish you the best everyday and in everything that you do. Be stronger and braver than you think you can be. Be yourself and be happy. I love you and who you've grown into. Below are song lyrics that I want to share with you on YOUR DAY!!

You got what it takes you can win,
Today is your day to begin.
So don't give up here, don't you quit.
The moment is now, this is it
Because today is your day
And nothing can stand in your way
And today is your day
And everything's goin' your way
Oh today
When somebody throws sticks and stones
All they can break are your bones
Cause life's gonna kick around
And kick you again when your down

Because today is your day
And nothing can stand in your way
I said today is your day
And everything's goin' your way
Yeah today

Just take one step at a time
Oh I promise that you will be fine
I say today

Love Aunt Jeannette

Dear Amanda,
Happy 13th birthday! As you celebrate this most important birthday, I pray that you remember some very important lessons I have learned.

Always seek God first.
Make choices based on God's Word.
Ask forgiveness from those you have hurt.
Never compromise what God wants you to do.
Do your very best at ALL times.
Always be truthful.

Love Ms. Robyn

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