I know I already posted today. Not very long ago. But I was going through my files and found this and thought it worth sharing. It is not mine. I don’t know who wrote it. I found it on a friend’s Facebook page; she had gotten it from another friend’s page.
“This one’s for the girls,” as Martina McBride sings it…
My Dearest Daughter,
I see your loneliness and fear. I know your hurt and your heartaches. In a special bottle I am storing each and every one of your tears. I see you searching for love, for happiness, for fulfillment. As much as I hate to see your pain, as much as it grieves me to see you struggle, all this must be, in order for you to totally and completely come to the end of your own understanding: only then can you fully hear my voice. Listen very carefully. Amidst the noise of the world, I’m calling. My voice is in the midst of your worst fears tenderly beseeching you to trust me, in the pain of your loneliness. If you hold real still, you can feel my arms encircling you and hear my soothing words of comfort. Yes, that still, small voice within you is mine. Yes, that gentle touch is me. Give me your pain- yes, all of it, and I will give you my peace. Give me your sorrow and I will give you joy unspeakable.
I cherish you, Daughter. I shed my blood so that you could be clean. I want you for my companion, my bride, to love and cherish now and throughout eternity and I plan to dress you in the most beautiful of white garments. As you live out the joy and experience the wonder of being my bride, I will be your gentle tutor conforming you to my image. I must begin by teaching you how to serve and live in submission to me. Let me convince you of your great value so that you may be able to fully share the love I have given you with the one you someday choose to bring to me as your earthly husband. Then, and only then, will you be the kind of wife I would choose for him. Give yourself completely to me. I want you to deny me nothing. I will not hurt you. I will not disappoint you. You can trust me- completely. I keep my promises. Do not be overly critical of yourself or become depressed because you are not perfect in your own eyes. It saddens me greatly to hear you criticize and devalue the one I love so much. Daughter, in me, you are complete and lacking in nothing. What right do you have to criticize the one I treasure? On what grounds do you find fault with what I have so fearfully and wonderfully made? Why do you call what I deem beautiful- ugly? Why do you believe that that one I love enough to die for is not good enough? Daughter, I want you to know who you are in me. I mean who you really are in me- completely loved and totally forgiven. I want you to trust me one step, one day, one second at a time. Dwell in My power and My love and be all that you are in me, in My strength, and in My power. Do not fear what might happen or what the future may bring because my grace is sufficient and I will take care of you. Daughter, I know that you long to give yourself to someone, to have a deep relationship with him, and to be loved thoroughly and exclusively by him. But I must say no. Not until my love is enough. Not until you can see yourself truly complete in me. I love you, my child. Until you discover that your joy and satisfaction can be found in me alone, you will not be capable of handling the problems and disappointments that are part of every relationship. You can never be truly united with another in the way your heart desires, only I can fill that emptiness, only I can supply that need, only I can love you enough. You must be united with me, exclusive of anyone or anything else, exclusive of any other desires or longings before you will have the strength to endure the many heart-aches and, yes, even soul-aches of even a seemingly perfect human relationship. I want you to stop planning, stop wishing, and allow me to give you my faithfulness, my gentleness, and my self-control. Then, you will need no other. Daughter, I want you to allow me to be enough.
You must keep your eyes on me, expecting the greatest and the best things from me. Keep experiencing the satisfaction of knowing that I am and that you are my child. Keep learning and listening to the things I tell you. Stay close by my side. Seek my face in the morning, my presence throughout the day, and my comfort at night. I am always there, Daughter. I will never leave you or forsake you. But, you must wait. Don’t be anxious. Do not get in a hurry. Don’t look around and fear or envy the things others have received from me. You must keep from looking off or away. Look up to me or you’ll miss the things I want to show you, and then, when you are ready, I’ll give you the desires I have put in your heart, the strength to endure all things, and the courage to risk your heart.
You see, until you are ready and the one I have for you is ready… I am working even this minute to have you both ready at the same time… until you are both living to, which you will, however imperfectly, reflect your relationship in me. First give me time to heal your wounds, console your heartaches, and ease your disappointments. Find me time to erase the painful memories of the past. Give me time to heal you and make you whole and complete in me.
I want you to experience real “agape” love- not the selfish, false love of the world. I want you to learn love that is patient and always kind. Love that knows no envy and is never boastful or proud. Love that is never rude or self-seeking. Love that is not easily angered or keeps a record of wrong. Love that does not delight in evil but instead rejoices in truth. He love I want for you Daughter, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres, never fails. Because this love is of the spirit and not of the flesh, its natural fruit is joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. I cannot give this love to you in or even through another except dimly, and then only in a limited capacity- for all will fail and eventually disappoint you. This perfect love, Daughter, can only be found in me.
Let my perfect love flow from you and spill over to all you touch. Be not concerned with yourself; you are my responsibility. I will change you often without you even knowing it. Take your eyes off yourself, look only to me, I lead, I change, I create, but only when you are not striving. You are mine; let me have the joy of making you into my image- only I can do this. Above all else, look to me and me only, never to yourself and never to others. Do not struggle, relax and trust my love. I know what is best and will do it in and through you if you’ll let me. Stop trying to become, and let me transform you from within. I love you Daughter. Will you let my love be enough for you? I’m waiting… will you wait too?
And this is a poem I received at Bible Camp (during a seminar titled “I Am No Man“) several summers ago that I feel fits with the above letter.
It’s called “Because.”
The first part is the original. The rest was written by my BFF K.
I made her. She is different. She is unique.
With love I formed her in her mother’s womb.
I fashioned her with great joy!
I remember with pleasure the days I created her.
To Me she is beautiful.
I love her. I love her smile. I love her ways.
To hear her laugh and to see the silly things she does.
She is herself and no one else.
This is how I made her.
I made her pretty, but not beautiful,
Because I know her heart, and I know she would be vain.
I wanted her to search her heart,
And learn that in ME she would be beautiful.
It would be My spirit that would draw people to her.
I made her in such a way that she would need ME.
I made her a little more lonesome than she would like to be,
Because I want her to turn to Me in her loneliness.
I made her dependant so that she would depend on ME.
I know her heart,
I know that if I had not make her like this, she would go her own way,
And forget about Me, her Creator.
I have given her many good and happy things… because I love her.
I have seen her broken heart and the tears she has cried alone.
I have been with her and had a broken heart too.
Many times she has stumbled and fallen
Because she would not take My hand.
She has learned hard lessons because she would not listen to My voice.
So many times I have sadly watched her go on her own way,
And now she is Mine again. I made her and then bought her.
I paid a high price for her because I love her.
I have had to reshape and remold her, renewing her for My plan.
It has not been easy for her, or for Me.
I want her to be conformed in My Image…
This is the goal I have set for her because…
I LOVE HER!
Let’s switch this up a little.
He made me. I am different. I am unique.
With love He formed me in my mother’s womb.
He fashioned me with great joy!
He remembers with pleasure the days He created me.
To Him I am beautiful.
He loves me. He loves my smile. He loves my ways.
To hear me laugh and to see the silly things I do.
I am myself and no one else.
This is how He made me.
He made me pretty, but not beautiful,
Because He knows my heart, and He knows I would be vain.
He wanted me to search my heart,
And learn that in Him I would be beautiful.
It would be His spirit that would draw people to me.
He made me in such a way that I would need Him.
He made me a little more lonesome than I would like to be,
Because He wants me to turn to Him in my loneliness.
He made me dependant so that I would depend on Him.
He knows my heart,
He knows that if He had not make me like this, I would go my own way,
And forget about Him, my Creator.
He has given me many good and happy things… because He loves me.
He has seen my broken heart and the tears I have cried alone.
He has been with me and had a broken heart too.
Many times I have stumbled and fallen
Because I would not take His hand.
I have learned hard lessons because I would not listen to His voice.
So many times He has sadly watched me go on my own way,
And now I am His again. He made me and then bought me.
He paid a high price for me because He loves me.
He has had to reshape and remold me, renewing me for His plan.
It has not been easy for me, or for Him.
He wants me to be conformed in His Image…
This is the goal He has set for me because…
HE LOVES ME!
You made me. I am different. I am unique.
With love You formed me in my mother’s womb.
You fashioned me with great joy!
You remember with pleasure the days You created me.
To You I am beautiful.
You love me. You love my smile. You love my ways.
To hear me laugh and to see the silly things I do.
I am myself and no one else.
This is how You made me.
You made me pretty, but not beautiful,
Because You know my heart, and You know I would be vain.
You wanted me to search my heart,
And learn that in You I would be beautiful.
It would be Your spirit that would draw people to me.
You made me in such a way that I would need You.
You made me a little more lonesome than I would like to be,
Because You want me to turn to You in my loneliness.
You made me dependant so that I would depend on You.
You know my heart,
You know that if You had not make me like this, I would go my own way,
And forget about You, my Creator.
You have given me many good and happy things… because You love me.
You have seen my broken heart and the tears I have cried alone.
You have been with me and had a broken heart too.
Many times I have stumbled and fallen
Because I would not take Your hand.
I have learned hard lessons because I would not listen to Your voice.
So many times You have sadly watched me go on my own way,
And now I am Yours again. You made me and then bought me.
You paid a high price for me because You love me.
You have had to reshape and remold me, renewing me for Your plan.
It has not been easy for me, or for You.
You want me to be conformed in Your Image…
This is the goal You have set for me because…
YOU LOVE ME!