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Dear Little Treasure of Mine,
You are so very young and have so much to learn. And we are so excited to have been given the privilege of guiding you along in your journey.
As your parents we’ll teach you so many things to help you get a good start in life.
You’ll learn your first words in our home… You’ll learn the right ways to speak and behave. You’ll learn how to use proper manners. And, hey, we’ll even teach you how to use the potty! (A lesson we’re currently working on now that you’re two…and one that I hope you will learn very soon.)
Most importantly though, as Christian parents, we are excited to teach you the most important thing you’ll ever need to know… And that is teaching you about God…
Who He is.
What He has done.
What He says.
And most importantly how you can know Him as your Heavenly Father…
I want you to know I am praying for you as you grow…
As I rock you before bedtime, I pray for you… My heart’s truest desire is for you to see and know God as He really is…I want you to know that He really does exist and that He is good… Always.
His finger prints are on everything.. so many of which we take for granted…
The vegetables, fruits, and herbs that grow and hold the perfect nutrients our bodies need…
The way our bodies repair themselves after an injury.
The way a baby grows inside its mother’s womb and is equipped with a food supply from its mom immediately after it is born.
The amount of hours we have at night, giving us rest to prepare for a new day.
The way our earth rotates and the seasons change giving us a variety of fruits and vegetables in their perfect time.
The air we breathe and the exact distance of our planet from the sun, giving us an ideal environment in which to live.
I could go on and on forever describing all of the amazing things God has done and yet which so few give Him credit for….
Yes, Dear One, God did all of these things.
Unfortunately, though, many people only give God credit….when things go wrong.
“Why did God let this or that happen….?” They ask.
But, you know what…. Really… None of it is ever His fault.
He designed everything to work in its perfect order.
He called everything He made at creation “good”. (Genesis 1)
He did not invent evil. Evil is the choice to go against God’s way of doing things, resisting His order and authority.
It was sin entering the world through man’s choice that caused things to go awry.
Never forget that.
God did not make us robots, but instead gave us a free will. And the first man’s choice to listen to the devil and go against God’s direction gave entrance to all of the things that go wrong in the perfect world God originally designed for us to live in. And it continues that way to this day.
No, we may never understand everything that we go through in life. We may never understand all of the reasons why tragedies take place and pain and suffering come into our lives.
But one thing I want you to remember in all of this is….God is always good.
He went to great lengths to restore us to a relationship with Him after “we” were the ones to cause the separation. Man’s choice to sin is what separated us from Him…and it is also what tainted this beautiful world.
And yet, God still extends His love, His hope, and His peace to us…
He knew we could never be good enough to earn back what we lost by our sin. We could never make ourselves right or earn a place as His children on our own.
And so, He sent Jesus…His Only Son…to die in our place. To take our punishment.
He got what we deserved… The punishment, the shame, and separation from God.
Jesus felt all of that on the cross.
In fact He cried out “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)
And you know what….He went through all that because of His great love for you and me… So that we wouldn’t have to cry out that same question ourselves…And so that we could know we have a Father in Heaven who hears us and will never forsake us.
In dying for us and rising again, Jesus gave us what we could never earn ourselves….the privilege of being able to call God our Heavenly Father.
Because of what He did for us, and by faith in Him, His death and His resurrection, we can now call the God of the Universe Our Father too! What an amazing privilege that is….
I don’t want you to simply go through this life just knowing about God…but actually knowing Him personally as your Heavenly Father for yourself.
And you will.
I have dedicated you to God. I know He has your heart and life in His hands, and I have been praying that He will reveal the reality of His existence in your life just like He did for Samuel in the Bible. (1 Samuel 3) He will draw you to Himself.
Yes, you will know Him…because it will be God who opens your spiritual eyes to really know that He exists, that He is real, that He is ever present, and that He is your everything in this life… just like He has done in Mommy and Daddy’s lives.
If there’s anything I want you to know, Dear One, it’s that you have a Heavenly Father who is waiting with open arms.
He loves you so much…. Way more than Mommy or Daddy ever could…
And He wants you to know that you can come to Him freely anytime you want because Jesus made it all possible.
This is something worth celebrating…and definitely good news worth sharing with the whole world!
And I’m so glad I have the privilege of sharing this news with you.