I started writing a letter to my little girl a couple of weeks ago when she turned ONE years old. It was a little difficult to write and has taken me some time but I have finally finished it. Read below to find out the 50 things I hope to teach my sweet girl as she continues to grow up.
A Letter to My Little Girl on Her 1st Birthday
My Sweet Sadie Grace,
Where has the time gone? I feel like it was just yesterday that I walked into the doctor’s office and they told me that I was going to be delivering you that next day. You see, I was only 39 weeks at that appointment but my blood pressure was pretty high. They knew that you were looking great but they were a little concerned about me. So they decided they wanted to induce me to reduce any possible complications.
I remember asking the lady at the desk, “So I’m coming in tonight and not leaving until I have my baby?!” I called your daddy and it was go time! I went into work and wrapped things up there. Then I came home and we got our things and made sure our home was ready for when we brought you back. We went in to the hospital that night and they induced me the very next morning. Once that happened, you were ready to come out! It was a quick and easy delivery (well as easy as delivery could be)!
At 2:24 pm on Friday, February 20, 2015 you arrived into this world and your daddy and I were blown away by your presence. You are our little miracle and we couldn’t be more grateful to be your parents! You are an incredible gift from God and I don’t want you to ever forget that.
Here are some things that I hope I teach you and that I want you to remember for the rest of your life.
- God created you-every part of you and you are fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalms 139:13-14 is the verse to go to if you need to be reminded. It also states there that God’s works are wonderful and baby girl-you are one of God’s works!
- You are unique. No one in the entire world is like you!! Embrace that and love that. Be YOURSELF and don’t compare yourself to others. It will cheat you of the glorious gifts God gave you.
- You will not succeed at everything you do in life and that is OKAY and just the way it should be. If you never failed you wouldn’t be reminded of your need for Christ. We all need Christ and we all need the reminders to turn to him.
- Be the girl who is kind to everyone. Smile and say hello to those around you-even strangers. You don’t know what they are going through and they might need a little extra love.
- Love everyone around you. You don’t need to agree with their actions, but you are called to love them and to be kind.
- Love your body and treat it well. Exercise, eat foods that make your body strong and take care of yourself. Your body is God’s temple and we are called to take care of his temple. 1 Corinthians 6:19
- Have a treat every once in awhile. It’s good for the soul!
- Dream! Set goals and go after that dream. Sometimes setting small goals at first helps to get you on your feet and started. Starting small is never a bad thing!
- Stepping out of your comfort zone is hard but worth it. Try it, you’ll be surprised at the way God moves when you step out of your own way.
- You will NEVER do ANYTHING that will stop your Heavenly Father, your daddy or I from loving you. We will always be here for you no matter what!
- Read God’s word. It has the answers for everything you will ever face. If you can’t seem to find those answers, look harder into scripture. I promise it’s there.
- Serve others. Put them ahead of yourself. It’s completely worth it and what God has called us to do.
- You are stronger than you think you are.
- There will times in life where you feel completely helpless. Turn to God and let him carry you through those times. He won’t let you down.
- Be honest and loyal. Always tell the truth and stand by those around you.
- Be the friend you want to have.
- Money does not bring you happiness but God brings you joy. Fill yourself with Him instead of money.
- Avoid debt at all costs. It will rob you of a lot of things!
- Love is a CHOICE-not a feeling. Go read 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 if you need a reminder of exactly what love is.
- Your daddy is an extremely hard working man who loves us so much!! He would do anything for our family and he loves Jesus with his whole heart. Find a man like your daddy to marry. You won’t regret that decision!
- Take time for yourself every once in awhile. It’s important to replenish yourself so you can fully invest in others.
- Understand your worth. If someone isn’t treating you like the daughter of God that you are-move on. They aren’t worth your time. Don’t ever let being “alone” push you into a relationship with someone like that.
- Take ownership of your actions. If you did something wrong, own it and apologize and make it right.
- Forgive everyone no matter what they have done. God has forgiven us and he calls us to do the same. Forgive even if the other person never says sorry.
- You can’t change those around you. You aren’t responsible for their actions or words but you ARE responsible for how YOU respond and act.
- Be proactive, not reactive.
- Take time to really listen to those around you. Don’t always be the person that has to have the last word.
- Pray. It changes things.
- Learn how to take an interest in others and don’t turn every conversation back to you. No one wants to be around someone who doesn’t take an interest in them and their life.
- Show God’s love through how you treat those around you.
- It’s okay to cry.
- Try to smile daily. There is something in every day that you can be thankful for. Some days you may need to look harder than others, but I promise it’s there!
- Play outside.
- Find a topic you enjoy reading and then READ.
- Find an activity or a hobby that you really love and go after it with your whole heart. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something.
- Work hard at everything you do. Remember that you are working for God and to bring him glory. Colossians 3:23
- Patience will get you far in life. Learn that from your daddy-not me!
- Let the little things go. Don’t hold onto grudges. They aren’t worth it.
- Being strong-willed (aka stubborn) can be a good thing, but it can also be a bad thing. Learn the difference and back down when necessary.
- Learn how to laugh at yourself. It will make life more enjoyable.
- Take time to sit in God’s presence daily. Read his word, talk with Him and listen for Him.
- Be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to get angry. James 1:19
- Surround yourself with friends who will push you towards God, not away from him. Be the light to those who are far from Him, but don’t let them bring you down to the darkness.
- Be polite and have manners.
- Know what you believe and why. Then, stand up for that at all times.
- Love yourself-God doesn’t make mistakes. There is nothing wrong with who you are. Embrace your differences and learn to love yourself in the way that God loves you.
- Your attitude affects those around you. If you think positively, more than likely, you’ll turn their thoughts into positive ones as well.
- There are times when life isn’t fair or there is something that you don’t want to do. That’s just how life goes. You don’t always get what you want. Sometimes, you need to do things because it makes those around you happy. Life is not all about you.
- Be silly and don’t take life too seriously.
- I will always want to talk with you and I will never stop loving you!
Happy Birthday my sweet girl. I thank God daily for blessing me with you and allowing ME to be YOUR mama. I love you Sadie Grace, always!