Thoughts of a mom during nap time on life lessons she hopes she’s teaching her kids…
We are so glad God chose you for this world and made you uniquely you,
In case you’re ever need to be reminded, here is our letter to you:
Our love for you never depends on what you DO successfully
Our love for you is forever, we love who God made you to BE.
You aren’t responsible for anyone else’s happiness but your own,
What you have to say matters but not as much as the love you show.
The world offers you mediocrity, pleasure, and temporary fun,
But YOU were made for greatness, so keep your eyes fixed on the One.
The richest you will ever feel won’t be when money is abound,
But when the ones who love you unconditionally are around.
Each person was given different gifts and different purposes while here,
Honor and see those in others, then let your gifts shine without fear.
Don’t you stuff those feelings down or pretend they’ve gone away,
Feel them, say them, and embrace them and then begin to pray.
When you seek out His help, He will provide the way,
Just listen for those holy nudges that come to you day to day.
Some of life is going to be hard and sometimes you’ll want to hide,
But it’s struggles that sanctify you so overcome them with pride.
May you always choose curiosity and keep an open mind,
Be willing to learn from those older than you, for wisdom is one of a kind.
The way others treat you doesn’t define who you are or who you will be,
But the way YOU treat others is what will break or make your heart free.
You will end up learning more from losing than you will from a good win,
It is in valleys, more than mountaintops, that inspire a better version of you within.
Some of the most heroic work in life is not for show but is hidden,
So, choose humility over pride for a life that is more joy-ridden.
If you wait too long try something until it feels like the timing is just right,
You’ll miss out on the journey that brings you invaluable hindsight.
Say yes to help from others, we weren’t meant to do life alone,
Then don’t forget to show others in need the empathy you were shown.
Words and actions will come your way, some right and some wrong,
You can’t control others, but you can be in charge of how you respond.
Failure can seem scary and perfection can tempt you so,
But remember it’s through times of failure that we get to grow.
Our thoughts don’t define us and sometimes they aren’t even true,
So give the worrisome ones to God and let Him take care of you.
Mistakes aren’t to be avoided, but to be embraced as they come,
You see, with mistakes come learning, and learning makes you who you are to become.
On some days it may feel like just about everything is going wrong,
When this happens you just need to change the tune of your song.
Don’t just sit and feel sorry that all the hits are happening to you,
YOU are in charge of your way, you can change things through all that you do!
Don’t spend your nights lying awake worrying about what is yet to come,
Pray and sleep. For when the dark of night is over, those worries will fade with the sun.
Never be quick to judge, but be willing to wait and see,
Just how life-giving to you someone or something might actually be.
Always choose connecting with people over accomplishments or things,
And you will come to know the lasting joy relationship brings.
You will do and say things that you wish you could quickly undo,
Don’t run from these wrongs, own up to them and then become a better you.
Seek those who challenge you to grow in virtue rather than those who always agree,
A true friend will encourage you to be the best version of you there is to be.
At times you will disappoint people by doing what you’re called to do,
But you don’t have to be liked by everyone, you just have to be true to you.
Don’t book all of your days full, but protect some of that blank space,
And you will come to know how God’s plans -not yours- bring you the sweetest grace.
It’s tempting in this life to hop on the fast-paced train that makes you busy with so much to do,
But the slower train is sweeter, and it’s where you’ll see just how God is talking to you.
Speaking poorly about others without them knowing will always cause great sorrow,
With courage directly speak to whom you need without waiting another tomorrow.
In moments of anger take a moment to think and then take one more,
To make sure your spoken thoughts and tone convey the love you’re striving for.
When someone is unkind to you, pray for them so dear,
It isn’t you that’s in the wrong, it’s that they have anger or fear.
It’s rare to come by someone who truly listens in this life,
So be the friend who sits with those in their joys and in their strife.
Patience isn’t a given, but an admirable skill to acquire,
So practice it always to keep on the road that is higher.
Envy will only harbor anger, resentment, and fear,
Genuine happiness for others is what will bring you lasting cheer.
If you focus on everything you don’t have and wish it could just be,
You will miss out on all the beauty He’s gifted you, what makes your soul free.
The great number of friends you have is not what you should measure,
But the few friendships that come with joy and ease are the ones to truly treasure.
Happiness doesn’t just happen to you so don’t wait and sit around,
Happiness is a choice you make, so pick yourself up off that ground.
When you are scared that truth-telling may come with embarrassment and strife,
Always remember honesty is something you will never regret in this life.
Turn your focus away from what you cannot and toward what you can,
And you may be amazed at the pure sweetness that is God’s plan.
The world will offer you ways to obtain beauty and just how to begin,
But please know true beauty only comes from who you are within.
May you know life is full of hard, but that’s not the same as bad,
Know joy will always follow any troublesome day you’ve had.
May you always feel your feelings that are happening in your heart,
Because they are healthy to feel and to speak about as soon as they do start.
When it feels as if nothing is there to put the wind back in your sails,
Hope is a powerful thing, His hope is there when nothing else prevails.
If you choose to be anything, choose to be loving and merciful too,
And never, ever forget God’s perfect mercy and love for YOU!