Lord, my arms ached for a daughter from the time I was a teenager– and while I love my sons fiercely, there’s something special about this precious gift you’ve given me. Thank you, Lord, for giving me my beautiful, kind and precious Kate. She’s even more wonderful than I dreamed.
When I look at my children, I get a glimpse of you. You’ve created them in your image and at times, when I watch them, I am filled with awe at Your creativity, Your passion, Your love. Kate has this personality that is entirely unique– and I can’t wait to find out your plan and purpose for her life. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to watch your amazing plan as it unfolds.
Lord, I pray for Kate during this, her fourth year. Lord, protect her. Protect her physically. Protect her emotionally. And, Lord, protect her spiritually. She loves you so purely and wholly and optimistically. Protect her from anything that could blemish her innocence– and pull her away from you. Give me the tools to raise her in a way that’s loving yet firm, hopeful yet honest and faithful yet trusting.
Thank you, Lord, for allowing me to steward this beautiful child. Help me to never forget that she belongs to You and that you love her with a love that goes beyond even my own. How safe I feel knowing that my children– my precious treasures– are in the arms of their Father. Thank you for that hope– and I pray that Kate (and Joey and Will) — never, ever for one moment doubt that hope.