I gave birth to our fifth child a few months after my 40th birthday. She was the first girl to be born into my husband’s family in almost 70 years, and her arrival greatly altered the landscape in what was once “boy kingdom.” There are many things I look forward to doing with her and for her, such as holding tea parties, teaching her to cook, star gazing, and playing dolls together.
Most importantly, I want to pass on to her a legacy of godly womanhood. I want to be the kind of mother who can say “follow me as I follow Christ,” and this goal has challenged me to live more wholeheartedly for the Lord.
Many mothers keep journals for their children, recording significant events in the child’s life and jotting down sentiments and memories. Although I include similar anecdotes, I am seeking to write a journal which will encourage and strengthen the faith journey of the little girl who reads it.
More than a historical record, it is a testimony of God’s faithfulness to her, and to her family. Alongside notes about first words and first teeth my daughter’s journal includes entries about the spiritual significance behind her name, her grandmothers’ multi-generational legacies of faithfulness, and how God is using her own little life to work redemptively in my heart.
I pray that the journal I am writing for her will bring glory to God and point her to Christ when she reads it. I trust that one day it will encourage her heart to learn more about her mother’s faith and the immeasurable grace of our God, poured out in her life.
Molly Evert has been writing and podcasting for Mentoring Moments since 2009. Happily married to David Evert, they have four sons (ages 8 to 16), one daughter (age 2) and they are eagerly expecting another daughter from China, via international adoption. You can also find her writing at CounterCultural Mom, CounterCultural School, and Visionary Womanhood.
5/04/13: 2 Samuel 11-12, 1 Chronicles 20, Psalm 51.
05/05/13: Psalm 32, Psalm 86, Psalm 102, Psalm 103, Psalm 122.
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