Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Four Years of Sweetness.

This little lady turned 4 today. And though it's killing me not to have a 3-year-old anymore, I do think she makes a lovely 4-year-old.

Her first name - Caitlin - means "Pure" & her middle name is the same as her mother's... & that's wonderfully appropriate because she is, in so many ways, the authentic, unmixed, genuine, real & true daughter of her mother. And that is awesome. God has been very good to me and my family.

One of my favorite things about this girl is her sincere affection for Jesus, whom - as Peter says in 1 Peter 1.8 - she has not seen, but she loves. When we tell her another story or another truth about Jesus, she will often say to us, "But I want to SEE Jesus! I love him! I want to see him NOW!" ... & sometimes she says this with tears.

Funniest Moment of the Day: She unwraps the 6 or 7 princess figurines she was given by her siblings, and her 9-year-old brother says, "Hey, let me see those princesses. They're going to have a WAR!" Yes, there are definite differences between boys & girls. And as the father of both boys and girls, I take great delight in every single one of those beautiful, God-given differences.

My prayer for you, Caitlin, is that your faith will grow abundantly and your love for all the things of God and the people of God will increase, as you grow in steadfastness and faith (1 Thessalonians 1.3,4).

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

...1 Peter 1.3-9

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