“You’ve got this, beloved! You’re an overcomer. You’re a powerful person. There is nothing that controls you, nothing that holds you back from courage, confidence, restfulness or love. You have EVERYTHING you need for life and godliness in Christ.

“Where you are weak, I am strong. Where you lack, my super-abundant grace supplies and overflows. I’ll not let you down.

“Rise and shine. Live to the full. Keep ticking off the enemy, showing him how completely un-manipulatable you are. Stand firm, and having done all, continue to stand.

“And remember — you can pay attention to your body and your emotions. However, they do not control your actions. You are both mindful and you are self-controlled. Your feelings are important, but they do not drive you. My leadership and a healthy sense of self-love are what move you.

“Be at peace. I’ve given you a sound mind. You are fully capable to handle what lies ahead… for you are never handling it alone.”

— Dad

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My Flawless Masterpiece

“There’s nothing you could do to make me love you more, my child. I’m not waiting for you to change. I’m not waiting for you to perform at all or to produce anything. I’m overjoyed merely at the thought of who you are right now. I am having a party everyday — just because you exist. You are so worth celebrating and so worth showcasing.

“You are not your calling. You are not your assignments. You are not even your relationships. You are my kid. That’s reason enough for me to be excited. On top of that, to also have your constant attention, trust and adoration… it’s just the most incredible feeling!

“I love that you want to serve me, and I love that you want to grow and heal as an individual. I don’t want you to think of yourself though as still being ‘lacking’ in some sense. Drive that notion out of your head, out of your being. It’s simply not true.

“You are a gift to me, a gift to your communities, and a gift to generations to come. And you don’t even have to try to be. I made you that way and I am so proud of how you’ve turned out. You are my flawless masterpiece, and I couldn’t be happier with you.”

— Dad


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