Friday, January 28, 2011

Following Your Dreams

Another letter in my Notes to my Daughters series.IMG_0042

To My Daughters,

There are going to be times in your life when what you want the most seems impossible. That what you are striving for seems out of your reach and roadblocks keep falling on your path. I pray that you don’t give up.

I pray that when people tell you, “No, you can’t do that”,while on your journey of achieving your dream that you smile politely and prove them wrong. Some will say the impossibility lies in the fact you are a female, or not strong enough, or that it has never been done before. But God has told you differently. Remember this :

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Philippians 4:13

And you can. You can do whatever you set your mind to with hard work, perseverance, and God’s guidance.

Don’t give up when your path takes you on some detours. It is in these detours you will learn the most. Sometimes it is God’s way of showing you what is most important or it may be His way of showing you that where you thought you needed to be and where God thinks you need to be are not the same.

Or sometimes those detours are made by those who want you to stumble and fall. Do not give in to those tricks. Remember and pray this scripture:

 Lead me, LORD, in your righteousness
   because of my enemies—
   make your way straight before me.  Psalms 5:

From the wise words of your Great-Grandmother Nano know this, “You come from good stock.” And indeed you do. You’ve heard the stories of your great’s protecting their family in the dead of the night with nothing between them and the enemy but a shotgun, of mother’s rushing sick children to a hospital hours away during wartime, mothers putting careers on hold to raise their children, and women pursuing their dreams by traveling far from their homeland.  Much of your strength comes from them. Their stories, are in fact, entwined with yours.

I have no doubt you will achieve your dreams. And I pray that when you do, you give thanks. Enjoy the journey!

Hugs and Kisses,

Mom

6 comments:

Pat's Place said...

Wonderful!

T. Anne said...

I live through those verses. Great wisdom.

Jennifer Shirk said...

I love that, Kara.
I've thought about writing some notes and letters to my daughter like that so she would have wise words from me after I passed away (morbid thoughts, I know, but I want to leave her with encouraging words knowing that I love her)
I might have to "steal" those verses. :)

Terri Tiffany said...

Again such wisdome! I wish I had done that for my daughter. Instead she gets to someday read my rambling journals!

Kara said...

Thank you:) Those scriptures are great to live by. I think it is comforting to have such wisdom right at our fingertips when we need it!

Warren Baldwin said...

What a great note for your daughters. The scriptures are great, but so is the personal message from you to them! Their Great-Grandmother sounds like an amazing woman. That story about protecting them at night with a shotgun is intriguing. Will that become a blog post?

When my kids are seniors I write a diary for them of their last year at home. I write comments about the events of the day, but also little notes of hope and encouragement for their future. I give it to them when they graduate. I hope when they read it through the years it will give them the sense of orientation and confidence that this note will give your girls.

Another good post. wb