D loves to stare at her reflection in the bathtub overflow cover. She and I will wave at our reflections on it's shiny surface and giggle together and have fun making faces. Then I got the idea to capture the fun on "film" and was so happy with how these pictures turned out.
Speaking of reflecting on things; this past Sunday at church we recognized the kids who were graduating from high school. A few of the gals who I mentored in the girls high school bible study group before D was born, were among those moving on to college. One such gal came up to me after the service was over. I hadn't seen her in probably 10 months but, she was so happy to see me. I too was very happy to see her because she was someone who I had often worried about and prayed for. Her mom passed away when she was 13 I believe and as far as I know she doesn't have much of a relationship with her Dad. Her Grandma raised her and her younger sister and clearly she did a marvelous job because this gal is just beautiful inside and out. I am so proud of who she has become and how much she has grown in her faith. She wants to be a teacher or possibly an interior designer and I encouraged her to continue to follow her dreams and told her that God has plans for her life and He will direct her steps as she continues to trust in Him.
As I walked away after hugging her and telling her how good it was to see her I realized that I have grown a lot even since having my daughter. I have always had a huge passion to minister to high school aged gals. There are so many horrible messages about beauty, sex, relationships, love and what it is to be a woman being crammed down their throats through the media. So many girls are lost, confused, insecure and hurting because they don't know the truth about their worth. They don't know how valuable they are. Something about having a little girl of my own has helped me connect with these 18 year old gals even more. Each of them are someones little girl and I got to play a very small part in disciplining them and loving them as an older sister or friend. I had the honor of teaching them the truth about their worth in Christ and I pray that God brings Godly mentors along for my daughter some day as well. I pray that I can teach my daughter just how valuable she is to Jesus. I pray that I can teach her that beauty is not about being tan, skinny or fit but, about having the joy of the Lord in her heart which will then pour out of her like bubbling spring water. I pray that I can teach her that being pure is a beautiful thing and not an old fashioned or boring thing. I pray that she learns to lean on the Lord and to seek after him with all her heart. I pray that I can teach her that waiting for Mr. Right is SO worth it. I pray that her confidence wouldn't be found in what she looks like or what people think of her but, in the truth that is found in God's word.