By Contributing Writer, Kasey Norton
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The passage of time swiftly leaves a big girl where a little one once stood. But as they march inevitably from the grip of childhood, I want my daughters to hold tight to that which has made them such amazing little girls.
Before they take one more step, there are a few things I’d like them to know…
Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.
Psalm 34:5 NAS
Life is about seeking out the beautiful. Sometimes you have to look pretty hard, but it’s always there if you’re looking. Don’t ever stop looking.
Don’t be afraid to go when He calls. Often the call comes when we’re least expecting it and at the most inconvenient times. Go anyway.
Cherish your family. Those prankster brothers will be a serious buffer against a cruel world if you play your cards right. And your sister will be the ear you talk off and the shoulder you cry on until you are old. Then you’ll just sit and laugh about all the times you cried.
Remember we didn’t get it all right. We’ve loved you with a crazy love that hasn’t always translated as it should have. Forgive us for the times we failed rather than using them as an excuse to perpetuate those failures.
Don’t ever shy away from the “imperfect.” Cling to your childlike acceptance and love with abandon.
Follow your passions unless they lead you from Him. If He plants the seed, He will surely water it.
Go barefoot every once in a while. I don’t have much to support my theory, but I truly believe this helps keep a person grounded.
Don’t buy into the nakedness of the modern day. You were created to be mysteriously feminine.
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Don’t expect anyone, including a man, to fill the secret places of your soul. There are just some spots only He can reach.
It’s okay if not everyone likes you. Some people just won’t. Emanate kindness wherever you go and refuse to hold onto a grudge.
It isn’t about you. If you live to serve others you’ll find yourself strangely fulfilled without even trying.
Life hurts sometimes. Don’t hide from it or pretend it away. Face it head-on but refuse to let it hold you captive.
You are not me. Please don’t ever think I want you to be. I simply want you to be the best possible you.
Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
Proverbs 31:29 KJV