A Letter From My Daughter

A Letter From My Daughter

I honestly don’t remember what my daughter and I were talking about that prompted this letter from her to me, but obviously whatever it was caused her to think seriously. I was very blessed when I received it and hope to pass the blessing on to others who may read it.

I’ve been thinking about Sunday’s sermon and after reading this week’s chapter for Mom2mom, talking to you and well, just stewing on some things, I had some thoughts. Do you mind if I share them with you?
We sometimes make the aspects of Christianity seem so touchy feely. God’s love is so cozy and comforting. Faith is a gentle reliance on someone greater. We see angelic faces of serenity and rapture and that’s so Christian-y. Those all have their basis in absolute truth of how great our God is. We see the joyful faces of our mentors or friends who just seem to get it and have it together and for whom it is so easy.
We forget, or at least forget to mention, that Christianity gets down and dirty in the trenches of life. For example, we as mothers especially know that love is more than snuggling at bedtime and sweet hugs and kisses. It is also the struggle to get them to clean their room or endurance through back talk that makes you hold your hands to your pant legs when your humanness wants to smack them. It is fighting through math and writing assignments when you just want to give up. God’s love isn’t always hugs and comfort either. Sometimes God says no, you can’t have that, or yes, you do have to do that even when it is so hard. Still it is love because He is growing us to be ready for the next challenge in life. And He has promised all things work together for good. He is making us grow up.
Likewise, faith is a gentle reliance on a God who has never let you down. But it is also a stark and scary, turbulent and tenacious holding on when fear has you so caught in its grip that God seems inaccessible. It is the utter belief when everything around you, the circumstances of your life, the whispers in your head, say you are on your own. It is the believe that God is who He says He is and He WILL do as He promised because that’s who He is. Life is hard, but God IS good.
Christianity is not about us being perfectly suited to gentleness and serenity in our personalities. It is about Him transforming our spirit to a gentleness and quietness that relies on Him first and foremost. It’s about knowing Him and letting Him transform us and making us new. As with our beautifully unique children, that transformation doesn’t look the same for all God’s children either.

Bettilu Davies About Bettilu Davies

Bettilu Davies is a wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She has authored six published books, first writing fiction for children and teens and recently branching into adult Christian fiction. She has taught piano since 1968 and enjoys reading, crocheting, knitting, paper art, and painting in oils, acrylics and water color.

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