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  • Writer's pictureJill Jarrell Newsome

Happy Birthday, Sarah!

May 21 I celebrate my daughter, Sarah's, birthday. When she was born I asked God to never let anything bad happen to her. I was not in His Word enough to know John 16:33, "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." As I grew in my faith, I began trusting God with my child. I heard He loved her more than I did! No way!

Slowly I began making God a priority. A new mother asked me if I had one wish for my baby what would it be. I told her my thoughts on that had changed as I grew in my faith. My wish was for my children to live their life in joy - an all knowing that God is in control. That way, no matter what trouble would come, they would live their life in joy. For this to happen we had to teach them, by our actions, what was important. I was far from perfect but they knew I loved the Lord and knew that is where my help came from. Psalm 121: 1-2, "I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth."

It's funny how people think life will get easier when your children are is where your knees meet the pavement. The issues just get bigger! I know God loves them even more than I do and has the best plans for them. Mother Teresa said, "You will teach them to fly, but they will not fly your flight. You will teach them to dream but they will not dream your dream. You will teach them to live, but they will not live your life. Never the less, in every flight, in every life, in every dream the print of the way you taught them will remain."


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