Sweet 16

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“The days are long, but the years seem short.” – The Happiness Project

Happy 16th birthday to the baby – and be forewarned if you are on the roads in GA. Here’s my yearly birthday prayer for her which always seems fitting. If you’re an educator, check out the link at the bottom from my friend Dave Stewart Jr. about celebrating student birthdays. Whether you are in the classroom or not, make sure to celebrate and encourage the next generation on their birthdays!

Brooke,

I remember when I found out I was pregnant with you and was so surprised; I pray you will continue to surprise people throughout your life.

I pray that you will dream big dreams but cherish small moments.

I pray that you will be a leader by serving others.

I pray that you will know how to work hard but also learn how to have a still soul.

I pray that you will always ask questions but even more take time to hear answers.

I pray that you will laugh often but don’t be afraid to cry.

I pray that you will have a soft heart and strong voice for the weak and oppressed.

I pray that you will love the Lord with all your heart soul and mind but don’t forget to love your neighbor as yourself.

I pray that you will think globally but act locally.

I pray that I am willing to be a parent more than a friend to you (for the time being at least).

I pray that our home will be a place of acceptance and challenge.

I pray that I will teach you more about holiness than personal happiness.

I pray that I will have the fortitude to let you make mistakes and learn from them but know that I am still on your side.

I pray that I will not forsake disciplining you when needed but know that I still love you.

I pray that I will never take you for granted but will treasure you always.

When in doubt: seek justice, love mercy, walk humbly with God.

Amen.

 

Are you a teacher looking for an easy way to acknowledge and celebrate student birthday? Try this: A Simple Classroom Birthday Tradition

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