To Read on the Journey

Thursday, July 14, 2011

A Birthday Blessing

i named you after a song.

a song a high school friend lead me to because he saw me in the lyrics.

at 16 listening to that song i felt for the first time that i was known. 

these are some of the lyrics to that song "emily" by michael w. smith

“you’re going through that stage
it’s a restless age
young and insecure
still there are doubts to fade
moments to be made
and one of them is yours

on the wire

balancing your dreams
hoping ends will meet their means 

you feel alone

well does it help you to
know that i believe in you
you're an angel waiting for wings

emilie, today you are 12!  as much as i would like to be in denial and keep you my little girl forever i can see that you have entered “that stage” {sooner that i expected, sweetie}.  like all girls {yes, all} you have been bombarded, and are wrestling with feelings of doubt, insecurity, and feeling alone.  i would like to be able to tell you these will subside, they won’t.  BUT GOD.  sweet emilie, this is where your faith is going to be put into action!   your need for Jesus is going to increase, and you are going to experience tangibly what i have been praying over you for the past 12 years...

“I pray that out of His glorious riches 
He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, 
so that Christ may dwell in your heart through faith.  
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 
may have power together with all the saints
how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 
and to KNOW this love that surpasses knowledge- 
that you may be FILLED 
to the measure of all the fullness of GOD."
  Ephesians 3: 16-19

you are going to experience His immeasurable love. {“immeasurable” that is your word. remember.) God, is going to have opportunity after opportunity (because adolescence offers many} to lavish His love on you!  My prayer for you is that you will learn to faithfully submit your heart, mind, soul, and strength to Him, and that you will DWELL RICHELY in His love.

i know you.  you are tender to God's ways, generous with grace {thank you}, compassionate, and you seek Truth.   i know that you are going to seek His face and find it!  that is who you are.

i hope it helps you to know that i absolutely, 100%, BELEIVE in you, Emilie Erin Jones!!

(oh, i just want to go back and kiss and squeeze you at every stage!)
Happy 12th Birthday, Sweetie!

i love you immensely,


{cuppakim} said...

love this. love the story. and the pictures.

happy birthday to your SWEET and BEAUTIFUL daughter. :)

i clicked the link to the 8 year old birthday post - you have been blogging for SO LONG. that is amazing! :)

congrats to mama on 12 lovely years!

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday to your lovely girl. <3

Simply Sara said...

happy birthday sweet emilie.

you are both beautiful.
mama and daughter.

emilie, may you be blown away by how He lavishes his love upon you. by how He meets with you in this next year.

denise, love you and your sweet family!

Jessica Johnson said...

stop it. you're almost making me cry. have you sent her to hume yet? i bet the worship music is better now.

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Aww... this was the sweetest birthday post ever! Just beautiful. And her pictures are too cute! Happy birthday sweet Emilie! :)

Kathleen said...

Such a beautiful tribute to your daughter (and your mommy-hood). May this year be filled with many blessings for Emilie and all of you celebrating with her.