For My Daughters…

I am older than you – a whole generation apart. It may seem to you like I was born in a different era, and that I don’t understand what you’re going through.

But in many ways I’ve walked in your shoes. Like you, I’ve grown from infant to child. From child to teen. From teen to young woman – filled with hope and aspirations for my future.

The world has changed for sure. But in the end, the human heart doesn’t change that much. Not really. At the end of the day, we all need the same things. Love. Significance. Purpose.

I’ve walked further along life’s road than you…and experienced some of the things that I know you dream of… Bride. Wife. Mother.

I’ve cried my way down the aisle (yes, I’ve always been a crier!) I’ve carried four utter miracles within my womb – including a set of very wriggly twins!

I’ve cried tears of bewildered joy as I’ve held each precious gift in my arms, knowing that me and your father’s lives would never be the same again and wondering how it was possible to ever love someone quite that fiercely.

I thank God for these precious, God-given experiences – my cup truly runs over! Life is full of these changing seasons. It has its mountain top moments, and also it’s valleys. But all these experiences, every single one, is a part of the beautiful, tapestry of life.

But if I could stop, for just one moment, look over my shoulder, and give you some wisdom for your journey, even though it may be different to mine…..what would I say?

There are some things that I’ve learned over the years (often the hard way) that I would love to pass on to you. And so without further ado, I’m creating a series of posts, entitled, ‘For My Daughters’…(but of course, Samuel – my precious & only son, and the rest of you, dear readers, are all invited too!)

And here’s the first thing:

You are fearfully and wonderfully made

Psalm 139:14

As sisters you might be alike – yet each one of you is totally unique. Each human being has their own specific genetic code. 26 pairs of Chromosomes paired up in a completely different permutation, meaning that you are a one-of-a-kind work of art! Interestingly, every human being on the planet shares 99.9 per cent of the same DNA. It’s that 0.1 per cent difference that determines your hair and eye colour, the shape of your face, your height, your natural abilities etc. I don’t know how this kind of thing is calculated, but they say that if your DNA was somehow unravelled, it would stretch to the sun! All the way to the heavens!

Embrace who you are! Don’t try and be someone else. This world will try and sell you the lie that your value as a woman is wrapped up in the way you look. Don’t waste time comparing yourself to someone you’ve seen on Social Media, or wishing you were just that little bit thinner here, or a little bit fuller there. Don’t try to be someone else. You can’t be. Because, praise God, you’re you! You’re a miracle! You are not some random, computer-generated, pot-luck type of person. Look!

For You formed my inward parts;

You wove me in my mother’s womb.

I will give thanks to You,

For I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

Wonderful are Your works,

And my soul knows it very well.

My frame was not hidden from You,

When I was made in secret,

And skilfully wrought in the depths of the earth;

Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;

And in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me,

When as yet there was not one of them.

Psalm 139: 13-16

The words of this Psalm are completely staggering. Even though I carried each one of you within my womb, I couldn’t see much of what was going on as you were forming and growing. But God was there! He saw it all. He was involved. He formed your inward parts! He wove you together. You were skilfully wrought. His eyes were upon you even when you were still unformed.

And all your days were already ordained! God is the author of your life! He is writing your story. He’s not standing afar off! No. He’s intimately involved and acquainted with all your ways. Remember, you are precious; unique; significant; loved. Loved to the uttermost by a wonderful heavenly Father.

Praise God!

5 Comments

  1. From the heart. Your children are special, Angie. God loves them so much and they need to be told in a million ways! The wisdom you pass on to them will stay with them. I am sure your children, and, hopefully, everyone who reads these words will benefit enormously ✝️.

  2. Amen!! Christian and I were just talking about this. He was feeling disheartened that God isn’t performing miracles in his life. I reminded him God has performed so many miracles. Christian was sent to us with the words “He won’t survive. He just needs somewhere to go to die” 29 years later, he’s very much alive. And all the other prognosis the doctors made… he’ll never thrive, will be deaf, blind, won’t walk, won’t talk, will basically be a cabbage. Yes he wears glasses but he can see, he walks, he can certainly talk(!) and we prayed and prayed about his hearing and at the age of 8, he no longer needed hearing aids. He was tube fed and had a breathing tube but now eats and can breathe unaided. Yes his food has to be puréed and his elbows are fused so he can’t bend his arms but I reminded him, God knew what He was doing when He made him. He is fearfully and wonderfully made. We may not know the purpose until we get to heaven but God doesn’t make mistakes. I reminded him of my experience with cancer. I’ve beaten it six times. I don’t know exactly why He chose me but it was all in Gods plan, when I was woven in my mother’s womb. Maybe our purpose is to inspire and support others, I told him. But whatever the reason, we are all wonderfully and fearfully made.

  3. Wow Anouska, what a testimony you and Christian have!! Praise God for Christian and all the miracles God has done in his life. Thank you, thank-you, thankyou for sharing some of his story and for your constant positivity – it always chokes me, every time! Love you both x

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