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Topic: Reward (09/27/04)
TITLE: What Could Be Your Greatest Reward?
By Linda C. Smith
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Sent from our wonderful FATHER above!
May GOD provide you with wisdom to see~
All HE desires your daughter to be.
How best can you nurture her in HIS way~
That she’ll be a GODly woman some day?
A woman of great faith, courage, and grace~
The beauty of CHRIST aglow on her face.
For you, what could be your greatest reward,
Than to see your daughter honor THE LORD?
My eyes felt a little moist as I read the verse one last time, before sealing the envelope. I hoped our friends would like the gift. I carefully wrapped it in the wrapping paper of cute little animals in pastel shades of pink, yellow, and blue. After I strategically taped the card in place, I cut, tied and curled the iridescent ribbon. As I viewed the finished baby shower package, my thoughts drifted to our own daughter and what a wonderful blessing GOD gave to us. I thought of the poem I lovingly wrote in her 21st birthday card.
Where did those years go-they went by so fast?
Baby days, childhood, teen years are all past.
Now a lovely lady stands in GOD’s sight
A rosebud of virtue, grace, and delight!
Oh, we have had just a few ups and downs.
And a fair scattering of tears and frowns,
But mostly, we consider ourselves blessed…
To have such a daughter who loves GOD best!
May you ever look to HIM as your source
Of guidance and help to chose the best course,
As you seek HIS perfect will to unfold,
Trusting HIM for what your future may hold!
Our daughter has grown into a lovely young woman. She is faithfully serving THE LORD in a small CHRISTian college using the education and talents HE gave to her. We visited her last CHRISTmas and my heart thrilled as I whispered in her ear, “we are so proud of you!” It truly is a wonderful reward to see one’s children honor THE LORD!