Yesterday, her fabulous Daddy helped her break open the box, and baked miniscule size cookies with her. They weren't bad actually, given that they were baked with a 100 watt light bulb.
The little afternoon experience they shared (while I was out in the yard gardening - hence the very few photos) was highlighted for me this morning, as I read the Proverbs 31 Ministries Devotional. Today's note was all about raising girls to know their value within the freedom of God's deep love for them. It talked about our desire as mothers for our girls to not fall victim to the messages of the world. Messages that say "you're only lovable as long as you...look like, sound like, participate in..." etc. We want to model to them what living with a healthy sense of self-worth and self-esteem looks like. Our job begins when they're very young, and continues on until the day we are no longer around to do so. Having a daddy take the time to wash pans, stir batter, ensure she doesn't burn herself, and share in her fresh baked goodies meant the world to our 8 year old daughter. Her self esteem was built up just a little bit more yesterday afternoon, through intentionality. My prayer for her is that in times when the voices of the world want to creep in and drown out the voice of the Holy Spirit, that she will remember this brief, sweet afternoon with her daddy.
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe…” Ephesians 1:18-19a (NIV)
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