A father’s prayer and blessing for his daughter

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Caroline sonogramSweetheart, you are a good idea.  One day, long ago, before God laid the foundations of the earth, He conceived the idea of you in His mind.  His eyes twinkled at the thought of creating you.  An uncontrollable smile spread out all across His glorious face.  “Ah, now that’s a good idea,” He thought to Himself!

It was His joy and pleasure to form you in your mother’s womb, to knit you together delicately and beautifully, as a one-of-a-kind masterpiece, resplendent with His image, covered inside and out with the fingerprints of a master Craftsman.

I am so glad God made you – and so is He!

It is my great honor and privilege to get to be your dad – that God would share with me the unique gift of fathering specifically you!  Of getting to daily share life with you during these days of your childhood!

May my love for you now make it easy to accept and live in His love for you in the days to come.

May my life lived out before you now make choosing to love Jesus and live for Him the most normal and natural decision you could ever make.

May my love for your Mom now demonstrate what you should expect out of a man in the future.  And may you never ever settle for anything or anyone less.

IMG_1633Preciousness, I adore you, and I am committed to you for life.  You are far too valuable and wonderful to ever settle for any affection that is less than mine.

Never settle.  The only man worthy of giving your heart and your body to is the man who commits himself to loving and serving you with all of his heart for the rest of his life.  You don’t have to give your heart or your body to anyone or anything less!

I love you with all my heart, and so does God!

May you live in security out of the affection you have from both your earthly dad and your heavenly Father.  May you exude a humble confidence, certain of your identity as a treasured and beloved daughter.

Caroline portraitGod, please give her the mind of Christ.  Protect her from lies – from inner deception – from the twisted and sinister assaults of the Accuser.  Set her free with the truth – may it ring loud and clear in her mind, drowning out all other voices.  May she know Your voice, hear You clearly, and respond with courageous faith.

Father, please surround her with quality friends:

  • who build-up instead of tear-down
  • who inspire godliness, instead of provoke evil
  • who are faithful to her, rather than flighty
  • who are passionate about her, not apathetic towards her
  • who don’t compare
  • who are not vain
  • who will encourage her to guard her heart

Jesus, please give her a heart like Yours.  Call her out of the land of ordinary and out into your great extraordinariness!  Send her out into your harvest fields, and place Your eternal work in her heart and hands to do for You.

God, she has my eyes, my interests, my character traits, my DNA.  She looks and sounds and acts like me…  But You are her Father, too – even more truly so than I am.  May she develop Your eyes, Your interests, Your character traits.  May it be Your DNA that takes over her innermost being.  May she grow to look and sound and act more and more like her heavenly Father everyday.

baby balet slippersAnd during these years while you have placed her under my care, please help me, God, to steward her priceless life and heart infinitely better than I am able to on my own.

  • I will fail her – please don’t let her project my failures upon You.
  • I will not always be patient – please help her to see Your infinite grace.
  • I won’t be able to fix every hurt – please help her to feel Your healing hands surrounding her.
  • I can’t protect her always – please shield her in Your power.
  • I can’t make her decisions for her – please guide her with Your wisdom.

In Jesus’ powerful and beautiful and life-giving and world-changing Name, Amen.

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7 responses to “A father’s prayer and blessing for his daughter

  1. Nick, Ritchie and I were just talking about the powerful edge a God loving and honoring father can have in a girls heart. We were talking about the solidity it can provide, the confidence it can bring. I have a precious young cousin who has her first boyfriend- as of this week. Thinking of this dear girl entering what can be a very confusing and compromising time churned up so many things in me today. Her dad loves her enormously, and is an incredible dad- but he isn’t a believer. I’m so grateful for his love for her- but even more grateful for God’s love for her.

    Your girls (and boy!) are so blessed to have you as their dad.

    • Thanks, Molly! Yeah, the most difficult line for me to type was “I can’t make her decisions for her”… What a beautiful, difficult, blessed, heart-wrenching, and heart-overflowing business parenting is!

  2. So true! Parenting and all of it’s complexities have helped me understand God’s love more deeply than any other experience.

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  4. That’s so beautiful, Nick. Thank you for your post. The daddy/daughter relationship is the most critical and foundational. You obviously get that and embrace that. The toughest job we’ll ever love, right? We’ve been reading a great new, actually renewed, book. Great for all dads of daughters. I think you would really like it. We’re loving it, so I have to share… It’s called “She Calls Me Daddy: 7 Things You Need to Know About Building a Complete Daughter,” by Robert Wolgemuth. Originally released in the 90s, it was a best seller. His girls are grown up and give their own input along with their husbands who are daddies to girls. I understand 40% of the book is
new material. It’s so unique in this way. Robert puts the anxieties of Daddy raising his girl(s) to rest, guiding you through challenges and good times – protecting, conversation, affection, discipline, laughter, faith, conduct. So great for helping daddies learn to lead, love and cherish. I highly recommend
it!

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