I sat in awe watching you twirl around in the crisp fall air without a care in the world. I held you close in my arms, listening to the rhythm of your breathing, watching your eyes light up each time I kissed your nose. I sat amazed at your curiosity and fearless spirit. I gazed upon your beauty and confidence, praying you will always be this joyful, this free, this innocent.
There is mourning today because the first woman nominee did not win the presidency of this country. Moms are at a loss of what to tell their girls. They feel cheated. They have complete disdain for the words spoken by the man who won. They worry the glass ceiling will never be broken.
But, my darling daughters, she is not the woman I wanted you to be told of your whole life. When a woman becomes president of this country, I pray she will be strong (Prov. 31:25). I pray her husband will praise her at the city gate (Prov. 31:11). I pray she will lead with elegance and grace, clothed in dignity (Prov. 31:25). I pray she will be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to become angry (James 1:19). I pray she will seek all that is good and just (Phil. 4:8). I pray she will treat all people with equality and respect (Prov. 31:8-9, 20). I pray her children will rise up and call her blessed (Prov. 31:28). Above all, I pray she will serve this country with a heart set on the Holy One who gave her that office.
One of my greatest prayers for you is that when you look up, you don't see a glass ceiling, not because someone else has already shattered it, but because there is no such thing. What you do in this life is not defined by those who have gone before you. Your dreams and aspirations are not dependent upon what others have said or done. You determine the height of your dreams. You determine the reach of your goals. Aim high. Don't look down or to the side. Be proud to be a woman, a beautifully crafted work of the Great Artist. Stand firm. Stand strong. Lead even when no one seems to follow. And serve, serve your Creator with wild abandon. Set your sights on Him, and He will never confine you within the limits of that glass ceiling. Let us together, as women, look beyond the world's limitations to the One who is sovereign over all, trusting Him and glorifying Him in all things.
Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.