For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
Today my first baby graduates from high school.
She wants to go on to college to become an elementary teacher.
She has known this since she was a toddler – that desire to teach – to impact lives.
She’s had her plans, made them, and is following after them. Dreams and plans.
But she follows after Jesus even more. She knows that plans can change unexpectedly too. She’s willing to bend if so needed. She’s willing to dream big dreams, but place her hope and trust in our sovereign Lord.
I am so proud of my beautiful Jessica Jane. I am so proud of her for so very many things. But if I had to choose what I am most proud of – most grateful for – most blessed by – aside from her salvation and love of Jesus, it would be her commitment to walk in His ways. To walk in His truth. To walk in His light.
And to share that with others.
Today my baby will “walk” the graduation walk. She will walk into the next phase of her life and educational endeavors. This walk is not a symbol of her stepping away from her family, or stepping out alone into this world. Because one thing is not changing on graduation day for Jessie J….and it’s the one thing that is most important – that’s her walk with Jesus and her desire to walk in His truth.
I celebrate my beautiful daughter today and her accomplishments. I celebrate who she is. But I am so filled with joy that she wants to follow after the way, the truth, and the life that Jesus is no matter where she is in life.
Congratulatons Jessie J! On your graduation from high school, and for having your feet firmly planted in the truth of our unchanging God no matter where you’ve been, where you’re at, or where you may go.
We love you.
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 3 John 1:4
I have a couple of things to say…
* Congratulations to Jessie; there is a whole new world opening up to her.
* How wonderful that your daughter is following the LORD – what more could a parent want.
* Oh you poor dear…you must feel so old 😀
My oldest granddaughter graduates from high school at the end of the year – my three youngest grandchildren don’t start school for between three and five years.
Ha Ha!!!!!! Thank you for making me smile!
Blessings on this time of celebration, Annie! Sounds like you have had an interesting week.
Congratulations Jessie! Go forth and be a world changer!
wow, my oldest is only 2 so we are far from this day but I pray I can say the same thing! Praise God for his faithfulness, congrats to your daughter! She sounds like a wonderful young lady.
Amen! So grateful your daughter is walking with Jesus! What a blessing for a parent! Congratulations to her and to you for modeling life with Jesus to her!!
such a joyful day of celebration . . . but what a delight to see your daughter walking with Jesus~ an eternal journey!
congratulations Jessie (and mom and dad)!!!