chloe's self-portrait ~ July 2010

"Every little girl wants to believe that she is captivating and worth fighting for. She wants to know, 'Am I lovely?'. Only [a father] can answer those questions" - John Eldridge

i dropped Chloe off for summer camp this morning and in her little cubby was a folded piece of paper that read "To Mommy From Chloe". I opened it up and gushed over how beautiful and colorful it was. Bright colors bursting forth with rainbows in the sky, on her dress, in her hair... even the dog and bird are alive with color. A flower in her hair and a big red smile on her face...

"Chloe, who is this?
", I asked. "It's ME", she said proudly. Of course it is.

She sees a picture of herself and I see a glimpse of her heart. At six, she is still unblemished by the jaded cynicism of a self-depricating culture. When that quiet voice within her asks, "Am I lovely?", she knows the answer is yes, i am.

I am so grateful that my little girl knows those answers in her heart. She knows that she is loved and cherished. I am so thankful that she sees herself not only as I see her, but as her earthly father and her Heavenly Father see her. Lovely.

"You will be a crown of splendor in the LORD's hand [the crown of creation],a royal diadem in the hand of your God." ~ Isaiah 62:3


  1. Love it! love, love, love it. May we raise these girls to cherish this truth in their hearts!

  2. I really enjoyed reading the posts on your blog. I would like to invite you to come on over to my blog and check it out. God bless, Lloyd


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