In The Blink Of An Eye

I remember the day she was born. Dark head of hair, with big brown eyes staring back at me. This precious gift, my first, how I longed to lead her well.

The age of five came, with fancy dresses, straw hats and tea party and a great big personality began to emerge. She loved to sing and dance and her smile brightened every room. Her laughter warmed her daddy’s heart and I couldn’t bare the thought of her growing up. Oh Lord, can you slow the time down?

Pre-teen years were not as bad as some would say. She, growing into her own personality — a dreamer, a lover of books, learning about fashion and make-up. Oh Lord, how long do we have with her? She is growing up too fast. Can we just stop time right here?

The teen years. This mama is blessed. For this child, free spirited yet grounded in the Word of God, loving the Lord and holding her own on campus. Remembering the vow she made to remain pure. No desire to date, yet all the while dreaming of the day she would meet him. Be still my heart.  Do we have to let her go?

And in the blink of an eye stands before me a beautiful woman. And the Lord is faithful to His promise to bring her true love, just as she waited for him. These two who give their heart and soul in music unto the Lord, standing before Him now, yoked together with Him at the center.

When did she grow up?  Tears of sadness for what once was, intermixed with tears of joy for the beautiful woman she is. She, a gift to her husband, the man she vowed to save herself for. Oh this mama is proud. To stand and watch their love grow and blossom, how they stand on their own, crammed in small studio, yet with love abounding. He is tender, she a loving support.

I cannot help but smile. Tears of joy flowing now, as I realize it all happened when I blinked. This dark headed wonder, a gift from God, has grown up and is God’s gift to him. And I thank the Lord that what He has imparted to me as a mama is now a seed planted in her own heart to be imparted to her own children one day, in the blink of an eye.

Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it. (Proverbs 22:6 NLT)

12 Responses to In The Blink Of An Eye
  1. Helen Tisdale
    March 10, 2013 | 3:40 am

    Oh Barbie! That was so beautiful! I know she makes you proud!

    • Barbie
      March 10, 2013 | 7:47 pm

      Thank you Helen! She is truly my delight!

  2. Dawn
    March 10, 2013 | 7:33 am

    Beautiful, Barbie. Love this treasure of a glimpse in time!

    • Barbie
      March 10, 2013 | 7:47 pm

      Thank you my friend!

  3. Missy
    March 10, 2013 | 12:45 pm

    Oh, Barbie, what a beautiful beautiful way to view your child’s progression. And what a testament to your deep joy in, and love for, her.

    • Barbie
      March 10, 2013 | 7:47 pm

      Thanks Missy. She brings me so much joy!

  4. Susie Klein
    March 10, 2013 | 12:54 pm

    So beautiful and bittersweet. I relived my sons lives as I read this. Such a joy to get to know our kids all over again as adults. You will love it!

    • Barbie
      March 10, 2013 | 7:48 pm

      Susie, I am looking forward to this new relationship. Blessings!

  5. Rebeca
    March 10, 2013 | 5:11 pm

    Glory be to God. I pray that I can be a strong woman of faith and an example to my child. Please keep my little girl and I in prayer.

    • Barbie
      March 10, 2013 | 7:49 pm

      Most definately Rebecca! Thank you for taking the time to read and to comment.

  6. Rosann
    March 10, 2013 | 6:55 pm

    Oh Barbie, this made me cry! I understand the pleading with God for time to slow down. Both of my daughters are growing too fast. This really touched my heart.

  7. Barbie
    March 10, 2013 | 7:50 pm

    Rosann, I just read it outloud to my husband and youngest daughter, and I bawled like a baby. I am so proud of the woman she has becoming, and still is becoming. Love you!