The Most Beautiful Girl in the World

Evangeline is our birth miracle. I was told I would not be able to have kids. Her name means, "messenger of good news", that she is indeed.

And today she is 15 years old!

I always said that I didn't want to be one of those parents who thinks their kids are perfect, makes excuses for them and defends them to a fault.

I like to think I work hard at not being that way. I like to think I know my kids and can give an unbiased opinion of them.

But I have to be completely honest, unbiased, and seeing perfectly clearly when I say, my Evangeline is THE most beautiful girl in the world.

I know a lot of really beautiful girls. I get to spend time with Tori Ohlerking, Barbara Conti, Susan Rogers just to name a few.

Do you know them? If so, think about their laughter, their smile, that complete love of life and people. Yea, they are some of the most beautiful women in the world.

If you don't know them let me tell you, when you are in their presence you feel accepted, welcomed, hopeful, embraced, and even if you never talk to them, or realize it, you leave their presence feeling a little better. They radiate Jesus without saying a word.

True beauty is all encompassing, inside and out, full and other worldly.

It's supernatural.

I see that in my Evangeline.

Sure, she's a human teenage girl. She gets an attitude, she can be mean, selfish, she can be too strong or too weak at times.

Just as I am sure the aforementioned beautiful women can be. They are not perfect.

But to me, that's what makes them even more beautiful.

They grow in beauty as they grow closer to Jesus daily and we see their humanity while seeing Jesus.

They are not looking to be more beautiful, they are just looking at Him.

That's how beauty grows.

My E is growing in beauty.

E's heart is bursting with a desire for good. Good for all, not just herself.

It burst with love. This is beyond obvious in the way she loves her brothers.

It burst with eternity. She desires God, His plan, His will for her life.

It burst with authenticity. I love watching her confidence, she's very secure in who she is because she is real. 

It burst with compassion. Give her the hardest place, the darkest night, the deepest pit, and she will jump in and try to love someone.

That is beautiful.

I take no credit for this beauty. I just pray daily that nothing I do crushes that beautiful spirit.

Her and Dean have been in Haiti since Tuesday, they come back tonight, I've missed her so much. I pray she will remember this birthday as the one where she saw beauty in the laughter of an orphan, and that laughter made her more beautiful.

"How lovely are the feet of them that bring good news" (Romans 10:15)...

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