We were cooking in the kitchen the other day and Daddy said, “Man, I’m thirsty.” Without saying a word, you walked over to the fridge and dispensed the ice and water into a stainless steel cup for him.

“Here you go, Daddy,” you handed over the cup smiling. It made his day that you thought of him.

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When I was a substitute teacher at your school last week, I saw how you helped your classmate with a math problem and included friends from all backgrounds on the playground. At lunch, you listened as your friends shared stories and your laughter brightened my day. 

Your selfless love for others inspires me to be a better wife, mom, and friend. Putting others first doesn’t always come naturally for any of us.

The way you care for your pets and feed the animals shows responsibility, compassion, and careful attention to them. You love them unconditionally just as they love you. You share them with others so they can experience the joy of those furry creatures too.

This world will tell you beauty and worth is found in long eyelashes, full lips, a flawless face, the number in your bank account, who you’re friends with, which designer brands you wear, and more. But it goes deeper than that.

Selfless love for others is what makes a young woman so incredibly attractive. A considerate young woman shows others the world doesn’t revolve around her, but on making others happy and fulfilled. It’s better to give than to receive.

Your open hand for others inspires me. When I watch you, I find myself desiring even more to use my gifts and talents for the benefit of others.

I realize my joy is stolen at times because I’m too focused on myself and my needs. When I die one day, I want to be remembered for how well I served my family and other people.

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I pray God continues to mold and shape you into the woman he wants you to be. He’ll bring you special people in your life at different times who’ll need your skills, personality, and abilities. They’ll need you exactly for who you are.

On the days you doubt just how beautiful and worthy you are, remember your servant’s heart is what makes you shine so bright.

You’re going to move mountains, my dear. 

I love you,

Samantha Krieger

Samantha Krieger is a pastor's wife and mom to four children, 12 and under. She's the author of Quiet Time: A 30-day Devotional Retreat for Moms in the Trenches. She writes from rural Colorado and enjoys connecting with readers on her personal blogFacebook and Instagram.