Hello Friends! Being able to share with you what God lays on my heart, is such an honor, one I do not take lightly. Tonight the Lord laid a blessed task upon my heart. I am not really into Valentines Day, but He led me to remember one I should’ve passed along.
Almost 19 years ago God blessed Kim and I with a little girl with blue eyes and a pure heart; her name is Samantha Lynn. She has grown up quite a bit, but in her I still see the first buddy I every had. I still hear that same little voice, a voice that always encourages me when I lose heart. In here eyes I still see, the purity of heart that at two years old could recognize the face of Jesus, in a man who could not see Jesus in himself. In her sweet and beautiful face I see the sanctified beauty of a woman of God, who will change her world, on behalf of the Savior she loves. In you, my wonderful “Sam-a-lama-ding-dong”, I still see my friend. Daddy loves you, we all love you, no matter what. How can anyone not love such a beautiful gift from the Lord like you? Remember always, your daddy will never be ashamed of you. I am so proud, you are my daughter.
When Jesus came in to my life, He became my all in all. He changed my heart and revealed to me every precious gift, beyond His precious blood, he had given. Of course, you know how I love Mom, and she is a most precious gift, but you were the first gift, I loved the moment I saw you. I wanted to hold you, but was so nervous to have you placed in my hands. I wept with joy I could not express. As I heard you speak, just a word, thrilled and warmed my heart. Most people were impressed with your personality, smarts and ability to make almost anyone smile. No one more than me. As I have watched you grow, I could not believe something so good, could come from someone as flawed as me. Your life, continued to show me, that if something so wonderful as you, came from someone so inadequate, that God truly did work miracles. That is what you will always be to me, a miracle from God.
To all those who have been kind enough to read my writings, please tonight consider praying for Samantha Lynn Erdel to be blessed, filled with grace, overflowing with wisdom, strong in integrity, firm in godly conviction, and always having a view of the empty cross of Christ Jesus our Lord. He loves you Samantha more than I can hope to grasp. He reminded my forgetful soul, that you needed a valentine from your First Love. I just have the pleasure of giving it to you.
Jesus gave permission to join in this His late Valentine (I suspect He is right on time). We all love you (Daddy, Mommy, Mikey, Abbey, Ellie Mae, and Elijah). We love you no matter what and are proud we know you.
Always remember the gifts and callings of God are irrevocable. If you ever are not able to see His face, or hear His voice, remember He will never leave you nor forsake you. I am so thankful my Jesus sits in the Highest place, as you know my sweet and beautiful daughter, He watches your every move. He has special plans for your life. Happy late Valentines Day, from the broken-down and remade man, who never deserved such a great daughter. You are a miracle, to be honored and cherished with pure godly love.