Today marks the 1 year anniversary of the Precious Predilections blog. The “start” of this blog has been liberating. Writing has allowed me to courageously share things that would otherwise become a passing thought. In so many ways writing has become for me the unveiling of the broken and beautiful things that occurred last year. So as we start this new year, I want to begin by sharing some of the sweetest words I’ve known. These words remind me of the miracle of life that God has bestowed upon me. They remind me that God knew what He was doing when He inspired my mom to name me Precious. These words are the sweetest. In honor of the start of a new year, I want the first blog post of the year to honor someone that I love and hold dear.
No sweeter words than those spoken over me by mother 18 years ago. She has written many poems and I have them in my possession, but this one holds a special place in my heart. No formal, stylistic lessons on writing poems here. No soliloquies. Just a mother inspired to encourage her daughter. A mother inspired to share a story. A mother moved to make indelible impressions on my heart with the stroke of her pen.
One minute after you were born your breath was snatched away, but by God’s grace you were saved that day. Two pounds and five ounces that’s all you weighed, on what i thought would be a faithless day. They shaved your hair, put needles from head
to feet. I hung my head and cried in defeat. God sent his angel in the form of
my mom to comfort me and hold me and say well done. He said shake off the blues, everything will be alright. Don’t you know, she was born to fight?
You have never been mine, just a loan you see. For from day one God had control of thee. You were born with so many problems, but He took them away. No open heart surgery for you He said that day. That hole in your heart I’ll fill it with love. You’ll float through life on the wings of a dove.
I’ve watched you grow a joy to behold, God’s love has
surrounded you as your life unfolds. At the age of twelve He claimed you again. Now isn’t this how my story began? Into your life came Freddie Filmore, Jr. (Chip), he worked at P.A.L. Who knew he’d be more? He took you into his heart, helped teach you about God, but that was just the beginning of his part. Then came the pastor, his wife and family, and a group of people at Freedom Ministries.
I’ve watched you grow for eighteen years. Your desires and needs our God has fulfilled. Now you’re leaving home; you’ll be on your own. I want you to know that you’ll never be alone. You have brought me peace, so much joy to my life, but I can hear you say “that’s just the Jesus in me.” I miss you already. I don’t want to let you go, but I know that you know that I love you so. So hold your head high, stand tall and be strong. And remember who you are, the daughter of Casa Lee Young.
Mom, It is eighteen years later and I am still growing. Thank you for being my first teacher. Thank you for being my present teacher. And thank you for being my first writing inspiration. Here’s to the moments and memories of 2016 that will move my fingers to type. Here’s to another year of blogging. Thank you all for your support.