For your {loved ones} who need to be reminded of how loved they really are ~

 Or maybe you need to read these words for yourself today…

 You are Special!  Melanie Redd's "5 L's" that everyone needs to remember.

Recently a friend wrote such a moving post on her blog that I asked her if I could “borrow” it and share it with you.  If you have children under your influence in any way, you’ll want to read about and pour into their lives the “5 L’s.”

And if you personally could use a gentle reminder of just how loved YOU really are, soak in these truths from the Lord and penned by my friend.

This beautiful post was written by my long-time friend, Melanie Redd of Stepping Closer Ministries.  To read other encouraging posts from Melanie’s Blog click here.


The tears were free flowing, streaming down her cheeks.  Her heart had been broken by the cruelty of a thoughtless person. She was hurting.  I was hurting.  The situation was hurtful.

She’s my daughter – my only daughter, and someone had broken her heart.

In those quiet moments where we just sat and cried, I also begin to think about what I should say to her.  How should I advise her?

Over the next few weeks, these words of encouragement came to me.  I shared them with her, and I will do so again.  Maybe you have a daughter or a son who also needs to be encouraged today.  Even if they are not going through a heartache or a challenging season, these words still apply.  Possibly you’ll want to copy some of these ideas and pass them along to your kids!  They are the 5 L’s that I want my kids to know and remember well.

Dear Child,

1.  You are LOVED!

No matter where you go, what you do, what you don’t do, or what life throws your way, we love you and God loves you.  Nothing can separate you from our love or from His love.

“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.  No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  

Romans 38-39, NLV


2. You are LOVELY

On the inside and on the outside, you are truly a beautiful person!  God has crafted you with such creativity, compassion, and wisdom.  He has also blessed you with a gorgeous smile and incredible blue eyes.

You are beautiful – just the way you are.
(Cue up: Bruno Mars!)

When I see your face 
There’s not a thing that I would change
‘Cause you’re amazing
Just the way you are 
And when you smile 
The whole world stops and stares for a while
‘Cause, girl, you’re amazing
Just the way you are.

.You are the LORD’s!

God specially created you as a one of a kind.  You are a designer’s original – the only you on this planet.


You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,

as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
You saw me before I was born.

Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
Psalm 139


4. You have a wonderful LIFE ahead of you!God has amazing plans for your life.

There will be setbacks, roadblocks, and detours, but you will make it through all of these.

 “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord.
“They are plans for good and not for disaster,
to give you a future and a hope.”
Jeremiah 29:11, NLV


5.  You will always be LEARNING valuable lessons – especially in the hard moments of life!

Some days will be challenging, but every single challenge brings you the chance to learn valuable lessons.  Try to enjoy the journey and don’t hurry toward the destination.  Life is an adventure – meant to be savoured, enjoyed, and experienced.  Remember – God promises to be with you every step of the way.

For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”   So we may boldly say, “The Lord is my helper;
 I will not fear.
  What can man do to me?”  (Hebrews 13:5-6)


You are loved, lovely, and the Lord’s.
You have a wonderful life ahead of you
with lessons to be learned all along the way.

We love you, and we are blessed to call you our daughter!

Mom (& Dad)


Thanks, Melanie, for sharing your wisdom and encouragement!  May the Lord continue to bless all who come across your ministry!


And today only (Wednesday, May 27) this e-book on raising a spiritually strong daughter is FREE!  Yay!  What a blessing – since this post originated for our daughters. 😉  Just click here.


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  1. Thank you for sharing this inspiring post! =)