Thursday, 10 April 2014


Dear Austin,
Happy Birthday! You are 13 years old today! You are a teenager! How did that happen so quickly? I still remember you as a sweet, tiny baby! I was so excited to hold you for the first time. You were so special to me; you were my very first nephew! Actually, it was you that made me Auntie Mel! (And I LOVE being Auntie Mel!)
And oh, you were such fun as a little boy! Full of life and love........and mischief!

It has been so much fun to watch you grow and mature over the years. That sweet little boy you were has slowly developed into a quiet, thoughtful young man. Like your dad, you have a way about you that draws people to you. I so enjoy watching you become the person you are meant to be. But as much as you may have changed in some ways, you have always had such a warm, fun-loving smile that lights up your handsome face! It's one of the things I love about you!

I remember when you were baptized. It was such a precious moment.  Your Pastor shared that she had been praying for you the night before. She said that God had given her a picture of you. I don't recall all of what she said, but I remember as she spoke, I felt God confirming the words she spoke over you, in my heart. From that moment, I have known that God has something very special planned for you. Today, as I have been thinking about you, and remembering that moment, I asked God to show me something beautiful, something specific, about you. He showed me compassion. I found these verses in Matthew.

Matthew 9:36-38

New International Version (NIV)
36 When he (Jesus) saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

Austin, I believe, that like Jesus, you have a heart of compassion. The world is full of people who are harassed and helpless. But you, Austin, will be a worker for Him. You will go into the fields and bring Jesus to the lost and the broken. You will shine the light of Jesus in the darkness so that others can find Him.

When I look at the word compassion, I also see passion. I think this is also a part of who you are and of who you are meant to be. I looked up passion in the dictionary and this is what it said.


1. any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling, as love or hate.
Austin, I pray that your powerful or compelling emotion will always be for love. I know that  it is not always easy to show love. But it is something that you can practice. I know this, because I practice loving, too!

Austin, I am so proud of who you are, and of who you are becoming.
I am so blessed to be your Auntie Mel.
I love you!