I’m proud of you. This is something we say to our children all the time isn’t it. My dad would say to me often as I was growing up and still does to this day. This statement has shaped my life and my identity. He declared it enough that I never really felt the need to go out of my way to make him proud. As far back as I can remember, my dad would utter these very important words to me.

The thing that made the most impact on who I am today though was that he didn’t just say this after some major achievement or accomplishment, he would say it in the quiet of the day for no apparent reason at all. Before closing my bedroom door at night, he would pop his head in one last time to sort of bookend my day with the words, “I love you and I’m proud of you.” As a result I knew at a young age that I made my dad proud simply because of who I was and not for what I did.

It wasn’t about what I could bring to the table.

I am his daughter.

There wasn’t anything I could do or not do that would shift my father’s perspective of me. I consider this one of my greatest gifts in life—having an amazing earthly father who beautifully demonstrates the nature of my Heavenly Father.

God’s proud of you!

Today, God wants you to know that He’s proud of you. When He looks at you, He sees His child. You don’t have to jump through any hoops to make your Heavenly Father proud, He loves you, He sees you, and He accepts you for you. It breaks my heart when I hear people tremble over making their loved ones proud. They say of their parents or their spouse or even their own children, with anxiety in their eyes, “I just want to make them proud…” or “I sure hope I can make them proud.” Yes, we make people proud through acts of service and achievement, sure, but it’s when you know that God loves you for you that you’ll begin to rest in who He says you are.

You make God proud simply by believing what He says about you—you’re His child, period. Believe it today mom. This Mother’s Day, believe that He looks at you with Fatherly eyes of affection and love. He’s proud of you whether you succeed or don’t succeed.

He’s just plain proud of you because you’re His and you declare Him yours.

“I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine,” —Song of Songs 6:3 NIV


I love you,


P.S. How can I be praying for you today?