The Value of a Daughter

Nicole Echols: Posted on Saturday, January 31, 2015 9:32 PM


When the road seems too long
When darkness sets in
When everything turns out wrong
And you can't find a friend
Remember ~ you are loved

When smiles are hard to come by
And you're feeling down
When you spread your wings to fly
And can't get off the ground
Remember ~ you are loved.

When time runs out before you're through
And it's over before you begin
When little things get to you
And you just can't win
Remember ~ you are loved.

When your loved ones are far away
And you are on your own
When you don't know what to say
When you're afraid of being alone
Remember ~ you are loved.

When your sadness comes to an end
And everything is going right
May you think of your family and friends
And keep their love in sight
A thank-you for being loved.

May you see the love around you
In everything you do
And when troubles seem to surround you
May all the love shine through
You are blessed ~ you are loved.

Author: Unknown

     As I read this poem about daughters it reminded me of the special bond my husband and daughter share. There is a love between the two of them that is rare and lovely. If you ask my daughter, Emma, who adores her  most in this world I feel certain her answer would be, "My Daddy." Because Emma knows this type of incredible love she has no problem believing that her Heavenly Father loves her even more than her earthly father could ever attempt to. Unfortunately, I recently read a story about two daughters in Africa who have never experienced this type of love. 

     Rebecca was born in a small village in Jinja, Uganda. At age 13 she was forced to leave school to become a housemaid because her family could no longer care for her. The work was hard and tiring for a young girl but she continued day in and day out until she was 17.  Soon after turning 17 Rebecca met a man who was ten years older than her. They began courting and married soon after. Since they had no place to live the couple returned to her parents' home. After giving birth to three children her husband abandoned her. She was alone, homeless and left to provide for herself and her children. With nowhere else to go Rebecca returned to her family's compound to live. With the support of God is Grace this year she has started a business selling charcoal, eggs, and vegetables. 

     Alice, Rebecca's younger sister, was also born in a small village in Jinja, Uganda. After the first grade she was forced to leave school and care for her siblings. When Alice was 19 she met her husband.  She was walking down the street when a man walked up to her and proposed. She thought about the difficulty of her life and the pressures at home.  She knew her parents struggled to care for her.  She thought this may be the fresh start she needed in life. After starting a family and having three children her husband decided to leave. He stopped providing for the family. Alice tried to file a police report so he would be held responsible for them but he denied being the father of their children. At this point Alice returned to her parent's home to live. She has since accepted Christ as her Savior and has started a business with the help of God is Grace. She sells second hand clothing and cow hooves (a delicacy in Uganda). 

     Even though Rebecca and Alice have been able to start businesses through the support of God is Grace they still face many difficulties daily. Their small mud home is cracking and leaking. The floors are often muddy in the rainy season. Their uncle runs the family compound and has decided he wants both sisters and their children off of the property. 

     My prayer is that amongst the turmoil and struggles of daily life these sweet daughters know they are valued and loved. Their life has not been easy but God created them for a purpose. He thinks they are special. He is their Daddy. When we support women through God is Grace we are able to show women like Rebecca and Alice just how valuable they are to us and more importantly how valuable they are to their Heavenly Father. What a privilege to be a small part of that. 

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