To my unborn child,

Your mom and I are so excited to meet you in a few months. I’m writing this letter to let you know how much I love you, cherish you, and care for you even though I have never met you. There are a lot of scary things happening in this world, and I pray that you will not have to face any of them alone, let alone at all. Your mother and I only want the best for you, and I hope this letter will one day find its way to you in some shape or form. I’m not sure if blogging will still be around when you’re old enough to read this, but I’ll make sure to leave this letter up as long as the internet will let me.

I want to reach out and encourage you to never back down from your calling, your dreams, and your faith in God. There are people in this world that will try to break you down, but I need you to be strong and hold on as long as you can. Make sure to always treat people with respect, purity, and love. And while much of this world may be filled with people who are sinister and crude, I pray that you will take the higher ground and be the difference the world is looking for. There are good people in this world, and I pray that you will be one of them.

Your mom and I haven’t lived a flawless life, but we have dedicated each and every moment we have to pursuing the things in which God has placed on our hearts. We want to encourage you to do the same.

1. It’s ok to fail.

It’s ok to make mistakes. And it’s ok to be imperfect. Please don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! While the rest of the world may be pressuring you to look, act, and dress a certain way, I want to encourage you to be nothing but yourself. Don’t let anyone other than God play a role in your identity as an individual.

2. Treat everyone with respect.

You don’t have to agree with everyone’s decisions, but I do want to encourage you to at least respect people you come in contact with. There are too many people in this world exuding a life of hate, and the reality is that the world needs people like you to love without boundaries. Love your friends, your family, your enemies, and even people you don’t even know. Walk about your life in a posture of love, no matter what gets thrown your way.

3. God loves you.

Even if you feel alone, unwanted, or heaven forbid useless, I want you to remember that you are loved by God. I understand that you will make your own decisions of faith when the time is right, but I pray with all my heart you will come to find peace in the arms of Jesus.No matter where you are in life, His arms will always be open and willing to accept you as you are.

4. You always have a home. 

No matter what happens in life, you can always come back home to your mom and dad. This simple yet powerful truth is something that will keep our family strong, bonded, and loving in an unshakeable way.

5. You can always talk to us. 

We’re never going to judge you, beat you over the head with criticism, or even make you regret ever opening your heart to us. No matter what happens, we will always be willing to talk to you with open ears and an open heart. We don’t want you to ever be afraid to tell us what you’re going through in life. I’m positive we’re eventually going to have some tough conversations, but as long as you know we both love you and want the best for you, I pray you will view our counsel as loving and paved with the best intentions.

I can’t wait to see you. I’m sure there is so much more to talk about, but I guess that will all take place once you’re actually here. Get ready for an exciting life of adventure and fun. Your mother and I love you so much, and I pray you will grow up to be a loving, caring, and forgiving man or woman of God. We will always have your back. By the way, your mother is seriously gonna be the best mom in the world.