Dear Penny and Dear Airlie,
The longer I live in this world, the more I long for the next. There is so much ugly here, and knowing that it only gets worse, makes me fearful of the kind of world you will live in when you're 28. I'd like to share some things with you that have been on my heart.
First of all, I hope facebook totally implodes before you are old enough to come home begging for a page of your own. Sure, it's a great way to keep in touch with friends and family, and I do so love some things about it. But the endless stream of selfies and drama literally turns my stomach. Please be confident enough in your identity in Christ that you don't need to post a new suggestive picture of yourself every week. Your body is covered in God's fingerprints which makes you drop-dead gorgeous. You don't need anyone else's approval of that.
Which brings me to my second point. Your body is such a gift. Treat it as a treasure! No one deserves to see your naked body except for your future husband. God has an incredibly creative, hot, sensitive guy who plays the guitar like your daddy just waiting for you. Allow God to cultivate your integrity so that you will be able to give him your very best (God and your hot guy.)
Also, love is not a feeling. When you meet your creative, hot, sensitive guy you will probably just lose all of your senses. I did over your dad. But the core of love is so much more than that. Love is giving the other person permission to struggle. Love is giving the other longer than they deserve to correct a mistake. Love is holding your tongue. It's not all about happy, happy, happy. Love and marriage can be downright painful sometimes, but it is so worth the fight because God designed marriage to be an example of what His love is for you. Sacrificial, unconditional, and never ending.
Finally, please always remember who you are and whose you are. You are a daughter of God, which makes you a princess. An heir to the kingdom of the one true God. Not to mention, you are a Layden, which comes with pretty hefty standards of its own. : ) Your daddy and I love you girls more than you realize. Until you have kids of your own of course. At which time, I hope your walk with Christ is so much more than what mine is today.