Yesterday was “Daughters Day” and I stumbled upon a poem/song that I have been working on for some time now:

She Sleeps Peacefully” by Harold Ballinger

I remember bringing her home for the very first time
Watching every car on that road
Driving so slow and taking my time
Mindful of every bump in the road

I remember that first time I sat up straight in bed
Listening quietly for her sleeping by our bed
Afraid that she needed me and I wasn’t there
Realizing it was all in my head

Listening to her sleep peacefully that night
I’m in awe of this sweet, precious gift
I wonder how I’ll ever live up to the task

I sure don’t want to let her down
I sure don’t want to fail
There is so much at stake in her sweet little life
There is so much that she’ll have to face

I remember the first time we camped in a tent
Our start to campfires, smores, and stars
We laughed, we played, we sang aloud
And watched our breath like fog in the air

I remember that first dance, her dressed like a princess
Smiling, laughing, swaying to music late into the night

I remember our trips building memories together
Seeing new sites, towns and folk
Walking, running, and playing pretend together
Until the fun of the day had us spent

Listening to her sleep peacefully that night
I’m in awe of this sweet, precious gift
I wonder how I’ll ever live up to the task

I sure don’t want to let her down
I sure don’t want to fail
There is so much at stake in her sweet little life
There is so much that she’ll have to face

Today is the day she’ll wear the white dress
And I’ll walk her down that long isle
In truth I’ve dreaded this moment since her birth
I don’t know how strong I’ll need to be

But I’ve been blessed with this daughter of mine
Who is so precious that everyone can see
It’s no wonder she caught the eye of some sweet young boy
But I doubt he will ever love her like me

Will he listen to her sleep peacefully at night
And be in awe of this precious gift
I wonder how he’ll ever live up to the task

Lord, don’t let us let her down
Please don’t allow her fail
Lord, there is so much at stake in their sweet new life
There is so much that they’ll have to face

There’s a new little girl that we met just today
Snuggled against my girl’s chest
I see that same look in my son in laws eyes
That I knew not so long ago myself

He’ll listen to her sleep peacefully tonight
And be in awe of this precious gift
And he’ll wonder how he might ever live up to the task

He sure doesn’t want to let her down
He sure doesn’t want to fail
There is so much at stake in her sweet little life
There is so much that she’ll have to face



And as part of me is in awe and wonder of this wonderful opportunity to be a dad to an amazing daughter — another part of me ponders how wonderful my heavenly Father’s love is for me every step of The Way.

Did He sing to me and read to me even when I was still in the womb like I did for my daughter? Or was it even more wonderful than that in ways too difficult for me to comprehend?

How many moments has He shared by my side that were so precious and sweet that I might have overlooked at the time?

So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.” Luke 11:13 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/luk.11.13.NLT



My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Store my commands in your heart. If you do this, you will live many years, and your life will be satisfying. Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart. Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation. Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil. Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones. Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine. My child, don’t reject the Lord ’s discipline, and don’t be upset when he corrects you. For the Lord corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights. Proverbs 3:1‭-‬12 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/pro.3.1-12.NLT