I realize I was indulgent last night in posting my daughters original oratory. I believe so much in the philosophy of fostering the gifts of your children. It is so important to empower them to recognize the gifts they have been given by the Almighty and assist them in becoming all that He would have them be through the use of their gift.
My daughter loves speech. She can hear the Lord speak to her and put it down on paper in such a way that allows her to communicate His words and inspire those around her. For that I am truly thankful. I just randomly decided to post her speech for all to see last night without knowing that tonight would be the high school speech team banquet.
Montana did suffer major rejection during competition due to the subject matter she chose to deliver. Passionate and heartfelt, her speech was well received by fellow teammates, competitors and coaches. Everyone but the judges. It was agonizing to watch at times as she would hope for worldly reward only to be criticized for choosing to talk about God. I spent many evenings reminding her that she is sewing treasures in heaven. Witnessing the love of Christ to all.
At the conclusion of the season she has come full circle and was awarded by her teammates tonight the “Mother Theresa” award. Her team captain proclaimed to all that she is the nicest person he has ever met, with courage and conviction. I have learned so much through this parenting process. Her gift is real and pure and from above and her influence is significant and I am humbled and blessed to be her mother.