Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The Worth of A Girl

Quite a while ago, my Mom gave me this poem that she'd found among her papers. I looked up the author's name and poem online, but was unable to find where it originally came from. The poem is so good that I just had to share it!

The Worth of a Girl
How do you measure a little girl's worth,
When all her charm on you is unfurled?

You either see her through the eyes of God

Or through the eyes of the world.


The world shouts, "She must have her freedom,

Liberation - her true destiny."

But God says, "Child, when you seek my truth,

Then you'll know what it is to be free."


The world cries, "Don't thwart her psyche,

Let her decisions be hers from the start."
God says, "Train her, which way she should g
o
And from Me she'll never depart."


The world would like always for her to think

Of success as her foremost goal,
But God says, "Love me and each other,
With all your body, mind, and soul."


The world teaches, "Do just what you want

Regardless of who gave you birth."
But God says, "Honor your Mom and Dad

That your life may be long on this earth."

A girl is truly a gift of God's grace
To be all that He's called her to be.

We must lead and guide this life in the now
For she's part of eternity.


Charming manners can be so deceptive

And outward beauty is all so vain,

But a woman with fear and reverence for God
His blessings with her will remain.


A divine blueprint is stamped upon her,
Teach her to read it carefully.

For a little girl is what God will use
To make a virtuous lady!

~by Betty Walkup Albuquerque~


Pictures of my lovely nieces, Lisa Beth, Sara, and Danielle

9 comments:

Victoria said...

How I PRAISE GOD for our 6 sweet, wonderful daughters (Michele, our "daughter in love" is included) and now, 3 innocent, precious grand daughters. May The Lord continue to guard and protect each one in the purity and for the Jewel and Treasure they are in The Family of God, in Jesus' Name. Amen.

Sloan said...

What a beautiful poem! I especially love the line,

The world shouts, "She must have her freedom,
Liberation - her true destiny."
But God says, "Child, when you seek my truth,
Then you'll know what it is to be free."


Sloan <><

Kim said...

Nice poem AND pictures!

Ella said...

Very nice poem! Talk about anti-feminist!!!

Miriam Rebekah said...

That's the truth, Ella!
I love the poem!

Maria Pauline said...

Thank you, Anna.

I love the idea that

"A divine blueprint is stamped upon her,
Teach her to read it carefully."

Girls are so precious- if only they would chose to be God's treasures instead of flinging themselves away on this world that will pass away.

Maria

Rebekah S. said...

What a beautiful poem! Thank you so much for sharing!! It truly blessed me, and I'll definitely use its words of wisdom when (Lord willing) raising my own little maidens one day.

Would you mind if I posted this poem on my blog?

P.S. Your nieces are precious!

Anna Naomi said...

I'm glad the poem blessed you all! It was a treasure to discover.

Rebekah, I think it'd be fine if you posted it on your blog, as long as you put the author's name with it.

Anonymous said...

The poem was published by Bertha Scott King Ehrmann, the wife of Max Ehrmann. Max was the author of Desiderata.

Max married Bertha three months before his death in 1945. Bertha Scott King Ehrmann was from New York; she graduated from Smith College, wrote, taught, and published The Worth of a Girl. Three months after Max Ehrmann's death, Bertha published four of his books