Dear young friend,

I love your confidence and strength. I love your drive and determination to be a leader. I love your sense of trend - your Michael Kors purse, your Adidas originals and your French press coffee or obsession with herbal tea. From fashion to food, always on point. I love how you make thrift store shopping cool and your obsession with all things “vintage” because it reminds me of my childhood. I love you. I celebrate you. Your passion for people and pursuit of significance is admirable. You were born for this. Designed to lead.

I wish I could tell you a fancy recipe to follow or a formula for how to climb some invisible ladder, but that is not the kind of leading I’m in the business of. Instead the irony of becoming a leader who is an ambassador for a heavenly kingdom lies in how well you learn to serve. The mystery is in the dichotomy of how selfless yet confident in Jesus you can be.

If we took time to research scripture, history and survey the leaders around the globe today, I’m confident we would come to the same conclusion in each case: The leaders who have positioned their hearts in awe of God’s design, those whose hearts’ desire is to emulate God’s characteristics, are those who are used to advance the Gospel on this planet. These individuals know that when times are tough, they need to exercise the practice of the “face plant” – prostrating in service, before God, in awe of who He is and has called us to be at this very space and time.

The most precious and intimate dynamic between you and God happens when you are alone. When no one is watching. My friend, it was just Abram and God in Genesis 17…alone. Then a promise was released and the world was changed. Those times in solitude are oxygen to your lungs…and fuel for your journey.

Remember young friend, you will lead our daughters, grand-daughters and great grand-daughters, so teach them how to do face plants for God and love the Lord with all their hearts, minds and souls.

And so I pray for you young friend:

Holy Spirit, bring to mind the areas in my young friend’s life that she needs to be faithful in. Bring to light the areas in her life that she needs to work on to be blameless. Heavenly Father, deposit in her the strength that she needs to make changes and honor you in this way. Teach her how to face plant in her times of solitude with you. Guard her heart from the evil one, from pride, from her own ambitions and let her thoughts be pure, holy, united with you, focused on you and you alone Jesus. In Jesus’ name I ask you. Amen

With love,


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by Anne Miranda

Born and raised in Canada with a Lebanese heritage, Anne understands the challenges and beauty of being a first-generation Canadian. Anne is passionate about seeing the lives of women transformed by Jesus and loves encouraging others to reach their full potential as they advance the kingdom of God in their lives. She loves the Bible and is dedicated to training up women to be students of the scriptures as she directs the women’s ministry at Village Church in Surrey, British Columbia. 

Anne and her husband Carlos have been married for eleven years and are parents to Nathaniel and Hannah. She enjoys walks on the beach, cheer leading really loud at her kids sporting events, and exploring new cafés

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