Let God Chisel

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“…and our daughters will be like pillars carved to adorn a palace.” Psalm 144:12 (NIV)

David, the writer of such beautiful words. I wonder what he would have thought of a statue carved of him, known around the world simply by his name. Chiseled from marble by Michelangelo, it’s beauty is recognized as one of the greatest pieces of art ever created.

The process to move from a chunk of stone to the masterpiece came one chip at a time.

While the statue David stands tall in Italy, the real David, King David, had his character carved in the day to day life of being a shepherd. There in the fields, leading the tough life in the elements and fighting the wild. David learned to be dependent on God; to trust him and serve him no matter what.

The fields, where life was any thing but easy, is where God chiseled David to live in a palace.

If our daughters are going to be carved into pillars to adorn a palace, forming beautiful and godly character God, we have to get out of the way. We can’t try and protect them from everything that brings a challenge or pain. It is often these difficult circumstances that God can use to prepare them for life as the daughter of the King.





  1. Amen! This is right where I am living today. Thank you for the encouragement to stay the course. To allow my daughter to feel her “pain” and allow the Holy Spirit room to work in her life. To remember my job is plenty of hugs and words of hope. Sometimes the less said the better. Thank you for starting my day with these words of wisdom.

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      Thanks Cindy!

      I once heard this said, “We need to prepare our children for the road instead of the road for our children.” That has helped me a lot!

  2. Stephanie says:

    All too often as parents and caring adults, we seek to shield our daughters (children) from all of the trials and tribulations that befall them in this world. Sadly, as an educator, I see the result of that shielding in the classroom – students who lack coping mechanisms to combat the criticism prevalent in society today (including self-criticism). Thank you for the reminder, Lynn, that prior to becoming the adornment, our daughters will indeed encounter struggles, challenges, and discomfort; but, through those trials, they will gain strength and perspective when guided by our loving God and caring families.

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      It is so painful to watch, but I also see in my life all I gained because my parents did not step in every time things didn’t go as planned 🙂

      Lord, help us get out of the way so you can have Your way in their lives!

  3. Marylyn C. says:

    Thank you Lynn for this today. I have a daughter and this reminds me that I can’t protect her from everything. Some things she will need to experience herself to personally grow. As parents, it’s our natural response to protect our children from ALL that life has in store but we sometimes have to let go and let God work in their life and continue to feed them wisdom and continue to motivate them in the right direction.

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