My Testimony of Christ for my daughter

by Sherry Riter in Alyssa,Holiday,Jesus Christ,Sherry

Alyssa, my sweet daughter whom I love more than life itself, this posting is for you. I am writing it in my blog because I want you to know that I am not ashamed of my love for our Savior, Jesus Christ. I have lived my life trying to please him, making mistakes, repenting, and trying again. That is what life is all about and I hope that I have taught you sufficiently.

Christians believe that Jesus was resurrected from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion and this event is celebrated on Easter Sunday.

According to the King James Version of the Bible, the passage describing this event is found in John 20:11-18 which reads:

11 ¶ But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre,

12 And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

13 And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.


This is my favorite picture of Christ. I can almost feel Mary’s pain
at thinking someone had taken Jesus’ body and then the
joy at recognizing him standing before her.

14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.

16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.

17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.

I want you to know, Alyssa, that I am grateful for the sacrifice that Jesus made for all mankind. I know that He lives and is the Redeemer of the world. He is always there to watch over and guide us if we will listen. No matter what we have done or do wrong, He is still there to lead us and love us.

Unfortunately Alyssa, some day I will not be on this earth to hold and comfort you when you cry, when your heart is broken, or to help calm your fears. That is my only apprehension about dying. I know where we all go when we die and who waits to greet us. It is a wonderful experience for us when we die, but sad for those that we have to leave behind. Although it will be only a short separation, as your mother, I don’t want us to be apart even for that long.


Alyssa, I want you to know Jesus Christ the way that I do. I want you to recognize the promptings of the Holy Ghost that will inspire you to make correct choices.

Just as you text message, talk on the phone and spend time with your family and friends, I hope that you will make an effort to know Him.

Read His words.


Prayer is wonderful and can give you peace when nothing and no one else can.

Live a life that is filled with unselfishness, love, compassion, service to your fellow man, and be trustworthy, forgiving, honest, and a virtuous woman.


Some day you may be blessed with children of your own. When and if that happens, you will realize just how much I love you. You will want your family with you forever. Your joy and happiness with their love for you will fill your heart to overflowing. It is the most wonderful experience I have ever known or will ever know.

I love you Alyssa. I love you with all that I am or will ever be.

I am so proud to have you as my daughter. I feel so blessed. You have fulfilled all the aching of my once empty arms.

You are special. A daughter of God. He loves you too and wants to give you all that you need. Jesus is there for you. I know this is true. He has comforted my broken heart many times and answered so many of my prayers even when I didn’t feel I deserved his blessings.


Thank you for being my daughter. Thank you for the opportunity to share your life.

On this beautiful Easter, I hope that you thank our Savior for his sacrifice and commit to live his teachings always.

Loving you always,


The Redhead Riter



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1 Teresa Wilkinson 1984 April 4, 2010 at 3:24 am

How beautiful!


2 rghawki April 4, 2010 at 4:06 am

What a lovely Easter post. If every child could just know how much Jesus loves them and what he sacrificed for them and each of us, this world would be a lot less hurtful.
Thank you for sharing your testimony for Christ.
Happy Easter and may God Bless You and Your Family.


3 Alyssa April 4, 2010 at 4:40 am

I love you Mom.
-love, Alyssa, your daughter who is so thankful to have such a wonderful mother.
Happy Easter.


4 Teresha@Marlie and Me April 4, 2010 at 12:32 pm

This post really moved me. Happy Easter!


5 sandbox gems April 4, 2010 at 12:38 pm

What a wonderful post. I pray that my children will have a close walk with the Lord in their life and truly know Him. Happy Easter!!


6 Daenel April 4, 2010 at 2:23 pm

What a beautiful post. This is probably one of the most loving things a mother could do for her child. Happy Resurrection Day.


7 Cynthia Schuerr April 4, 2010 at 4:18 pm

One of the most beautiful posts I have ever read. Your daughter is so lucky to have you to teach her about the realities of the world and the love of Jesus.


8 PJ April 5, 2010 at 1:20 am

What a gorgeous post! If I were able to have a daughter, I hope that I could give her the gift that you just gave Alyssa. That (the testimony that you just gave her) is one of the most important gifts a parent could ever give their child, the first being the actual example of living for God (which from what I can tell you do). My mom always sent me to church (when I was young 7-13 years) but never went herself. As much as I loved her, I cannot say she set a good example for me. "Don't do as I do, do as I say do" does not teach very good lessons. Anyway, I'm sure that Alyssa will treasure this post for the rest of her life.

God Bless,


9 Lynda Young April 5, 2010 at 1:28 am

What a beautiful and sensitive post. Our Lord is Risen!


10 Tim @ Families Again April 5, 2010 at 3:13 am

What a fantastic post. What a precious gift to give to your daughter.


11 Karen Whittal April 14, 2010 at 7:27 pm

What an amazing blog…….. thank you for sharing something so special and so personal


12 bluecottonmemory April 15, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Ah, Red! What a beautiful tribute to our Savior and what a heartfelt letter to your daughter! It is so important to have those talks with our children! You do it so well:)


13 Brittany Oler Photography April 21, 2010 at 4:39 pm

I loved your testimony and I'm sure your daughter does too! It is so awesome that you are willing to share it on your blog. You are also a truly gifted writer!


14 mangiabella June 25, 2010 at 1:09 pm

thank you for sharing this, just beautiful


15 The Activity Mom July 17, 2010 at 2:27 am

very powerful!!!!


16 MusingMom6 September 11, 2010 at 6:54 pm

I love the way you did this. To testify our love of the Lord to our children is our greatest responsibility to our children.



17 MaryB September 11, 2010 at 9:05 pm

What a wonderful message to your daughter. She's a lucky young lady!


18 Alyssa September 13, 2010 at 12:42 am

The painting by Simon Dewey of the Savior coming from the tomb is my favorite. I have a very large one hanging in my living room. It's a wonderful daily reminder. I hope I always remember to tell my children as you do.


19 Jen October 2, 2010 at 2:27 am

I just want to say I admire you for speaking so openly about your faith to your daughter and to the rest of your readers. I am entering seminary soon to become a Pastor, and I hope to share these kinds of beautiful testimonies with my children one day. Your daughter is blessed beyond words to have a mom like you to set such a great example.


20 Penny March 9, 2011 at 12:23 am

Just been getting around your blog and reading a few posts. Wow, you and your family have been through a lot! So glad Alyssa is ok today!
That's awesome you publicly shared your love for Jesus.
Hope Alyssa comes to know and love Him too


21 ruthhill74 April 10, 2011 at 1:55 am

What more can be said? Amen and amen!


22 katlupe April 22, 2011 at 11:21 pm

What an awesome post! I love it!


23 Amy June 14, 2011 at 1:23 am

I just discovered your blog via BlogFrog and what a beautiful post!


24 Deli March 8, 2013 at 8:29 pm

Touching post 🙂 It was also my mother who led me to the Lord. Glad to meet you through Bloggy Moms 🙂


25 Sherry Riter March 9, 2013 at 4:33 pm

😀 Thank you. Nice to meet you too!


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