Pret-ty, Pret-ty, Pret-ty–A Love Song From My Father

What happened this weekend must’ve been a preview to Heaven. I visited my dear friend and best-selling author DiAnn Mills in Houston, TX.

Before we worshipped together at her church …

We sat in this cozy corner near her pool and had a porch party.

Everywhere I looked I saw beauty.

Maybe God has a special message somewhere out here for me today.

“Ohhh, look at my coffee cup,” I said, thinking surely this was it.

She smiled. “That’s why we write.”

Nice words, but the quote wasn’t what I needed.

“Your flowers are gorgeous. Are you the gardener?”

“Yes. When I need inspiration, I get on my knees in the dirt. I plot and plant and pray. And pray some more.” A cool breeze blew. “Smell that sweet scent?” she said. “That’s alyssum.” (Her white flowers.)

The aroma was so lovely, for a few moments, we didn’t say anything.

We sat still and quiet, worshipping.

And then we heard the first bird of the morning.

“Did I ever tell you what my daddy said when I was a little girl?” She sipped her coffee.  “We were outside–just the two of us. He whispered, ‘Listen. Do you hear that bird? She’s saying, ‘pret-ty, pret-ty, pret-ty. She’s singing to you, DiAnn.”

I swallowed the knot in my throat.

“I didn’t think I was pretty,” she said. “But my father did.”

What a gift her daddy gave her.

The next thought came before I could stop it.

My father never told me I was pretty.

What a silly thing to remember. I’m a grown woman.

In an instant, a wooden cross caught my attention–at the center of the wind chimes.

Keeping my eyes on the cross, an unexpected healing prayer rose.

Thank You, Lord.

When earthly fathers (and others) fall short, You will … “rejoice over me with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17 NIV

I’m praying this Scripture for you, my friends.





  1. Sandra Walker says:

    Thank you! I needed that.

  2. Such a timely and beautiful lesson. I love seeing the process of how you look for His message and share it in such a way that we all feel so blessed. Thank you!

  3. Patricia Martin says:

    So inspiring and true! God blessed you with insight and beauty.(; Hope you have a blessed holiday!

    • Awwww, Patricia. Thank you. I could sense that Still Small Voice of His Sunday morning, whispering Love to me.


  4. April says:

    Thank you, Julie. God used you to say to me exactly what I needed to hear today!

  5. Julie, I’ve heard that same bird call around here. But from now on, every time I hear it, I’ll think of you and DiAnn having your porch party and your sweet reminder that our heavenly Father gives us more love and affection than our earthly fathers ever could. Thank you and God Bless.

    • Marilyn, now I’m listening hard for it every morning at our regular husband/wife porch parties.

      Thank you so much for letting me know you read this. And it meant something to you!

      See you soon!!!! xoxoxo

  6. Oh Julie, as the anniversary of my sweet daddy’s death approaches, quickly followed by his birthday and Father’s Day, I am already sensitive at that tender Daddy-spot. Your post today from our friend DiAnn’s memory bank just reminds me how blessed I was to have such a precious, kind, encouraging, loving, God-honoring Daddy.

    A powerful reminder that what I had with my earthly Daddy can’t hold a candle to our heavenly Father’s love. I’m doubly blessed. Thank you.

    • Vonda, as this went live today, I thought about you and your daddy. Somehow (maybe a blog post?? not sure) I knew about you and your sweet daddy.

      Hugging you from my loft office right now as this time of the year comes.

      All my love.

  7. Missy Tippens says:

    What a beautiful post, Julie. Thanks for sharing.

    • You’re so welcome, Missy! And thanks for letting me know you read it. And it touched your heart. 🙂

  8. Missy Tippens says:

    By the way, I always love your posts but don’t often comment (I get them in my email box). So keep them coming! 🙂

  9. anna haney says:

    Beautiful. And you do inspire others. All your posts inspire me to write, to pray, and to.spend more time in the word.

    • Thanks, Anna. I saw your post about your bad migraine today. Saw sorry, my sweet friend. Praying right now that God eases it for you.

      So much love.

  10. I think we all need to be reminded of this many times throughout our lives. There is a quote that speaks about beauty. It says, “You create beauty with your attitude, your behavior, your actions. It’s all up to you.”

    Thanks for sharing this with us, Julie.

  11. I was so blessed. My earthly daddy loved me dearly. While I don’t remember him saying I was pretty, he always told me I could do whatever I put my mind to. I never though about whether I was pretty or not. I just knew my Daddy thought I was the greatest. 🙂

    • And Ane, your daddy’s belief in you inspires us all. You are one courageous, BEAUTIFUL, funny, encouraging lady.

      Thank you for all you do. Especially for being my friend.

  12. Shelley Elaine says:

    Just this morning, I had a little bluebird singing a beautiful song on my kitchen window sill…it felt like a reminder that God sees me and knows me and loves me and sent this beautiful little messenger to reassure me. Julie, both you and this post are BEAUTIFUL!

    • That’s it, Shellie! That’s what happened to me. I wasn’t specifically looking for THAT truth Sunday morning, but God must’ve known.

      Love to you today. And thank you.

  13. Kathryn says:

    Thank you! Julie.

  14. I love that everywhere you looked you saw beauty…Diann has a gift for expressing beauty and creativity in her surroundings and you (and I suspect others) are blessed by that beauty, even hearing God speak to you as your eyes rested on her wind chime …God is truly in the details. xo

    • You’re exactly, Robin. DiAnn’s beautiful in every way.

      Love how you said my eyes rested on the wind chime. Felt like my heart did too.


  15. I just read this post (didn’t see it last week while I was away from home). How beautiful and sweet of you to share your wonderful time with DiAnn. And what a truly meaningful message. We are all Pret-ty in God’s eyes.

    • Thank you, B.J. Smiling at your Pret-ty face in your little profile picture. Sending love from me to you.


  1. […] P.S. This happened last year at DiAnn’s. […]

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