You know…you always wonder if you’re doing right by your kids whether you’re being a good parent or if you’re messing them up. This week I had such an “I’m so proud of you moment”. My daughter is just starting high school and is naïve in many different ways but never ceases to surprise me. Two weeks into school and she already has a boy wanting her phone number. I felt caught off guard as I sat in the car listening to her recount the conversation between her and this “interested” boy. My surprise was not so much that there was someone interested but rather how quickly it happened as well as how she handled it. As any normal girl would be she was very flattered and giddy “so cute” but more than that she was very observant. She noticed he was reading a book which had God’s name in the title. She made a mental note of the books name and decided to look it up. Once she found out that the book was disparaging faith in God she was disappointed. The next day as he approached her again she made a point of out and out no holds barred asking him “are you a Christian”? To which he answered…”nope, I’m an atheist”. She proceeded to inform him that she does not date as of yet but would not date anyone that was not Christian however suggested that they could still be friends. He seemed to respect that but followed up by asking her to the movies, you know, as friends. Wink, wink.
I was so proud of how bold she was to be outright and courageous enough to state her truth. I was beside myself with happiness. I knew at that moment that she was going to handle herself great. I thank God everyday for the wonderful relationship we have. I never grow weary of letting my kids know that they can tell me anything…”I will never laugh at you” I constantly repeat and encourage them to be truthful and open. I feel so privileged to know that both my daughter and son trust and confide in me. Though my son is only 10 he will one day soon have lots more to say about girls. Not too soon I hope! They are both such beautiful children and I feel so blessed to see God growing them through the years. As I type this I can’t help but smile and think that on this journey of being a parent it may not always be easy but the benefits definitely far out way the contrary. My husband and I must have done something right along the way.
Go hug your kids people! They are tiny little miracles that bless us each and every day. Guide and encourage them to speak of God’s truth so they may flourish and grow in His likeness.
Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.