I'm testing out a new blog posting format today and thought I would share what I did this past weekend. My daughter K and I attended a unique event called Capture Her Heart. It was for mothers and daughters 7-12 years old. It was an amazing opportunity to begin praying with my daughter and to start this journey with her on a Biblical foundation. I prayed over her when she was a tiny baby to do my part to have an amazing relationship with her as she grows older. As we face the tween/teen years I am feeling unequipped to tackle what lies ahead. Having two boys first seemed to be easier to deal with than the drama that my daughter constantly engages in lately. Any moms out there who can relate?? We all have a past, a story we could tell about our own childhood and those not so good relationship missteps. I want things to be different for her and I. How do I ensure we can build a strong mother-daughter bond? It is through the Holy Spirit working in both of us. I'm thankful that she chose Jesus as her personal savior earlier this year. Nothing, and I mean nothing of this world can compare to seeing your children choose Jesus. But it doesn't stop there!
As a mom I need to step up and do my part. I need to remember that it isn't about being right, but about capturing her heart and helping her see Gods design for her life. It means working on my journey with Christ and allowing him to work through me. Humbling myself to him shows me how to humble myself before my children too. Helping her to see Jesus working behind the scenes of her life is as important as any school homework assignment. The question in my head is, "Am I really qualified for this!" On most days my answer is no. Then I think of the nearest room I can go to and shut the door and never come out! Oh, dear parent, be encouraged today that we can look to the perfect parent for wisdom and direction.
Remember this dear friend, "By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. For no one can lay a foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, or costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire and the fire will test the quality of each mans work. If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. It it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping from the flames." (1 Corinthians 3:10-15)
Lets continue to build on God's foundation as parents. Let Jesus capture their heart first! This journey was never meant to be easy, but we can do life together. Let us encourage each other as parents and build an amazing relationship with our children!!