I recently posted a question on Facebook. It said,
What is the ONE THING you hope to teach your that you hope she carries into adulthood?
Think about the lessons you’ve learned or the things you wish you could go back and tell yourself.
Or that one thing you hope they “get” and embrace that will bring them freedom as women and save them heartache?
So many women weighed in with their comments! I could tell that each one was written with a sense of longing, a longing that came out of how much she wanted her message heard by her daughter. In some of the postings, I could almost sense a sadness. Maybe because that women had experienced pain in that area and the topic was something they still struggled with and felt inadequate over or even guilty about.
Many of the comments concerned loving who you are, never looking to other people for happiness or approval, seeing yourself how God sees you and not comparing yourself to others. Some women even spoke of speaking out for what is right and telling the truth, even if it caused others to ‘get in trouble’ for something they did that was wrong either to you or someone else.
My heart went out to these women and then I felt the Lord speak to my heart and say, “They want these truths known to their daughters as much as I want them to know these truths as My daughters.”
You see, we see our daughters as beautiful, strong, daring, kind, capable, compassionate, and valuable. We know their worth. All these things are true about them and no one could ever convince us otherwise. Sure we know where they struggle, but do we even think about those struggles when we look at them? No. Not often. When we do think about areas they are still developing in, it’s not with an attitude of fault finding. D we throw out our love and acceptance for them because of a few minor things?!? Do we say our daughters are now worthless after they make a mistake?!? No, of course not because know the truth about them.
One of the most precious sights for me is seeing my own daughters sleeping. It’s a picture of pure perfection! Gone is the days’ worth of stress and yes, even the confrontation at times. All of that melts away and I get to see them for who they truly are. Simply beautiful. My heart literally aches at the things I want them to know. The things I want them to believe about themselves, who they are and what they can accomplish. I believe this is how our Heavenly Father sees us. He said so in His Word.
Psalm 139:14 says “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works (insert your name here. You are one of His works!) are wonderful, I know that full well.”
So today, you are Someone’s daughter and these are the things He wants you to know about yourself.