My heart breaks as I watch my girls struggle. Navigating the waters of school, some days the storms of rejection slam against their hearts.
Often, I feel like I’m in the tsunami with them. Memories of my own turbulent teen years are not far gone, painful remembrances come to the surface: wanting the crowd’s acceptance, wishing for a boy’s affection.
Yet my girls’ struggles also bring thankfulness to my heart. Thankfulness for amazing friends God sent to teach me His truth. I remember a woman who helped me discover no man, be it a dad, boyfriend or even a husband one day, could fill the love-gap in my heart. Only Jesus can fill what He created.
I’m thankful God has placed me here, in my daughters’ lives, to share with them this same truth. When Jesus showed me He was the only one who can fill the emptiness of my heart, He didn’t just give that truth for me! Jesus gave me this truth so I can pass His radical love on to other moms, others girls and my kids and hopefully grandkids too!
What is one truth God has revealed to you which you can pass on to your children, your children’s children or young people in your world? You don’t have to know the whole Bible. Just one thing. He died for you? He loves you no matter what?
God has given you treasures from His Word, glimpses into His heart. He has entrusted those to you not just for your benefit, but also for the benefit of your family and those in your sphere of influence. No matter how much or how little you may know.
Have you begun to understand God’s forgiveness? Teach your child the process of working through a grudge. Have you experienced the Lord’s healing? Come alongside those in your life as they mend. Has God lifted your spirits? Share that with another who’s in despair.
Deuteronomy 4:9 tells us “Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.”
We have opportunity and influence in the lives of our children and others. Let’s not take for granted all the Lord has done in our lives. Instead, let’s be intentional to pass on the good things the Lord has accomplished so our children will be encouraged to trust Him for the things to come in their lives.
Pray this prayer asking the Lord for His help:
Dear Lord, help me be intentional today to share with my children and those in my life all of the truth You have set to work in my life. Let me take advantage of the message You have given me and pass Your Word on to the next generation. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
In the next 24 hours, look for an opportunity to share with your child, or someone you love, one truth the Lord has made real in your life. When you connect a teaching to a story, it helps stick in the heart of your listener!
Looking for a way you can connect to your girl and learn about God’s radical love together? His Revolutionary Love: Jesus’ Radical Pursuit of You by Lynn Cowell is for girls ages 13-18. It is a great study for moms and girls to bond over!
You can intentionally share God’s truth with a young woman each day when you give her a copy of Devotions for a Revolutionary Year.