Today, as we dive into Day 9 of Fearlessly Capturing the Heart of Your Teen Daughter, I want to talk about those moments when our teen daughters seemingly biggest weakness…might actually be her greatest strength.
What do I mean? Well let me illustrate it this way.
We have a daughter that you might call...our social butterfly. You know..the kind that never meets a stranger?
Yes…I have one of those. And while she can be very outgoing she can also talk up a blue streak…a mile a minute….strip the bark right off the tree….Yes, I’m sure you get the picture.
And I love her for it…I really do. And yet there are those moments that I grit my teeth and pray “Dear Lord, that she might fall mute about right now.” And it’s at times like this that I can be tempted to squelch her youthful exuberance….to tell her to hush and not talk so much. And granted, we do need to work on the art of conversation a bit more.
But what if I would take this beautiful, talkative, joyful spirit and look at it for it’s strengthens and not its weaknesses. Instead of seeing it as a bother in the present see what kind of gift it could be for her future.
It doesn’t mean we don’t need to work on her listening skills, but it also doesn’t mean we can’t mold her talking skills either.
One of my other daughters is stubborn as the day is long. I can’t tell you how many times we have locked horns over minor and some major issues. As she stands there, arms crossed, refusing to back down, I want to be able to tell her a thing or two about this grown up world...that life is not as she would like to see it as a young teenager.
And yet, I see how that same stubbornness sees her through a tough assignment, through a difficult task or the willingness to play hard for her team long after her physical energy has been spent.
They are gifts from God…these strengthens that we often see as weaknesses. Behaviors that we see as needing to be corrected, may simply need to be fostered and guided.
If every time my daughter came to me in her classic exuberance and I squelched that joy…would it soon cease to live within her? If every time my daughters stubbornness presented a challenge and in my striving to win for winnings sake….does it kill the very heart of who God has made her to be?
Reaching her heart means loving all the parts of her that make up who she is. The good and the bad…the weak and the strong. Being willing enough to see her future and not only her present. To see her for who she can be…for who God has made her to be.
So I challenge you…are there those things you have been seeing as weaknesses when in reality, they may be your daughters greatest strengthens? Have you only seen her in the present or do you see what God may have for her in the future?
Take time to seek God…to ask Him what your daughters greatest strengthens are…to help you see her for who He has truly made her to be. Then ask Him to show you how to foster those strengthens and weaknesses for His glory…for his honor and for His purposes.
You never know…you might just be surprised.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.I would love to hear from you. Feel free to leave a comment here on the blog, on the Fearless Heart Facebook Page or send your thoughts to my e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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