Raising Secure Girls
One of my top prayers for my girls is that they would not struggle with the crippling insecurity that so many girls and women face in this day and age...the same insecurity that crippled me on many occasions throughout my childhood and on through high school. Abbie, our oldest, has always been a social butterfly, so walking into a room full of strangers is no big deal for her, but, Emma, our youngest, has always been a little bit more timid, well...until you get to know her. :) She started Mother's Day Out last year and every day was a battle to remove her from my leg. Even at church it was a struggle getting her to go into her class. I've prayed that this wouldn't continue because I remember clinging to my mom's leg for many years in elementary school. This year, Emma started Pre-K and I've been covering her with prayers that she would be secure in who she is and who Christ has made her. Today, those prayers at work became evident. I prayed a prayer over her and as we were getting out of the car she said, "Mom, I want to walk inside by myself". Of course, I was excited, but nervous all at the same time thinking "will she really do it?" We arrived at the main doors and she told me again, "okay, I'm going to do this by myself, you stay here". She then gave me a hug and then began walking off and right before turning the corner she looked back to wave at me and blow me a kiss. I managed to hold back the tears and just whispered to the Lord, "thank you".
For those of you who have little girls, I'm sure this is your prayer as well. I refuse to believe that my girls have to grow up with the horrible insecurity that so many face. God is bigger and I know it isn't His will that His daughters constantly struggle with this issue. After all, we are daughters of the King...we have every reason to have our heads held high...to walk in grace and confidence.
If you are a woman and you haven't yet read "So Long, Insecurity" by Beth Moore...I highly recommend it. Also, if you are raising girls...whether you are a Dad or a Mom, I recommend "Bringing Up Girls" by Dr. James Dobson.