But what if my own story is a mess?
This is a question moms often ask me after sharing my Wise Women Raising Wiser Daughters message. In this session, I encourage moms to share their stories with their daughters. Stories of their greatest moments…and their worst.
Because here is the thing:
Chances are your girl has already had some worst moments…you just don’t know about it. By you sharing with them the times when you got it right and the times you have not, you are opening the door for them to share back.
At the Magnetic Experience event just a couple of weeks ago, a mom shared with me that just that week her girl broke down and told her of some poor choices she had been making. After emptying her heart, she told her mom, “I knew I could tell you and you wouldn’t judge me.”
When we share with our girls the things we would want to change about our past, we can teach them Christ doesn’t want anyone living in the shadow of their past, but in the light of His future for them. While we don’t encourage them to make poor choices, we do want them to know God is bigger than their mess ups and our’s.
We can’t change the past but we can allow God’s truths to change our hearts, and in turn, change our future by embracing God’s promise that He will never waste our pain.
Maybe you’re thinking, but I’m still haunted by my past.
You are not alone!
That is one reason I am so excited about my friend, Tracie Miles, new book Your Life Still Counts.
Tracie has learned that God has a special plan and purpose for each of our lives – not despite our past, but because of it. Through her new book she shares the healing, hope, and peace found in Jesus Christ while inspiring women to look at their past experiences as a foundation for an amazing purpose God has in store for them. Your Life Still Counts will help you:
- Break free from the pain of your past by learning how God can mend your deepest hurts
- Restore self confidence by embracing your value and worth in the eyes of Christ
- Uncover your spiritual gifts and qualifications by exploring your past with a new perspective
- Embrace life with new passion and purpose by discovering your life still matters to Christ
- Be inspired to step out of your comfort zone and pursue the life of purpose God designed for you
Today, I’m giving away a copy of Your Life Still Counts. For an opportunity to win, share below how you feel about being vulnerable with your girl or those in your small group. If you’re in a hurry, just say, “I’m in!”. I will announce both the winner from last Friday’s Teaching our Girls the Holidays Don’t Have to Be Harried Give Away and Your Life Still Counts this Friday!