I am so excited to have my friend, Lisa Whittle, the author of I Want God: Forever Changed by the Revivial of Your Soul, sharing with us today. We’re giving away a copy too!
When Our Daughters Will Want God
Our girls are watching us.
We know this, and sometimes we cringe. Because we know of our imperfections…our battle to love our body…our struggle to handle relationships well, read our Bibles and stay close to God.
We wonder: how can I be what she needs me to be and be who I need to be, too?
I know my daughter is watching me. I see her mimicking my mannerisms without even being aware…following in my mommy footsteps.
She’s 9, and it’s the first time I’ve taken her with me when I speak, all the way in California. She wears a Christmas dress from Target – maybe the cutest one I’ve ever seen – and sits in the crowd while I take the stage, hanging onto my every word.
(I know this, because afterward she tells me back one of my stories, only she sounds far cuter.)
And then, we fly home. And I think the event is over.
But just days later, she starts doing something. Without announcing she has a new name for me or exactly why she replaced my mommy one with this one in particular, she starts calling me, with dramatic flair, “woman of truth.”
I ask her to empty the dishwasher. “Ok, woman of truth,” she grins and says back.
I ask her to please take the dog out…turn off the tv…clean up that incredibly messy room, and with all requests I am met with the same response – the “woman of truth” one.
I know…it’s just a name and she’s being a little silly. I know…she’s not really thinking about what it means. But I am reminded…with what I say and what I do…she’s there, watching.
And I know this very important thing: she needs me to back up what I say with my life.
I understand that if she could really verbalize what is going on in her mind it is likely something along the lines of: please be a woman of truth so your words match your life…and if I’m completely honest, it scares me to death.
I want to be a woman of truth. I want to raise her to be a woman of truth, too. But I know myself. I know I may get in the way. I know, because I am human, I may mess her up. And I desperately don’t want to.
This phrase she has somehow taken to calling me has brought out all my mommy insecurities and reminded me, all at once, that in order for me to be a woman of truth, I’m going to really need God.
The truth is: we all really need God. We need Him to help us be better than we are able, wise beyond our understanding, steady and discerning and grateful and a really good mom.
But it has to go beyond that.
In order for our girls to want God in that passionate way He wants, we are going to have to show them what that looks like.
* Saying yes when He asks us to do something hard, helping them learn to trust Him.
* Rising above our need to gain the approval of other people so they won’t waste their life away fighting to be popular.
* Integrating Him into every area of our life, not just relegating Him to Sunday visits so they understand how to make Him a part of their daily life.
And will we be perfect? No.
But can we be their greatest spiritual influence? Yes.
Because when our daughter’s see us wanting God more than anything else, they will know how to want Him in the same way, too.
Today, I’m giving away a copy of I Want God: Forever Changed by the Revivial of Your Soul. Please share one way you think we can show our girls we want God. Just leave a comment below and I will announce the winner this Friday!
To read more about I Want God, click here.
To connect with Lisa, visit www.LisaWhittle.com.
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