If you are joining me here today from my devotion with Proverbs 31 Ministries, welcome!
“Who do you want to be?” is a question particularly applicable in our home right now. This Sunday, our daughter, Mariah will be graduating from high school. In a couple of short months we’ll be dropping her off at college. My days of daily interaction will come to an end as she embarks on her new life of independence.
While Mariah doesn’t have a clear picture of what she wants to study and major in, I believe that this season of independence will be about more than getting a degree. It will be a time for her to make choices and take risks which will determine who she will become.
I think one of the best things I can do to prepare Mariah for college, as well as Madi for her junior year of high school, is having conversations about upcoming scenarios.
The girls on your dorm floor start criticizing your RA. How will you handle the situation?
What will you do when the party you are attending turns in a wrong direction? How can you remove yourself from the situation, without projecting a judgmental attitude?
When the guy you’re dating takes liberties you aren’t comfortable with, how will you respond?
Whether it is our children making the decisions or us, the words we say and the choices we make determine the person we are as well as the women are becoming.
We want to be women who are know by the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, gentleness, goodness, meekness, faith and self-control. To display these traits, we need to slow down the words we say; making them fewer and more intentional. Deliberate about the actions we do…or do not do, we become aware that with each choice we make, we are becoming someone.
Who do you want to be?
You may have already chosen your life career; what you want to do is no longer a question. But who I want to be is a question I need to ask myself and my kids every day.
Today, I’m giving away an “i Am” bracelet, to help remind your girl of who she wants to be, as well as a copy of each of my books: His Revolutionary Love and Devotions for a Revolutionary Year. Just share in the comments below what character trait you would like to help your child work on this summer!
Need help investing in your girl to become the girl God wants her to be? Try some of these resources:
* Plan some mother/daughter bonding time! Join me in one of the many cities I will be speaking in this coming year! Check my schedule for the city nearest you!