After a weekend of speaking, yesterday I piled through my backed up email. There, buried under the junk, was a name I didn’t recognize. Within seconds, tears streamed down my face.
I didn’t see it coming; thought I was moving forward. But there it was. In black letters…rejection.
My first reaction…text my husband. As I crafted the short message, I felt a pang in my heart. “You are doing the exact thing you teach others not to…running to someone, someplace or something to fill the love gap in your heart.” The Holy Spirit nugged me to put down my phone and sit with Him.
There, in my favorite chair, a cried a bit and reaffirmed with the Holy Spirit that God was and will be in control over every detail of my life.
Then, I texted my husband and son to share the news. “Was rejected for now. Know God has what is best for me.” When my daughters came home, I shared the same.
Yesterday I was reminded: God doesn’t just want me to realize He is the only one who can fill the love gap in my heart. He doesn’t want me to only tell my children this truth. He wants me to walk out having Him fill my love gap every day with my children. By living it out, I am showing my family what it means to have Jesus fill that love gap.
Rejection is hard on any level, whether it is in our careers, family relationships or with our daughter and the crush as school. We can teach our children how to handle rejection by first running to Jesus ourselves when we are rejected. When we find comfort in the Comforter, when we teach another how to find comfort in the Comforter. Share with your girl how you choose to run to Jesus when you are hurt, how to find scripture to heal the wound and to speak the truth when the enemy is spewing his lies. Also share with your child when you haven’t run to Jesus; when you have chosen to run to someone, someplace or something and the consequences that ensued.
Often, when we are processing trials in our lives, our children are not around to see how we handle rejection or the fight we fight is an internal one. Don’t miss these opportunities to teach your child how to overcome. Share with them the prayers you prayed, the verses you read and the thoughts you had to dismiss in order to be filled by Jesus and His truth. Take the time, to stop and pray and find scriptures together!
Here, in the nitty gritty of life, we teach our children to be overcomers and to never go one minute with an empty heart. You, mom, are your child’s best teacher and the Holy Spirit is your’s.
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