Every single time I am in a room with teenage girls I want them to be encouraged. Growing up can be messy and confusing. I love for them to hear the truth about who they are and who they are not.
Two of my girls who are now college grads used to call these chats on my back porch “power encounters”. The real words of truth about who God is and who He made us to be, applies to every situation.
These pep talks also happen with my own kids…I wrote about a particularly hard day here, where God returned each of my sentences back to my own life.
Do you ever have parenting days like that? You basically stop talking because the message is more for you. Or maybe you are trying to encourage another, only to realize you need the words more.
The truth of scripture is for each of us.
It goes a little something like this for the girls, but it’s also for me and for you…
You are created for and with great purpose.
“The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love,
O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.” -Psalm 138
Be you. We don’t need everyone trying to be the same person. Be willing to stand out a little.
When you don’t give us yourself, we miss out on the real you.
You have much to offer. God will use you.
You have much to learn. Be teachable.
Keep drama at a distance. It will always be there if you are looking for it.
Say no to comparison. Personal growth can’t happen when your eyes are on another.
Remember things change week to week in Middle School. Be flexible.
Choose your friends wisely. Influence matters. It really does.
Climb out of your clique and welcome a new friend. She may be the Laverne to your Shirley.
Who you are becoming is a lifelong journey. Grow your faith.
“For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness.” -Galatians 5:5
Gather your hope from Jesus. He will never ever fail you.
Practice the art of humility. Offer and receive forgiveness like a boss. Easy to type, hard to do.
Surround yourself with people who love you and will hold you accountable.
“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.” – Isaiah 40:28
Just like huddles of Middle School girls all dressed alike, acting alike, and trying to find security in the coolness of another, adult women often do the same thing!
Minus the school uniforms and hair ribbons…we too can live with the desire to be someone we were never meant to be. Stepping out and living out our God-given purpose brings freedom but takes time.
We too have much to offer and much to learn.
Lets be people who cheer for one another’s success and comfort during the hard days.
Ladies, what was true of you in Middle School is still true today.
Be you. For Him. Amen.