I've written before about how having a little girl terrifies me a bit.
If I were to be honest, and that is the plan for these words, there is one reason I am scared.
Its for her heart as a teenager and young adult.
I remember how sensitive my heart was. Some would say too sensitive.
I remember how damaged it (and I) felt as I got older.
That scares me for her because that is what I desperately do not want!
If you've read my testimony you may know a little more about the words I'm writing.
I was a depressed teenager and even though some may say that is normal, I disagree.
Feeling so hopeless you ask God to end it all or cutting yourself is NOT normal.
I also because a depressed young adult who ended up in an awful relationship in college.
There's a bit more about that in my testimony too.
That is what terrifies me the most. That is what could make me weep with fear.
I don't want Maeva to follow in my footsteps. Do many parents want that of their kids?No, I think they want them to be better, to experience better. That's what I hope.
I want Maeva to know that it is okay to hurt over a broken heart.
That its okay to cry and express what she is feeling.
I want her to know that it is okay to ask for help and come to both of us.
I want Maeva to know that no matter what has been done (because mistakes will be made) she can come to us and we will love her no matter what.... we will help her no matter what.
I want her, desperately to know, that there is a certain way she is suppose to be treated,
a certain way she should be treated.
I want her to know that no boy will completely fill her heart, that her heart, really,
is for God and her future husband.
I want her to know that she is meant to be respected -
not called names, talked down to, hit, or pressured. She is to be treated well.
I want her to know those things and so much more about these things.
I know it comes down to her dad and I...
Protecting her heart, setting limits, and knowing what's going on.
I know its about having open and honest communication with her about these things.
I know its about teaching her about God and what He wants in her life.
I also know its about trusting God with her and her future.
He wants what is best for her. He loves her more than we do.
Lord, help us to do this well. To protect her and love her. To show her what You want in her life.Help us to do the same with Braden. They both need so much from us. Prepare us.