Raising a little girl is....wonderful, precious, sweet, and well, just different from raising boys! There are unique things about raising girls that seem so complex. There are little intricacies of being a godly woman that seem so impossible to describe or even begin to teach. Perhaps a great deal of the difficulty comes in at the fact that I do not see myself as a strong, godly woman. I have not "arrived." I am still learning. God is still sanctifying me! How can I somehow pass along what needs to be known to my daughter? How do I teach her what she needs to know and protect her from making mistakes I've made (and make)? Our culture screams against teaching girls to be what the Bible calls them to be. Submission is almost a dirty word in the world. There are so many things little Grace has yet to learn. How to be meek and submissive, yet strong and have an independent mind. How to be feminine and live a life of servanthood, yet not be a doormat. How to live a life without fear, yet hunger for and cling to the love and protection a godly man will offer her. How to know how to provide for and take care of a home, yet trust peacefully in the ability of her husband to do the providing. It is a tall order and one I can only fathom facing with God at my side and long moments of prayer. God teach me, that I might teach her!
On a funnier note, one thing I have learned about raising little girls is that things can be....well....a bit MESSY in the morning.