I wasn’t planning on writing alongside the ladies at At the Well this week, but each day seems to match up with what I am personally experiencing in my own life, so here I go…
I have two BEAUTIFUL God’s girls. I call them Princesses because that’s what they are – Princesses of THE KING. I haven’t talked a lot about it here on this blog, but we have homeschooled them for the past 11 years. I LOVE that I have been able to have the opportunity to be involved in not only their earthly education, but also that of their spiritual education.
One area that God impressed on me earlier on to focus on with them, was that of keeping a pure heart. My teenage years were filled with rebellion and loose living. I DID NOT want this for my girls. God desired purity from them and would show me how to raise them with that in mind.
The main area of purity that we have focused on through the years is that of ‘relationships’. To make a LONG story short – my girls don’t date. They have a few boy’s that are friends but that’s as far as it goes.
I haven’t even had to be REALLY STRICT with this. God, in only HIS way, has impressed it on each of my girls heart to desire to stay pure. They, in and of themselves, want this. It’s not something that was shoved or forced on them. We just read and prayed over these things and God has moved.
Like I said before, we have read quiet a few books on this matter of purity and dating issues. There was one book that I read when I first became a Christian and the girls were little. God used this book to TRULY confirm in me what HIS desire for us (my husband and myself) was in raising our girls. I didn’t read this book to them right away because I wanted to wait till they were in high school. I knew that most of what this book talks about would hit home in their teenage years.
So yesterday we started reading that book, Emotional Purity by Heather Paulsen. This book is a wonderful tool in sharing with your children what it means to be emotionally pure alongside physically pure. Before I read this book I never recognized the difference. But WOW, once I read even just the first chapter, I was hooked. I could totally see myself back in my teenage years and how I totally gave my heart away.
I could go ON AND ON writing here. But my schedule won’t allow that.
I’ll just add this.
If your a mom of a teenage girl OR boy, I highly recommend this book! If you feel that God has called you to raise your children in a different way than what the world tells you, this book could minister to your family in a profound way.
And one last note..
My DH and I had the chance to have dinner out by ourselves the other night. We got to talking about our girls and how crazy it is that they are both going to be done with high school in a couple years. This then led into discussion of wondering when God will bring someone into their lives to be their ‘other half’, if that’s His will.
I looked at my DH and said –
“Isn’t it going to be WONDERFUL… that when our princesses stand before their husbands on their wedding day, that their hearts will be WHOLLY theirs. That their first kiss will belong to that person alone!! That they will have no other sexual relations and their wedding night will be BEAUTIFUL in that aspect!! “
How Beautiful that is going to be!! If we are so blessed to see that come true. To watch our princesses going into marriage the way God truly intended. WOW!!
When the bride is presented to her King – spotless and pure.
Ok.. I’m off to go find the tissue box now.
Have a blessed day everyone!!