Have you ever started reading a book for one reason, and realized rather quickly that God put that book in your hands for so many other reasons?
This is that book.
This book started out as this post. My friend Kate wrote it just over 2 years ago, and it exploded all over the interwebs. You probably saw it come across your Facebook news feed. It's pretty much amazing, and I expected nothing less from the book.
I wanted to read the book for a lot of reasons. We have quite a few teenage girls in our lives, including my two sisters-in-law. Add to that list a 5 year old daughter who is growing up WAY too fast, and I figured I had plenty to learn from these pages.
If only I know...
This book was for ME!
The chapter on modesty and body image? Speaking right to me.
The chapter about better things to follow than your heart? That one about all the beautiful passions, intuitions and gifts that God has blessed us with, even when we can't see them? Speaking right to me.
From their moms.
Already I have had too many instances of hearing myself come out of Abbey's mouth and cringing. Am I teaching her to respond with grace and kindness, or judgement and snark? Is she learning the best of me or the worst of me?
Now, this is the critical point where I get to make a decision. I can fall on the floor and cry because I am failing as a mother, or I can stand in His grace, know that it is sufficient. Every day I can do my best to show Abbey the grace that is shown to me every minute of every day. I can try over and over again to show her how incredibly valuable she is.
Because she is enough, and so am I.
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Do you have a teenage girl, cross paths with a teenage girl, or stand a chance of ever talking to a teenage girl? You want a copy of this book!
Lucky for you, I get to give away a copy! All you need to do is leave a comment telling me why you want to read it! The giveaway will close Tuesday at Midnight.
**The giveaway is closed. The winner is: Holly!**