My oldest just turned 13. I can hardly STAND it! A teenager *gasp*!!
I remember turning 13 like it was yesterday.
I was painfully shy and tall. I wanted more than anything to hide from everyone and fade into the background. But as I navigated those awkward years, I learned to stand tall.
I see so much of myself in my oldest daughter. As soon as she sees a camera- she runs, turns her head, and does anything she can to hide her lovely face.
Like her last band concert…I chuckled as I watched her slowly move the music stand with her foot until it blocked me from seeing her face as I sat in the audience.
I don’t know exactly when it happened, but I eventually found my “voice” and I stopped hiding. Singing in chorus was the one thing that gave me the confidence to be myself. It was a place where I found community, friendship, and a group of peers that finally accepted me. It was the first place where I wasn’t afraid to shine.
No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.
As a mom, it’s my job to stand tall and to help my girls find the things that they are good at! It’s my job to encourage them and to help them be more self-confident- so they can find their unique “voice” and shine bright in this world.
And on those days when I am feeling less than confident, I know I can run straight into the arms of my Heavenly Father, for in my weakness He is strong!
And when my girls need a little pep-talk, I pray that God will equip me and give me the right words to point them to the Son-the ultimate source of my strength and light!
Keep me as the apple of the eye;
Hide me in the shadow of Your wings – Psalm 17:8