She’s at an age where her peers want to blend in. They don’t want to stand out.
If one wears her jeans rolled up, the next day, rolled up jeans are the new fad.
It’s a struggle to fit in. It’s age old and it’s come knocking at our door.
I spent all summer prepping and pouring into my oldest daughter. She’s nearly eleven, not so little anymore. We talked and shared and the mother-daughter bond deepened at a crucial point. She came home the other day, weary from the world and the pressure.
“I feel like I’m different from other girls,” she confessed.
“You are!” I said proudly.
“I want to be different. Mom, I know we’re trying to make a difference in the world and I know not everything is about me.”
We snuggled under the covers and celebrated the difference. I did more pouring into and building up. “We are not supposed to be like everyone else. You are fearfully and wonderfully made….”
But I know the pressure. Sometimes, even I feel it. Different from the other moms. A heart yearning for Africa, on an isolated road. Weary from the world and the pressure to be like everyone else, building my own American Dream bigger and better.
I shared my thoughts with my girl-child. She poured into me and built me up. And together, we didn’t feel so alone.
She’s growing up, in more than one way. She chooses her clothes carefully, fixing her hair just right. Her room (OH! HER ROOM), often a source of contention, has becomes hers. It looks the way she wants it to and I’m learning to pick my battles. But the other day, I saw this piece of art that one my newest sponsors, Show Off Arts makes and they sent it to me as a gift:
Romans 12:1-2 has always been my favorite verse. This picture reminded me so much of my daughter and her desire to be different. It reminded me of me.
I took my little-big girl out on a date for a sinfully-delicious cupcake the other night. I gave her the picture for her messy room:
It’s hanging over her bed as a constant reminder.
For both of us.
“Don’t Be Afraid to Stand Out”
Some of my very favorite pieces of art in my house are from Show Offs Art (also sold through Dayspring). I simply love my walls to encourage those who live within them.
Show Offs is generously giving a $75 gift certificate to a reader for their very own piece of art or two. . .
Shop around and tell me what would encourage you or someone you know.
This giveaway ends on Friday.