Our oldest went to a girls’ retreat at church this weekend and it was obvious that she’s been refreshed and inspired. Since she came back we have had some serious discussions about dating and such.
Okay, so it was a sleepover, but it was really more than that. With all her stories it was easy to see that she received sound counsel and inspirational words from people that care enough to invest their time and lives with these kids. We are so grateful that our daughter has these mentors in her life, and influences, other than us parents, who could speak to her heart in such amazing and positive ways.
Speaking of dating, a 19-year-old homeschool graduate named Bryana Johnson was interviewed on the 700 Club because of this controversial article she had written. My husband and I had a good discussion with our daughter about it after. Tonight we watched the 700 Club interview, which also led to a heart-to-heart talk about dating and the popular culture.
Our daughter has a different idea about dating from a lot of girls her age, even her peers, and I understand that it is not easy to be different from the norm. Ah. To be in the world but not of the world. As parents, we are here to guide and to disciple, but the rest we leave in prayer and trust that she would always follow her convictions.
Date when you think you’re ready to marry.
I am just thankful that we got some reinforcements, so to speak, this weekend… and they came from different places! Just grateful that while God is sitting on His throne, He continues to do the work in us, even in our children. How amazing and splendid, isn’t it?