God is not punishing us. But it won’t be easy.
I now have a teenage girl. Here is my prophecy: my prayer life will increase exponentially in the next few years. So let’s get started…
I’m a big believer in grace. I see it all over the Bible. You forgave Moses, David, Paul, Peter, the Samaritan woman. You have consistently shown me grace over the span of my life.
But God, forgive my unbelief. I remember what it was like to be a teenage girl. And I’m not sure I can handle parenting that. All. Of. That.
There’s also a part of me, way back in my brain, that thinks this is payback for all the drama I inflicted on others as a teenager. Even though I know you don’t work that way, it still creeps into my mind and makes me think I will deserve all future drama surrounding me.
So God, when those thoughts creep in, when I think I’m not good enough or strong enough to be the parent I need to be, please remind me that all of that drama that the teenage-me dealt with and overcame because of your grace, is exactly the type of parent needed to guide this 13 year old into adulthood.
And I’m expectantly waiting with joy to see your grace in her life in ways that her 13 year old brain can’t handle yet. And that will remind me that you were with me during those years more than I ever knew.
And you are now too.
Until Everyone Hears,
P.S. - God...one more thing (for now)...please let her strong-willedness manifest in abundance in her relationships with boys and let her will align with yours. Amen.