What to Do, What to Do

Monday, May 09, 2011  ::  

At the beginning of the year, Esther had an assignment where she had to write about a difficult decision she was facing.  She couldn't think of a single topic.  On one hand I was happy that she is grounded in her relationship with Jesus, secure in her parents, and that her temperament lends itself to stability.  On the other hand I wondered if she was too sheltered.

Now we are nearing the end of the school year, the end of Middle School, the end of easy decisions.  Right now we are talking through a pretty big decision she needs to make. It isn't a make or break decision or one that is overwhelmingly important, but it will definitely affect school, friends, and her interactions with adults.  I'm not exactly sure how to guide her.  

I am definitely not a driven parent who demands certain levels of success from my kids.  I also wouldn't describe Chad and I as too laid back or apathetic.  So far, I feel like we've struck a pretty good balance.  As Esther and I talked today, I was able to assure her of my love no matter what conclusion she comes to, that I didn't care if she became the most famous circus clown in all the land... as long as she loves God and loves people I will be proud and happy.  (She laughed about being a clown and said she didn't think she was on that path.) But, it really is true.  I don't know if there is a right or wrong concerning this decision, but there are difficulties either way.  

Proverbs 20:24 A man's [8th grade girl's] steps are directed by the Lord. How than can anyone understand his own way? 

Proverbs 16:3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed.

Psalm 37:4  Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.

Driving right pass the girl guarding her.  :) 

I don't know for sure, but this shot was probably a total swish.  ;)   

2 important comments so far. What are your thoughts?

Heather said...

Praying for youthful wisdom for a sweet and talented girl.

Anonymous said...

Watching and praying....real life decision making....wow, makes my heart pound a little harder and my prayers become a little more directed for my precious grandaughter and her mama!
I love you all...
Mama

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