I think it’s important to share our past with our daughters. I mean, we don’t want them to think we were perfect back in the day, right? Like, we kissed after marriage, didn’t try alcohol, didn’t wear daisy dukes, didn’t party every weekend. Yeah, I just described my young adult years. And a few of those years, I was married with kids! So there, I said it, I haven’t been a saint all my life. 🙂
However, my daughters know this. If I painted a perfect picture for them of what I use to be, I couldn’t imagine what they’d feel like they would have to live up to. With that reason, I also feel sharing is my testimony. The bible tells us “that we are overcome by the words of our testimony” Revelation 12:11. You see, we defeat the enemy this way. He doesn’t want us to overcome, if I didn’t overcome I wouldn’t be able to stand and tell my daughters the mistakes I’ve made, what I’ve done and what I’ve learned. I thank the Lord for my past. It wasn’t pleasant, but because of it, God has made me who I am today.
When talking to my girls, I apply the word to my past and teach them diligently on how not knowing the Lord affected my life. I say, I could have been so much further in knowing Christ, I could have made better choices. But, thank you Lord for Grace! He knew during all those sinful times that it would bring me here to this place right now. Even typing this I’m getting a moment of praise to Him! I can’t thank him enough.
“…I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing:Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.”
It’s easy for us to keep our past hidden from our daughters or even other people. But you dont know who God will bring in your life for you to help. For me, it’s my girls and maybe some of you reading this. I pray that you know we serve a good God who is forgiving. As we equip our daughters in having a kingdom focus, allow them to learn from your mistakes, and in turn, your past won’t affect their future in living for Christ
For His Glory,