In case you didn't read the post where I let you in on what color the icing inside the cupcakes was, here you go:
It's a boy! After three utterly darling granddaughters, we are now going to have a wee lad in the mix as well! A grandson to carry on the Pearl name.
Anyway, so I was heading down for this sweet and exciting event, and while I was going through the security line at the airport, I couldn't stop staring at this twenty-something gal who had chosen an extremely bizarre traveling outfit to wear that morning. This lucky young girl was built like your basic Sports Illustrated swimsuit model. (And by the way, moms of boys: we always threw out those issues before the boys could see them; they may have looked at them elsewhere, but I hope not. Because I think they’re almost pornographic these days!) You know the type: slim yet well-endowed on top, with a Coppertone tan and long, bleach-blond hair. She had the most enviable midriff--and I know this because it was exposed for all the world to see/ogle. Her tank top was tight, low-cut, and only went down as far as the top of her ribcage. She was wearing a knit maxi skirt, which is quite a modest choice, yes? No, not in this case! The skirt was incredibly tight, just like the tank top, and she wore it slung low--below her belly button, like a bikini bottom.
I think today more than ever young girls need to get the message that they can be attractive, fashionably dressed, and pretty--but still be modest! That it's okay to want to look beautiful--in fact, it's part of a woman's nature to have that desire. But we can teach them how to accentuate their natural attributes and dress properly for their individual body types without sacrificing their purity in the process. We can remind them that dressing in an immodest manner can attract the wrong kind of attention from the opposite sex.
Having been blessed with five sons and no daughters, my husband and I never had the challenge of helping a teenaged girl to navigate the minefields of adolescence--and I think in many ways, that would have been tougher than it was with our boys.
But if you, dear reader, are currently (or will one day be) raising daughters, you might want to pick up a copy of this wonderful book, All Things Girl, Truth for Teens. Co-authored by Cheryl Dickow, Peggy Bowes, Heather Renshaw, and Kayla Brandon and published by Bezalel Books, it contains a gold mine of practical tips, vital information, and inspirational reading. (This book normally sells for $5.99 on Kindle, but if you order within the next four days, you can get it for $0.99!)
|In this 2014 second edition (the first edition came out in 2009), |
Finding Grace is mentioned on p. 142
as inspirational reading for teenaged girls!
Here is a great passage about chastity: "You are the keeper of your 'secret garden' and only you allow entrance by your invitation and the only one who should be allowed to enter is your husband, for he is the only one worthy. When a woman wears suggestive clothing she is giving the message to men that she will give herself to...anyone who will give her attention. Modesty--veiling what should remain hidden--will reveal to a man the woman's dignity. He will see how she sees herself."
And one about finding a future husband: "Women dream of being pursued by a worthy man. God has a plan for every young woman's life. Let Him bring you a worthy suitor. Trust that if you are being called to the vocation of marriage, God will provide you with a worthy and suitable husband as long as you do your part, which is to uphold your own dignity and value."
All Things Girl, Truth for Teens will inspire your teen to eat healthily, exercise regularly, accentuate her natural beauty in a modest and appropriate way, be a good friend, date the right type of boy, avoid the traps set by the world regarding pre-marital sex and contraception, imitate the saints, and most of all, to appreciate and value the God-given gift of her femininity. I highly recommend this book--it would make great summer reading for your daughters and granddaughters.
Now head on over to Jessica's for more summer reading recommendations.