Teaching Our Girls to Be Brave

I was scrolling through my Instagram feed the other day and came across this...

Girls are told to be many things. Pretty. Sweet. Cute. Let's give our girls a new message. Let's tell them to be brave!

It was in regards to promoting a tee for little girl's that had a quote about being the bravest of them all, but it got me thinking. What do we tell our girls when they are little? What were we told when we are little girls?




It's all true. I was told these things. My daughter is told these things.

I grew up being a teacher's pet. I grew up being the good girl. I grew up being the girl who appeared meek and mild. I grew up being brave in my morals but not quite bold or strong enough. Part of this was due to my personality, but I do believe what we instill in our daughters also molds us into the women that we become. 

I'm not saying my parents didn't raise me right. Actually I think they did a pretty gosh darn amazing job to get me where I am today. Through their parenting, my experiences and my faith I have continued to grow daily. 

However, I have come to the point in my life where sweet, pretty and cute are not words I want describing myself. It doesn't sound bad. It sounds like I am a pretty good person, but they aren't words that are substantial and powerful. They are not words that give hope and meaning. They are fluffy and kind of glittery. 

The words I want to give my girls are brave and strong. I don't mind my girls being called pretty, sweet and cute, but I want to give them the desire to be more, to do more, to give more.

To be brave is to stand up for yourself and for others.

To be brave is to not allow others to bully and hurt one another.

To be brave is to speak out for your own beliefs and your faith.

To be brave is to not be afraid to be yourself whether people like you or not. 

To be brave is to allow the messy to show in your life.

To be brave is to admit to that messy that is in your life.

To be brave is to share your life and your weaknesses with others. 

To be brave is to continue loving the people in your life even when they make mistakes.

To be brave is to allow God to shine through you in every moment. 

To be brave is to be kind to those who are unkind to you. 

To be brave is to not allow others to use you as a doormat. 

To be brave is to fight for what is right. To fight for your beliefs. To fight for others. To fight for the good until others fall to their knees looking for what has given you that braveness.

To be brave we must have strength. 

And that strength comes from Him. 

Which brings me to my verse of the year yet again....

2 Corinthians 12:9-11 (NIV)
9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Be brave in the person that God has made you. 

He isn't looking for perfection. He is looking for brave imperfect people to allow His perfection to shine through. 

It takes the bravest of us all. 

My children, not just my girls, will hear the word brave and strength daily in their lives so that they may completely comprehend what they mean. Through God, I hope to help mold them into the brave imperfect people that He is looking for. 

They can be pretty.

They can be sweet.

They can be cute. 

But they can also be so much more. 

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