This Beautiful Inheritance: MomLife BootCamp: Winning the War Over Childhood Sexualization

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

MomLife BootCamp: Winning the War Over Childhood Sexualization

One of our speakers at MomLife Bootcamp was Dannah Gresh. I'd heard of her before but wasn't really familiar with her.... But Wow. Was she a treat. Again, I found myself on the verge of tears as she described the war that's waging on our daughters in this society. Our culture trains girls from a very young age that their most valuable commodities are their bodies. It's ingrained into their music, movies, TV shows and clothing stores. (i.e. Abercrombie & Fitch's thong underwear for girls as young as seven and padded bikini tops.)

the words read "Wink wink"
Oh also, it's ingrained into their toys!
Hello BRATZ dolls with heavy make-up, short shorts and high heels
In this culture, it is a battle to raise sexually pure girls -- one that can only be won with intentionality and prayer. During Dannah's talk and even since then, I've found myself getting very paranoid thinking about all my girls will face when they start school and approach their tween years... it can make a mom a nervous wreck! I found a quote from Dannah, though, that puts my heart at ease:

"If you do not have an ongoing conversation with the Holy Spirit about raising your children to be set apart in this corrupt culture, you will become a paranoid mother whose legalism does not allow her children to face the giants God means for them to face."

So there's two things I have to remember: 1.) An ongoing conversation with the Holy Spirit is crucial. He will tell me when to shield my daughters' eyes and when to wrap my arms around them and keep the world at bay. He will also tell me when to let go. 2.) Because some situations are God-ordained to grow strength and character in my children. There's comfort in that.

Listening to Dannah, I felt more challenged than ever about my role as a mother. I have a BIG job ahead of me (as does their dad) in teaching them the value of their souls over their bodies. When I listen to my friends who have children in kindergarten or first grade talk about what their kids are already exposed to, I freeze -- I panic. But now, I also remember to pray. I want to give my girls to God, allowing Him to mold their hearts, as He allows me to be their guide.

May I lead my girls in sexual purity until that day when God brings their perfect mates, and may they experience all the joy and freedom that comes from walking in that path... Amen.

For Dannah's full talk, "What Children Need to Become Pure, Holy Adults: Six Strategies to Live Above the Culture," click here and scroll to the bottom.


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