Thursday, August 25, 2011

Guest Blogger: Sarah Bragg || Mother/Daughter T.E.A.

“I really enjoyed the opportunity to meet with ya'll. I kept hearing my own message in my head the following days as I would experience different difficulties with my own daughter. And even though she is only three, some lessons are timeless.

I wanted to a few minutes and recap what we talked about in case you missed it. We started saying that the greatest hope I could give you, if I could give you a formula for winning in your relationship it would be Philippians 2:3-4 Dont be selfish. Dont live to make a good impression on others. Be humble thinking of others better than yourself. Dont just think about your own affairs [your own stuff, what youre into, who you are] but be interested in others and what theyre doing.

If you want to win in your relationship with each other, then you need to put the other first. Lose the "me first" mentality and pick up an "others' centered" mentality. To win in your relationship you need to see each other from the other's perspective. Develop a teachable spirit. There is a lot to learn from each other. Be authentic. Moms, Don't be afraid to reveal who you are and who you were. Girls, prove to your moms that you can be trusted.

Another way to cultivate your relationship is to choose your words wisely. Encourage each other with your words. You can choose either to TEAR DOWN and lose or can BUILD UP and win with your words. Proverbs 12:18, Careless words stab like a sword, but wise words bring healing. Your words can breath life into someone or they can wound.

Finally, girls, you are accountable to your mother. Moms, you are accountable to God. I think this is the hardest thing to build in a mother/daughter relationship. Your mom is your number one girls' minister. She is there for you. She wants to see if you win in your relationship with God and others.

The last words of advice in your relationship with each other is to fight for the heart.

Don't give up on your relationship. Don't wait until after college to talk to each other. Daughters, your moms are going to mess up. They arent going to know how to handle everything. Moms, your daughters are going to mess up. No one is perfect, and relationships take cultivating. If someone messes up, you dont just stop trying at the relationship. Relationships take a lot of work but this relationship is worth fighting for.

- Sarah Bragg, speaker at the Girls Ministry Mother/Daughter T.E.A. and author of Body. Beauty. Boys.

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