Tuesday, March 15, 2011

What Gossip Can Do…

Originally shared on our family blog (but that is now private so I am posting this here so you can all be blessed by it) 
Last month I read the following post and have been holding onto it to share with you now that we are beginning our I AM BEAUTIFUL PROJECT. I pray it blesses you as much as it has me. Please share this with all the teens in your life and those who are holding them accountable.

The Girl You Don’t Let Your Children Play With…

“Go ahead, I dare you.”

Like venom, those words struck poison right in my heart. I held the razor blade, inched deeper into the luke warm water, and sobbed. I couldn’t do it. I lost the dare.

She dared me to plunge those razors into my wrist after I threatened I could. My whole teenage spirit hurt desperately; I only wanted her to stop me, to plead for my life, to tell me I was worth more, to show me she loved me. But she was far too smart for me. She knew I wouldn’t do it. Mother’s know these things, don’t you know?

“You are so stupid.”

“You are so ugly.”

Alone in my hormonal, awkward, adolescent world, I felt comfort in the only place it was offered. And then,

I got pregnant.

I had an abortion.

I got a trailer and played grown-up.

I had a string of boyfriends.

Life hurt and felt out of control.

I eventually moved back in with my dad, who lived about six states away from my mom, and tried to regain “normal.”

New clothes, homework, a curfew. Normal.

When I allow myself to wonder through the memories of that time, I almost think it was another life, one completely foreign to me. I’m now sitting in my nice suburban home, with my good husband and three healthy, well-fed, well-clothed, much-loved babes. We live “normal.”

But I was “that” girl.

And she was hurting and desperate and just wanted to be loved.

She just wanted to be held and comforted.

She just wanted the me that is here now.

And she wants you. She needs you.

If you see her in your child’s school, or in your neighborhood, talk to her. Be kind and open. Show her love and grace. Show her the savior. She is an outsider, the bad girl, the one it would be so easy to give up on.

Don’t give up on her.

She just might have something worth saying one day.

By Sarah Mae, Like a Warm Cup of Coffee

I hope this post causes you to think before you judge others or are about to spread gossip or say anything that will tear another down – consider this verse first…

john8_7

My story is not the same – but I was that girl too. I was a good girl with a bad reputation all because of words spoken by girls who didn’t like me. Later on I learned it all stemmed from jealousy. Which I will never really understand. Growing up and being a teen were some of the hardest years of my life. Girls were not nice to me and much of what they said to me and about me left scars that took years to erase from my heart. Your words will either give life or death – it is up to you what they do.

Here is an awesome quote to think about -

Christ has no body on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Christ's compassion for the world is to look out; yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good; and yours are the hands with which He is to bless us now. ---St. Teresa of Avila

Please help spread His truth and love – tell your friends about the I AM BEAUTIFUL PROJECT today!   Thank you!

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