“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart” - Jeremiah 1:5
Many women and girls mistakenly place their value and worth in superficial things like popularity, their looks, their weight or how much money or material possessions they have, but the problem with this is that each one of those things can change in a heartbeat. Looks change, weight fluctuates but money is made and lost daily, and material possessions don’t last forever. Imagine for a moment if you placed your value in something solid; something that wouldn’t change over time but instead would remain constant.
No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him – 1 Corinthians 2:9 (NLT)
As I began to prepare mentally for this New Year, I did something I haven’t done in a very long time. I refrained from much of the regular busyness the Christmas season brings, and instead I found myself sitting still and being quiet. While it was a foreign feeling, it was both refreshing and revealing. As God began to speak to my heart I realized that the noise and activity of everyday living had begun to consume my life and had caused me to fall into a place of regular routines and regular results. I had become comfortable and complacent.
This is a great question and one I have been asked often. In a society where women and girls are objectified in marketing, media and music, it leaves parents with a very tough decision of when to begin talking to their child about sex.
The reality is our children are growing up in an over sexualized society that creates imagery and a message that a girl and woman’s worth often lies in her looks and body. As parents, it is important to begin having conversations with kids at a much earlier age than ever before. In most instances schools are prohibited from teaching kids about sex and sexuality until middle school, and we can all agree kids should not be learning about these things from their peers. The safest and most nurturing environment for kids to learn is from loving parents.
Now that we have determined that home is the best place to have these tough and even uncomfortable conversations, let’s talk about how much is too much.