As my daughter was pouring out her heart to me, I found myself saying things like, "Oh, honey, I think you are AMAZING." "You have so many talents, and are so FUN to be around!"
Even as all of those encouraging, affirming words were coming out of my mouth, I knew.
I knew my words wouldn't be enough. They were not going to mend her hurting heart.
But, the fierce mama bear in me just wanted to FIX IT. To help her see with my wiser adult eyes how these difficult times will soon pass, and how she will be so much better and stronger and more caring of others' hearts because of it.
Thankfully, oh so thankfully, I silently sent up a quick prayer for God to give me wisdom.
And He did.
I closed my mouth, and stopped trying to fix my daughter's hurt with words.
Instead, I pulled back the covers on my bed, and had her scoot in next to me. We pulled the covers up to our chins, settled back against the pillows, and turned on an episode of DC Cupcakes. The show wasn't anything special--it was just a way to snuggle next to my girl.
Because sometimes, words aren't going to fix the hurts. Sometimes, a girl just needs someone to snuggle up next to her. Sometimes, she just needs her mama's shoulder to rest on.
Sometimes, she needs her mama just to be there.
I'd love to know...How did your mom help you best during difficult times growing up?
"So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you." -John 16:22