The passage to womanhood can be a bit rocky.
When is a girl considered a woman?
When she starts her period?
Shaves her legs?
Late Afternoon on the Beach, by Diane Leonard
And who tells her when she finally “arrives” on womanhood’s shore?
I spent a fair amount of time pondering these things as a girl-turning-woman. The bridge between childhood and adulthood can be confusing; sometimes, a girl isn’t quite sure when she’s actually made it across.
I was a young wife, and a newly expectant mother, when my mom discovered the book, Gentle Passages, by Robin Jones Gunn.
As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, she shared the book with me…
My mom cried.
For the first time in my life, I truly saw the beauty in even the less glorious aspects of womanhood. I also discovered a purposeful plan for mothers in guiding their daughters toward gracious and confident womanhood.
And I determined to someday give my daughters a “gentle passage.”
Building Castles in the Sand, by Nancy Seamons Crookston
Mothers, will we be there to welcome our daughters into womanhood?
Or, will we leave it up to peers and Hollywood to tell them about their changing bodies? About boys? About babies? About how they should dress and speak and act?
Will they even trust us to tell them about the mysteries of womanhood?
I want to be there for my daughters. To gently guide them through the season of unfolding womanhood.
My daughters are tender “buds” right now, innocently enjoying their world of childhood. I rejoice in that.
Yet, I can’t help but prayerfully contemplate the coming years, and wonder how God might use me to give them a “gentle passage.”
Right now, I am tying strings with these little souls; building a bond that, by God’s grace, will grow into a full fledged friendship as the years unfold.
Next week, we’ll talk more about guiding young daughters toward womanhood, practical ideas for talking to girls about modesty and sexuality, helping preacher’s kids deal with loneliness…
For today, I would love for you to check out this book, Gentle Passages, and consider adding it to your reading list this summer. I would love to see the publishers bring this book back!
I have a feeling my girls and I will be reading this one soon!
For more favorite books for young girls, please check out my guest post today over at Hip Homeschool Moms!
Who guided your tender steps into womanhood?
Was it a gentle passage?
Peace, by Diane Leonard