Before I tell you what was inside, let me give you some back story. When the package arrived, I was getting ready to head out the door to visit my 16-year-old daughter who has been attending a boarding school for the past eight months.
It’s hard to say that out loud.
It’s even harder to admit it’s a school for troubled teens.
I’m one of those moms who talks about her kids nonstop. I’m the kind of mom who has birthday parties and takes pictures (obsessively) and makes favorite dinners. I’m the parent who stays up way past my bedtime because that seems to be when teenagers want to talk. I love being a parent—and everything that comes with that job.
So how does that kind of mom decide to send her child away?
Let me just tell you that when my husband and I drove away from her school last summer, I cried so hard I thought my insides would come out. Truly. I didn’t think my body would physically be able to handle all that weeping—and yet I couldn’t stop. All weekend long I kept crying, hardly taking a breath. In part it was because I missed her already; but it was more than that. I wept because I was worried about her, because I didn’t know if they could help her, because I didn’t want her to have such a difficult life, I didn’t want her be in these circumstances, I didn’t want her to need help in such a profound way…
I sent her only because it was the only option I had left.
By the mighty power of the Holy Spirit, Rachael has begun the process of radical transformation (I see her nearly once a week, and the change is tangible); but my little baby girl still has scars (physical, emotional, and spiritual). Sometimes I can hardly bear to see her struggling with her self-worth—especially when I know what a powerful, beautiful, child of God she is.
And that’s when the package arrived. And inside was a book written by someone I personally know to be godly, genuine, and wise. And the title of that book: You’re Already Amazing. The very message I was hoping to share with my precious daughter—a work in progress, for sure, and yet already, by the grace of God, amazing. God sees the beauty in Rachael. He knows the great things she will do, even if she doesn’t (yet).
Anyway, I couldn’t wait to put this book in her hands—and to know she would share it with the other girls in her dorm who also need to hear this powerful message.
Thank you for obeying the Lord by sharing this message, Holley. Love you!Leave a Comment