My friend’s daughter is in junior high. Even the words “junior high” make my jaw clench a little. There are so many ways that it can go down…not all bad, just a lot of different possible directions. Her daughter said this week, “I offered to help someone even though I didn’t want to because that’s who I want to be.”

…Because that’s who I want to be.

It makes me ask…”Who do I want to be?”

I want to be patient with my kids, even when they are hard. I want to give them grace even when they seem to be in the same rut. I want to be gracious with my help, lifting them out of the muck. I want to hug them and pat their heads even when everything within me needs space. I want to be a safe spot for my husband to come home to. I want to listen with ears that are attentive even when they have been so filled with words all day long. I want to be the friend who listens before she talks, and I want to over and over be a gal who follows her God because she loves Him. 

So today, I’m going to choose to follow her example. I’m going to stop and realign, spending some time with who I want to be. I’m going to post those words around my home and plead with my God to help me because, on my own, I can’t, but when I rest with my heart set on Him, I can. 

So today, let’s choose who we want to be and be that gal. 

Kirstin Ricketts

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