Speak to them even though you think their ears are not tender for your words. Come along side and offer your hand. Let them hear your voice, these young ones who seem to have it all together. I listen to their hearts at night as they settle, just before sleep. Some are losing hope.

The younger ones need your strength.You have walked through some pretty deep and swirling streams, remember?  There were times when you struggled for your next breath. Like when that career failed to fulfill your sense of purpose and became just a job. Or when the relationship you pinned your future on took a nose dive and all you can remember is Prince Charming riding away on his horse. Or the day you woke to find that he snored with his mouth open. Or maybe Prince Charming never arrived at all. When girlhood dreams woke to a woman’s reality, we faced the challenge together. And you survived. And you flourished. Remember the peace that flooded your heart as you rested in my arms? Remember the courage it took to trust Me?

The younger ones need your courage. Your sweet child, the darling you carried for nine months came into the world with a rush. Remember sleepless nights when illness kept you awake rocking and praying? The first steps, first words, first school days, first date came all in the snap of a finger.  Remember moving day when you wiped tears with a shaking hand and that familiar smell as you hugged goodbye? You let go of your baby with joy and heartache all in the same moment. Remember the child that never came? Remember the child you lost? Remember the child you released? This season is not for the faint-hearted.

The younger ones need your wisdom. Now many of those things are behind you. You have experienced life and found wisdom to fill a book. Your days are less hectic and your weekends are freer. Listen. This season has great purpose to Me. I did not lead you through it all for your sake alone. I call you now to be teachers to the younger ones. Here Me when I tell you that they sorely need your active presence in their lives. I have planted you in this place to be My beacon. You are My gift to them.

The younger ones need your hope. Allow yourself to be unwrapped. Feel neither pride nor shame in your story. I have promised to work all things to good and that is what I plan to do. My presence is resting inside you and I want to use it to bring these daughters close. I want them to feel your hope. When you do this, you will bless My heart. You will find a work to fill your empty corners. It is the way I will redeem every single one of your broken dreams and desperate moments. All the pleasure and pain and sorrow and joy you lived will be an example to their young souls. In this you will find satisfaction and My purpose for the rest of your days. Peace will rain down in a flood and splash dry lips with joyful praise.  

2 Corinthians 1:4-5 He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. (The Message)

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