When I was in high school there were two women who invested their lives in me (other than my mom.)  I trusted them with my hopes, dreams, fears and things that I couldn’t ever tell my mom; not because she didn’t care, but because I needed a different perspective. I always told myself that if I ever had opportunity I would do the same thing in the teenage girls that were in my sphere of influence.  God has placed three different girls in my life, and all three of them are the most incredibly grounded and kind people who you would ever hope to meet.  If I would have had their wisdom while I was in  high school, life would have been much less hurtful and damaging. You see, I have a past,  quite an ugly one. Sometimes when I think of all the things that I’ve done, and seen and said; I am so ashamed.  But then I remember–GRACE.

“To the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.  In HIM we have redemption through HIS blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace  that HE lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding.”  Ephesians 1:6-8.

I don’t have to worry that my past, will affect the relationship that I have with these high-school girls.  They see the truth, and in that truth they see my redemption, my growth and the blessings I’ve been given in spite of the wrong choices that I’ve made I am so thankful I’ve been given the chance to be salt and light to girls who’re navigating the rough waters of high school! One of my girls is going through a rough patch right now, I’ve prayed for her for weeks and weeks, and still this ugly situation keeps trying to knock her  off of her feet. Yet,  she refuses to give this situation power over her.  What she may not see, is the courage that it takes to face these giants is tremendous.


Dearest K,

You, my girl are a fighter! You are courageous and kind and compassionate and you work harder than anyone I’ve ever met in my life. You need to hear how much I admire your spirit and your heart. I can’t imagine how hard it is for you to walk into practice everyday and keep pushing forward, even though it feels so hopeless. You are an inspiration to me, too often when things get hard in my life, I run.

You persevere and I admire that more than I could ever say. I want you to know that people will always come into your life with ill-motives, they bruise, crush and destroy; how you choose to respond to them is the true mark of character.   Every twist and turn thrown at you, you’ve handled with grace and dignity.  Keep fighting my sweet girl, keep choosing the higher road.  You are something special!

All my love,


PS–I’ll be in the front row tomorrow night, air-horn in hand ready to blast some eardrums!

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