Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Mommy said..."Don't be like me"

Yesterday I was going through Emilie's papers from school. She had some absolutely perfect papers and I was so proud of her. I complimented her on her progress and she said..."Oh be quiet mamma".
I was a bit shocked to hear her say these words as it is not something that normally comes from her. She wasn't saying it to be rude, but rather than she did not want to hear the compliment.
SOOOO...later on, I was fixing her hair and told her how beautiful she was and she responds with..."Stop saying that mamma....I'm not pretty". Again...I was shocked.

Children certainly live what they learn. For the longest time, this is something I struggeled with. Self esteem! I'm not saying I still don't, but I've gotten much better and receiving compliments and praises than I use to. Now I've learned to say "Thank You" and appreicate the love and support from others.

It's amazing to think of all the times I didn't receive it from others. Does that mean that when God is trying to compliment me that I'm not listening or recieiving his praises?

I think we have a God who loves us so much and wants us to feel good about ourselves no matter what the circumstances are. I don't think He wants His look upon ourselves like Emilie was. I think He wants us to see the beauty in what he created us to be.


Theresa said...

I think you are beautiful, Brenda. And it's posts like this that prove that beauty is not just on the outside... it's inside too.

I love you, chica!!!

Brenda said...

Hey girl!!! I was just sitting here thinking about you! I love you too and thank you for those kind words! Miss you!