When school resumed after the holiday break, Grace came home with a card that said, "I love you Grace," a pretty blown glass fish, and a shell ring. Which made it official: they were getting married!!!
And then Grace's friend, Ariana, let her know that she was doing her darndest to make Parker love her more than he loves Grace. We had a couple late-to-sleep nights as she awfulized over this, praying, talking, comforting...
And it was fine for a couple weeks.
Now it seems that Ariana has succeeded, Parker told Grace yesterday that he loves Ariana more. And he doesn't want to sit by her anymore... Grace cried at bedtime over the lost love of her life. And she's 6. SIX. And her heart is broken.
On the way to school she cried again, had an upset tummy, and didn't want to go to school because she was so upset. This has been a huge hit to her self esteem. And the drama! It's hard not to laugh it off, it's very serious. She's pretty sure she'll never have another boyfriend again. I don't want her to find her value and well being on whether anyone else likes her, is happy with her, whatever! I want her to hear Jesus' voice tell her that He is happy with her, always. (Note to self: Am I modeling that?)
As a parent, how do I comfort her, teach her to not give her heart away foolishly, and help her navigate the choppy waters of adolescent peer pressure and fickle relationships? Oh, daughter! My heart breaks with yours!
Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it.