Raising daughters is a terrifying thing to do. Especially when you're the mom and you know exactly what is before them: the insecurities, fears, self-doubts, peer pressures and worldly hurdles. . As a woman, I know there are things ahead of them that I’d give anything to protect them from. I remember the pain of growing up, of figuring out who I was and what I stood for. I remember the moments I was mean and unkind. The times I was insecure and selfish. The times I chose wrong over right but could never shake that sinking feeling in my chest while I did it. . And this is what I want to protect them from. I want to protect them from the world and all its ridiculous ideas of who they should be and what they should do, yes. But I also want to protect them from themselves. From the lies that they will inevitably entertain in their minds—from boys that pressure them, the girls that don't respect them, or in the middle of the night when they think, worry, and fret about their past, present, and future. . Sometimes, I just want to keep them here, just 1 and 3 forever, innocent and pure, unaware of all that will come to them. But I can't stop time from making them grow up. And I can't stop their minds from growing along with it. . So instead I will tell them how beautiful they are every day. I will teach them kindness and grace will take them far. I will point out good always wins over evil. I will teach them they have value and deserve respect—from themselves and others. And perhaps most importantly, I will teach the importance of knowing their Bible—because they can rely on it when they can't rely on their hearts. . And I will remind them, as often as they need to hear, that they have me forever. There is nothing they can ever do to stop my love. Mistakes will be made. They will be mean. They will be unkind. It happens even to the very best of us. But from me, grace will always be offered. There is nothing we can't fix, nothing we can't battle. We are always together, bonded by blood; I carry them in my heart. . This is a terrifying task. But all I can do is be faithful to raise them to know truth, and from there, I release them out of my hands, to grow up.