Teenage Daughters

“She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.” Proverbs 31:1212She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. (Proverbs 31:12)
There is a very needed lesson in this verse. It says “all the days of her life.” When a girl dresses modestly, she preserves herself for her husband, even if she hasn’t yet met him. This is one way she can bless him all the days of her life. May those of us with teenage daughters encourage them to dress modestly, preserving themselves for the man who will someday be their husband.
There are other ways she may bless him by her actions before she knows him. “Whatsoever a [woman] soweth, that shall [she] also reap” (Gal.6:7). The moments she spends now memorizing scripture will someday bless her and those around her. The books she reads now (hopefully the Bible first of all!) form the character of the woman she will become. The habits she forms, the homemaking skills she masters, her whole lifestyle will someday bless or hinder her future husband as well as herself.
Whether or not the Lord’s will for our daughter includes marriage, we know that His plan for her is to live for the glory of God. He knows her future and can guide and prepare her for it. Her part and ours is to look to Him, knowing that His plan is always best. Then He can lead her to actions that will help her to honor and serve Him “all the days of her life.” Even more than actions, God values the heart. “A woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised” (Prov. 31:3030Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. (Proverbs 31:30)).