It's a New Season

By Darlene Thorne
Worship Leader, EXW Contributor
June 11, 2024

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There is something wonderfully magical about watching your daughter enter a new stage in her life. My daughter and I went to a nail salon for me to get a pedicure and a manicure. I was singing in a wedding and I wanted to look my best. Usually when we go she plays with her game boy and is totally satisfied. This time she asked if she could get a manicure like mine. At first I told her no because, honestly, I was not thinking. The No came out way too fast. When I saw the look of disappointment on her face I immediately told her to go pick out a nice frosty pink color and let them do her nails. She beamed as she went to get her color and she kept looking at me and smiling while the nail technician did her manicure. I sat there in wonderment. It was the best feeling in the world. My nine year old daughter is growing up! Dont get me wrong, I know how old she is and I also know that the day would come when she would want to emulate me, but this day was the day the light bulb showed its brightest. We were embarking on a new path. I am getting to know my daughter in a new light. Sure, she still acts like a tomboy and argues with her brother over who gets the power leaf blower, but she is becoming a little softer. She is more sensitive about her feelings; she is almost wearing them on her sleeves. Her mood swings are off the charts and sometimes I dont know whether to punish her or console her when she says things that I know are out of order. Kennedy is blazing a new trail for both of us. We are learning about one another once again.

Just like my daughter wanted to be like me, I want to become more like Jesus. She wanted to be like me, getting the manicure and participating in the same thing I was doing. I wont say I was just like Jesus in that instance because I told her no at first without thinking. I am so glad Jesus is not like us. However just as I took pleasure in watching my daughter wanting to be like me, Jesus takes pleasure in watching us wanting to be like him.

What is your new stage in life? What corners are you turning? My daughter is turning the corner, heading to a new stage in her life and I am excited to be a part of it. I am also becoming so much more careful so she will follow me as I follow Christ. Check out where you are and where you want to be. Dont be afraid to emulate Jesus. He wont say No. He is waiting for you to say, I want to be just like you!

Darlene Thorne
Worship Leader, EXW Contributor
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