Have you considered that your time with your daughter, the words you are speaking into her life, and the love you are showing her are like buried treasure? They are!
You are investing wealth that is hidden within your daughter’s heart that can be called upon when she needs it most.
I have been reading a book called “Popular” that offers great insight into the struggles of most typical teenage girls. (In fact, this is a great book if you have an older teen in your home) The author bravely shares very honest stories of her youth and the destructive choices she made. She came from a great family and has a terrific dad, but things in her life still fell apart around her.
However, as much as it may have appeared that she wasn’t listening to her parents, the knowledge of their love for her kept her afloat. This is what she said,
“I was living my own nightmare, and each morning for months I would cry in the shower, begging that this day wouldn’t be the same as the last. The only thing that kept my head held high was the encouragement my parents had given me earlier in life. Even though it didn’t stop me from making huge mistakes, it came back to me later. Somehow, they did a great job of making me believe that I was worthy of love and respect. So while I wasn’t being loved by a boy and I was constantly being disrespected, my parents’ voices were still in my head saying this wasn’t who I was. The life I was living shouted to anyone listening that I didn’t think I was worth anything at that moment, while deep down in my heart a voice whispered that one day someone would love me for who I was and not for what I could give him.” (p 47)
Please keep burying wealth in the heart and mind of your daughter. We may never know how important those words are to her. She may need to draw upon the wealth you have buried in her when she feels broke and empty!