June 1, 2010 I published the last issue (at least for a while) of Girl Talk my teen girl magazine. Since this blog was originally designed for the purpose of publishing weekly devotions for the magazine and later the magazine itself I decided to create another blog that isn’t connected to Girl Talk.

I’ll probably still publish book reviews or other items here now and again but you’ll more often find me at Trusting Him with Today. I hope you’ll stop by

Jul 10, 2008

I'm No Angel

I’m no angel
So don’t expect me to be
I’m just an ordinary girl
With human frailties

I’m going to make mistakes
As I try to find my way
So if my halo’s a little crooked
Don’t worry, I’ll be okay

I’ll say the wrong thing
As I try to express myself
I know what’s inside me
But the words don’t come out right

Please know that I am trying
To be the best that I can be
But don’t expect me to be perfect
The pressure is too much for me

I want to make you proud
You know I really do
But don’t set impossible standards
For me to aspire to

If it’s perfection you want
Then I’m going to disappoint
Because the pressure to be perfect
Takes all the joy from life

Pressure to be Perfect

I wrote the above poem in response to a conversation I had with several young ladies who confessed to feeling pressured to be perfect little “angels” all the time and to feeling overwhelmed by our high expectations of them.

Well girls, I’ll concede only to this, we probably shouldn’t expect you to be perfect since none of us are. However, just as our creator has bigger dreams for us than we can ever imagine so do we have big dreams for you. We will always want you to excel and reach for goals that may seem far beyond your reach. So my dear young ladies, would you settle for one out of two?

GT Jun/Aug '08


Denise said...

Such a beautiful poem.

Angie said...

Bernadine----I LOVED that! Girl--that could be a song!
I think so many of the girls in our youth group face that. AND sadly---many of them decide---"why try". You have given a good thought line. Would you give me permission to print this and share it with them on Wednesday night? Some of them don't have computers at home and since school is out---no access to one. I will wait to hear from you. I would not print w/o your permission.

Tiffany Stuart said...

Beautiful reminder to girls. To all of us.

Thanks for sharing.

And thanks for commenting on my latest devo with LWG.

God bless,

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