Sign on My Daughter’s Door

Tonight, I went upstairs as usual to tuck my girls in bed. I was greeted by a hand written sign on Sarah’s door:

I have heard this saying before, but I was impressed that my 16 year old would put it up on her door to share with the rest of the family. So, I want to share it with you. Feel free to use the graphic above or the one below!

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Melissa Ringstaff

Melissa Ringstaff is a pastor’s wife, serving with her husband in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of Southeastern Kentucky. She is a homeschooling mother of five plus four and Grandarlin’ to 14 (so far) grandchildren. Melissa has been blogging at A Virtuous Woman since 2001. She has written several titles including Spring Cleaning for the Heart and Home, The Homemaker’s Journal: Keeping House, and Christmas ADVENTures in Prophecy.

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7 Comments on Sign on My Daughter’s Door

  1. jilly
    November 3, 2010 at 6:37 pm (4 years ago)

    Melissa you are so blessed to have a 16 year who is clearly walking with the Lord. My husband’s 16 year old daughter has not, though she was raised in the church. We know she knows better, but has chosen to make her dad out to be the bad guy, along with me. We have not seen her in nearly a year, and she finally has a counseling appointment next week as ordered by the court. We don’t believe she will go. She told the court in July she would see her dad for 3 hours on Sundays, but has since refused, and now will not even speak to him on the phone.

    All of this mess started because he would not allow her to spend the night at a girlfriends house, a girlfriend she refused to name. So she called the cops, and they stated they couldn’t make her come with us for the weekend.

    My Mr. Wonderful is such a Godly man. He teaches at church, leads worship, helps at MCRD, and has a daily devotional he sends out through email. I feel so bad for him, as I know none of what he is going through does he deserve.

    We can teach and raise our children, but they must decide how they will live their life.

    blessings to you and yours,
    jilly

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  2. TAMOKA
    November 5, 2010 at 6:34 am (4 years ago)

    To Jilly,

    Teenagers are difficult, and instead of talking about her and what she’s putting your husband through, you should pray for her, talking about the situation is not going to change it. You don’t know what she may be going through, or the resentment she may feel toward her dad because he’s not in the household with her, and she may resent you for the same reason. If you and your husband are spiritual people, you need to be fighting this with prayer, not the legal system. Try to be understanding, and have compassion for her, and be patient with her. I have two teenagers that I’m raising right now that are not mine biologially, nor were they raised in the church, so I’m going through some of the same things, as far as the rebellion and attitudes, but I love them and I continue to pray for them. I have been guilty of talking about them too, to their father, and some family members, but I know that was wrong and I have asked God for forgiveness and to help me to be a better parent that can teach them and lead them to Christ, not turn them away from Him. We, as Christians, forget that we don’t fight against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places] (Eph 6:12). This is about more than just her knowing better, we all know better, but we all sin and fall short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23). I thank the Lord for his grace and mercy, without which, where would we be? Pray that she will not harden her heart, and forgive her father for whatever it is she feels that he has wronged her, and that she will receive the forgiveness of our Father, after she forgives. I love you and God bless you and your family. I am praying that the Lord will heal your family.

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  3. Demetria
    December 23, 2010 at 2:34 pm (4 years ago)

    What a blessing to have your daughter be so filled with conviction of the Lord that she has this awesome sign on her door! I have two young girls, and when they older I pray that I’ve instilled within her enough of Jesus so that they yearn to know Him and love Him on their own.

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  4. Pamala Rudolph
    September 7, 2012 at 12:14 pm (2 years ago)

    Melissa, Hi. I just discovered your site and am loving it. I love the ‘gems’ you glean from the Bible. I would love to put a link to your site on my website, but I am not computer saavy. I also would love to share that Sign on Your Daughter’s Door on my site, too. Do you have any suggestions how I can learn how to link to your site, and also how to download the graphic for your daughter’s sign? Thanks.

    I truly love the photographs and the really useful information on your site. Thanks so much for sharing. It’s been a joy.
    Pam Rudolph

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  5. Pamala Rudolph
    September 9, 2012 at 4:42 pm (2 years ago)

    Thanks, Melissa, for your help about getting links to your site. By the way, I love the graphics and photographs, the Bible teaching, the tips for home and gardening, etc. It’s just a wonderful, helpful, all around website. Thanks so much for sharing with us.
    Pam Rudolph

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    • Melissa Ringstaff
      September 9, 2012 at 8:18 pm (2 years ago)

      Pamala, you’re so welcome! Thank you for visiting. I appreciate your comments!

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