Statistics for teen females in the U.S.:
Adolescent girls are twice as likely as boys to develop depression (Mayo Clinic Foundation, 2006)
1 in 3 high school girls thinks about suicide at least once in a 2 week period (Best Friends Foundation, 2004)
81% of 10 year-old girls are afraid of becoming fat; 78% of 18 year-old girls are unhappy with their bodies (Body Wars: Making Peace With Women’s Bodies by M. Maine, 2000)
The majority of self-injurers are women (“Teens in Crisis: Cutting on the Rise,” D. Engelgau, Discovery Health, 2007)
Every 2 minutes a woman in America is sexually assaulted (Oprah episode, Aug 12, 2002)
On an average day in America: 1,000 unwed teen girls become mothers, 1,106 teen girls get abortions (Children’s Defense Fund, 2002)
I foundmore, but I’ll leave it at that. Every girl FEELS the battle raging within and around her. It’s a literal onslaught, and not just for teen girls. The battle gets more psychological, more subtle, as a woman matures.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God (Ephesians 6:12-17) This “whole armour of God”has implications withthe protection of some of the Sacred Stations of the body: loins, chest/heart (breastplate), feet, mind (helmet), hands/arms (sword). “Having done all” (or essentially, what it comes down to)…is we must STAND. As I wrote about in an earlier post, The word Station comes from the Latin word that means “to stand.”Sacred Stationsisabout standingin holy places. It all starts with a choice…Will I stand in Truth, no matter what? How do we teach our daughters to stand (or even to want to stand when the world shouts so loudly)? And how do we ourselves stand in holy places? I am convinced it is through our thoughts. The mindistheinstrument of spiritual creation. When we are present with our thoughts and CHOOSE to generate mental images and phrasesthat hold light, we are taking a stand…for truth, beauty, love and power. What girl wouldn’t want to possess those traits? Females only act out because they don’t know who they really are. Those statistics referenced above were not just numbers, butprecious, pricelessfemininesouls who have lost sight oftheir divine identities. Teach a girl to hold form for a mind that is STILL and holds Truth, and she will be able to quench every fiery dart that gets hurled at her.
And as for Mom? I love this quote: “A mother who radiates self love and acceptance actually vaccinates her daughter against low self esteem.” (Naomi Wolf)