You will probably have days when it seems your communication is regressing instead of progressing (I certainly did!). Or you may be deadlocked in a conflict that prevents you from moving forward in meaningful conversation. But no barrier or challenge is insurmountable with God.

He can take our faltering conversations and flawed efforts and transform them into rich communication that brings glory to Him. He reminds us: "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness" (2 Cor. 12:9). Pastor Charles Spurgeon elaborated: "He gives grace abundantly, seasonably, constantly, readily, sovereignly. . . . He generously pours into [our] souls without ceasing, and He always will do so, whatever may occur."2

You see, in God is available the all-sufficient grace we need. Let’s admit our inadequacies to Him and ask for His blessing on our mother-daughter communication. So why don’t we put this book down and spend some time talking with our daughters.

For Further Study

War of Words: Getting to the Heart of Your Communication Struggles by Paul David Tripp

1. Tedd Tripp, Shepherding a Child’s Heart (Wapwallopen, Pa.: Shepherd Press, 1995), xix.

 2. Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Morning and Evening (Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson Publishers, 1995), 551.

This column is part of an ongoing series on Mother-Daughter Conversations on Biblical Womanhood.  Click here for last month's installment.

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Carolyn Mahaney is a wife, mother, homemaker, and the author of Feminine Appeal: Seven Virtues of a Godly Wife and Mother, and Girl Talk: Mother-Daughter Conversations on Biblical Womanhood. During her more than 30 years as a pastor’s wife, Carolyn has spoken to women in many churches and conferences, including those of Sovereign Grace Ministries, which her husband, C.J., leads. C.J. and Carolyn have three married daughters and one twelve-year-old son, Chad.

Nicole Mahaney Whitacre is the oldest daughter of C.J. and Carolyn Mahaney, as well as a wife, mother, and homemaker. She assisted her mother with Feminine Appeal, and is the co-author of Girl Talk. Nicole and her husband, Steve, have one son, Jack.

Carolyn and her three daughters keep a weblog for women in all seasons of life, also entitled "Girl Talk."

This column was adapted for Crosswalk from Girl Talk: Mother-Daughter Conversations on Biblical Womanhood (Crossway 2005) by Carolyn Mahaney and Nicole Mahaney Whitacre © 2005 (Used by permission of Crossway Books, a division of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187, http://www.gnpcb.org.)