I have four beautiful daughters ranging in age from 12 on down to 2: Mya, Mabel, Jada, and Annabelle. Four hearts that I’ve been entrusted to nurture and care for. Four young ladies with strong wills and lots of estrogen.
On the one hand, I love having four daughters. I love watching them learn life skills and grow into their own personalities. I love crafting together and thinking about our future adventures when they’re grown; meeting up somewhere fun to shop till we drop or Ryan and I watching the grandbabies for the weekend so that they can get away with their husbands - goofy stuff like that crosses my mind - but honestly, these next few years, the teenage years, make me a little nervous as I attempt to raise so many daughters with so many hormones and so many opinions.
Our culture is hard on girls. It constantly tells them that they’re not enough: they’re too fat or too skinny or too tall or too short or too mouthy or too shy or too smart or too stupid, so many messages that they hear, and to top off all of these subliminal messages, they are thrust into this sex crazed, no limits, immediate gratification culture, and all of it is exaggerated by social media which paints a picture of constant perfection and pressures them to emulate this unrealistic ideal.
I’m exhausted just thinking about the battles they’ll have to fight for purity, kindness, and goodness, and I’m thankful there are resources written specifically with our girls in mind which address the pressures they face on a daily basis. The Faithgirlz Backpack Bible is one of these fabulous resources. It’s adorable. It’s pink, compact, and easy to read, and I love the words on the inside cover which affirm anything and everything a girl needs to hear on a consistent basis:
· Focus on my inner beauty
· Remember that God loves me always
· Love myself the way God made me.
· Look at other’s gifts without jealousy
· Treat other people the way that I want to be treated
· Love my neighbor
· Forgive others when they sin against me
· Love me enemies
· See God’s will in all that I do
· Focus on the inner beauty of others.
These truths continue throughout as gentle reminders to seek out the source of where true beauty and strength come from. If you have a young girl in your life, make sure you check out this resource and also the one that I wrote about last week, The Brave Beauty devotional book, and pray without ceasing for these ladies as they seek to be pillars of truth and light in their culture.
And, as always, I have a copy of the Faithgirlz Backpack Bible to give away to one lucky reader! Comment below or on Facebook or Instagram, and I’ll draw a random winner next Monday!
Just keep livin!