Thursday, July 20, 2017

Permission to Be Brave

How can we change that?

This is a discuss  my friend Suzie Eller and I had when I shared with her this statistic: a girl’s confidence is at its peak at the age of 9.

Nine years old. 

Maybe you remember being 9 years old. Carefree. A child on the edge of all of life changing as she knows it.

Where did she go?

I believe God wants to restore the courageous girl in each of us and, in return, help those coming up right behind us to be confident and brave as well.

Join Suzie and I in this vlog as we dive deeper into this conversation and share with us how you think we can change this statistic … together.

 

Brave Beauty: Finding the Fearless You empowers girls ages 8 – 12 to find His confidence. Pre-order today!

Lynn

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Sometimes It’s Ok to Quit {GIVE AWAY DAY}

Today I welcome my friend and fellow Proverbs 31 Ministries author, Glynnis Whitwer, to share from her new book, Doing Busy Better. I pray this post encourages you to have the confidence you need if you find yourself in a commitment you might need to step away from. Or perhaps it will help you as you coach your daughters through similar situations.

 

Glynnis is also giving away a copy of Doing Busy Better to one of my readers, plus she has free downloads for all of you! Here’s Glynnis:

 

 

Ever find yourself wanting to quit when things get hard?

 

Whether it’s learning something new, joining a group where we are the outsider, or being around people who don’t treat us like we deserve to be treated, most of us find ourselves in a difficult situation at some time or other, and getting out seems like the best avenue.

 

Throughout the Bible we are encouraged to press on, persevere, not give up hope, be brave, believe, and trust the Lord to strengthen us as we face our challenges.

 

Is there anywhere we are encouraged to stop?

 

The answer is yes, and we find a powerful reason to quit given by Jesus Himself in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5.

 

When It Causes You to Sin.

 

Jesus taught that sin in our hearts is just as bad as the sin we commit with our words or actions.

 

I faced sin in my heart during a time as children’s ministry director at my small church. It was a great part-time job that seemed manageable. I had three small children at the time, so I was already involved in that ministry. And because I have the gift of teaching and administration, it seemed a perfect fit.

 

For a while everything went great. I loved helping pick out curriculum and organizing the teacher supply room. I liked working with the other leaders, who shared a similar passion for teaching. And I loved the children.

 

Where this job fell apart for me was with the volunteers. Every week it seemed somebody called to cancel, or worse yet, just didn’t show up. And most often I deemed their excuses flimsy at best. After all, I didn’t let a headache stop me from showing up. And I went to bed early on Saturday night so I wasn’t too tired to show up.

 

Week after week I grew more and more annoyed. Especially since I was often the one to fill in for that volunteer, meaning I missed the church service I desperately needed.

 

I grew prideful as I compared my commitment with others and found them lacking. I grew resentful at their lack of dedication, and my compassion meter ran on empty.

 

After a year of praying and asking for God’s strength and trying to resolve these issues through practical means, my heart was steadfastly in the wrong place. I didn’t like the person I was becoming, and I went to the pastor and gave notice (and stayed till we found a replacement).

 

There are a few reasons I couldn’t handle that job. First, my energy and compassion were pretty much consumed by raising three little boys. Second, pride had a firm hold of me back then, and I was starting to see that it would take much to root it out. And third, I just wasn’t spiritually mature enough to handle the job.

 

Being on staff at a church requires a depth of spiritual and emotional maturity I didn’t have. I didn’t have the undergirding of personal prayer nor did I know how to handle all the knowledge that came with that position. It was absolutely the right decision to quit; I’ve never second-guessed that one.

 

As you consider all your commitments and responsibilities, is there one where you know either your thoughts, words, or actions aren’t right? If so, it’s always best to seek God’s help before quitting.

 

God has used hard situations to convict and correct me of sin. There have been plenty of other times I wanted to quit a responsibility due to my own sin, but God kept me there and changed me.

 

But if you are in a situation where you are continually tempted to sin, or are already in sin, and you don’t feel equipped to handle it, you could be facing the go-ahead to quit.

 

I know the idea of quitting anything can feel wrong. But when we do it in the right way, for the right reasons, it can be one of the best ways to get ourselves on a healthy track of life.

 

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The Giveaway

Comment below and share a commitment that God is calling you to slow the pace in, or perhaps one He has called you to quit in the past. One random winner will be chosen to win a copy of Doing Busy Better and will notified by email on Friday, July 14. (U.S. addresses only please).

 

Free Downloads

 

Glynnis has five mobile lockscreens you can download to be reminded of what God’s Word says about rest by subscribing here. You can also download a sample chapter of Doing Busy Better, and if you purchase a copy, be sure to redeem your receipt to receive a FREE companion Study Guide. Get the details here.

 

About Doing Busy Better

 

In Doing Busy Better, Glynnis helps you examine your heart and your schedule in order to seek a healthy, holy, and enjoyable balance between work and rest. Most importantly, she shows you that your worth is found not in your accomplishments but in the love of the One who made you for work and for rest.

 

About Glynnis

Glynnis Whitwer is Executive Director of Communications for Proverbs 31 Ministries, and contributor to their Encouragement for Today devotional, reaching over a million women each day. She’s the author of nine other books, including Taming the To-Do List and I Used to Be So Organized. She and her husband, Tod, live in Arizona and have five young-adult children. Connect with Glynnis at www.GlynnisWhitwer.com where she encourages women to live with margin and room to breathe while still getting things done.

 

Lynn

Monday, July 3, 2017

Play Your Part in Changing Her World!

Do you remember what it was like to be in that “in-between” stage when you were transitioning from a child to a teenager?

Maybe you remember feeling like you didn’t measure up and would do just about anything to fit in.

Recent statistics reveal that not much has changed.

Seven out of ten girls feel

they don’t measure up.

It’s time that statistic grew smaller!

My friend Michelle Nietert, who also loves tweens because she has one, are looking for a few friends who have a heart for young girls and want to help them to build Christ Confidence!

Is that you?

If so, apply to become a part of the Brave Beauty Book Launch Team.

If you’ve never been on a launch team, here’s what you’ll get just for being a part of the team:

  • Access to the Private Facebook PageOn this special page, we’ll be connecting, praying, and celebrating. There will be graphics to share, upcoming giveaways, contests, special promotions and more!

 

  • We’ll be reading Brave Beauty and discussing it together in the private Facebook group. This will provide valuable tools for investing in the tween in your life.

 

  • Free advance access to Brave Beauty in digital format before the book hits the shelves! (valued at $9)

 

  • A Free download of the Brave Beauty Study Guide (valued at $8)

 

  • Facebook Live sessions with Lynn

 

  • Special prizes/give aways only for those who are a part of the Brave Beauty Launch Team

 

If you want to get in on changing the future of today’s tween girls and this is the type of fun you’re into …  join us!

Just click here to complete the application.

For those who apply, next steps will follow in the third week of July!

When I am worried about what others think of me, I will be brave and focus on what GOD says about me!

Just one of the many declarations

we will be pouring into tweens through

Brave Beauty! 

 

 

Lynn

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Boundaries for Technology: From Babies to Beyond

“She carefully watches everything in her household…” – Proverbs 31:27

Yesterday, Tracy Levinson, author of unashamed: candid conversations about dating, love, nakedness and faith, started to teach us about technology and our children. Today, she finishes up with practical tips.

Technology is a stranger in the hands of your kids, so at what age is your child able to handle this “stranger” in your home?

Technology wants to accompany them at all hours and go with them to the bathroom, their bedroom, at the dinner table, outside, in the car. It’s awake when you are asleep.

I see technology as a freight train coming at you as a parent. Yet, I am also very confident in the goodness, grace and brilliance of our God, and His ability to give us wisdom as we navigate our world. In addition to this, I agree with God that the Spirit within a believer, no matter the age, is far greater than any challenge in this world. (1 John 4:4) We can do this parents!

Here is my advice to parents:

  • Babies: “Experts” consider the stage from birth to about three years old as the the “critical period.” Baby neural networks, located in the brain’s frontal lobe are super sensitive. This is where these cutie -patootie’s decode information and comprehend social interactions. Baby seems so smart. With the swipe of a tiny finger they are rapidly spoon-fed dynamic colors, shapes, sound effects and words.  Here is the deal:  this process can make their cognitive muscles lazy, because it does most of the work for them. Even worse, this instant gratification process produces glee-like dopamine which eerily mimics the brain process of a drug or porn user. I am not trying to freak you out. (Never-mind, that’s not true. I admit it, I am sorta trying to freak you out.) Don’t you agree that we should proceed in these unchartered technological waters with great caution, especially with our little people?
  • It is best to start intervening in your child’s social media world early. Get them accustomed to you lovingly having access to their phone. A basket during meals is a good idea. Phone curfews are wise. It is challenging, but not impossible to set guidelines at a later date. After all, you do pay the bill. If the student resists and the device isn’t easily handed over, texting privileges are removed for a season. But remember, this is motivated by love, not a legalistic regime. Over time, students should be given more freedom, as they demonstrate maturity.
  • Find a way to respectfully spy on your kid. If a parent is cool, kind and calm about it, knowing what is going on in their child’s social media account is a form of protection and love.
  • In general, ask questions and listen to your child. Refrain from interrupting our kids when they are trying to share their stories. Try not to take over the conversations. The Holy Spirit is sufficiently capable of assisting us in this.
  • I often share my own experience that relates to theirs, without sharing unnecessary details. 
  • Clarify the difference between punishment and consequences, motivated by love. Discipline and punishment are two different things. They have different goals. Discipline’s goal is to protect and teach. Punishment’s goal is to cast judgment or condemnation. God disciplines those He loves (Proverbs 3:12, Hebrews 12:6).
  • Patiently help your kids understand what is undergirding every boundary and patiently work through any resistance.
  • Keep assuring your children that they are loved, and that no matter what they have done in the past, that you believe that they are capable of making great decisions.

“Mistakes are an opportunity for grace” – tracy

ACRONYMS to be aware of – Here are a few; google them.

• PIR = Parent in room

• 9 = Parent watching

• POS = Parent over shoulder

• WTTP = Want to trade pictures? 

• GNOC = Get naked on camera

• 53X = Sex

• 420 / 710 = Marijuana

• ASL = Age/sex/location

• KMS = kill myself

EMOJIS:

frog = ugly

sexual = peach, eggplant, raindrops, banana

Footprints = beer

Gas pump + leaves = smoke marijuana

(Reference: Emojipedia, Emoji Dictionary)

CHECK OUT THESE HELPFUL SITES:

• www.pluggedin.com – reviews movies, TV,&  video games

• Google SafeSearch

• www.enough.org

FILTERS:

• Safe Eyes

• Besecure

  • Covenant Eye
  •  Net Nanny

ENCOURAGE YOUR KIDS TO AVOID PICTURES:

• in bedrooms

• in bathrooms

• school/uniforms or house numbers

• wait to post pictures after an event

• avoid sharing copyrighted material

Parenting is not for the faint-hearted. Therefore, giving yourself lots of grace is important for you. Don’t beat yourself up if you have allowed too much technology to dominate your parenting. For sure, there is “no condemnation” for any of us in Christ. A sense of humor doesn’t hurt in your parenting career either. Please don’t take my musings above as any sort of law or test for your parenting report card. There is no score card. My hope is that you will be encouraged and inspired to take on this wild horse of technology and tame it for your individual family, with the Lord’s inspiration and strength!

Tracy Levinson, best selling author of unashamed-candid conversations about dating, love, nakedness & faith   www.tracylevinson.com

Lynn

How did that 8 year old drive to McDonald’s?

I’m so excited today to have as my guest Tracy Levinson, the best-selling author of “unashamed – candid conversations about dating, love, nakedness & faith.” Learn more about her ministry at www.tracylevinson.com.

How would you feel if you found out your 8-year-old son was craving a burger one night, searched on YouTube, “How to drive a car?” extracted money from his piggy bank, on his tiptoes reached for the keys, responsibly strapped in his 4 year old sister in her carseat in the van, and successfully headed to McDonald’s for burgers? (You read it here!)

What a kid can learn on You Tube … and fast!

According to a study by Microsoft Corporation, the average human attention span has dropped from 12 seconds in 2002, to only eight seconds in 2013. This new number is only one second shorter than a goldfish, which is supposedly 9 seconds.

I sort of see technology as a freight train coming at us as parents.

Yet, I am also very confident in the goodness, grace and brilliance of our God, and His ability to give us wisdom as we navigate our world. His Spirit within every believer, no matter the age, is far greater than any challenge in this world. (1 John 4:4)

We can do this! 

But how?

Before we get into practical concepts, let’s focus on our mindsets as parents. I like to describe this through the simple image of a triangle:

Notice I have the word “emotions” on the left bottom corner of the triangle. As a parent, it is so easy to be afraid, frustrated, angry, bewildered at the culture and your child’s potential engagement with technology.

“He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty,

And he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city.” Proverbs 16:32

Although our emotions are valid, we do not want our parenting triangle to flip, with our emotions at the top, leading our behavior, words and decisions in our parenting. 

See the right bottom corner of the triangle? It says the law. Parenting by the law, often based on fear and control, is very tempting. 

Here is how I see it…

Fear + Rules = Pride or Failure

It encourages oppression, depression, often rebellion.

Parenting by the Spirit of God, the author of love,  is when we seek wisdom from Scripture, wise council from other believers, pray, and allow the peace of God in guiding our steps.

Let the peace of Christ [the inner calm of one who walks daily with Him] be the controlling factor in your hearts [deciding and settling questions that arise]. To this peace indeed you were called as members in one body [of believers]. And be thankful [to God always].Colossians 3:15 (Amp)

Scripture teaches that “love protects.”

This includes creating healthy, protecting boundaries with social media. God is a loving Father who wants to protect them. He can empower them with all the self-control they need over technology. Enough power all day, every day, to say “yes” or “no” to anything.

Love + Boundaries = Protection and Peace

Tomorrow Tracy will share part 2 where she shares practical tools for navigating parenting in the digital age.

Lynn

Monday, June 19, 2017

You & Your Girl: A Week of Growing Closer to Your Tween

Summer time …

Slower days and opportunities to be intentional in investing in our girls.

Join me this week on Instagram, starting today, where I’ll be sharing 7 dates to help you and your girl develop a deeper relationship!

You can find me at @LynnCowell.

See you there!

Lynn

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

I Can Do It! {Free Gift for You!}

With the power of the Holy Spirit in me, I will be brave!

 

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I really want to, but I’m too scared.

Like me, when you have heard your child voice these words, have you had that sinking feeling?

For a moment, you’re thrown back to your own growing up days; to all of the things you wanted to do, but never did … because of fear.

Never tried out for that play.

Never took up that instrument.

Never ran for class president or even hopped on a pair of skis. (So there’s my list and those are just the things when I was young!)

Fear.

It carries so much power when it comes to keeping us from going for all things new … and scary. And even though we know God is with us, why are there times when we still feel scared?  Our mind tells us we can’t do it before we even try.

What if we found the power within us, God’s power, to go for His goodness for us … even when we are scared?

That’s why I wrote today’s FREE resource: I Will Be Brave Declaration. When we speak truth to our minds and hearts, we can literally change the way that our minds think. We can change our paths from “I can’t” to “I Can”.

To download your free resource today, simply type in your email below:

Brave Beauty: Finding the Fearless You releases soon … just in time for school’s return. Be on the look out for more details to come! Here’s a little sample:

When I feel small or overlooked, I will remind myself that God can us anyone to do big things!

 

Lynn

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Strongest Women I Ever Met {GIVE AWAY DAY}

 

Hello, friends! You all know that I have been passionate about investing in young girls for a very long time. Well, this August, my newest writing will be for an even younger audience – tween girls ages 8 – 12. More on that coming later!

Through our mutual publisher, I have come to know another who loves girls as much as I do! 

Wynter Pitts is a mom of FOUR little girls! She is also the editor and founder of For Girls Like You Magazine, a ministry to girls (age 6-11) and their parents, that includes a quarterly print magazine, journal, and other print and web resources. Her passion and drive is to introduce young girls to Christian values in a way that they are able to palate and digest, so they can walk passionately and boldly in who God has created them to be. Today, I’m giving away a copy of Wynter and her daughter Alena’s newest book from ZonderKidz “Hello Stars: Lena in the Spotlight”. More on that below.

Here’s Wynter:

Growing up, behind the doors of my row home in the inner city of Baltimore, MD, lived two of the strongest women I have ever met. I am fortunate enough to call them, “Mommy” and “Mama.” My mother and my grandmother were world changers and they didn’t even know it.

 

They didn’t have a list of degrees, a platform, a huge following or even a high position in our local church.

 

Their lives were far from picture perfect.  As a matter of fact, most would have described them as victims of a poverty-stricken and crime ridden city.

 

But they are world changers.  They aren’t world-changers because of any worldly recognition or certificates of accomplishment, but simply because they were Christ-filled women, who knew what it meant to live faith-filled, and obedient lives with few people watching them.

 

They are world-changers because they said, “yes” to God when they did not see Him.  Both women chose to rest in the promises of His love and faithfulness, even when it would be easy to only see their circumstances that seemed insurmountable on many days.  They served the Lord in dark circumstances, willingly carrying their cross as they loved others.

 

I thank God for a mother who lived out her faith on the streets of Baltimore without fear.  I thank God for a mother who recognized the power of prayer and the difference her conversations with God made in the lives of her children.  And I am grateful for a grandmother who believed God’s promise to her to stand still and watch the salvation of the Lord for her and for her family.

 

Today, as a mom of four daughters, I reflect on their strength and thank God for the traces of their obedience that run deep in my own life and serve as the heartbeat for my family.

 

In 2015, my oldest daughter, Alena, landed the part as Danielle Jordan in the 2015 hit film, War Room.  Now, 2 years later, we are thanking the Lord for her success as the youngest African-American female to be represented by a major publisher. While I am proud of my daughter and the tangible success, I am reminded that her ability to impact the world for Christ started almost 40 years ago when Christ Jesus chose to grab the hearts of my grandmother and mother.

 

As women of God, regardless of the favorable or unfavorable details of our lives, we must remember that we are not a result of circumstances but we are His Chosen daughters, called to live out His purpose and lay a foundation that testifies of His goodness for generations to come.

 

Hello Stars- new book by War Room Movie actress Alena Pitts from For Girls Like You on Vimeo.

 

To qualify for the drawing for Hello Stars, you need to do TWO things:

#1. LEAVE A COMMENT below. Share the name of a young girl you would like to give this book to or a church or local library you would donate it to.

#2. SHARE THIS POST on social media.

That’s it! Once you do both, your name will be entered into the random drawing. Be sure to tell your friends so they can sign up too. The drawing will take place on Wednesday, May 31st so don’t delay! {Contest is limited to US & Canadian readers only.}

*** This contest is now closed. The winner is Bettie Guthrie

who posted on May 24, 2017 at 4:24 p.m. Congratulations, Bettie! *** 

 

Lynn

Thursday, May 11, 2017

That’s the Coffee Cup I Am {Give Away Day}

My friend Katy McCown is joining me today to talk about something many of us love; coffee Well sort of.  The everyday Katy loves a strong cup of coffee, or two. I learned a lot from her words, so I wanted to share them with you today!

Here’s Katy:

 

“Women live like a cup tipped over on its side. They give and give and pour out everything they have until there’s nothing left.”

 

I stared out my front door, listening to the raindrops fall as I absorbed what my friend had just said. All I could think was, Nailed it!

 

But as we talked more, another image surfaced. The same cup, but this time not empty at all. This time it’s upright and full. So full, the goodness inside breaks the rim and spills over, covering everything it touches.

 

“That’s what we’re going for,” my friend said. “That’s what God wants.”

 

On a side note, I imagine my cup in this little exercise full of coffee … But really, all too often I feel like the first cup. Empty – or at least on my last drop.

 

I want to love more, do more and give more, but eventually I run dry.

 

Then I read a verse like this one in John and wonder, What am I missing?

 

“The one who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, will have streams of living water flow from deep within him.” John 7:38 (HCSB)

 

Streams of living water … Moving, rushing out from the depths of my soul … and I don’t know whether to end that sentence with a period or a question mark. Because could that really be a statement of fact? Surely that’s reserved for only a few people, in a much slower season of life.

 

But that’s not what Jesus says. No, Jesus says these streams of living water flowing deep from within are available to anyone who believes in Him.

 

If we believe in Jesus, yet still feel like a cup tipped over on the table …

 

Maybe we just need to unclog the stream.

 

I’m well acquainted with the struggle to stop and fill up the gas tank in my car. It pains me to pause, but eventually it puts me in a pickle. I’m desperate to fill up and there’s not always a station in sight. So I’m left sweating it out.

 

I find my soul tank isn’t much different. I always think I can go further only to find myself on the last drop, anxious for a moment to pull over and fill up.

 

In the hustle and bustle it can be hard to find these soul stops, so I want to share with you three things I’ve found that help me keep my soul tank full.

 

  1. Look for short stops. Some days start full speed ahead and before you know it the day comes to a close and everything is a blur. One way I keep my focus on God and His plans even on the busiest days is to set aside 3-5 minutes throughout the day to literally drop to my knees and talk to God. It redirects my worry and frees me up to keep my thoughts on Him even in the midst of chaos.
  2. Pay attention. So often I feel like God sends me encouragement, I just don’t stop long enough to notice it. As you set your soul on the mission to fill up and stay filled, ask God to get your attention. Then look for Him at work in the simplest ways – a text from a friend at just the right time, a song in your heart and you don’t know what made you think of it, or a giggle with your kiddo that refreshes your spirit.
  3. Set limits. Pick a time your distractions begin and tell them when they end. During those hours do the phone thing and computer thing and every other thing that you pour your soul into, but when those hours tick to an end, shut it down. Determine to save time at the end of your day or beginning of your day (or better yet both!) for nothing other than soul-filling time with your Savior.

 

It’s important to note not all fuel is good fuel. Our souls rely on one fuel source and that is fellowship with God through His Son Jesus. Any substitute may take us a few miles further on our journey, but it will not last and could even cause damage.

 

Your Life: Simplified

 

I’m excited to share with you my new online course, Your Life: Simplified, Living Focused When You’re Trying to do It All.

 

In this 5-session online course, we’ll walk through practical ways to fill our lives with God to the point we’re overflowing into the world around us. We’ll talk about how to simplify our space, our schedules, our sin and our self-talk as we learn to throw off what hinders us and live each day free, focused and fulfilled. I’d love to share this journey with you as together we learn to simplify our lives and live focused on God’s glory and purposes.You can order this course today at yourlifesimplifiedcourse.com! I know it will be the help you need to step in the right direction! ”

Today, Katy has given me the opportunity to give away FREE access to 

Your Life: Simplified, Living Focused When You’re Trying to do It All 

to one of my readers! To enter, simply share before which of the three points Katy shared seems most helpful to you in simplifying your life. The winner will be announced next week!

 

 

***** This contest is now closed. The winner is Marisha who posted on 2017/05/13 at 9:31 am. Congratulations, Marisha! *******

 

Katy’s bio:

Katy McCown is a writer for Proverbs 31 Ministries, wife to NFL quarterback, Luke McCown, and mom to 6 energetic (sometimes wild) kids. Katy left her job as a television news reporter to join Luke on their adventure in the National Football League. Twelve years, 6 kids and 5 teams later, it’s safe to say the road has been anything but predictable. Along the way, Katy has learned to hold on to God’s promise in Proverbs 16:9, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.”

Katy recently launched the She Laughs Conference and seeks to empower women to walk the established steps the LORD lays out for them, even if everything else feels shaky.

The everyday Katy loves a strong cup of coffee, or two. She works hard to perfect the art of pushing multiple children on swings all at once (without anyone falling out), and her car is never clean. Never ever.

Connect with Katy on her blog at www.katymccown.com.

Lynn

Monday, May 8, 2017

Celebrating the Women in Our Lives {Give Away}

 

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While Mother’s Day is just around the corner, all of us have had in our lives women in every season who have taught us and impacted the women we have become. While we are drawn to those who encourage us and cause us to feel loved, I have found in the season I am in now that I need strong women who are unafraid to spur me forward. Strong, yet humble, I need women who will show me with their lives what it means to partner with the Holy Spirit to reach my fullest potential. To face my fears, build my confidence on His power in me and know that God is even there.

We need women in our lives who are unafraid to be iron sharpening as Proverbs 27:17 says.

Sometimes the Bible uses imagery that doesn’t fit our lives today like it did in Old Testament times, so it can be a bit hard to understand how it applies to our 2017 lives.

Maybe you have watched a cook in a kitchen, honing her knife, across a sharpening stick. Pulling her tool back and forth across the hard, rough surface at just the right angle, she gets her knife ready to do its wonderful work ahead. Maybe she is uses two knives, back and forth against each other, to do the necessary sharpening.

There is mutual benefit in the rubbing of two iron blades together; the edges become sharper, making the knives more efficient in their task.

God calls us, as women, to provide this mutual benefit, this mutual sharpening for each other. He has designed our relationships to make us better together.

Will we allow that type of sharpening from another?

Will we be the sharpener for another?

Take a moment to review your life.

Do you have another spurring you on, pushing you out of your level of comfort, to go for God’s very best for you?

Are you spurring another on, providing the push they need to keep moving forward?

One place for this spurring to take place can be in the mother/daughter relationship. As I shared in my devotion today with Proverbs 31 Ministries, this is the relationship I am currently experiencing with my girls. Yes, at one time, it was one way. I was encouraging them to become the women God has called them today. But today, as they have grown into adults, they push me just as well.

Today, I am giving away to one winner several resources to encourage these mother/daughter relationships.

Zondervan’s FaithGirlz is a division of Zondervan just for tween girls, creating resources for women to invest in the lives of young girls ages 8 – 12 years old. I am so excited to be partnering with them this summer for theh release my first tween book, Brave Beauty.

Today, Zondervan FaithGirlz is graciously giving away The FaithGirlz Hardcover Bible, to help a girl know truth and live truth

as well as the Promises for You devotional coloring book, a great way to relax and spend time together!

For moms, I am giving away a copy of Pressing Pause: 100 Quiet Moments for Moms to Meet with Jesus.

To enter to win, simply share in the comments on this site one person in your life who has sharpened you. (If you are receiving this by email, please click here to comment.) If you are in a hurry, simply share, “I’m in!” I will announce one blessed winner next week!

 

This give away has ended. The winner is Stacy Cave. Congratulations Stacy!

Please send me your full name and address and we’ll get your prizes shipped right to you!

Lynn