Friday, September 15, 2017

Grab your girl and join us! {Video Day}

Together is better, right?

So let’s spend time with the young girls while spending time in God’s word together! I am so excited to partner with The Whatever Girls for their fall online Bible study, Brave Beauty

About the Study:

Start date: Monday, September 18.
Finish date: Monday, December 4.
Cost: Free to participate, but you need to purchase your own *book, and study guide (optional)

If you are new to Whatever Girls Online Bible Studies (WGOBS), or it’s been awhile since you participated, please click here to familiarize yourself with how their studies work. 

About “Brave Beauty”:

Brave Beauty answers many of the questions today’s tween girls have:

What will my life be like? Who will I be? Whether girls put these concerns into words or struggle anxiously with these thoughts, during this season of change, girls have questions. Sometimes these questions also come with fears and they need a safe place to process these fears. From Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker and blogger, Lynn Cowell, comes Faithgirlz Brave Beauty: Finding the Fearless You.For girls 8-12, Brave Beauty brings tweens 100 courage-building moments to reflect on Scripture and find confidence in God, rather than in someone, some place, or some thing, as culture will all-too-soon tell them to. Lynn will also prepare girls to:

  • Overcome confidence-defeating thoughts and stand on who Jesus says she is.
  • Shape her self-worth on Christ and overcome the temptation base it on environmental factors.
  • Build a strong foundation to face the fickle and flippant opinions of others.
  • Find approval of herself even when she lacks the acceptance of others.
  • Find security by turning to Christ as she steps through the exciting, yet scary world of growing up

We hope you’ll join us and forward this invitation on to your friends. 

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Lynn

Thursday, September 14, 2017

5 Strategies to Get Your Girl in the Word {Guest Post with Give Away!}

 

As my girls continue to grow, my husband and I marvel at the velocity with which we pass from one season to the next. Just yesterday, we were enjoying tea parties and Legos. I blinked, and my daughters grew into middle and high schoolers.

 

These days, our lives are less about sleep schedules and playdates and more about homework and activities. I’m less likely to trip over a toy and more likely to trip over a dance shoe. However, one thing remains unchanged—my role as a mom. As mothers, we have have been entrusted to care for our babies.

 

Everyday, we see alarming acts of violence, destruction and a general lack of humanity in our world. Yes, there is still kindness and community, but let’s be honest. Parenting today is scary business, and we should remain alert.

Why?

Because there is a lion in our camp!

 

Satan is cunning and tireless in his pursuit of our children. Part of our role as a mom is equipping our daughters with the tools they need to fight an enemy that they cannot see. He slips undetected through words and images that plant dark seeds of untruth in their hearts.

 

“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil.

He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8 NLT).”

 

Spiritual warfare is real, and our children must be taught how to guard their hearts while living out the call to know God and to make Him known.

 

How do we do help our children know God and share Him with others?

 

There is so much hope and Good News in the instruction manual God has gifted us. His Word. The Bible is the best offensive weapon we have against the enemy (Eph. 6:10 – 20). If we ground our daughters in Truth, we can teach them how to defend themselves against Satan’s schemes.

 

Here are five strategies to help you do just that!

 

  1. Be intentional. Time is a common tool the enemy uses to distract us from fellowship with God. I have to schedule quiet time for myself and then time to spend with my girls in the Word. God is one priority that should never be scratched from our long list of to do’s.

 

  1. Let your girl see you regularly reading your Bible. Remember when your daughter caught you eating the super secret stash of ice cream after getting out of bed for a drink of water long after you tucked her in? Then, she wanted ice cream too! We learn by imitation. Modeling the priority of God’s Word in your life will plant a seed of faith deeply and firmly within your girl’s spirit.

 

  1. Find a Bible translation she understands. I was well into my college years before I found a translation that spoke to my spirit. When selecting a Bible translation for your girl, it’s important to choose one she understands. The New Living Translation (NLT) and the English Standard Version (ESV) are great options to explore for tweens and teens.

 

Listen to your heart, mamas, as you know your girl best. I took my girls to a Christian bookstore and let them peruse several translations. We made our decision based on which translation each girl understood. Your girl may like character studies and devotions within her Bible. There are so many wonderful choices available. If your girl doesn’t have her own Bible yet, I encourage you to plan a mom and daughter shopping day soon. Make it fun and memorable!

 

  1. Dig into God’s Word together. Some of the best conversations my girls and I have had stem from time we’ve spent together in God’s Word. Whether working through a formal Bible study or reading together in your Bible, dig into God’s Word together frequently.

 

  1. Investigate creative methods of study. My tween and teen girls love art supplies, so they took to Bible journaling like a duck to water. I encourage you to explore creative ways to delving deeper into God’s Word. Try writing out the Word in a fun notebook with colored pens, Bible journaling, or combining Bible study with another creative activity you love. The sky is the limit!

 

God reveals Himself to us through His Word. The more time we spend with Him there, the more grounded in His Truth we become.

 

Be encouraged! The Gospel is called the Good News for a reason, and we already know the battle has been won. God delights in His creation of each and every one of us, so soak up every second of that mom and daughter community for which you were lovingly crafted.


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Catherine Bird is the author of Becoming a Girl of Grace: A Bible Study for Tween Girls & their Moms, Building Circles of Grace, A Girl of Grace Study, and Preparing a Way: An Advent Devotional for Tween Girls and their Moms.   She is an author, speaker and Bible teacher who is passionate about moms and daughters and loves to encourage each—small and tall—in their own journey of faith.

Today, Cat Bird, Teri Lynne Underwood and I are each giving away a copy of our newest books for tweens and their moms: Building Circles of GracePraying for Girls and Brave Beauty. To enter to win, just stop by each of our Facebook pages to enter: Catherine Bird , Teri Lynne Underwood  and Lynn Cowell . 

See You There!

 

Lynn

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Come With Me {Fall in Love All Over Again} VIDEO POST

Has your relationship with Jesus … gotten complicated?

Oh, I know, we’re not suppose to say that; not suppose to admit that. BUT that doesn’t change the fact that it happens.

In today’s video post, my dear friend Suzie Eller shares with me how she fell in love all over again … and how we can too!

I’m so excited to share this gorgeous, hardbound Come With Me Devotional: A Yearlong Adventure in Following Jesus

When Suzie started to plan and pray over marketing her book, she felt her own “Come with me” invitation. Instead of pouring money into marketing, she felt strongly that she was to to pour those same dollars into people instead.

For every preordered book, Suzie is matching it with a “Give One.”

The matching book will go into the hands of a woman in prison, a refugee woman living in the U.S., a woman rescued from the sex slave trade, or a woman seeking truth but who does not know Jesus. She’ll write a handwritten message in a beautiful card and place it in every book, signed with the first name of the women who bought the first copy. These books will be prayed over, and Suzie’s prayer is that women all over the nation begin to walk with Jesus.

How does it work?

1. Buy the book (links to distributors at www.tsuzanneeller.com/ComeWithMeDevo).

2. Send receipt to comewithmedevo@yahoo.com

3. Suzie will match the book and place it in the hands of woman, along with a message signed with the buyer’s first name.

 

Will you join us, friends, as we invest in the lives of other women?

Lynn

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Creating Your Christ Confidence Journal {FREE DOWNLOAD}

 

If you are joining me here today from Proverbs 31 Ministries’ Encouragement for Today welcome! Let’s continue to connect, ok? It’s easy! Just sign up to get my posts automatically by clicking here.

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In my devotion today, 3 Steps to Remind Yourself of God’s FaithfulnessI shared below three steps I take in building up my confidence on Christ by reminding myself of His faithfulness. In a journal or on blank sheets of paper:

  1. Write out the date and what’s going on that is causing you to feel fearful. The Bible says, Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7, NIV).

  2. Next, list Bible verses that you can fill your heart with faith and confidence in Christ, pushing out fear, worry and insecurity. A powerful verse is, “Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures” (Psalm 119:90, NIV).

  3. Now comes the hard part: Leave the third step blank. Believe in faith that God will answer your prayer … but trust it’ll happen in His time. And when He does answer it, come back and write the date and how He answered your prayer with a bold red pen! Writing out faith-filled verses, along with your answers to prayer, is the simplest of ways to rehearse God’s faithfulness to you!

Today I am sharing a free download for you to begin your own Christ Confidence Journal. These pages are filled with verses that I build upon in my new women’s Bible study releasing November 14th, Make Your Move: Finding Unshakeable Confidence Despite Your Fears and Failures {affiliate link}. 

To get your free pages, just complete the form below: 

 

Be sure to sign up here to get news of my new women’s Bible study releasing November 14th

Make Your Move: Finding Unshakeable Confidence Despite Your Fears and Failures!  {affiliate link}

 

Lynn

Saturday, September 9, 2017

FREE Parenting Summit {without leaving your PJ’s}

We want to learn all we can to be the best parents we can … but when do we fit that in too?

Here’s the FREE parenting conference that you can experience no matter where you are!

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Lynn

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Brave Beauty Lock Screens and Giveaways!

Welcome! Let’s continue to connect, ok? It’s easy! Just sign up to get my posts automatically by clicking hereI’d also love to connect with you more on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest too!

In this time of growing from child to adult, tween girls need God to help them so they don’t feel constantly pushed one way and then the other. God can make us all brave and give us the courage to be the true individuals He made us to be.

FREE LOCKSCREENS

Remind the tween girl in your life of who God says she is with these fun Brave Beauty lock screens. They can be sent via text or uploaded to your tween’s electronic device.

*** Sign up here and you will receive these six lock screens in your email.***

Brave Beauty helps tween girls to:

– Gain confidence by accepting her unique qualities and understand how they can work for her, not against her.

– Discover who God says she is, in His eyes, and how He can help her.

– Discuss the tough stuff she’s going through as she changes physically, emotionally, relationally and spiritually.

– Learn how God’s words can help her become brave and beautiful.

Soaking young girls’ hearts in the truth of God’s Word can make all the difference! Think for a moment of a girl you know who needs to gain Christ Confidence and discover who God says she is.

Will you help her get there by gifting her a copy of Brave Beauty? 

Lynn

Monday, August 21, 2017

70% of girls feel they don’t measure up

 

Let’s do something about that!

 

I recently read something that shocked me: A girl’s confidence peaks at age nine.

 

Age nine.

 

Not when she first sees herself as a teenager, or even in the future as she graduates from high school, begins her career or becomes a mom.

 

This saddens me because there is a whole lot of life to live past nine years old,and I have found that this life requires a lot of confidence — Christ Confidence — to get through it.

 

Seven out of ten girls feel that they don’t measure up… that’s 70%! You get that. You already see this in real life – in the teens and women around you, feeling like they don’t cut it in this world of perfection we live in.

 

When a girl feels like she can’t meet the standards set by her peers, just imagine how this affects her confidence. And if she’s not confident, how will she ever find the boldness to do what God calls her to do in life? 

  

I wrote Brave Beauty: Finding the Fearless You to help those statistics change. Especially for girls between the ages 8 – 12, Brave Beauty is not just a book — it’s a companion guide on a girl’s journey to learning to become courageous, confident and fearless.

 

Brave Beauty helps tween girls to:

– Gain confidence by accepting her unique qualities and understand how they can work for her, not against her.

– Discover who God says she is, in His eyes, and how He can help her.

– Discuss the tough stuff she’s going through as she changes physically, emotionally, relationally and spiritually.

– Learn how God’s words can help her become brave and beautiful.

 

Soaking young girls’ hearts in the truth of God’s Word can make all the difference! Think for a moment of a girl you know who needs to gain Christ Confidence and discover who God says she is. Will you help her get there by gifting her a copy of Brave Beauty?

 

 

Pre-order your book today (before August 31st) and receive these confidence-building resources:

  • Getting to Know Your Tween-ager Parent Guide
  • Grounded: Standing Firm in a Roller Coaster World mini-workbook for tweens
  • 5 Confidence Coloring Pages
  • “I Will Be Brave” Declaration cards
  • 5 Free Chapters of Brave Beauty

Just submit your receipt here to get these power-filled resources!

Click here to order your copy today! 

 

Lynn

Friday, August 11, 2017

Brave Enough to Do Something Scary … Together

 

Last night, I crawled into bed, hoping my eyes would hold up a few minutes longer; a least long enough to travel to a distant land through the portal of my bedside novel.

I needed just a few moments to take a break from our real world and relax my mind.

The past couple of weeks in the Cowell house have pushed us into a corner. My mind wants to ask “Why God?”, but God’s word, placed in my heart each morning, reminds me instead to ask “What next, God?”

My youngest daughter, Madi, sustained a concussion at work a month ago. Since that time, it has been a series of doctor visits, trying to determine how her brain is coping with the collision she had with a child.

Yesterday was the hardest day yet, as we made the call we didn’t want to make; withdrawing her from residential college classes in Virginia and making the tough decision to have her stay at home this semester to heal.

I’m not going to gloss this over … it’s been rough. Very rough. Disappointment is a pain-filled place to navigate life from, especially when the loss comes to someone you love so very much and there is absolutely nothing you can do to fix it.

I have to remind myself, not daily, but on the hour, as I continue to make phone calls, change schedules and call doctors … God is sovereign. He knows what He is allowing. He knows what my girl needs – the strengths and experience – to fulfilling the calling He has on her life. He is forming in her the courage, bravery and confidence to face the hard things that life will throw at her in her future.

So what’s my part as her mom? I so want to buffer her from it all.

Yet, I know that over correcting it not the answer. As hard as it is, for some reason, God has allowed this season of suffering and pain in my girl’s life. I don’t want to get in the way and mess up what He’s trying to do.

But I can be here with her, each day, standing beside her as she navigates waters she’s never swam in before. Honestly, neither have I, but our fear fades when we do this scary together!

 

If you have a girl, ages 8 – 12, who needs to develop her own brand of brave beauty, be sure to order her a copy of my newest book before the release date so you can get all the freebies I’ve created just for her … and for you too! {Click the link in the profile to learn more about all the free resources you can claim today!}

 

I’d love to have you join Shari Braendel and I as we converse more about what it means to be brave … not just for our children, but for ourselves! Click here to join us!

 

Lynn

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Brave Enough to Pray The One Word Prayer

I’m not quite sure how old I was when I started getting the remarks on my report card: Lynn needs to learn how to be quiet. I guess it was at whatever age I started getting report cards. I read them. I talked to my mom about the changes I needed to make. But when it came to actually making the change, I didn’t.

I didn’t change until the consequences were about to become huge.

Begging my parents for a wonderful opportunity, they allowed me to make the switch from a public school to a private school in seventh grade. I really enjoyed it, but my teachers were not enjoying me. My talkative ways were disrupting their classes. So, after my first semester I was given an ultimatum: find the self- control I needed or find a new school.

Now, my teachers had my attention. The question was: Could I do it? Could I really have that much self-control?

I wrote in my little, gold Five-year diary: “Lord, I really like this school, but I don’t know if I can make this change. I really, really need your help.”

Help. It’s the one-word prayer God can answer.

The first thing I needed to understand in order to change was that I wasn’t just disobeying my teachers. By disobeying my teachers, I was disobeying God.

Second, I needed to get that God understood that change was hard for me. He wasn’t mad at me. He got me and He would help me.

Hebrews 4:13–16 tells us, “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable. Christ is Our High Priest. So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” (NLT)

Do you see what I see? God understands our weaknesses. He is not mad at us; He gets us. That is why we can boldly come to Him as His daughters and bravely say, “Daddy, help!”

Jesus helped me. I learned the self-control I needed to keep my thoughts in my head until it was the right time to talk. I am so thankful I did. I got to stay at my school.

BECOMING BRAVE

Is there an area in your life you need to change? Reread Hebrews 4:13–16 in another Bible transla- tion. Ask an adult or older sibling to help you use Biblegateway.com and try reading this verse in The Message. Are you surprised at the way God feels about our weaknesses?

 

COURAGEOUS CALL

Dear Jesus, help! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Today’s post is an excerpt from Lynn’s newest book, Brave Beauty: Finding the Fearless You

Order today (before August 28th) and claim free resources written just for your tween and you! Click here

 

 

Lynn

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Brave Enough to Do the Scary Thing

 

What was the last scary thing you did?

Me?

Getting away to try to get the last of Brave Beauty written, I approached the mountain house, ready to write my heart away. That was when I spotted it … little bear paws on the red rocking chairs! Sleeping in that home all night by myself … that was scary!

How about you? How did you feel when you had to do the scary thing?

I think it is important as we grow up to reflect now and then on how it feels to be scared because sometimes we can forget what it feels like to be genuinely terrified. We have done so many frightening things in our lives, we no longer remember how scary smaller things were when we were young.

I remember when I was in sixth grade, my church had a contest to see who could bring the most friends to church. Yes, I wanted to win, but I also wanted my friends to learn more about Jesus, who I had come to love. I was afraid to invite them, though. What if they thought I was weird for asking? What if they talked behind my back about how strange they thought I was? Finally, I got past the whirling worry in my head and went for it. I decided the worst that could happen would be that they said “no.” I did it scared.

When I read stories of others who are courageous and do scary things, I see something that many of them have in common: they did it scared.

Most of them never overcame being scared, but that didn’t stop them from being brave.

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego obeyed God rather than Nebuchadnezzar and were thrown into a fiery furnace. I bet they were still scared, yet they obeyed God.

Nicodemus went at night to ask Jesus questions about things he didn’t understand. I wonder if it was because he was scared.

Rhoda tried to convince the adults that Peter wasn’t a ghost, but was really at the gate.

The woman at the well kept listening to Jesus even though He knew all about her sins.

They all did what they did even though they were probably shaking in their shoes!

Guess how many times the Bible says “fear not”? One translation has it 74 times. Seventy-four times God tells us to not be afraid. God told us “do not be afraid” so many times because He knows fear is a huge problem for us. While it might be normal, it is not what He wants for us. He wants us to be fearless.

Like all these Bible characters, finding the fearless you begins with finding faith in the God in you. By yourself, it is almost impossible to simply stop being afraid. When we teach ourselves the truth about the power that is within us, the same power that created the world and raised Jesus from the dead, that’s when our faith makes us fearless!

Like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego said: “Our God is able!” (Daniel 3:17) It’s not that they thought they were all that great; they knew their God was all that great. He can do anything. He is the one we can build our fearless faith on!

Is there a scary thing you’ve been shying away from that God can help you to be brave and go forward?

 

Lynn