Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Exclusive Bonuses to help you Make Your Move

Have you ever needed to move forward but didn’t have the confidence to do it?

Then you’re normal, because statistics tell us most women struggle to be confident.

If we lack Christ confidence, how will we find the boldness to do what God calls us to do in life?

That’s why I’ve spent the last year digging in God’s word to find not-so-well-known women in the Bible who found themselves also needing confidence and how they uncovered the faith to get it.

Make Your Move: Finding Unshakeable Confidence Despite Your Fears and Failures explores how doubt keeps us from boldly experiencing what God intends for our lives and then goes on to empower us to leave behind the insecurity this world induces to find confidence in Christ.

If you preorder Make Your Move before November 20, redeem your receipt here to receive these exclusive downloadable bonuses:

8×10 I Am Brave print
Do It Scared pep talk
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A Prayer for Confidence

If you are ready to discover Christ Confidence and reach the potential God has created in you, Make Your Move is your resource.


Lynn Cowell has crafted my favorite kind of Bible study — practical, relatable, doable — wrapped around stories of women in Scripture.” – Liz Curtis Higgs

Grow with God-confidence as you work through Make Your Move and take a deeper look at the false beliefs that are holding you back everyday.” – Kathi Lipp

If you need a confidence boost—one that won’t evaporate in the heat of real life—join Lynn as she digs into Biblical stories of women who discovered a God-delivered confidence they could count on. Always.” – Michele Cushatt

The Make Your Move Bible study book can be studied individually or in a group, and with or without the DVD. ChurchSource has the best price right now.


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

That Holiday Pressure to Perform


It’s every where and a bit earlier too.

The Christmas decorations.

For many, Christmas can’t come fast enough! The twinkling lights with decorations of gold stir up warm memories of time with family and friends.

For others … the holidays bring pressure. Even now, that stress across your shoulders is heavy.

It feels like we even need confidence to “do” Christmas.

What do you need to do but lack the confidence or courage to do it?

Maybe it has nothing to do with the holidays at all.

You want, you need to go back to college. Give a presentation. Look for a new job or go for that promotion.  Move to a different city.  I’ve so been there, even when it has come to pursuing my potential with God.

I think a part of us believes if God nudges us to do something, it won’t be that hard. The least He can do is not make it difficult … right? In fact, it seems that each time He has called me to step out and forge a new path with Him, there has been a struggle involved. Those struggles have involved recovering from rejection … over and over and over again as in last week. It has require me to believe that Psalm 37:23 is true. My steps are ordered by the Lord, even when the path looks to me like failure.

The enemy whispers his lies to us; it’s all he is capable of. You can’t do it. You’re not good enough. You’re not fun enough. You don’t have enough. You’re not loved enough. You’re not qualified, educated or smart enough.

Fear overshadows your confidence.

I wonder if these were some of the feelings of the two really cool women I encountered as I studied confidence: the women of the book of Exodus. One of the things I really love about the Bible, is even after you have read it over and over and over again, something new will stand out in a story you have already heard.

These gals names were Shiprah and Puah and their story is found in Exodus 1. Shiprah and Puah may have, like me at times, believed they were not courageous enough for what they were facing. Not confident enough. Not brave enough for the enormous task ahead.

And yet what they may have felt and what they may have believed in the beginning all changed as they found the confidence they needed for the undertaking that lay before them.

The new Pharaoh of Egypt felt threatened by the Israelites. His own insecurity and fear pushed him to begin putting pressure on the Israelites. His plan was intimidation, aimed at these two Hebrew women.

The monarch delivers this edict to the midwives: Kill your own people. “When you are helping the Hebrew women during childbirth on the delivery stool, if you see that the baby is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live” (Exodus 1:16). The pressure to perform according to his expectations would have felt insurmountable.

From that day forward, life could not go on as usual for Shiphrah and Puah; a choice had to be made. They needed to make up their minds what move they would make before they received their next patient’s call.

Exodus 1:17 tells of their answer: “The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live.”

Though Shiphrah and Puah may have been trembling in Pharaoh’s presence, they did not allow the situation to paralyze them. Yes, they were struck with awe but not by the powerful, intimidation of Pharaoh. Their fear of God, their desire to obey and please Him, empowered them with the courage to let the male sons live, and that courage would not fail them now as they faced accounting for their actions.

Shiphrah and Puah chose to fear God over fearing Pharaoh. They would not cave to his pressure to perform.

 Do it scared became their motto.

There are times in my life when, like these two brave gals, I feel fearful as well. To overcome my fear, a few years ago I created a list of verses that I read to refuel my faith and bat down fear. Reading God’s word out loud builds my confidence and helps me to “Do it Scare” – like Shiprah and Puah.

Are there times you too have to “do it scared”? I thought so! That’s why I have created the Do it Scared Pep Talk. Created into a beautiful download, it is one of many pre-order exclusives when you purchase Make Your Move: Despite Your Fears and Failures before November 21st.

Purchase your copy here.   Once you make your purchase, simply go to http://lynncowell.com/make-your-move/ to enter your receipt and get all of your free confidence-building resources!




With the holidays coming, this study might just be the perfect gift to give yourself as you face the pressures you might feel to make the holidays “perfect”.

Jesus can empower us, friend, to make our move and find the confidence we need to do this year’s holidays, not from a place of fearing pleasing others, but in the peace of our Savior.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

5 Days to Unshakeable Confidence

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In my devotion today I shared:

“There will be times in our lives over and over again when our confidence is challenged .”

All too often, those times are when we silently finish the sentence: “If only …” 

I’m sure you have your own completion to that thought and maybe like me, those inner whispers try to pull you under at times, especially when you step out to make a new move in your relationship with God.

These very whispers are the reason we need to build a strong and stable foundation for our confidence in Christ and Christ alone. When the whispering winds of “If only …” breeze through our hearts and minds, we must be ready to finish this sentence with faith!

Are you ready to get ready, friend?

If so, join me for 5 Days to Unshakeable Confidence, a FREE online challenge beginning Monday, October 30. I’ll be sharing daily live videos in our private Facebook community plus free downloads to inspire you! Sign up below to join the challenge and you’ll receive all the details in your email today.

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I’m so excited today to share with one of you the first copy of my new Bible study for women “Make Your Move; Finding Unshakeable Confidence Despite Your Fears and Failures”. In fact, I haven’t even gotten my first copy yet, but when I do, one of you will get it!

Make Your Move: Finding Unshakeable Confidence Despite Your Fears and Failures is a six-session Bible study, where I explore how confidence-in-question keeps us from boldly experiencing what God intends for our lives. Dive into six stories in the Bible of not-so-well-known women who found themselves needing confidence to make their move, and how they uncovered the faith to get it. Here I encourage women to leave behind all the unnecessary insecurity this world induces and find confidence in God alone.

Learn from the Daughters of Zelophehad, the Women of Exodus, the Sisters of Bethany, Rahab, Deborah, Abigail and Michal how to:

  • Intentionally build your confidence on the one thing that cannot be taken from you.
  • Recover from defeating decisions to move forward toward a strong self-worth.
  • Position yourself to not lose your poise—even in the worst circumstances.
  • Identify and address the fears that keep you stuck, with practical steps to walk in your calling with confidence.

This study is for any woman who’s ready to dig into God’s Word to find confidence and boldness to do great things. This book includes personal Bible study as well as group discussion questions. The study can be completed by individuals as well as in groups.

Designed for use with the companion Make Your Move DVD (sold separately). It’s all released on November 14th!

Enter to Win

To enter to win a copy of the Make Your Move Bible study book:

  1. Sign up to join 5 Days to Unshakeable Confidence.
  2. Share one person you would like to see join you on the journey to becoming Christ Confident!

U.S. Addresses only please. The winner will be announced Tuesday, October 24th right here on my blog!

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Monday, October 9, 2017

The Secret That Wins the Battles {Guest Post}

Today I am so excited to have as my guest Marian Jordan Ellis with Redeemed Girl Ministries. Redeemed Girl Ministries’ mission is to introduce Jesus and help women of all ages to be transformed by God’s truth and live for the glory of His name!


The waves of accusations crashing against my mind began something like this:

“No one loves you.”

“You don’t have even one true friend who cares about you.”

“You are unwanted; you always have been, and you always will be.”

“The world would be better off if you were dead.”

The waves of this particular mental assault began about three weeks prior to a conference my ministry hosts for women.

Every year we experience various attacks leading up to this event. I’m accustomed to the typical annoyances, such as cars breaking down, logistical setbacks, and random illnesses.

But this summer, the battle was so sinister that I didn’t realize I was under attack until it engulfed me.

I got hit by wave after wave of rejection.

By rejection, I mean immense feelings of being unwanted and unloved.

Irrational thoughts plagued my heart and mind that didn’t have a basis in reality. These thoughts seemed real and wouldn’t leave for weeks on end.

The condemnation began as a gentle ripple, but it grew into a massive swell that left me sobbing hot tears on my bedroom floor.

The words “No one loves you” ripped through my heart and echoed in my mind as the days grew closer to the event.

As much as I tried to resist, I could not stand against these lies.

I simply could not believe the truth. My mind swirled with accusations, and my heart was engulfed with the searing pain of rejection. I couldn’t believe nor receive love from God or anyone else. My mind was bombarded with the voice continuously.

Here’s a fact: the Enemy knows our weak spots.

This particular attack was not a new tactic. As a little girl, this was the biggest lie I believed about myself. Due to a variety of wounds from my childhood, a lie formed around my heart that I was unloved.

But as a grown woman, I had experienced the deep love of Jesus and walked through an intense time of healing from my past wounds.

The love of God transformed my life, setting me free from the past and the lies of the Enemy. I was a new creation. Without a doubt, I knew I was the beloved of God and lived in this identity for many years. I walked in freedom from insecurity and rejection.

But then, even though I didn’t realize it at the time, I let my guard down and was not standing firm against the Enemy’s schemes.

To say this mental onslaught came out of the blue is an understatement.

At the time, I was blessed with an incredible family, strong friendships, and the sweetest marriage.

When the tsunami hit, I could not be reasoned with; I felt completely unloved and unwanted. My whole identity was under attack. Not standing firm against the lies, I believed the accusation that I was rejected.

My heart brimmed with a pain that would not relent. Satan’s fiery darts ripped through me, and every relationship was tainted with his sick suggestions. I felt rejection at every turn, most of which made no sense whatsoever.

My mind was so clouded that I couldn’t see clearly.

Let’s just say that I didn’t stand firm. I fell for every dark and sinister accusation.

Here’s the deal: If I had been counselling someone else experiencing these types of negative thoughts, I would have instantly recognized it as an attack and prayed for the individual.

But in the midst of it myself, I couldn’t discern that my thoughts were lies and not based in reality.

That’s the thing about deception: we don’t easily recognize that we are being deceived.

My fears seemed so real, especially when random circumstances appeared to validate and point to the veracity of the taunts.

For example, I would accidentally be left off an invitation list, or a close friend would forget to call me back, or my sweet husband would make a simple remark that I would completely misinterpret. I’d overhear my team whispering about something, and the voice would convince me it was about me. Crazy junk.

Wave after wave, lie after lie, the accusations pounded against my heart.

Not to sound dramatic, but at times the voice whispered that the world would be better if I didn’t exist.

As the conference finally began, the attack only escalated until I was crying alone in the shower so no one else would hear me. My mind was a battlefield. And while I was fighting this intense spiritual battle, I was trying to teach others God’s Word and lead this conference.

Then, on the second night, I experienced a profound breakthrough that left me forever changed. As we entered into evening worship, we sang many familiar songs of praise.

There is nothing in the world like worship to break the power of the Enemy.

There is nothing in the world like worship to break the power of the Enemy.

He hates it when Jesus is lifted high.

That night, the presence of God was very evident in worship. Then my friend, the worship leader, began to sing “Good Good Father.” The profoundly simple chorus proclaims the goodness of God and our identity as His beloved children:

You’re a good, good Father It’s who You are.
And I’m loved by You It’s who I am.

As she led us in the song, the room broke out in praise and the Spirit of God moved. I sang these words as though my life depended on it, proclaiming truth from my heart.

I proclaimed my true identity in Christ.

I proclaimed God’s love for me.

I proclaimed God’s goodness.

As we worshipped, I felt God’s love for me as His beloved daughter. The more I experienced it, the more I felt my mind, body, will, and emotions take their stand against the lies of the Evil One. The darkness covering me began to disperse, and I could see the Light! Why? Because worship wins the war!

Truth defeats deception.

Worship sends the Enemy running.

Declaring the truth of my identity in Christ broke the power of the Evil One over my mind.

The storm clouds lifted, and I experienced freedom from the Accuser for the first time in weeks.

Where my heart had known only rejection and condemnation, I experienced the deep love of God and the assurance that I was His beloved.

The power of the Enemy to deceive and harass me ceased as I lifted high the goodness of God and proclaimed with authority my position as His child.

I stood, arms held high, feet firmly planted in the love of the Father.

I have no idea how long that emotionally painful attack would have continued in my life had I not discovered the power of standing firm and proclaiming God’s praise in the face of attack.

This truth is seen in scripture as God’s people faced their own enemies. God taught King Jehosophat this powerful secret: worship wins the war!

You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you. (2 Chron. 20:17)

Victory is found in Christ alone. He fights for us.

Our job is to stand firm, proclaim His praise and wait for the deliverance.

I can tell you one thing for certain: Satan and his minions will not stick around when we lift up God in worship.

Nothing sends the Enemy running faster than truth proclaimed as we worship our good, good Father…



Marian Jordan Ellis is a Bible teacher, an author of several books for women, and the founder of Redeemed Girl Ministries. Ellis holds a master’s degree in biblical studies from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and speaks at conferences and universities around the country.

In Stand, Marian explores what it looks like to be faithful in a crumbling world. She addresses questions such as, How do Christian leaders share God’s good news in a culture that wants to silence their voices? How do parents hold on to hope when their children are more in love with the world than with Jesus? How do Christians battle the voices of shame and insecurity?

Stand looks at the stories of real people—from Scripture and from today—who chose to stand firm and “win life.”Jesus promises that the evil of this present world is not our future reality. You need to read this: Stand offers inspiration and practical tools to stand in your faith, your convictions, and your trust in a God who never fails.


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

God’s Words Matter More {Guest Post}

I’m so excited to have a guest post today by my friend and fellow girl-investor, Teri Lynne Underwood. 



Can I tell you something very embarrassing?


I’m a lecturer. Big time.

It’s not a solid parenting strategy. And I wish it wasn’t my default. After seventeen-plus years, I think I’m a little better about it than I used to be. But I’m pretty sure my girl would say I’m still prone to lecturing.


God’s Words Matter More


When my daughter Casiday was thirteen, we had what I refer to as “The. Worst. Summer. Ever.” I felt as if I’d spent the entire summer lecturing her on things she should already have known and done. I’m sure if you were to ask her, she’d say she felt like I spent the whole summer nagging and lecturing.  By the time she went back to school that August, I was pretty sure I had Most Terrible Mom status secured for all time.


There aren’t many seasons in parenting I wish I could do over. But those three months in 2013, I’d love the opportunity to try them again.


I’ve learned an important truth since that summer—

God’s words about my daughter matter far more than my words to her.


A couple of years after that terrible summer, my daughter walked through a very difficult season in her life. I’ll be honest here, I wanted to tell her exactly what to do and how to respond. But I didn’t. Why?


She didn’t need to know what I would do or say, she needed to know what God’s Word said about her. When our children know who God says they are, it is far more powerful in their lives than anything we can say to or about them.


Isaiah 43:1-4 became the foundation of my prayers for her that summer.  If you haven’t read those verses lately, I urge you to look them up now.  (I’ll wait right here while you read them.)


Good stuff, right? Imagine if our girls (and their moms too) grasped the truths about themselves found in these verses?


What if our girls believed and held fast to what God says?

  • That they were created and formed by the God who spoke all things into creation.
  • That they need not fear because they are redeemed, called by name, claimed by the Most High God.
  • That no matter what life brings, God will uphold them and draw them near.
  • That He looks at them and calls them precious, honored, and loved.


Those are game-changers, right?

Let’s be moms who point our daughters to biblical truth, who pray for them to walk in their identity in Christ. And let’s remember always that His words about them are always far more important than our words to them.
{Praying Scripture for and with our girls is the core message of my new book, Praying for Girls: Asking God for the Things They Need Most.}

Quote from book:

When she was younger, prayer was less my first response and more my last resort. But as she’s gotten older and I’ve, hopefully, gotten wiser, I find my words to her are far less important than His words about her. (Praying for Girls, page 13)


Teri Lynne Underwood is a pastor’s wife, ministry speaker, and Bible teacher. As the founder of www.PrayersforGirls.com and mother of a 17-year-old daughter,  Teri Lynne is a cheerleader for girl moms and the author of Praying for Girls: Asking God for the Things They Need Most.



Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Changing the Lives of Women … One Class at a Time

As soon as I walked in the room, I was drawn to her.

I’m sure some of it was the beautiful sari swirling around her. Yet it was more than that. I wanted to get to know her; know her story, her life.

My friends, Amy Carroll and Suzie Eller, as well as myself had traveled to the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove to join Mission India in sharing the work God is doing there. To protect her identity I’ll call my new friend in the beautiful sari Sunitha.

As we sat waiting to share with the attendees the plight of women in India, Sunitha and I began our conversation. This was her first trip to America and she was taking it all in. She asked about my family, wanted to see pictures of them and learn as much as she could about my life as well.

Women … though so much of our lives are different, in so very many ways we are the same.

During our trip to India as a part of the Proverbs 31 Ministries International Initiative, Amy, Suzie and I had seen the hardships women endure in Sunitha’s country. Hardships that were backed up with many facts:

  • Only 60.6% of women over age 15 are literate.

  • Women earn 57% of what their male colleagues earn for performing the same work, even if that work is busting rocks in a quarry or picking produce in a field.

  • Gender is the biggest factor in an Indian baby’s chance of survival. For every 100 male Indian children under 5 that die, 131 females do — victims of neglect, poorer nutrition and second-rate medical care. An Indian girl is 75% more likely to die than a boy.

  • 47% of girls marry before age 18 (40% of child marriages in the world takes place in India).

  • 45% of women are slapped, kicked and beaten with 55% of women perceiving violence to be a normal part of marriage.

  • 1 case of abuse by a husband or relatives is reported every 9 minutes.


I had decided that morning to wear a bracelet given to me by my new friend Lee Nienhuis at She Speaks. It boldly had the word BRAVE on it’s thick, leather band.

After hearing once again of the persecution Indians are going through as they choose to leave behind the hopeless religion of their families and choose new life in Jesus, I thought They are the brave ones.

The thought occurred to me to give my bracelet to my new friend, Sunitha.

You know how it is when you are going to step out and do something that is uncomfortable?

Lord, why would she wear leather when her jewelry is gold? It doesn’t even match her outfit spun in my mind. I tried to find reasons to not do the uncomfortable.

And then I found myself in a small space … just Sunitha and I. (Ok – I’ll go ahead and tell you it was the bathroom!) I knew, God was giving me the opportunity to encourage this woman in the work He had given her to do in India.

Removing my bracelet, I handed it to her and told her, “You are the one who needs to be brave.” She graciously accepted my gift and then being a mom just like an American mother, she asked me to pray most of all for her children. They are the ones who get the brunt when we step out for God. I can certainly attest to that!

That gesture opened doors for a whole lot of fun the rest of the day! After seeing on her face the pain of trying new foods, Sunita and I headed to Asheville in search of an Indian lunch. Later that night … well this happened and we sure had a good time!


Amy, Suzie and I actually join them! You can watch the video on my Facebook page by clicking here.

Mission India, for just $30, teaches a woman in India:

  • a 5th grade education in reading, writing and arithmetic
  • Health, hygiene and sanitation
  • Social awareness and the changes that need to take place in culture
  • Economic development – teaching them to become business owners
  • Spiritual development – an introduction to Jesus!

Would you partner with us to bring Truth to the people of India?

Click here to see a class in action & be a part of change!



This is Dr. C. He and his wife Dr. K have been a huge part of bringing change to the lives of Indian women for 40 years! His wife writes the curriculum for the literacy programs. So thankful to do this work alongside my dear friends Suzie Eller and Amy Carroll.


Monday, September 25, 2017

Free … today only!

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How do you follow God when you can’t hear or see Him? How do you seek Him when the boost you need — to know He’s helping you — doesn’t come?

These are questions I’ve struggled with.  It’s at times like these, that my confidence is a little wobbly. When I don’t know if I should move, it’s awfully hard to make a move.

That’s one reason over the past year I have been digging into God’s word to find women (and a few men) who lived out confidence, even when their circumstances were falling apart.

Like Rahab in today’s devotion.

In the Bible, I found Rahab to not be the only one who built her confidence on a God she believed would see her through her fears and failures. I can’t wait to share with you all of these amazing women, some I had never heard of before I started writing Make Your Move: Finding Unshakeable Confidence Despite Your Fears and Failures.  {affiliate link}

Women like the Daughters of Zelophehad and Sheerah, who pushed past anxiety to do what God was directing them to do. Their steps of faith, probably taken while they were shaking, show us how to do the same! {Oh, and we’ll take a look at a few guys too!}

Psalm 37:23 has been a verse that has built my confidence in Christ even when my insides are shaking:

“The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.”

Does knowing that God directs your steps and delights in paying attention to every detail bring you comfort like it does me?

This is a promise I have to remind myself of often because there are days – those days – when I am so unsure of my steps, probably like Rahab was in our Proverbs 31 Ministries devotion today. Yet even when she couldn’t see God, she bravely took steps forward, obeying the instructions she was given.

Friends, some days that is all we have; the instructions in God’s word that we have already been given. Those are the steps we are to take.

To love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. Luke 10:27

To love our neighbor as ourself. Luke 10:27 

In whatever we do to honor God. 1 Cor. 10:31

We can trust that as we obey Him in these small, daily steps, He will take care to direct our larger ones.

Maybe you would like to instill this type of confidence and bravery into a young girl you know? Maybe you want to be brave and instill this type of confidence and bravery into a group of girls?

Today’s free download is the Brave Brave Study Guide! {Retail value $7}! But don’t wait … this free download is only for today! Just complete the form below for your free copy!

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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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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.


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 . 

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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?