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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!