Each week, she’d stand at the door, shooing us in to take our seat. Her name was Anna Mae and I loved her.
After hearing an album sung by children, an idea sparked in her giving heart. The church had an unused choir room. She could use that room to gather children and form a choir.
She made her idea materialize. Every Sunday morning, with excitement to join new friends, enthusiastic to learn my part, I couldn’t wait to be loved by Anna Mae.
I can still sing these songs today! The sound may be different but the joy is the same! I am a promise! I am a possibility! I am a great, big bundle of potentiality!
When God’s Word Sticks
Some in the church didn’t approve of children missing Sunday School to simply learn songs. They were missing what was truly happening in that upstairs room. Anna Mae was pouring the love of Jesus into our hearts week after week. My mind soaked in those powerful words created from God’s powerful word. My 10-year-old self had potential; filled by God. I began to believe I had a purpose; God said it is so!
Additional songs taught me to follow God’s ways to find His best for my life. I learned to begin each day with praise to Him. Psalm 100, set to music, planted in my heart the truth that God loves me and He would love me for my entire lifetime, no matter what came. “For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100:5 (NIV)
The young girl me believed God’s word and began to listen for and obey His voice. Just as His word says, God shows me He is good, His love endures, and His faithfulness reaches all generations.
Today, I’m an Anna Mae of sorts to many little girls, as I pass on through my writings the truth of God’s love for them.
Anna Mae had no training whatsoever in music. She was simply a woman who loved God and loved kids. Without a doubt, I am the woman I am today partly because of her simple gift of love.
What gift do you have to offer to God, even a small gift you could invest in children? Despite what we may think, it doesn’t take a platform or even a position to give a difference-making gift to another. You just never know how God might multiply your own small and turn it into big.
One Christmas gift that you can give that multiplies into big is Lynn’s devotional for girls, Loved & Cherished. This gift book teaches young girls that they are deeply loved and cherished by their Father God, building a foundation of love for their lifetime. Click here to order a copy to gift to the girl in your life!
Give a Difference-Making Gift
Am I loved? Am I valuable? Am I smart?
Questions such as these can go on for as long as a girl’s imagination and self-image allow. She needs our help to know that she is enough because of God’s love.
Often, girls and women give in to the lies that how they look and how popular they determine their worth. In the devotional, Loved & Cherished by Lynn Cowell and professional counselor Michelle Nietert give girls the words of truth they so desperately need to hear: that they are loved, protected, and valuable as children of God.
Loved & Cherished designed for girls ages 8-12, equips them to:
* Discover perfect, unconditional love in God, and that she doesn’t have to perform or be perfect to receive that love.
* Know she has God’s protection, despite living in an often-scary world.
* Let go of heartaches, fears, and failures, because she has the love she needs to face it.
* Build a strong foundation of faith in the love who will never leave her so she can face the challenges of growing up.
With a beautifully decorated cover, ribbon marker, and lovely page illustrations, this book of devotions will make the perfect gift for any girl in your life who deserves to know she is cherished, treasured, valuable, and worthy.