If you are joining me here today from my Proverbs 31 Ministries devotion, welcome! Be sure to join me through the Christmas season as we pray 9 Prayers for Our Girls found on my Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest at Lynn Cowell.
In my devotion with Proverbs 31 Ministries I make this quote today:
“When we hear the words “peer pressure,” we often think of just teenagers. But pressure to conform doesn’t go away once we leave our school days. It isn’t limited to any one age, gender or status group. In one form or another, every culture is influenced by the pressure to belong.”
There is no time when we are tempted to fit in than Christmas.
From Moms at school talking of lists and gifts.
TV pushing the newest and greatest.
Then there are the stores. From the moment we breeze through those automatic doors, the scents and sounds blur away our built-in budgets.
Pressure…it isn’t just for teens.
We can turn it around! Christmas can be a wonderful season to learn to push past all this pressure and press into God.
We can use pressure points as triggers for our hearts. Not a trigger for false guilt, anxiety or loneliness, but a gentle nudge to draw closer to Jesus just as He drew close to us when He came. When the day on the calendar wants to yell “Just 10 more days until Christmas”, we can choose to not make it a point of panic. Instead, we can stop. Literally stop what we are doing and grasp peace, whispering a prayer of thankfulness.
While the world might be whirling around us, we can ask the Lord to flow through us, living out His fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Many of you have chosen to wear a daily reminder to live out His fruit in us; to become magnetic!
So today I am again giving to one blessed reader a tangible reminder to not fit in, to not give in to peer pressure and to live out the fruit of the Spirit — a beautiful bracelet made and benefitting Fashion & Compassion, displaying Galatians 5:22 – 23 with a signed copy of my newest book Magnetic: Becoming the Girl He Wants.
To enter to win, please share in the comment section below one way you will remind yourself to draw closer to Jesus in the next few days. I know you are busy with Christmas preparations, so if time doesn’t permit, just say, “I’m in!” I will announce the winner Wednesday on my Wednesday Wisdom Tips!
If you want to get Magnetic for a young woman in your life and can’t wait to see if you won, you can order from Proverbs 31 Ministries today! With each copy of Magnetic: Becoming the Girl He Wants purchased through the P31 bookstore, I’m giving away a free magnet with the quote, “Gorgeous is more than a face in the mirror.”