All summer she was so free; so confident. Days of pony tails and swimsuits, my daughter woke up each day to her carefree world. No worries about her make-up; she didn’t wear any! No concerns about her wardrobe; gym shorts fit most every occasion.
As the first day of school approached, I watch her fight to hang on to her summer confident self. Not wanting to go backward, she struggles to stand in God’s love and embrace who He has created her to be.
Confidence is a major factor in the Cowell house; I’m guessing your’s is no different. When it comes to how they feel about themselves, most young people struggle with their self-worth and it profoundly affects the decisions they make. Craving acceptance, approval, and affirmation, they’re tempted to make choices that will move them forward on the popularity scale or at least not cause them to stand out.
I have found a major key in building confidence in my daughters: teaching them that Jesus is wild about them. Understanding Jesus is the one who fills the love gap in their hearts, empowers them to not grasp at love from guys and girls alike. The truth that Jesus is wild for them (Psalm 45:11), He sees no flaw in them (Song of Songs 4:7) and He actually enjoys them (Zephaniah 3:17) transforms the way they see themselves. But before that transformation can start, they have to know this truth and that begins with hearing it every day.
Compelled to pour God’s truth in each day, I struggled with, “When? Life is so busy already!” It was the motivation I needed to write “Devotions for a Revolutionary Year; 365 Days of Jesus’ Radical Love for You!” Each devotion is short; just 2 – 3 minutes long. They are so short, I read one to my girls each day while they eat their breakfast!
You can help pour truth into the young women in your life too! On my website I’m offering a free “7 Day Faith Builder” ; seven devotions taken straight from my new book, “Devotions for a Revolutionary Year; 365 Days of Jesus’ Radical Love for You”. These devotions will build faith in a girl in your life, be it your daughter, niece and/or granddaughter so she can be filled with a confidence that is true and can stand the pressure of this world. If you enjoy them, you might want to get 365 days worth!
To celebrate the release of Devotions for a Revolutionary Year, we are giving away over $75 in free content with each purchase! Simply purchase Devotions for a Revolutionary Year and email your receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive in an email with a link to this free content on Lynn’s website at www.LynnCowell.com.
We’re also giving away a copy of Devotions for a Revolutionary Year! To enter, just answer the question below in the comments:
What is one thing you would tell your 14-year old self or a teenage girl growing up today about God’s Love?
Lynn and I would love to know. And she’s going to give one of you a signed copy of Devotions for a Revolutionary Year.