My daughter, who is 11, has always loved spending personal time with Jesus. I can remember when she was just 3 years old, finding her on her bedroom floor "reading" her little toddler Bible. She would carry it around with her and tell everyone how much she loved it. Now that she is almost a teen, when I see her reading her Bible and doing her devotions, my heart fills with such joy. I know that she really loves her Savior. She chooses to spend time with Him. She wants to follow Him. When we were chosen to receive and review Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women from Zondervan, we were excited! She couldn't wait to get it and begin reading it.
We were so amazed when it arrived in the mail. It is so pretty. This hardback book has 365 devotionals that are designed to inspire our young women to be who God designed them to be. The stories will feature women from the Bible and will help guide them through the many pressures and changes that they will face as women of God. The colorful pages have a Bible verse to begin each devotional and then a place at the bottom for notes and thoughts on what you have read that day.
My daughter and I started reading this together and right away I could see that it was touching her heart. When I asked her how she felt about it this was what she said:
" I feel like this book is teaching me why God designed me the way I am. He made women to be strong yet compassionate. He wants us to love others and show Him to them through the lives we live. I feel it's okay to be me. I don't have to change myself in order to live up to the world's expectations. I just want to please God."
We have only had this book for about a month or so, yet she is learning so much from it. Her heart is open to what the Lord has for her as a young woman. She isn't afraid to be who God wants her to be. She is more concerned with how God sees her than how the world does. She knows that God made her in His image and that His plans for her are greater than any plans she could make for herself. What an awesome gift this is for her! I pray that she continues to see herself in this manner.
If you have a teen or pre-teen daughter, niece, granddaughter, or friend, I would highly encourage you to purchase this devotional for them. The writer, Lindsay A. Franklin, has done an awesome job showing God's design for women. This devotional truly inspires women to be all that God has made them to be!
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