When You Want to Guide Your Girl toward God

I’m good at some “mom” things.  I can fix my girl’s hair pretty much any way she wants it.  I’m learning how to create some pretty amazing nail art.  I don’t loathe watching all the cheesy Disney movies. And I know how to make a mean tie-dye waffle.

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But one area I’m realizing I haven’t been as diligent in is the one area that really matters most: guiding my girl’s heart toward God. I know, I could get asked to quit writing for Mothers of Daughters and maybe even Hope for the Weary Mom after this confession. {Just kidding! Both of those sites are all about being honest as moms, even the ugly parts of mothering.} But the truth is, I sort of figured she’d pick up on all the “God stuff” by watching me.  Oh I’ve bought her all kinds of resources and I pray with her.  I’ve taught her several methods for having a quiet time and shown her how I journal.  And I do have all kinds of conversations with her about how our life in Christ affects everything we do {or should}.

But, I’m realizing, as she rapidly gets older and has even more to distract her … that simply wasn’t enough.

I am sharing all of this because I want it to be abundantly clear {in case it wasn’t already — ha!} that I don’t have it all together.  I’m not just the dud mom who regularly runs out of awesome,  I’m also the lazy mom who has trusted my daughter will grow spiritually by osmosis.

I was wrong.  Not because she’s awful or doesn’t love the Lord.  Not because she’s done anything that makes me think she is straying from her faith.

I’ve just come to realize simply giving her resources and setting a good example really, really, isn’t enough. I have to come alongside her.  I have to be honest with her.  I have to give her room to fail but also opportunity to succeed.

Lately I’ve received several great resources to review. {Note the links that follow in this post are affiliate links and I will receive a commission if you purchase through them.} One of them is perfect for me to use as I’m seeking to be more intentional about my girl and her relationship with the Lord.

About two years ago, my Sunday school class read and discussed the grown-up version of So Long, Insecurity by Beth Moore. It’s a great book and I highly recommend it.  But this new version from Tyndale for girls … it is amazing!

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Styled like a magazine but packed with meaty information and biblical truth, this is a perfect tool for me to begin a renewed focus on my girl’s spiritual growth.  Eight “chapters” with interviews, quotes from girls, quizzes, Bible verses, and practical tips on topics ranging from fashion and boys to competition and popularity.

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If you have a girl in middle school or high school and you are looking for a way to open the door to conversations about topics, I highly recommend So Long, Insecurity {teen edition}.  I’m looking forward to the next eight weeks of going through this book with my girl.

What resources would you recommend for a mom who wants to guide her daughter’s heart toward God?

Please note, I received a copy of So Long, Insecurity {teen edition} free from Tyndale Teens for the purpose of review.  The opinions are all my own.  I would never recommend a resource to you I don’t fully believe will be valuable.  

Also, Tyndale has started a new rewards program and I’m thrilled to share it with you.  If you are interested in receiving free Bibles, books, and resources, check out Tyndale Rewards.  It’s a great program!  If you sign up through this link, I will receive points toward my Tyndale account … but the good news is, once you sign up, you can get points for others who sign up through your link as well!  So go now!

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