“Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6 NAS).
As a new parent, I feel the responsibility that comes with this verse. But I don’t just want Gordon to grow up to be a good man, I want him to be a godly man. I want him to know God intimately and to follow Him all the days of his life—and for that, I have to purposefully share my faith with him.
Most parents don’t think of themselves as ministers, but we most definitely are! It is our responsibility to minister to our children—to actually share the good news of the Bible with them. Unfortunately, many parents don’t feel equipped to do this or simply don’t know when and where to begin—and I get it! I mean, how do you make your 4-year-old understand the concept of an all-powerful, all-knowing God who came to earth in the form of man so we can have a relationship with Him? It’s not an easy task! It’s also not a one-and-done activity. It takes time for children (and adults) to understand even the most basic truths of our awesome God. But by sharing your faith with your little one, you’re laying a foundation that he can build on for the rest of his life.
This upcoming Mother’s Day is going to be particularly special for me…because Robby and I are expecting a baby!! It’s a surprise to say the least, but we’re very excited to welcome home our little one this coming November. (And no, I’m not changing the name of this blog from BigSisterKnows to BigMamaKnows, so don’t even suggest it!:))
To help us all celebrate this Mother’s Day in an extra-special way, I’ve pulled together several blog posts that speak to the awesome, hard-working, crazy moms who provide for us, support us, and walk with us throughout our lives. This is a great gift for any mom!
You probably know that I’m working on a book called Girls with Gusto. This may give you the mistaken impression that I “have it all figured out.” You may even say to yourself, “She must be the most energetic, spiritual young woman to have come up with such an idea.”
Okay, I do like to think of myself as being young, but I struggle with a low energy level, and I don’t often feel (or think) “super spiritually.”
I’m just a Christian. I don’t use the word “just” to mitigate what God has done in my life but to clarify that all of my life is defined by this one characteristic. You could say that I’m saved. I like to think that I’m purchased, that Jesus redeemed my life at a great personal cost.
I am not who I was. I am not yet who I will be.
God is perfecting Himself in me a little more every day, if only I will let Him take control. The alternative is that I could be…well, I could be what I was: self-seeking, self-destructive, confused, frustrated, angry, and useless for the Kingdom. Been there, done that. Now I want to be everything God created me to be. I’m convinced that’s the best, and only, way to live the life He’s given me.
So that’s what the book Girls with Gusto is all about—how to find ourselves in the journey of seeking God. I believe with all my heart that this idea will resonate with other women.
Now I just need to convince publishers.
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Please share on your social media! #giveaway #bigsisterknows
I’ll be attending a big writers conference next month, and I really need to show publishers that there is an audience for Girls with Gusto. To do this, I’ve developed a giveaway with some pretty cool items:
Register for the drawing today through my Facebook Author Page (at http://gvwy.io/xsq6e8x) and then let your friends and family know about it. The more folks who enter, the better. I’ll pull the winning names at the end of February.
Remember that every time you like, share, or comment, you help me get one step closer to publishing Girls with Gusto—and doesn’t the world need “girls with gusto”?!
Join the Community
In case you haven’t figured it out yet, choosing to be a Girl with Gusto—to pursue the amazing plans God has for us—can be hard at times. Although I’m an introvert at heart, I’ve come to realize that I need a community of believers, especially other women, with whom I can share my thoughts and concerns and get a little advice along the way.
That’s why I just created the Girls with Gusto group in Facebook. If you’re a Christian girl (of any age!) and the idea of a real community appeals to you, please accept this as your official invitation to join the club. (Did you notice the authors listed above, the ones who are donating their books for the giveaway? All three are members of the Girls with Gusto group. How cool is that?)
Whether you’re a girl or a guy, I encourage you to live with gusto!
“Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose” (Philippians 2:1-2 NAS).