The SonFlowerz

We are bombarded with competing models for our identity. In this wise guest post by Becca Leander you will be reminded of how important it is to watch and buddy up with people who want their inward and outward self to please God. Moms and grandmas might want to share this with the younger girls in your life, but there’s a message in it for you, too!

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Becca Leander Nicholson (The Sonflowerz)

When was the last time you stopped to think about your identity?  As women, we have so many roles! Wife, mother, teacher, pastor, singer, counselor, leader, and much more. Your identity, how you see yourself, has a profound effect on how you live your life.

Have you ever seen yourself in light of Whose you are instead of what you are?  In Christ, we belong. We are accepted and loved perfectly. It’s not because of what we do, but because of the extravagant grace of Christ.

What a gift it is to understand this at an early age. I love seeing a pre-teen or teen girl open up the Scriptures and discover the truth of who she is!  My sister and I wrote our book Made To Shine with this passion

In my own middle school experience, I was so blessed to grow more in love with Jesus as I opened God’s love letters (the Bible!). At 11, my family had just moved to a new town, and I had to start over with making friends. It might sound simple, but being alone was my number one fear in those days.  God’s powerful Word brought hope to me in those moments of fear.  At other times in my teen years, I battled negative thoughts about my appearance. Again,  His Word spoke truth and rescued me from those oppressive thoughts.

“Praise be to the Lord, who daily bears our burdens.” (Psalm 68:19)

Our friendship with God grows every time we come to Him.  The Scriptures I memorized as a middle schooler are still with me today, and in my grown-up struggles I find His timeless truth is my refuge.

Whether I’m speaking, writing, or leading conferences, I bubble over with excitement as I see other girls awaken to their identity and a love for the Word of God, too.  

If you know a middle schooler who doesn’t crack open her Bible much, chances are she is receiving her identity from another place. Remind her today that she is a daughter of the King!  “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1) He longs to speak to her through His Word.

Created in His image, then restored to bear His name, God created a plan to rescue us from sin even before He formed us in our mother’s womb. Your true identity comes from belonging to Him.

The teen years can be a time when relationships are challenged and hard questions about life are asked. They’re also a time when role models who stand for truth are needed most. In Made to Shine, sisters and coauthors Becca Leander Nicholson and Elissa Leander Tipps present an exciting devotional journey that points teen girls to Jesus—the ultimate shining star.

Each day for a month, you’ll find an engaging devotional reading that shares a real, honest story about Becca and Elissa’s experiences as teens and their passion for Christ. You’ll also find questions for reflection, suggested songs for worship, and space to journal your thoughts and prayers.

Throughout the pages of this fun and creative devotional, you’ll be reminded that you are chosen, loved, and empowered by God to shine in the light of His glory.

Purchase Made To Shine here!

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