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Join Hope, Glory, Faith, Honor, and Gracie as they discover that the closer they are to God, the more He makes ordinary girls like them strong and courageous! Learn with them how to be brave at school, at home, in sports, with friends—pretty much everywhere! Even when struggles are big . . . He is bigger.
This devotional includes a year’s worth of readings with amazing stories from Scripture, lots of fun quizzes and illustrations, and powerful truths such as:
- I always have the power to love others because God loved me first.
- I can talk to God about anything, whenever I need to!
- God loves me for who I am, even when I’m different from everyone else.
- God can use someone small like me to do big things with Him.
Come along with these encouraging friends for the adventure of a lifetime—growing closer to God!
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Brave Girls 365 Devotional
A Year of Devotions for Brave Girls
By Jennifer Gerelds, Tama Fortner, Aleksey Ivanov, Olga Ivanov
Thomas NelsonCopyright © 2016 Thomas Nelson
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When you Grow Up
Live the kind of life that honors and pleases the Lord in every way.
What do you want to be when you grow up? An astronaut, a lawyer, a doctor, or a teacher? A mom, a ballerina, or a world-famous lion tamer?
That's a question you'll hear a lot over the next few years, and it's important to give it some serious thought. But no matter what sort of job you decide to do, it's even more important to decide who you want to be. Do you want to be God's child — or not? It's one or the other; there's really nothing in between.
So choose God. It really does matter, not only for heaven but also for here on earth. Choose God, and choose to be like His Son. Love and serve others. Be gentle with people, and treat them with goodness and kindness. Keep your promises, and keep the peace. Be patient both with others and yourself. That's who God wants you to be ... both now and when you grow up.
Lord, there are so many things I could be when I grow up. But more than anything, I want to be like Jesus.
You Are What You Wear
Clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ. Forget about satisfying your sinful self.
But Mom, I've just got to have those new boots before the party," Jessie pleaded.
"I'm sorry," her mom said. "They're just too expensive. Maybe for your birthday."
"But that's two months from now!"
"Why are these boots so important?" her mom asked.
"Everybody who's anybody is wearing them," Jessie explained. "If I don't have some, too, I'll be a nobody!"
It's easy to feel like Jessie. You want to fit in, and you just know those boots, those jeans, or that shirt will help you. And the truth is, clothes won't help you make friends — at least not real ones who'll stick by you no matter what. But there is something you can wear that will help you make good and true friends — the attitude of Jesus. Wearing His kindness, thoughtfulness, patience, and serving heart will make an unforgettable style statement!
Lord, help me remember to put on a Christlike attitude every day.
On a Role
In Christ we are all one body. Each one is a part of that body. And each part belongs to all the other parts.
How well would a car move if the tires were flat? What if the steering wheel were missing? Or the lights didn't work? A car only runs well if all the parts are there and doing their jobs.
The same goes for your family. God designed families to work with one another and to roll through the ups and downs of life together. Husbands and wives are to love and respect each other, and children are to respect and obey their parents. And God's Spirit is supposed to fuel us all.
You have an important role in your family. You can be an encourager by serving them. Speak the truth, but do it in love. Seek peace. Follow your parents' direction. And pray that God will help you and your family listen to His Spirit. Through prayer, obedience, and service, you are a powerful and important force of God's goodness, working in your family for God's glory.
Lord, thank You for my family. Help me do my part in supporting and encouraging others.
What Really Matters
To God every person is the same. God accepts anyone who worships Him and does what is right. It is Not important what country a person comes from.
Hope dropped her backpack on the bus seat and huffed out a big sigh.
"What's wrong?" her friend asked.
"I heard some kids making fun of my little brothers," Hope said, "because they still have a little bit of a Ukrainian accent. Those kids even said some mean stuff about them being adopted. Can you believe that?"
Hope's friend shook her head sadly.
It's easy to look at others and see all the things that make them different from us. They don't look the same, sound the same, or dress the same. And some people use those differences as a reason not to like people, to make fun of them, or to bully them.
But all those differences don't matter one bit to God. It's what a person thinks and does and says that matter to Him. And as long as we try to do what's right, we are perfectly wonderful in God's sight.
God, help me to see each and every person as someone You love.
Caught by Beauty
It is the evil that a person wants that tempts him. ... This desire causes sin. Then the sin grows and brings death.
If you hate spiders, you might want to move to Antarctica — it's the only place without them. Around the world, there are more than forty thousand species of spiders. That may sound creepy, but spiders actually help pollinate plants, keep the insect population down, and are a great source of food for birds, lizards, and other creatures. Some spiders, like the wolf spider and the giant huntsman (with a leg span of one foot!), chase their prey But most spiders use spinnerets on their abdomens to create silk, which they weave into a sticky web to catch their meals.
Those webs can look beautiful, but watching a spider wrap and eat its prey can be horrifying. How can somethin so beautiful be so deadly? Sin operates the same way for us. It often looks beautiful and inviting, but sin is a trap just like a spider's web. The good news is that Jesus frees us from sin through His forgiveness and love. Stay away from sticky sin, and stick with Jesus instead!
Jesus, help me stay away from the trap of sin, and keep me close to You.
[God's] mercies never stop. They are new every morning. Lord, your loyalty is great.
If you look all around this world God has made, you'll see that His creativity is amazing. Flowers are just one way He paints our world, showing us His character. One particularly interesting flower is the morning glory. Morning glories unfurl when the morning sun warms their petals. As long as the sun shines on them, the flowers stay open. But as evening approaches, the petals slowly close up until the next day.
Our spiritual hearts are a little like the morning glory. On our own in a cold, dark world, we stay closed up and afraid to be ourselves or reach out to others. But when we realize that God's love is shining down on us, we open up to Him, showing Him and the world the beautiful person He has made us to be. We bloom as long as we stay in God's light. And every day is a new day to soak up the warmth of His love.
Lord, thank You for Your love that helps me open up to be the person You made me to be.
Stick to What's Good
Test everything. Keep what is good. And stay away from everything that is evil.
1 THESSALONIANS 5:21-22
Wait ... what? Hannah couldn't believe her eyes. She and her new friend Serena were shopping at the mall. But she'd just seen Serena slip a candy bar inside her purse without paying!
"What are you doing?" Hannah hissed at her. "You didn't pay for that!"
"Oh, come on," Serena said, rolling her eyes. "It's no big deal. It's not like the store's going to go bankrupt over one candy bar."
"It's still stealing," Hannah said. "You have to put it back."
"Okay, already," Serena said, slipping the candy back onto the shelf.
Hannah's right. Stealing is wrong — and a sin — whether it's stealing a million dollars or a candy bar. The world often tries to tell us that wrong things are right, that "it's no big deal," or "everyone does it." But God's Word tells us what is right and what is wrong. We should stick to the right and stay far away from the wrong.
Lord, show me what is good and what is evil. And please give me the strength to stay far away from evil.
Runway the Right Way
Help each other with your troubles. When you do this, you truly obey the law of Christ.
Have you ever watched a fashion show? Typically, models walk down a raised platform wearing designer clothes. Just like any show, a lot of prep work happens beforehand. The stage must be set, lighting fixed, wardrobes chosen, and makeup applied of different people do lots of different jobs.
In the same way, everyone in your house has a job too — whether it's your parents going to work, your siblings cleaning the dishes, or you taking care the family pets. God says one of the reasons He puts families together is so we can help carry one another's load. We can make life better for one another which brings glory to God and joy to our hearts. What can you do to help your family be better prepared for the day ahead? Try these ideas or make up your own!
Pray together about the day.
Help make breakfast and clean the kitchen.
Tell them something encouraging about themselves.
Give them a hug and tell them you love them.
Lord, help me lighten the load of others around me.
Jesus said to the followers, "Go everywhere in the world. Tell the Good News to everyone."
There's a lot of talk about the Internet, texting, and social media these days and how bad they can be. And it's true! They can be addictive, and they can take time away from family, friends, and even God. But the Internet and social media are tools, and they in even be used for God. Try some of these tips for shining God's light into the digital world. (Remember: always get a parent's permission first, and never share personal information — ke your name, address, or school — online.)
Gather a group of friends and create an e-mail prayer list. Share prayer requests, praises, and answered prayers.
Text people to say things like, "Have a great day," "Thinking of you," and "Happy Birthday."
Pick out a Bible verse each day, and post it to your favorite social media site.
How else can you use technology as a tool for God?
Lord, help me see all the ways I can use
Happiness makes a person smile.
Samantha was feeling pretty down. She'd been looking forward to today's softball game, but now it was rained out. As she walked toward her mom's car, her friend Amanda flashed her a huge smile. As Samantha smiled back, she thought, Hmm ... I already feel a little bit better.
Did you know that if you smile at someone, there's a pretty good chance that person will smile back? It's true! A smile is a powerful thing. Scientists say that a smile can relieve stress, make you look and feel more confident, and boost your immune system. Even if you're having a horribly bad day, smiling can help you feel just a little bit better.
Okay, so maybe a smile won't fix everything that's wrong, but it'll help you remember that you've always got things to smile about like family, friends, and a God who loves you. And a shared smile is even more powerful because all those good effects are multiplied. So give yourself a cheerful challenge: How many smiles can you share today?
Lord, help me to smile and remember all the things I have to be happy about.
Knowing Jesus Better
If someone wants to brag, let him brag about this: ... that he understands and knows me."
When Jesus was on earth, many people heard about Him, some were able to hear Him speak, but it was Jesus' disciples who knew Him best. Why? Because they lived with Him, ate with Him, and walked with Him all day long. We get to know people better the more we spend time with them.
So how can we get to know Jesus even though He's in heaven now? We spend time with Him. We set aside time each day to read the Bible without other distractions. Then we talk to Jesus in prayer about the verses we've read and about what we're thinking and feeling.
And we can keep the conversation going all day long. When we see a beautiful sunset, we can thank Him. When were nervous, we can ask Him to make us brave. Whatever is happening in our lives, we can share it with Jesus. When we do, we will soon see a beautiful friendship grow.
Jesus, I want to walk with You today and every day.
Love It or Leave It
We will speak the truth with love. We will grow up in every way to be like Christ, who is the head.
We know it's not right to lie. But telling the truth isn't always easy, especially when the truth might hurt someone. You know what's even harder? Learning to tell the truth with God's love. Check out these scenarios, and see how you rank at truth-telling God's way: with love and humility.
1. Your friend's zipper is down. You:
a. pretend nothing's wrong.
b. start laughing uncontrollably and pointing.
c. whisper the embarrassing fact in her ear.
2. The teacher is writing on the board, and you notice that she misspelled a word. You:
a. blurt out to the class that she can't spell.
b. laugh with your friends about her mistake.
c. raise your hand and go up to her to tell her about the error.
3. Your best friend forgot your birthday. You:
a. give her the silent treatment for a whole week.
b. tell all your other friends how awful she is.
c. wait until she's alone and admit that her forgetting really hurt your feelings.
4. You met a new girl at the park who doesn't think Jesus is real. You:
a. get really angry and tell her she's stupid for not believing in Jesus.
b. get scared of her and stop playing with her altogether.
c. calmly and lovingly explain why you believe that Jesus is God's Son and continue to treat her with kindness and respect.
If you answered C for all of the above, then congratulations! You have learned the secret to sharing the truth with God's love. If you chose some other options, think of why those actions aren't very love-filled and can hurt others. Then pray and ask God to help you always tell the truth in love, just like how God speaks to you in His Word.
Jesus, You were never afraid to tell the truth in love. Help me be like You.
A Team Effort
"If anyone wants to be the most important, then he must be last of all and seRvant of all."
Wow! That was an awesome shot, Hope. You wo the whole game!" cheered Ashley.
Hope was feeling pretty good about the game, and she had made the game-winning basket for her youth group's basketball team. She was jus about to head off to celebrate with the other stars of the team when she noticed Sarah cleaning up all the water bottles from the bench. Sarah wasn't the greatest player, but she was a great friend.
"Come on, Hope!" her teammates called.
"Shouldn't we help clean up?" Hope asked.
"We're the stars," they said. "We don't have to clean up."
Hope looked at her teammates and then back at Sarah. "Go ahead," she said. "Sarah and I will be there in a minute." Then she smiled at Sarah and started picking up bottles.
Being the star is a great feeling, and everyone likes to feel important. But we should never feel too important to help and serve. Because when we serve others, that's when we truly shine.
Thank You, God, for my moments to shine. And help me remember that I shine brightest when I'm helping someone.
We, Not Me
Make me very happy by Having the same thoughts, sharing the same love, and having one mind and purpose.
What do the following scenarios have in common?
My parents planned a family outing, but I want to spend the day with friends. I argue until my parents give in.
My mom asked us to clean up the living room. But I'm trying to finish my game, so I keep playing, even though everyone else has started to clean.
During worship at my church, everyone stands to sing together except me. I'd rather sit and play with the bulletin.
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The Brave Girls 365-Day Devotional is geared toward girls ages 7 to 12 years old. This devotional comes from the Brave Girls line by Tommy Nelson that inspires young girls to remember that through Christ we are strong. I absolutely adore the fact that the series exist to help girls grow in knowledge from scripture and build confidence that's applicable to our current generation. This devotional can be used at any time. The month as well as number date is printed but not the day of the week nor the year. I prefer devotionals like this because once finished, it can be passed along to a sibling, friend, or a complete stranger. The devotionals are short and would take maybe 5 minutes or less to read. All feature a title, a full scripture verse taken from the NKJV, and a prayer pointer. A few of the devotions have a place where the user can jot down their thoughts on how they'd handle a certain situation and so forth. There are some quizzes too. The devotionals all spring from one of the characters in the series. The girls are “Faith” “Gracie” “Hope” “Glory” “Honor” which are pre-teens. I think having relateable characters really helps young girls navigate the current culture whether it be at school, home, with friends, etc. I feel the devotions are very applicable. I was flipping through and I saw some about the lies we believe. How to be kind to neighbors. Speaking up in trying situations. The importance of prayer. Setting our thoughts on the things above and not of this world. Obeying your parents. I'm glad to have this devotional for my eight-year-old daughter. She's growing up herself and learning more about her faith and how to apply it to all of lives situations. I would recommend this to all girls around her age. I think this book would be a great devotional to start in January but no time is as good as now either. It would make an amazing gift! Required Federal Trade Commission disclaimer: I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by the BookLook blogger review program in exchange for an honest review.
See http://windyhillhomeschool.blogspot.com/2016/10/brave-girls-devotional.html for my full review. Are you ready to be a Brave Girl? The hardback book of 365 devotionals is written for ordinary girls who desire to be closer to God. Five fictional girls, Hope, Glory, Faith, Honor and Gracie, take turns presenting gospel truths throughout this fun, pink volume. Each day of the year starts with a title, a Bible verse, a short modern bit about how to apply the verse, and end with a "prayer pointer", or prompt. Written by Jennifer Gerelds and Tama Fortner, and illustrated by Aleksey and Olga Ivanov, Brave Girls 365 Devotional would be appropriate for girls ages 8-13, I think. Its fun and modern, yet reminds me of the daily devotional books and pamphlets I read growing up and into young adulthood. The slick, pretty pages are high quality and the cover is sturdy, and a pink ribbon page marker is attached. The quizzes and writing prompts within make it more interactive.