Solutions June 2016 - Page 9

parrot. We mimic. Girls hone these skills very quickly. We get good at it really fast, because it is how we can seem like we have it all together. We get our “act” together because the real us just isn’t good enough. This game of hide and seek can’t be won though, and we certainly lose plenty while we play. We lose peace. We lose perspective. The light that God put inside us becomes a little dimmer while we play. I mentioned earlier that some of us never stop playing. So much is lost. The worst part is that we lose ourselves. We become an echo: a reverberation of the same old noise the world continues to put out at a deafening volume. That’s the problem. So what can we do about it? We must find ways to bring our girls closer to God, to help them draw near to Him when every fiber of their beings tells them to separate, to withdraw, to run. We must help our girls stagger toward Him, broken and weak, but with enough energy to hold their arms open wide, so that they can embrace their Father and allow Him to whisper His truth into their ears. And because He’s so close, pressed right up against them, the noise of this world will then fall on divinely deaf ears. We can’t do this alone. As I think about my own daughter, I know I can’t do this by myself. Truthfully, I get scared sometimes thinking about how I’m going to guide her when she starts to play the same game I did. What am I going to do? What am I going to say? voice. Our girls deserve better, and we must give them real role models, heroes who point them to God’s Word, who point them to Jesus. They would be wise to imitate them: women who were honest about their brokenness and invited God into that space of vulnerability, however dark and scary. They are the heroes who will not reinforce this broken way of thinking; they will dismantle it. Our ministry, Bible Belles, was born out of a deep-seated desire to give our girls the opportunity to discover these heroes, the female heroes of the Bible, and to help them establish a meaningful connection with God’s Word. Our first series highlights five women of the Bible who demonstrate what real beauty is and how it can be lived out in today’s world. Hannah. Esther. Abigail. Ruth. Deborah. HEARD. These women represent the journey that the next generation of girls will take to make a different kind of noise, to give up the game of hide and seek and step into their own unique purpose by realizing they were created by a powerful and loving God who made them beautiful already. Our girls will no longer be plagued by questions; they will be empowered by the quiet, soft whisper of their Maker. Through the stories of these women our girls will not only come to understand God’s definition of beauty; they will be transformed by it. Hannah, The Belle of Prayer, shows girls that the first step to discovering God’s love is open and honest communication with Him. Esther, The Our girls need heroes, and not Belle of Patience, teaches them to just any heroes. There are enough prepare for God’s direction, wait would-be heroes out in the world patiently, and act according to His today that reinforce the game of perfect timing. Abigail, The Belle hide and seek, that raise the volume of Bravery, shows them how they of culture and drown out God’s can choose courage when they SMG Solutions 9