After she read through the first few days of devotions, my girl decided that she wanted to figure out what day of the year it actually was and start there. That was day 319 of 365, so she skipped right over and read about Elizabeth greeting her cousin Mary and John the Baptist leaping in utero. What a cool moment! The direct intervention of the HOLY SPIRIT happened right then and my daughter was reminded that the same HOLY SPIRIT that was present when Mary arrived to visit Elizabeth lives inside of her. What an encouragment to know that when we feel lonely and discouraged, HE is there to encourage us and equip us to face the day -- no matter what this world tries to throw in our face.
Although Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women is written specifically for young women between the ages of 12 - 18, I firmly believe that it will be treasured by both younger and older girls/women, as well. Let me just be honest and say that this 50-year-old momma has enjoyed reading through the devotional, too. Looking to Rebekah as a great example of hospitality is good for the soul. I especially like that young women are being introduced to generosity and service to others and taught how to have an attitude of warmth and openness as they welcome others into their environment and offer hope in a world that can seem so hopeless. Isn't this what we want all of our daughters to learn? How better to learn to cultivate a spirit of hospitality than through the lives of women in GOD's Word?
It makes my heart happy to share that she fell in love with a book that will point her towards the love that GOD has for her as she studies the lives of over 60 women found throughout GOD's Word. The 371-page hardcover book has been designed with young women in mind. Its pages are lovely to look at with the side borders of pink and rose and mauve flowers that spill over to the binding edge and the ribbon marker makes it easy for you to return to your specific place in the devotional each day. My Elisabeth moved her marker to Day 319 the very first day that she began reading and has continued moving it from there each morning.
This really is a beautiful way for young ladies to study and learn. I've trusted Zondervan with my daughters' spiritual growth for many years, and I have no qualms recommeding Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women to you for yours.
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Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women will make a wonderful Christmas present for the young women in your life and will be a great way for them to start the new year off right. Finding a devotional that speaks to the heart of girls and helps them develop the characteristics that make great women is priceless. You're going to want to grab a copy of this today for the lovelies in your life -- and you may want to go ahead and pick up a copy for yourself, as well. It really is that good.