Riding in the car the other day, my three-year-old daughter called out from the back seat and caught me by surprise.
“Yes, my sweet baby.”
“Even when I make a bad choice, God still loves me.”
I smiled and met her gaze in the rearview mirror.
“That’s right, Honey. He always loves you.”
I cry. Several bouts of cancer in your 20s and becoming a mom after you never thought you’d ever be one will do that to you.
“And when I’m angry,” she continues, “God still loves me. And when I’m sad, He still loves me. He loves me all the time.”
Please remember that, I think to myself, when this world is bearing down on you. When you come home from school, confused about your friendships, will you remember that His love is constant? When you ask to be left alone to wish away the world, will you remember that His love never diminishes? When you’ve retreated into your bedroom, second-guessing yourself as less than a masterpiece, will you remember that God poured out His perfect love for the creation of you?
She’s only three, but that little voice declares the truth with such certainty. As she grows, I can only help but think about how that voice might change when culture tries to have its way with her.
The Sound of the Belles will be HEARD
For generations girls have struggled to find and use their voices. When we decided to launch Bible Belles, the goal was to highlight real heroes: women in the Bible whose inner beauty God used in powerful ways. We wanted to create something that would celebrate them and show girls what it means to know your value and live into God’s design for your life. We prayed and researched and prayed and studied and prayed some more. When we settled on five women for our first series, it was because of what these five women represent. They represent the journey: the real journey to growing a real relationship with God, understanding His definition of beauty, and finding and carrying out His purpose for our lives.
These five women represent the journey to be truly heard: to discover and use the unique voice God gave all of us.
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
Hannah is the first belle in the series: the Belle of Prayer. Her story shows girls that the first step toward a real relationship with God is open and honest communication: the revealing of truth from deep within their own hearts.
I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.
Esther is the next belle: the Belle of Patience. If prayer is the first step in growing closer to God, the second step is to sit, be still, wait, and listen. We talk to God, but He wants to talk to us too. Our girls need to learn to wait patiently, prepare their hearts to hear from Him, and step out in faith according to His timing.
1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love.
Abigail is the third belle: the Belle of Bravery. Once a relationship is established, it’s sure to be tested. Our girls need to know that they can call upon the courage of God to boldly face any problem. They can be brave and do what is right, even when they are scared.
A friend loves at all times.
Ruth is our fourth belle: the Belle of Loyalty. The series takes an exciting turn here. The first three books have focused on the self. I can pray. I can wait and listen for God’s voice. I can be brave to make the right choices. One of our major goals for this series was to help girls understand that a “me-first” attitude and a sense of entitlement are not what God had in mind when He created them. Part of God’s plan and purpose for them is to love the people around them faithfully. A life lived in kindness toward others is part of God’s purpose for all of us. Self-sacrifice and putting the feelings and needs of others before our own are meaningful ways we can show real love.
1 Peter 4:10
God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.
Deborah is the fifth belle: the Belle of Leadership. The wisdom to know what needs to be done and to stir action is essential to finding and carrying out God’s plan and purpose for each of our lives. This final step in the journey guides girls to ask the question, “God, in what areas of my life are you calling me to lead?” and shows them that true leadership isn’t about success. It’s about service.
It was only after we chose these five women that we realized their initials spell the word heard. What a beautiful reminder for us to seek out ways to press our kids up to the voice of God so they can head out into this world and be heard in exactly the way that He had in mind when He breathed them into existence.
2 Peter 1:3
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
These women are so much more than positive role models. They are reminders of how powerfully, with a little bit of obedience and the right perspective, God can use us. With Him, we can learn to step into each day with boldness and remember that it is His love is everything we need.
“He loves me, Mama, no matter what happens.” Yes, my precious girl. His love is everything, and by listening to His voice, you will find your own.
To find out more about Bible Belles visit their website here.