Saturday, April 3, 2010

Thinking About Growing Up Strong Girls

It's been on my mind of late about growing up girls to be women of God.  Not just of strong faith, but strong minded, good citizens, hard workers, nurturers, lovers of others, etc.  It's hard when you are young to know what you want and who you want to be.  I find it so important to nurture and cultivate the strengths that God has creatively wired into our girls.  That being said, I've come across some significant resources this week to begin the guiding process for me as a Mother.  It is marvelous to know that there are other Mom's out there that are looking for the same guiding light.  There is no better place than the Bible to teach and model from. 

 Thinking about some of the great women in the Bible that we can take a closer look at would be....

Noah's Wife, Mary (mother of Jesus), Esther, Abigail, Abishag, Anna, Deborah, Dorcas, Elisabeth, Eunice, Euodias, Hannah, Joanna, Lois, Lydia of Thyatira, Milcah and Phebe to name a few.

All of these women exemplified in some way a Proverbs 31 woman.  They should be a starting point for us as Mom's to achieve to be, and an example for the girls that we are raising.  Possibly someone, someday, will make a homeschool unit study for girls about these astounding women.  Who knows, maybe it's me?

BUT!  I've found other great genius to glean from as well.  I hope you take a look closer at these items, and begin to grow your seeds into a delightful garden.

Reads of the Week:
How Am I Smart? by Dr. Kathy Koch- “a parents guide to multiple intelligences.” 5 stars

Finds of the Week:
American Heritage Girls -  

AHG Oath:

"I promise to love God,
Cherish my family,
Honor my country,
and Serve in my community."

AHG Mission:

"Building women of integrity through
service to God, family, community and country."

AHG Vision:

"American Heritage Girls is the premier national
character development organization for young women that
embraces Christian values and encourages family involvement."

Scripture of the Week:

 "Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we'd better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he's there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!"
Hebrews 12:1-3- The Message

"Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night."  ~Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke