The following post is adapted from the introduction of my new book: She Believes. Pre-order your copy of She Believes today!
I am so excited to be sharing this moment in time with you, and I do not believe it is by accident that you are reading this. I would guess you are a girl, or a woman, depending on how you look at it. Personally, I like to refer to all of us on the feminine side of God’s creation as girls. It just sounds happy and a bit more inclusive to me. In my opinion, no matter what year you were born, whether you wear pink ruffled skirts or faded blue jeans, or if you hair is red, blonde, amber or a gorgeous shade of gray, if you were born a baby girl, you still are every bit a girl. And I believe that the words in my very first book, She Believes, are for you!
I want you to know that I have been praying for you since the moment I began the She Believes journey. Praying that your life will be changed by the words inside these pages. Praying that you will be changed by the words inside these pages. Praying that you will be encouraged to believe things that you never dreamed possible for yourself, your relationships, your home, and your future. I definitely don’t claim to have all the answers, because just like you, I am striving to learn and grow to understand who I am in Christ and all that he desires for me to believe for my life. But through my journey of learning to believe, God has put in me a desire to do everything I can to encourage girls of every age to believe too!
So let me ask you this question: What do you believe?
What do you really believe about yourself, about your life, and about your Creator? What do you believe about why you were chosen to be alive at this moment in history? How you answer each of those questions affects how you are living your life—whether you are just surviving or whether you are living filled with joy and anticipation, trusting and believing your Heavenly Father has amazing things planned just for you each and every day.
Nearly thirteen years ago, I attended a women’s conference that changed my life forever. One of the speakers who graced the stage shared a message called “Your Life Is a Gift.” I’ll never forget the impact of her words on my heart as she spoke about how God designed each one of us exactly how he wants us to be; all we need to do is believe that, unwrap the package of our lives, and watch God use us in ways we’ve never dreamed or imagined.
I could either believe that God had created me to do great things, or I could keep sitting back in the shadows of doubt and unbelief and miss out on all he had for me.
Something clicked inside of me that day. I could either believe that God had created me to do great things, or I could keep sitting back in the shadows of doubt and unbelief and miss out on all he had for me. I asked myself the question, Do I really believe what I believe?
Maybe you are in a place today where you are having trouble believing what you believe. That God is really there, that he knows who you are, and that he has amazing plans for your life and your future. Maybe your circumstances are screaming at you, causing you to doubt that your life has any real purpose or meaning at all. Or perhaps you feel like you’re at the end of your rope, just hanging by a fraying thread of hope.
The Bible says this:
I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord. They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future filled with hope. (Jeremiah 29:11 GW)
My deepest desire is that no matter where you find yourself today, the message in this book will capture your heart and change your life.
Whether you are trying to understand and figure out your life; striving to be a good daughter, mom, or wife; or possibly looking at your future with doubt and uncertainty, my deepest desire is that no matter where you find yourself today, the message in this book will capture your heart and change your life. No matter what you think, no matter the circumstances you are facing, no matter what you have heard in your past or been taught to think about yourself, you, precious girl, were magnificently and beautifully designed for life. And when you believe that…everything changes!
Grab a cup of coffee (or whatever sounds good), and I’ll meet you in chapter 1 of She Believes.