Raising a Young Lady of Faith

Raising a Young Lady of Faith by Jackie Kendall

Trusting God

Ruth certainly must have considered the probability of remaining single if she left Moab and went with Naomi. Even though it promised no prospects of a husband, she chose to follow Naomi and Naomi’s God back to Bethlehem.

Ruth chose to trust God with her future. She looked not with sensual sight, but through the eyes of faith. She chose to trust with her heart for the future her eyes could not yet see.

God providentially directed Ruth to the field of Boaz. You’ll find this divine encounter in chapter 2 of the Book of Ruth. It began when “…she happened to come to the portion of the field belonging to Boaz…” (Ruth 2:3).

This leaves no room for manipulation. Ruth’s eyes of faith led her to the exact spot where she would meet Mr. Right, Boaz, whose name suggests a pillar of strength. God rewarded Ruth’s faith with a husband who lived up to his name.

I want to direct my encouragement toward very practical ways of building the faith of young girls, and hopefully some “big girls” as well.

Focusing on God’s Word

The old expression about husbands and wives goes: “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.” I would make the same claim about mothers and daughters. So I hope that you will take the opportunity to be spurred on in your faith walk, and particularly through our emphasis on the Word of God: the Bible.

How do we grow in faith?

The Bible is filled with teaching about this process; and so it is from God’s very Word that we find instruction in raising a Young Lady of Faith. As Paul wrote to the Roman Church in his rich epistle exhorting them: “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ” (Rom. 10:17).

When we study the Bible, we “hear” God’s love for us and His instruction to us; we hear about God’s character and about the character He would work in us. It is not just any word we are hearing, but the Word of God that inspires and nourishes faith. Therefore, the absolute best thing I can focus on involves how you can set your focus and your daughter’s focus on God’s Word, the Bible.

Seven Minutes That Will Change Your Life

Within mere seconds of asking Jesus to come into my heart and take control of my life, I was given my first Bible. Along with it, the youth leader gave me the most life-impacting advice I have ever had. He said, “Jackie, this is your spiritual food. I want you to read it at least seven minutes each day. Seven minutes reading your Bible will begin to feed your spirit.”

As a not-so-sweet sixteen-year-old who had just received God’s glorious gift of forgiveness, I was in a very teachable mode. I took the instruction to “get my seven” very seriously, and actually couldn’t wait to read my Bible. From that day until this day, I have never “recovered” from this privilege.

In addition to the personal privilege of reading and studying the Word of God, it has been the privilege of my life to be called to share the Word with others—not least of all, with my own children. One day this past year my daughter Jessi was running and listening to a podcast by the minister and author Francis Chan. Something he said in this talk caused Jessi to stop still in her tracks, turn off the podcast and call me. She was so excited that I almost missed a few words of her exclamation.

Breathlessly she said, “Mom! I just heard something Francis Chan said and it so reminded me of you that I had to call you this instant!”

My eyes filled with tears as Jessi shared the following quote:

The number one responsibility of every parent is to teach their children to be independently dependent on Jesus and His Word.

If there was one desire I had as a mother, it was this: that my children would become “independently dependent on Jesus and His Word.” And as Jessi quoted these words over the phone, it was a true moment of blessing and affirmation—not only because she is a lover of the Word, but because she is raising her little daughter with the same intention and hope.

What about you?

How do you impart faith into your daughters? Let me know in the comments below!

EDITOR’S NOTE: Want to learn more about Raising a Young Lady of Faith? You can start reading a FREE preview of Jackie’s book Raising a Lady in Waiting here: Raising a Lady in Waiting – Free Preview or you can find it at bookstores everywhere.

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Jackie Kendall About Jackie Kendall

Jackie Kendall has ministered through teaching and counseling for more than 30 years. As President of Power to Grow Ministries, Jackie is a sought after conference speaker for people of all ages and stages of life. Jackie has chosen a road marked by personal vulnerability, accessibility and honesty. She readily admits to being a "fellow struggler" and sees transparency as a most important link in personal growth toward Christ. She co-wrote "Lady in Waiting" which has sold over half-a-million copies and her new release "Raising a Lady in Waiting". You can find our more at: www.JackieKendall.com