Helping Teen Girls Embrace Their True Selves

What if you could help ONE GIRL break free from comparison and embrace her true identity?


Would you?


Three years ago, I released my first book for women, Over It. Conquering Comparison to Live Out God’s Plan. In that book, I shared my own personal battle with comparison and what we can learn from women in Scripture who broke free from the comparison trap to discover God’s plan for their lives.


Many of you supported the message by reading the book, sharing about it with friends, and even buying copies to give as gifts. Then, a funny thing happened.


I had several responses from readers, wanting a copy to give to a daughter, niece, granddaughter, or other teen girl in their lives. And even though I was overjoyed at the requests, I wondered whether a teen girl would be engaged with the book’s content and the way the message was communicated. Could they relate to it? Would they get bored with the chapters?


From my years in the classroom, I knew that a young teen’s willingness to engage with an idea is based mainly on how that message is shared. But I’m getting ahead of myself:) Let’s step back to when God began His amazing plan...


When I First Knew a Teen Book Would Follow


Even as I wrote, studied Scripture, and shared my own struggles with comparison in Over It, I knew there needed to be something more. But at the time, I wasn’t sure what that would look like.


I decided to wait and trust God for his next steps. His timing and His message are always best.


I sensed God nudging me to combine my years of experience working with junior high girls and my love for Bible study to develop a message that would speak His truth to their young hearts. 


And it would be in a way they could relate to, and that they’d enjoy in the process.


From that nudge, the inspiration for this project was born. I am excited to announce that today, this new resource is available.

Over It. Devotional for Teen Girls

Trading Comparison for the True Me

How the Teen Devotional Is Designed



The Over It. Devotional for Teen Girls is designed as a daily devotion reading, unlike the original Over It book for women, which is a nonfiction chapter book.



It includes four weeks of short, easy-to-understand devotions, with five daily readings per week. At the end of each week, girls will find a fun faith statement coloring page, a journal page, and a place to doodle, (because teens love to sketch, draw, and doodle!)



The book teaches about the lives of the SAME women in Scripture from the original Over It book, with less focus on following God’s plan and more focus on being confident in who God created us to be. 



Suggested Reading Plan for Moms of Teens



Although the content is similar, the women’s book and teen devotional are not designed to be read together. Because of the chapters vs. daily reading styles, it would be hard to stay in the same place. So, if you would like to read along with your teen, I suggest doing so with your own copy of the devo for teens, as opposed to one of each. 


You can also complete the women’s version while your daughter finishes the teen version, then have conversations about the scriptures, lessons, and biblical women after reading.

Learn more about the Over It. Devotional for Teen Girls here on the book page. You will also find links to purchase. Check out the fun downloadable graphics there, too.



As you consider helping teen girls in your life let go of comparison to discover their true selves, I will be praying for you. Because truth be told, the enemy doesn’t want the next generation to be firmly grounded in their identity in Christ. And when we agree to encourage them on that journey, we may come under attack. But we have nothing to fear when we move forward in God’s call to sow a seed. His plans for us are good, and His Word is true.



“We know, dear brothers and sisters, that God loves you and has chosen you to be his own people.” 1 Thessalonians 1:4 NLT



We are chosen, and we want our girls to know they are chosen too.

Blessings,

Kristine

During release week, I am making a special offer available to you! Learn all about it on the book page here, or by watching this Facebook video here.





How Big Is Your Love?

Welcome Janet Hines to kristinebrown.net today with this bonus devotion celebrating the launch of her new book, Between the Valley and the Mountaintop:  Glimpses of God in the Middle Places.

How Big Is Your Love?

Every part of this picture I took while flying over Glacier National Park in 

a helicopter shows me how big God is. His presence in every piece 

is reflected from the clouds in the sky to the 

peaks of the mountains, through the waterfall to the 

tree line to the forests, river and valley below.



How big is your love? How big are you loved?

My three year old grandson was telling me goodbye. His new thing is all about how big he is loved and how big he loves. His dad picked him up from preschool the other day. “Dad, did you know God loves me and He loves you?”

Standing on my tiptoes I reached for the ceiling. Opening my arms as far as I could and making circles, “Buddy, I love you this much”. He stood there watching and his eyes got bigger with every circle I made.

He is grasping the concept of love. We hugged and off they went.

There have been times in my life when I have forgotten how big I am loved. Giving love 

comes easy for me. Life is hard when we forget we are loved. 

There is a love balance for our hearts that keeps us healthy. But there is a never-ending 

intention the world sets against us to remind us daily we are not loveable.

Experiencing much loss through divorce and the loss of my parents, I have felt deep

despair as I asked “am I worthy to be loved”? My parents did not choose to leave me

but their exit from this world changed me. I can’t wait to see them again. Divorce is

another story. The depth of loss nearly destroyed me. Every single belief I had rooted

my concept of love in was shattered.


In time, God, who never changed His love for me, never left me or changed his mind

about me, began to show up and remind me in the tiniest of ways of His beautiful and

tender presence. 

Sunsets prompt me to reflect back on my day. I look for God in situations I encountered.

Conversations where God showed up as a prompt to bring Him in are evident.

I never take Him for granted. Praising Him and being loved by Him 

is my favorite place to be.


This scripture reminds me that I am significant in His eyes. 


Psalm 8:3-4

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which

you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that

you care for him? 


God does care for me. God is extremely detail oriented - His creation reveals that to us.  

God cares for you. 

This scripture fills me up. God’s love for us is very present in these words.


Psalm 147:7-11

Sing to the Lord and give thanks to him. Make music to our God on the harp. 

He covers the sky with clouds. He supplies the earth with rain. He makes grass grow on

the hills. He provides food for the cattle. He provides for the young ravens when they

cry out. He doesn’t take pleasure in the strength of horses. He doesn’t take delight in

the strong legs of men. The Lord takes delight in those who have respect for him. They 

put their hope in his faithful love. 


God delights in us. Haven’t we all longed for a relationship like that?

Love is evasive when we put all our efforts into being loved by humans. 

So, when I am feeling the loss of love, I turn to these words and I know taking a step closer to God, envisioning myself being held by Him, brings me to the very place I need to be. 


God is fully present in the valleys, on the mountaintops and in every middle place in between. Learning this has been the gift I have received from living this life of mine. 


Deuteronomy 31:8 

The Lord himself will go ahead of you. He will be with you. He will never leave you. He’ll never desert you. So don’t be afraid. Don’t lose hope.” 


Joshua 1:9

“Here is what I am commanding you to do. Be strong and brave. Do not be terrified. Do not lose hope. I am the Lord your God. I will be with you everywhere you go.” 


I end with this verse from the new testament. The first scripture I remember memorizing as a child was Psalm 23. The second is John 3:16 - God making “big circles” to show me how much He loves me and you, He gave the ultimate gift and the knowledge of that even as a young child planted a seed deep in me that would sustain me.


John 3:16

“God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life. 


“Lord, please come close. Fill us up when we feel the barrenness of being unloveable. Show us Your presence. Comfort us through these words of Yours.  Thank You, Father God. We love You. We love You. Amen”

Janet Hines is a photographer and author on a journey of restoration and learning to be grateful for brokenness. Through photography, travel experiences and writing, she brings together pieces of life in ways that connect with the hurting people who need to know they are not alone. Her heart’s desire is to build a community of hope through sharing Christ all of her days.  Connect with Janet at janethines.com and order her new book through Amazon