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Valuing the Hearts of Our Girls

You don't have to look very far in a mall, online, or on television to see that retailers and advertisers are going after the teenage girl consumer. How do we prepare our girls to take a stand for purity and modesty in a culture that is trying to make them grow up too fast, and doesn't value their hearts?

We have to make a choice and an effort to proclaim over our children each day that they are fearfully and wonderfully made. That God designed each part of them specific to his instructions and that they are woven in his handiwork. (Psalm 119) That beauty also shines from the inside. That who they are is as important as how they look. The pressure to look a certain way is a struggle for many of our young girls, there are so many voices out there telling them what they are supposed to be.

I tell my daughter that she is beautiful every single day. Inside and out. Maybe that is excessive, maybe that is too much. But I remember that time in my life when I could barely stand to look at myself in the mirror. I want to speak life-giving words into her heart as much as I can. I want her to be confident in who she is, and be able to love herself and who God has created her to be. I want her to know that her heart is valuable and the decisions she makes are important.

Watch this interview with Dannah Gresh, author, speaker and founder of Pure Freedom as we talk about modesty, fashion and how to value our daughters and their precious hearts.

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