By Lawrencia, The Pearl House
When it comes to sharing the gospel with others it can be difficult to explain to tweens. They are about to enter a stage of life where they will discover who they want to be, where they want to go in life and will be faced with many decisions along the way. But when we share the gospel with others, it often changes us for the better. It is important to remember that we can share the gospel in many ways and sometimes it doesn’t even require us to use our words. Sharing the Gospel with others is something that takes courage and understanding.
I want to share three important truths about teaching your daughter how to share the gospel that changed my life.
1. Sharing your testimony
“Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.”
1 Chronicles 16:8
Testimonies speak a lot of truth and have a huge impact on the people around you. Sharing what God has done in your life brings healing and brings people closer together.
My story starts when I was younger. My parents got divorced and my mother was left to take care of three children. When my father left us, times became difficult and money was tight. I had to do whatever it would take to help my mother take care of us. By the grace of God and His plan for my life, I was put in the right place at the right time. God opened the door of coming to The Pearl House. The Pearl House is a home in Ghana, Africa, that protects, educates, and disciples at-risk young women in underserved communities around the world. Because of The Pearl House, I have been able to encourage my sisters in the house to go out and share their testimony with everyone they come in contact with.
And you can encourage your daughter to share her testimony as well. Sharing your testimony with your daughter opens the door for her to ask questions about your salvation and is evidence of what God has done in your life. When you share your testimony, it will encourage her to go out and share her own testimony. You have the opportunity to motivate and inspire her to tell others about Jesus. You can set an example as you tell how the grace of God can change someone’s life!
2. Teaching Wisdom
“ If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
Wisdom is something that I wish I had more knowledge on growing up. I knew right from wrong and was trying to survive the best I could. Teaching your daughter wisdom is one of the most important things you can do to help her while growing up in a world where there is a lot of the unknown. Teaching wisdom with your daughter gives her the opportunity to treasure God’s word close to her heart and help her be prepared for the world. Think about it, God is the source of everything and when you teach your daughter the wisdom from God’s word, you are preparing her for whatever she may face in life.
The Bible is full of wisdom and sharing that wisdom with your daughter will give her all the tools needed as she is about to face what life will offer her. Once I came to The Pearl House, I was taught wisdom and knowing the wisdom of the Bible. Gaining wisdom from my caregivers has put me on a better path in life. God knows your story and He knows your daughter’s story. Pray and ask God for your daughter to be wise beyond her years. Proverbs 8:11 says that wisdom is more precious than rubies and nothing we desire can compare with it.
3. Learning what grace truly means
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions -- it is by grace you have been saved”
In a simple way, the definition of grace is the gift we don’t deserve. When Jesus died on the cross, He died for us and He didn't have to. He chose to die and give us the free gift that we don't deserve. Grace is something that I have had to learn along the way. I would encourage you to show your daughter more and more grace every day. Grace is something that does not go unnoticed. It is something that we can not take for granted.
Giving the gift of grace is something that has changed my perspective on life. Before I came to The Pearl House I didn’t know what true grace looked like. My heart was hardened because of the events that have taken place in my life and where it looked like I was going. But because of God and The Pearl House, I have experienced true grace, my life has changed, and I now have a soft heart for those that may cross my path in life. Grace has changed the way I love people, the way I live my life, and the way I give. Teaching grace is one way your daughter can flourish and may have an impact in someone else’s life.
As you allow grace to change your life, also teach and show your daughter what walking in grace looks like. Remember you are her biggest role model! Lean into the small moments of life and take advantage of every opportunity that is given to you.
Most importantly pray for your daughter. Pray that the grace of God will change her life and that The Lord will enable her to show His grace to others as she shares the gospel.
About the author: Lawrencia is one of 49 girls being cared for by The Pearl House. She is 21 years old and is currently in 11th grade.
About The Pearl House: The Pearl House was founded in 2013 to provide hope for girls in rural Ghana, Africa. We have built a place where girls can grow together and there is no fear of poverty or hunger. The Pearl House protects, educates, and disciples at-risk young women in underserved communities around the world. By providing emotional support, physical care, and spiritual development the girls can discover their identity and purpose in Christ. The girls are learning to make a difference in the world and becoming the amazing women they are meant to be.
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