By Lisa Rowell
Does your daughter know what true worship looks like?
It is so important that your daughter understands that worship happens not only when she sings praises to God but also when she offers her whole life—including her words—to Him as a pleasing sacrifice each and every day!
After all, Romans 12:1 tells us to let our bodies be a “living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. That is truly the way to worship him.”
If you aren’t sure how to encourage your daughter to worship God, then check out these Six Tips For Worshipping With Your Tween Girl! Try one (or two or three or six!) of these tips today.
#1 Let Your Daughter See YOU Worship
Whether she admits it or not, your daughter looks to you to learn when, where, and how to worship. If she sees you actively praising and honoring God throughout the day, she will follow your example! If she doesn’t see you worshipping, well then… she won’t! Whether in the car, at church, or at home, worship should be a part of your everyday life. Even just the way you live is an act of worship! Share this with your daughter and make sure she knows what true worship looks like!
#2 Encourage Your Daughter to Worship
When you see your daughter worshiping God with her words or actions, encourage her! She will be more likely to repeat the positive behavior you highlight. Be specific and catch her in the moment of honoring Him!
#3 Jam Out to a Worship Playlist
Create a customized worship playlist with your daughter! (Maybe you could even include some songs from our True Girl Original Album!) Let her pick worship songs she enjoys for the playlist, then listen to it in the car and make it part of your daily routine! This shows her that you value her opinion and care about what she cares about. (Bonus: Starting this practice in the tween years paves the way for common ground during the teen years, too, when music can become an increasingly more important part of your daughter’s life.)
#4 Share What YOU are Learning with Your Daughter
Share with your daughter what YOU are learning in your daily Bible reading and ask her what she’s experiencing with God. Talking about Him throughout the day teaches your daughter that the Lord cares about the details of her life, not just what happens on a Sunday morning.
#5 Pray Together
Pray with and for your tween! Not sure what to say? Try using Philippians 1:9-11 and replace “You/Your” with your child’s name.
"I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God."
#6 Give Her the Right Tools
Give her the right tools for her age. During the tween years, your daughter is navigating the space between being a little girl and being a teenager. She will begin to express deeper questions about her faith and become increasingly aware of the differences between what the Lord teaches and what the world teaches.
That’s one of the reasons why we are so excited about True Girl Live: A Night of Worship at the Gresh Farm. We created this event specifically for this season in a young girl’s life. (And for you, too, mom!)
At our upcoming worship event, your daughter will learn that anytime she speaks kindly or offers to empty the dishwasher or mow the lawn or writes a letter to a grandparent just to say hello, she is using her words and actions as an act of worship. (She’ll also sing, dance, and get loud as she creates a wonderful memory with you and with Jesus!)
The True Girl Night of Worship features:
- Live Worship Music by the True Girl Cast: Staci, Kasey, and Abby, featuring music from the True Girl Original Album
- Live coaching on worship from Staci
- Practical Bible teaching from Dannah Gresh
- Intentional mom+daughter conversation time