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Summer Reading Challenge: Week 5- D is for Deborah

We are in our final week of the Summer Reading Challenge. Over the last four weeks we have been encouraging our girls to ignite their superpowers: Prayer, Patience, Bravery, and Loyalty. 

This week we explore our fifth and final superpower: Leadership. 

The story of Deborah (Read Judges 4) is an example of how God wants us to use our superpowers to serve Him and others as a leader. As a judge, Deborah solved disagreements, gave people good advice, and encouraged them to love God and discover their authentic voice and unique purpose in the world. Because of her faith, strength, and character, God placed Deborah in a position to lead His people into battle and win a great victory!

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also the interests of others. 

Philippians 2:3-4

Just like Deborah, God has chosen each and every one of us to be a leader as well. 

What is a Leader?

Leadership is more than being in charge or telling people what to do. It doesn’t only mean doing the work God wants you to do. Being a good leader also means encouraging the people around you to do the same. The word leader literally means, "to put courage in" others. 

Action Step

Recall a time you were struggling and someone encouraged you.

Discuss the following with your girl: 

  • What were you facing?
  • What did the person say?
  • What did the person do?
  • How did it make you feel?

Pray together and ask God to grow your desire and skill to encourage others in both words and actions.

Let Her Noise Be H.E.A.R.D

This marks the finale of our Summer Reading Challenge! Your little Belle has earned all five bells: The bell of prayer, patience, bravery, loyalty, and leadership.

As a reminder of her superpowers help your girl make her very own HEARD bracelet with yarn, string, cord, craft foam, or whatever other fun material you prefer. Be creative! Use beads, jewels, charms, letters, and more!Be sure to add the initials of each Bible Belle (“H” for Hannah, “E” for Esther, “A” for Abigail, “R” for Ruth, and “D” for Deborah). Wear your HEARD bracelet as a reminder that, like the Bible Belles, God gave her a powerful voice. He wants that voice to be heard out in the world! 

How did the challenge go for you and your girl? We'd love to hear your feedback. Drop us a line in the comments below and let us know! 

Want to share this summer reading challenge with a friend and her girl?

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