Lynn Cowell spoke life into me. She was my first speaking coach at the Proverbs 31 She Speaks Conference. I was intimidated, I was afraid; she was beautiful, she was bold. And I left her presence more beautiful, more bold, less intimated, less afraid. These many years later, I’m delighted to invite Lynn to my blog (as I was on hers!) and follow in her footsteps as a Speaker Coach. You’ll appreciate Lynn’s brand of weirdness – and a wonderful giveaway!
“I don’t think so. That would be a bit weird for me.”
Such was my response to my neighbor’s request.
Her request, you ask? Let me back up a bit.
I love football. I especially loved to watch my oldest play when colored flags fluttered around his waist while carrying the leather bundle. On this particular autumn day, I listened in as the other football moms threw around their parenting worries. I really didn’t have anything to add; they were discussing how scared they were as their daughters had just started high school. My girls were still singing solos into hairbrush microphones. High school was a long way often…thankfully. Under my breath, I commented to myself, “I wouldn’t go back for anything. Being a Christian in high school was hard enough the first time.”
That’s when my neighbor asked the question. “Would you please spend some time with my daughter and share with her how to be a Christian in high school?”
What? Me? My daughters are 6 and 3. What do I know about high school now? Besides, I barely know your daughter!
That would be way too weird.
And that is exactly what I told my friend. Well, not all of it, but I did say the “no” part. Enough said. No more discussion; at least not with her.
Over the next few days, the Lord seemed to have a lot to say to me about investing in this girl. He softened my heart and with trepidation, I obediently took my first step. I invited over five neighbor girls and my nieces for pizza. So I wouldn’t completely freak them out, I let them know ahead of time that I wanted to share with them my story of high school. Can you believe they still came?
To be honest, the night turned out to be disastrous! Every girl seemed to get a call from home with all kinds of problems during our short time together. There were keys locked in cars, a pet cock-a-too that flew away and a shooting in my niece’s neighborhood. I was beyond frustrated and more than a bit mad at God. I did what I felt He asked me to do. Couldn’t He have helped me out a bit?
I couldn’t wait for the night to get over! As the girls began to leave, one hung back, and the middle of trashing plates and cans, she casually asked me a question. “Miss Lynn, can we hang out together? Like, would you mentor me?” That yes led to 18 years of mentoring teen girls, many of them living right in my neighborhood. I would have never know saying “yes” to loving my teen girl neighbor would lead to my ministry of writing and speaking to teens and their moms that I am so passionate about today.
Do you have a teen or two in your neighborhood? You’d be surprised just how many girls would love to have another woman give her a little time, a listening ear and a lot of love. Your neighbor could really use a friend who has come out of high school…and survived.
The Summer You Say Yes
Make this the summer you say “yes” to God and love on your teen girl neighbor – and Lynn can help! (UPDATE: CONTEST HAS ENDED) You can win a copy of Lynn’s newest book, Magnetic: Becoming the Girl He Wants, which empowers young women to:
- Move beyond negative thoughts, capricious emotions, and others’ opinions as she gains unshakeable confidence.
- Limit the draining affect of “girl drama” so she can invest her time in becoming the best she can be.
- Replace the agonizing frustration of wanting to be noticed and liked with a deep assurance that she already is.
Packed with revealing quizzes, interviews with guys, and practical tools, Magnetic: Becoming the Girl He Wants helps young women live out nine amazing characteristics—known as the fruit of the Spirit. She will not only cultivate an inner and outer beauty, but she will also hold an irresistible appeal for godly guys. Help her shift your focus from a guy to the Guy and become the magnetic young woman God created her to be.
You’ll also win a Summer Study Kit that contains all these goodies:
- “Gorgeous is More Than a Face in the Mirror” magnets
- The Magnetic Manifestio frameable cards
- Fruit of the Spirit journal pages
- 40 Ice Breaker Questions
To be entered to win, comment below and tell us about a young woman you would like to share Magnetic with. A random winner will be selected on June 29. And if you just can’t wait until then, visit Lynn’s website to get a Summer Study Kit and copy of Magnetic for yourself!
Lynn Cowell is a Proverbs 31 speaker and the author of several books including her newest “Magnetic: Becoming the Girl He Wants”. Lynn helps set girls and women on the path toward wise choices by leading them to the only love that can fill the love gap in their hearts. Her husband and their three children live in North Carolina where they love hiking, rafting and anything combining chocolate and peanut butter.