This entire website (and the book it was named for, Lies Young Women Believe) is dedicated to uncovering lies told to your generation by the Evil One. We are committed to helping you identify the lies that have wrapped their way around your heart but we also want to encourage you to replace those lies with Truth.
What truth exactly? Let us direct you to the only source of Truth that has the power to radically transform you—God’s Word.
John 8:32 says, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
It’s true! The Truth found in the Bible has the power to free us from many types of bondage. But did you catch what this verse says about the role you play in that liberation? The Truth has the power to free you, but first you must know what Truth is.
We toured the country talking to girls like you during the research phase of LYWB and we were surprised (and more than a little concerned) by how little time many of the girls we interviewed spent learning the Word of God. We only interviewed Christian girls, many of whom were leaders in their church and youth group, and yet, we couldn’t find much evidence that they knew what God’s Word really says. This is dangerous because failing to know the Truth sets us up to be easily trapped by lies.
I have been particularly susceptible to the power of lies in my own life lately. I’ve been uncharacteristically busy with a busy summer ministry schedule, caring for a new baby, and an unusually high number of projects at work. As a result, I haven’t spent much time reading my Bible and praying. Okay, I’ll be honest, I haven’t spent any time reading my Bible and praying and I’ve noticed a pattern, when I am not diligent in seeking the Truth, I become highly susceptible to the power of lies in my life.
The same is true for your life. The most important step you can take as you seek to live in freedom is to regularly spend time reading and studying the Bible.
Nancy writes about this in Lies Young Women Believe.
“There’s one habit that was emphasized more that any other in my (Nancy’s) home as I was growing up. I don’t think there is any more important habit that you could possibly develop as a teen. It is the practice of spending consistent time getting to know God through His Word. Every aspect of your life, short term and long term, will be affected by this one habit.
I am so grateful that my parents modeled this practice and encouraged me to develop a consistent devotional life as a young girl. I cannot adequately express what a huge difference it has made in my life.
I’m not saying it’s easy—as much as I value my time with the Lord, there have been plenty of mornings when I’ve allowed the pillow, my laptop, or other distractions to win out and ended up spending only a few hurried moments with Him. But I know that I can’t be the woman God made me to be apart from having an intimate relationship with Him. And that requires spending time on a regular basis listening to Him speak through His Word and responding to Him in worship and prayer” (Lies Young Women Believe, 167).
What is true for Nancy’s life is true for all of us. You can’t be the woman God made you to be without receiving regular doses of Truth from His word. Neither can I. So, I am committing to take a challenge that Nancy and Dannah issue in the book. It’s called the 30-day challenge and it’s simply encourages readers to spend time reading their Bible every day for 30 days. It won’t be easy. My commitments over the next few weeks are no less intense or demanding, but I recognize that my need to get serious about knowing God’s Truth daily trumps anything else that competes for my time and attention.
Will you join me? Will you commit to spending at least some time reading the Bible every day for the next thirty days? I hope so. I’ll be writing about my experience right here on the blog this month, and I want to hear from you. If you’re ready for a heavy dose of life changing, bondage breaking, freedom bringing Truth, join me by spending time reading your Bible every day for the next 30 days. Share you commitment right here so that we can spur each other on!
I can’t wait to hear about the power of Truth in your lives!