93: Lynn Cowell | Developing A Strong relationship With Your Daughters
Lynn Cowell | Developing A Strong relationship With Your Daughters
Lynn Cowell is part of the Proverbs 31 Ministries’ speaker and writing team.
As the author of several books, written for women of all ages, her newest book is: Loved & Cherished: 100 Devotionals for Girls.
Lynn calls home North Carolina, where she and her husband, Greg and the occasional backyard deer are adjusting to life as “just us”.
Along with their three adult children, the Cowell’s love hiking, rafting and anything combining chocolate and peanut butter.
Lynn Cowell joins me to discuss the importance of being available, approachable, and partnering with the Holy Spirit to develop our children’s gifts, particularly our daughters.
Questions Lynn and I Discussed:
- (5:16) Share how you came to know Jesus
- (6:33) Take us back to when your daughters were young. What were their personalities like?
- (9:33) What were some of the intentional steps you took to develop a strong relationship with them at a young age?
- (12:10) How did you experience the benefits of that as they became teens and now adults?
- (19:09) One of the biggest fears I face is the fear of not having a close relationship with my kids as they get older and become adults. How would you encourage someone like me, who has an 8 year old daughter, to develop that strong mother/daughter relationship in the early years?
- (23:58) In our world today there are so many conflicting messages for young girls and women about what makes you a strong woman. When you began facing that reality as a mom, how did you teach your daughters about being kind and gentle, yet bold and courageous?
- (31:40) What do you hope a girl walks away with upon completion of your Loved and Cherished devotional?
Quotes to Remember:
“My thinking as a young mom… was that children were clay to be formed. But as I’ve grown older, I think that children are born with personalities and bents and as parents our position is to partner with the Holy Spirit, to…encourage them in the gifts and the talents they have…and to help them refine those things that need to be refined.”
“As our kids have become adults, being approachable has meant everything in maintaining a relationship with them.”
“Sometimes being loving takes a whole lot of boldness and courage.”
“It’s easy for me to hold somebody at arm’s length and just go about my life, but loving, it costs me something. It costs me time, it costs me energy, it costs me going outside of what I’m comfortable with.”
“You are madly, wildly lavishly loved by God and nothing you can do can ever add to it and nothing you can do can ever take away from it. You are loved. Period.”
1 John 2: 9-11
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