Dear Christian Girl, It’s Time to Suit Up

Hey Christian Girl-

Your mama may tag you in this post. And you may just skim right over it and throw a like on it to appease her before going back to Tik Tok reels and IG photos of some flawless influencer (FYI- she isn’t really flawless). I get it. Mama is always tagging you in something, isn’t she?

But she wants you to take just a minute to read these words. And you don’t know me from Adam, but I want you to read them, too. 

You’ve been raised in church. You know right from wrong. Good from bad. You sing the hymns. You listen to the preacher in between doodling in your notebook. And you feel like you’re doing pretty good because you aren’t hitting blueberry vapes or chugging White Claws or making poor choices with that boy that tells you you’re beautiful, after all. 

You’re a pretty good kid. And we’re proud of you.  

But, sweet girl, if you haven’t fallen into some type of temptation yet, you will. The time is soon coming when you’ll be faced with the choice to do what your Christian Mama says you ought to do or do what the world says you ought to do. 

Do me a favor. Do Mama a favor. Do yourself a favor. 

Suit up now with the armor of God by talking to your Father in Heaven. About the tests, the boys, the choices at the party after the football game. Tell Him every fear, every doubt, every insecurity. He’s always with you. He’s ready and eager to listen. (Psalm 55: 16-17)

Suit up now with the armor of God by reading the wisdom found in His Word. Do you find it boring to read? I know it can be daunting. But pray for the desire to study it. Open that devotional your grandmother gave you for Christmas. Download that app. Be intentional about it. I promise you, sweet girl, it is nourishment for your soul. It’s one way He’ll talk back to you. (2 Timothy 3: 16-17)

Suit up now with God’s armor by asking for salvation. I’m not talking about just repeating a prayer after your Sunday School teacher. I’m talking about surrendering your life to Him. Allow His voice to be the loudest among all the voices coming at you. Your worst day with Him is better than your best day without Him. (Romans 10: 9-10)

I didn’t suit up when I was your age. I went to church. I sang the hymns. I listened to the preacher between doodles. But I didn’t suit up. I didn’t talk to Him. I didn’t read His Word. I didn’t want His will over my own. 

And when the time came to make some hard choices, I made the wrong ones.

Oh, the Lord loved me through it. Just as He loves you through your mistakes. He forgives and then forgets. He comforts. He loves you more than your mama, if you can believe it. 

But I’m praying that any girl who reads this will suit up right now. Whether you’ve been “good” or you’ve already made some wrong choices. It’s not too late to suit up. 

One day, you (and your mama) will be so glad you did. 

Bless you, sweet girl. I know this world is hard. But you can do anything, you can withstand anything, if you suit up. 

You are so loved. 

By your mama. And by your God. 

1 Corinthians 10:13

Susannah B. Lewis
Susannah B. Lewis
Susannah B. Lewis is a humorist, blogger for Whoa! Susannah, and freelance writer whose work has appeared in numerous publications. The author of Can’t Make This Stuff Up!, Lewis studied creative writing at Jackson State Community College and earned her bachelor's degree in business management from Bethel College. She lives in Medina, Tennessee, with her husband, Jason, their three children, and three dogs. Her latest book, How May I Offend You Today?: Rants and Revelations from a Not-So-Proper Southern Lady, releases nationwide October 20 , 2020.

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