Interview with Wynter Pitts
I am so delighted for you to meet my friend Wynter! We were exhibiting just tables away at the dotMOM conference and it was pure delight to meet her. She was just getting her magazine out to moms of girls and we learned that we share a passion for growing families closer to God. We both didn’t realized what was coming for us with books coming out.
Wynter just released an amazing devotional for girls – For Girls Like You. Enjoy Wynter! – Courtney
What inspired you to write this book?
Can I be honest? The truth of it is, I wrote this devotional with and for my daughters, Alena (10), Kaitlyn (8), Camryn and Olivia (twins 5). I’m simply a grown up little girl, desperately seeking to raise my girls with a passion and heart for Jesus–because I know, first-hand, that these peculiar years between princess dresses and lipstick matter…and they matter a lot!
What do you dream/pray it will do?
Our girls need to know Jesus’ Love. His Grace and His Truth. They need to feel secure in who God created them to be and they need courage to walk bodily in His Truth. With the For Girls Like You Devotional, I want to encourage our girls in their spiritual growth in a way that they can relate to, understand and enjoy!
What is the suggested age range?
The book is for girls 8-12. Alena, my 10-year has personal devotional time, however, often the girls and I read together! The devotionals themselves are intriguing and relevant and they open the door for fun and meaningful conversations together.
Do you have a favorite devotional?
Yes I do…well I have several! Many of the devotionals are dear to me because they are true stories from my life as a little girl or from my girls currently! It’s exciting to see how God can use our everyday experiences to teach us something new about Him.
Here’s a peek at one devotional that I love…
It’s in There
“…The Bible is not just full of stories; it is full of God’s words. They are not just stories written by people for fun or pretend, but the Bible is a book from God for your life. It is here to teach you more about Him.
There are answers to your hardest questions, advice on how to handle difficult times, and solutions to every problem. You will never experience anything that God has not already talked about in the Bible!
If you are the kind of girl who likes scientific adventures, you should start right at the beginning with Genesis. After all, God is the creator of the universe! Do you enjoy reading about friendships? Then open up the book of Ruth and read how Ruth and Naomi became best friends during a difficult time and how nothing could destroy their relationship. If you want to read stories of true love and risky adventure, then make your way to the New Testament and open up to Acts and Romans. There you will read about Paul and how his love for Jesus sent him on a journey with many twists and turns.
Actually, no matter what book of the Bible you turn to, you are reminded of how much God loves you and how much He is willing to do to you, for you, and through you when you choose to follow Him!
He wants you to know Him, enjoy Him, and love Him.
The Bible is God’s book to you. It’s not too big or too long. Find a quiet spot. Read carefully and turn the pages one at a time…”
Advice for moms of girls?
As my girls are getting older God is teaching me that although I cannot give them a personal blueprint for building a relationship with their Creator, I can set the stage and give them His Word in a way that they can relate it to their lives.
So how do you encourage your daughter to get to know God for herself?
Here are just 3 practical tips:
- Help her to carve out time. It is true that many things will not happen during our days if we do not schedule them. Encourage her to set a time to dig into the Word of God on her own!
- Know the genre of stories she enjoys and point her there in the Bible. For example, if she loves stories about friendships, tell her about the Book of Ruth! If she is into scientific adventures, then show her Genesis and the story of Creation! Show her that God knows about everything she loves!
- Make it a personal journey for her. Give her a Bible of her own and give her the freedom to doodle, take notes and highlight all throughout it! Also encourage her to read and study with friends!
About The Book:
Tween girls have access to an unbelievable amount of media and information with just a simple click of the remote or mouse. Every outlet they turn to attempts to subtly influence their worldview…and what they believe about themselves directly affects how they live.
Wynter Pitts, founder of For Girls Like You magazine, gives girls a new devotional showing them a correct definition of themselves, opening their eyes to God’s truth and the difference it makes in their lives. Each daily devotion includes a prayer to help girls apply the lesson.
About the Author
Editor, author, wife, and mother of four, Wynter Pitts’ mission is to empower young girls to walk boldly into becoming who God has created them to be. Driven by a heart to share God’s word, Wynter combined her love of creative writing, passion for Christ, and experience raising girls to create the For Girls Like You ministry and quarterly magazine. Follow Wynter on Twitter (@forgirlslikeyou) and on Facebook for encouragement and fun as we strive to raise a generation of God’s girls!
ENTER TO WIN
Share something about your girl(s) below and I will pick one random winner on Friday to receive Wynter’s new book.
My 8 year old reese will love this. She’s at an age where she is excited to mark up her Bible and tell me “did you know this is in the bible?” I love seeing her discover things for the first time in his word. It renews my excitement and awe of it too! Maran our 6 year old is at a stage of really loving God and surprised by his love for her. Her love tank empties quick so I am so excited to keep pointing to the one who fills it without end!
I have a 14 year old, almost 12 year old and 4 year old – all girls, all different personalities. It’s hard to know how to help them all have a relationship with God, but this book looks like it would be a great help!
My daughter would love this for Valentines! I want to see her sweet spirit flourish. I would also like to hear which Bible Wynter or Courntey has for their girls…we’re ready to move up to an older version.
My girls have FaithGirlz Bibles…they each have a different from that line! Hope that helps 🙂
Thanks for this write-up! My 10 year old Audrey is in total tween mode so having this as a conversation starter would be so nice.
My daughter Cailin, age 6, loves to draw. She draws so much that I may have to add a room to our house just to store her drawings.
I am the mommy of 3 amazing girls, ages 13, 10, 5 and I would love to get this to share with them! What a wonderful resource!!
I would love this for my girls, ages 4 and 7. I took one look at Wynter’s website and my fingers flew to my “Favorites” tab. I’m always looking for ways to engage the girls in their walk with Jesus.
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so excited about this devotional just for girlz! as the mommi of one beautiful daughter about to turn 9 (12 days and counting) i am also the aunti to 4 nieces! we are a family of girlz and my siblings and i have taken it seriously that we have to teach them now to begin their walk with god and that their faith means EVERYTHING. my soon to be 7 year old niece is also about to have a birthday and i was wondering about an extra special gift to give them both since they are attached at the hip. they call themselves sister-cousins! so sweet. and thank you also for the recommendation for a bible – perfect gift combo! i can’t wait to read it too!
This looks like a wonderful devotional! My daughter is 9 and want nothing more than her to have a great relationship with God!
my daughter is 10 years old. I’m trying to teach her to be herself without fear of peers. She is creative, fun, trying to find her relationship with God and understanding all that comes with it. My prayer us that she’ll be all who God created her to be and know who her refuge and encourager us!!
My daughter, Annalise, just turned 10 this past December. She loves church and is always so excited to tell me what new lesson she’s learned. Because of her own relationship with the Lord, completely independent of mine, I feel like her confidence in herself and her ideals has less her to make good choices thus far in her life, despite the influences she’s been around in her short life. I know she would love this book, but bring a single Mother, it’s almost always impossible for me to purchase anything than the bare necessities to get by every month-even an item that’s only $9.
Pick me, pick me, pick me (envision my hand waving all over the place!).
I have two girls, and I love being a mom to girls. Honestly, I’ve been looking for a tween study for awhile, and I haven’t been thrilled with anything I’ve found. Excited to get my hands on Wynter’s book!
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