"Joseph son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because the child she carries was conceived by the Holy Spirit."
Birth of Jesus
18 This is how the birth of Jesus Christ took place. When Mary his mother was engaged to Joseph, before they were married, she became pregnant by the Holy Spirit. 19 Joseph her husband was a righteous man. Because he didn’t want to humiliate her, he decided to call off their engagement quietly. 20 As he was thinking about this, an angel from the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “ Joseph son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because the child she carries was conceived by the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you will call him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. ” 22 Now all of this took place so that what the Lord had spoken through the prophet would be fulfilled:
( Emmanuel means “ God with us. ” )
24 When Joseph woke up, he did just as an angel from God commanded and took Mary as his wife. 25 But he didn’t have sexual relations with her until she gave birth to a son. Joseph called him Jesus.
Finding responsible role models can be especially difficult if you are a tween girl, or the parent of one. In Becoming a Girl of Grace: A Joint Bible Study for Tween Girls and Their Moms, author Catherine Bird takes a close look at some of the amazing ladies of the Bible and the character traits they model for today's tween girls.
These women of yesterday have a lot in common with those of today. Today's girls must face mean peers and bullies, deal with feeling left out of a group of friends, and learn to like themselves. What may come as a surprise is that these are not new social dilemmas. The Bible is full of examples of strong women who chose to follow God and pursue faith despite what was happening in their world and culture.
Becoming a Girl of Grace is prayerfully and intentionally written for tween girls to share with their moms. God made each and every one of us in His image, but we are all unique. This includes moms and daughters, who are joined by family ties and yet remain individuals. This Bible study offers a great way for tween girls and their moms to bridge and appreciate their differences and share what is in their own hearts and minds.