Remember that every little bit counts — every smile, every positive interaction, every whispered prayer. It might not seem like you are making huge strides in your walk with God, but the little things you do reflect His love.

Even if you feel abandoned or hurt, know that God’s looking down on you. He might not answer your prayers in the way you want Him to but that doesn’t mean He isn’t listening.

Your Bible is a beautiful tool. Open it when you need a reminder of God’s love. Open it out of habit. Open it because you cannot get through a day without it. Open it because it is God’s word poured out for you, and seek refuge in His words.

Be a blessing to others. Exchange smiles, lend a listening ear or a helping hand. When you do good works for others, God looks on you with pride. Show His grace by being graceful to everyone around you.

Imperfection is a natural part of being human. You will be criticized for the ways you don’t measure up. Nod your head but don’t hang your head. Always try to be the best you can be. Always try to live in the image of God. But know that you cannot be flawless and blameless, and that your God loves you anyway, unconditionally.

Don’t be afraid to speak up and speak out. You have a story in you that the world needs to hear. Try to bring others to Christ, try to share the good news, try to be a disciple whenever you can. You can, and will, change lives.

You are wonderfully and beautifully made in Christ. Stand firm in your morals and decisions. Do not change yourself for others or for love. Be proud of your body, your faith, your soul, and your being. Be proud of your God.

Know that you are not alone. There are hundreds, thousands, millions of other women trying to find their way, just as you are. Seek out relationships and friendships that will encourage you, and people that will love and guide you along your spiritual journey. Know that there are so many people who love you, and a God who loves you even more.

Keep fighting for your faith. Challenge the perspectives of the people around you with respect and dignity. Show God’s love and be open and willing to share the gospel with others.

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