Every Wednesday morning at the Timbers, we kick the boys out of the dining hall for some girl time, and I must say it’s my favorite part of the week! Each Girl Day, we focus on 2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come.”

As girls, we all ask the question, “Who am I?”, and 2 Corinthians 5:17 gives us the best answer to that question. We are not defined by what other people have said about us, our friend group, our successes, our sins and struggles, or our insecurities. Those things are the “old,” and they have passed away. Christ has made each of us NEW!

We read with the girls one of our favorite stories called You Are Special. It’s a children’s book by Max Lucado, but the simple truth on those storybook pages still hits home for me as an adult! The book spells out in the sweetest allegory how our Maker designed each of us exactly the way we are, and He does not make mistakes! In the words of the craftsman in the story, “…Because you’re mine. That’s why you matter to me.”

To wrap up our time together, we do an activity called “Walk the Line,” where the girls have a chance to open up about their struggles and leave them behind to walk in newness of life! The best way I can describe it is by borrowing John’s words in 1 John 1:7: “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.”

The power of the blood of Jesus is so evident on Girl Day. He has made us into a new creation– without mistake and free from the grip of sin. Behold, the new has come!