On the Rock
Years after Erin met her First Love, she imagined herself standing way up on a Rock—high above a vast, enormous sea. As she was peering down at the sandy beach below, the homes and lives began to disappear sinking into the sand—being washed away.
Erin’s heart ached when she realized she couldn’t rescue them all, “Oh, if only there were more of His Princesses who knew and lived the Promises of Your wisdom, more who knew how to follow Your lead,” she said to her Prince.
“Since each of us is Your letter, written on the hearts, known and read by everyone, each of Your Princesses would be a lifeline, right? Oh if only our families, our friends, and our neighbors witnessed the Promises of Your wisdom—they soon would ask about Your powerful Promises!”
Dear Princess, did Erin envision YOU?
When you read and or listened to My First Love "Closer than a Brother" did you see that YOUR life has been set apart?
Are You one of His chosen Princesses for such a time as this!?!
Have you answered His call?
Just stop right now and say, “Here I am, Lord, use me!” just like Erin answered Him.
How wonderful!!! Now everyone who witnesses your life has the opportunity to listen to God and follow Him, being wise too—like a person who builds their house on solid Rock. And that means when the rain comes and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on the Rock.
Isn’t it sad to know that God said that everyone else is like the foolish who built their house on the sand? So when the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house—it fell—and great was its fall. But I’m excited, aren’t you? Now God will use you, and all you need to do is simply love others with His love! We love others because He first loved us!
Where do we start?
God says we must first love our brother and sister whom we can see—people we live with every day. And if we can love our brother and sister who isn’t always kind to us, like Adrien who left Erin to get home on the bus by herself, then it will be very easy to love everyone—just as long as we keep going to Him for His love, which is perfect love, that casts out and gets rid of all our fear!
Like the fear of the rains, He said will come into each of our lives.
“The rains'' could be your parents who divorced or are separated or just fighting all the time, like when Erin’s parents separated.
“The rains'' could be someone you love who is old and you’re afraid might die, as Erin feared. Since her parents were older when she was born and people asked her if they were her grandparents.
“The rains'' could be when someone you love is sick.
Sometimes “the rains” are money problems that pour down on your family.
Every day does it feel like there are more and more problems and things that cause you to worry? Are there too many stumbling blocks, obstacles, and hurdles that continue raining down blocking your path? Each of these is “the rains” you can be protected from by first wearing a graceful wreath on your head so that it may go well with you, and so you may live long on the earth and save many more people alive! Just listen and obey your parents who God chose to guide you as you read in River of Life.
Are you or is your family living in a home that has fallen or feels like it’s about to fall?
Have your parents separated or divorced so you no longer feel happy and safe?
Have you heard that there's nothing you can do?
Maybe YOU can’t do anything— BUT God can!
God can do anything—and GOD loves to show up to do the impossible! Remember reading that in Macy's Barn Cat and Horses Hoped For? God said, with people it is impossible, but with God all things are possible. Because nothing, not one thing, will be impossible with God.
When Erin’s parents separated everyone said it was for the best, but that’s not how Erin felt. So Erin spoke to her Heavenly Father and God did the impossible! God restored her parents' marriage after they were separated for 9 years—so that Erin’s children could visit both grandparents! And both her parents lived a very long life too!! Remember, nothing, not one thing, will be impossible with God.
Just imagine how silly and sad it could have been if Erin believed the lies rather than trusting the goodness of the Lord and she let fear rule her life all those years!
The Knowledge of Good and Evil
Should we learn both good and evil?
Well, let me ask you: As you begin to build your life on the Rock, set apart, do you want to use good or bad building materials? God says, we must choose good and turn our backs on evil. We know this is true because God commanded us, saying, not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of both good and evil.
To be safely set apart means we must turn our backs on evil and then ask God how we can do something good! Don’t let doubt get into your mind either because God said if we doubt it will feel like we are being tossed about like the surf of the sea.
When Erin asked God to understand this principle, she imagined herself at the beach where her family had a vacation house. When she was at the ocean, there were large, powerful waves, so her parents wisely taught her that she needed to stay back up on the warm sand and watch the waves.
They said that even if she stood with her feet in the water, soon she would sink into the wet sand and a large wave could easily crash over her head—dragging her into the deep, rough water. God says it’s the same with doubt. So, rather than doubt and be tossed about, or sink with worry, God says to trust Him and grab hold of the gift of peace left by our very own Prince of Peace!
Never forget to simply ask Him and then not doubt because at the appointed time God promises to answer us and give us the desires of our hearts —just like you read in “Macy’s Barn Cat“ and “Horses Hoped For.” This means that each time we think about what we asked Him to do—we can smile at the future!
Today everyone likes to give their opinion and many people claim to be an “expert” but the truth is, no one but GOD knows. That’s why when anyone asks Erin something, she loves to say, “Who knows? God knows!” That’s because it’s the truth and she knows the truth will set her and everyone else free so they can be set apart for Him.
Erin began to go to the Source of truth, she asked her Heavenly Father and read the Promises in His Word. Now you know where to find the truth and you can do the same thing. You can hide God’s Word in your heart.
You already have learned so much of what GOD says about His love in My First Love "Closer than a Brother.” It’s also important to find out what GOD says about you as a daughter to your parents, a sister to your siblings, and what He says when you become a wife and then a mother. Being a mother means you will be fruitful and multiply which is important because God told us to be fruitful and multiply 14 times in the Bible! When you go right to the Source, your Heavenly Father and His Word, you will grow into a virtuous woman who God compares to be a precious jewel!
Remember, you have been set apart and God has chosen you from all the nations of the earth to be His own special treasure. For Erin to reach the nations, she needed to know what God said, and then give away what she learned to everyone who asked. By following Him as He led her (as you read in My First Love “Closer than a Brother) Erin began looking for the narrow gates that few ever find.
Entering the Narrow Gate
Being set apart and building on the Rock to reach the nations, means you must look for the narrow gate and then choose to walk through that gate that very few will find. Here is one story of walking through the narrow gate.
One day Erin’s teacher, a nun, said that unless someone confessed to something that happened when she was out of the classroom, her entire class would miss recess for a week. Unfortunately, the person who’d done this was a very shy French girl. So, Erin felt led to encourage all of her classmates to stand up when asked so Monique would not be afraid to stand up alone. But when the nun asked for the person who did it to stand, only Erin stood up and was immediately sent to the principal’s office.
Erin didn’t say anything, she didn’t defend herself, she didn’t say that Monique had done it because God’s Word says that we are the only person who can confess our own faults, not someone else’s. Erin never confronted Monique either but trusted God who judges righteously. It may not always seem fair, but it always brings about a hidden reward. Erin simply spoke to her FBF “Forever Best Friend” Who told her to remain quiet and wait. So, Erin chose to love the one who’d treated her unjustly by speaking kindly to Monique before and after school.
A week later, Erin’s desk was still in the hallway as punishment and she still hadn’t been allowed to go out to play at recess. But suddenly, Monique felt convicted and she no longer wanted to hide her transgression (what she’d done wrong).
Few are Chosen
The day Monique confessed her own faults, Erin was again called to the principal’s office. When she walked in, she saw Monique and her grandmother (who she and her little brother lived with) and Monique was crying. Erin was sad to see that her eyes were red and puffy because she’d hidden her transgression so long.
Erin was surprised that by doing what was right she was not rewarded or praised for it, instead, the principal and her teacher were angry with her. Even though she didn’t understand it then, God had hardened their hearts because He wanted to teach Erin that the only One she needed to please was her Heavenly Father and because God was saving Erin’s blessings for later. It’s just like when the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh, making it strong and immovable. That’s because later, when Pharoah does let God’s people go, His people left carrying whatever they asked for, which was all of Egypt’s wealth!
Doing the right thing isn’t always easy and even though it may not feel like it— it’s much better when you’re not praised or rewarded because the best reward is stored up for us in heaven! A Wise Woman, His Princess, doesn’t store up her treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. A Wise Woman wisely stores her treasures in heaven, where the desires of her heart will also be.
Set Apart for Good
The next year God rewarded Erin by moving her to a new school, even though at first it didn’t feel like a reward—because at her new school, Erin had no friends. Once again, God chose her, just as God chose YOU to be set apart from others, His treasure—watching from above—high and safe up on the Rock.
That’s why Erin was so excited when she was invited to a classmate’s birthday party, another narrow gate. Erin’s mother dropped her off and as all the girls sat around on the floor, she noticed that the girls were passing something around, giggling. It made Erin feel uncomfortable because the tone of their voices and the look on their faces meant that something wasn’t right. Erin had heard of drugs, but she knew little other than it was something she wanted to stay away from.
So without saying a word, Erin simply got up, walked out the front door and didn’t look back. She didn’t know where she was, but she was sure she was too far from home to walk there. So without any money (and of course back then there were no cell phones), she heard her FBF “Forever Best Friend” lead her to turn to the right and walk down the street towards a busier street and then she heard someone call out “Wait!!!”
Instead of looking back, Erin began walking faster, not wanting anyone to try to persuade her to go back inside where she knew something wasn’t right. Then the girl began to overtake her, catching up to her saying, “Where are you going?” Erin replied, “I don’t know but I don’t want to be part of whatever is going on back there.” Then Liesel said, “Me either! I’m going home, do you want to come? I only live two blocks from here.”
That day Liesel and Erin became close friends and years later when they each got married both of them had a little blonde-haired boy—right at the appointed time—just like they dreamed and talked about when they became friends. Having just one like-minded friend (who God will choose for you if you ask) was such a blessing. Even though Erin didn’t get to see or talk to Liesel much (because they were only in the same school for one year), it strengthened both of them to remain walking along the narrow path, each set apart.
Many events happened over the years that set Erin apart, which we trust God will no doubt lead Erin to share in later Wise Woman 4 His Princess stories!
We are excited that you are building YOUR life and future on the Rock—watching from above—not enjoying what everyone else is doing but instead being elevated, set apart, and attaining royalty at the appointed time, for such a time as this!
The more you build your life and future on the Rock, the more you’ll understand that choosing the narrow road is a moment-by-moment decision that only happens by holding the hand of your Forever Best Friend who you got to know in My First Love “Closer than a Brother.”
Now it’s the appointed time to record and inscribe your dreams by writing it down in your journal.
It's time to JOURNAL
Begin Journaling as you would in your diary by simply telling your Heavenly Father all that is on your heart and how this story has helped you.
Start Journaling like so many who changed the world: Thomas Jefferson (who invented the lightbulb) and Leonardo da Vinci (who invented the "flying machine", parachute, and the designs found in his journals were used to invent the helicopter) and Anne Frank (a girl just like you who hid in the Netherlands when the Naxis were looking for and killing the Jews).
For your journal, it's simply telling your Heavenly Father all that is on your heart and how this story has helped you, how it's made you think.
Begin Journaling as you would in your diary by simply telling your Heavenly Father all that is on your heart and how this story has helped you.
We hope to share parts of your journal to encourage girls and/or boys around the world by using your BNN to protect your true identity. So make sure you share your heart and write down all that your Heavenly Father has shown you in the chapter of this story.
If you ASK Him, He will show you what to say. You can also ask your mom or dad to help.
If this is your FIRST journal, stop now to get Your BNN "Brand New Name." Again, you can ask your mother or father to help you since your parents may also be using a BNN—a name used for ministry.
I am sure you are very excited to start and we are very excited to hear from you, so read each question carefully and if you are not sure about something, you can click on the question and a grey block will appear on the side to show you the instructions.
💝 BONUS 💝
“Children are a gift from God... a reward!” “Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward.” “Children are God’s love-gift; they are heaven’s generous reward.” Psalm 127:3 TPT
“full of her own children” “Oh, how blessed are you parents, with your quivers full of children.” Psalm 127:5
“God’s plan” “‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.’” Isaiah 55:8–9
“for GOOD” “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
“Guide with my eye” “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will advise you with My eye upon you.” “I will teach you and tell you the way to go and how to get there and I will watch over you.” MSG “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” NLT Psalm 32:8
“never forsake or abandon” “for He Himself has said, ‘I will never desert you, nor will I ever abandon you,’” “I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,” MSG “I will never leave you alone, never! And I will not loosen my grip[a] on your life!” TPT “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” NLT Hebrews 13:5
“appointed time” “Then the LORD answered me and said, ‘Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets, that he one who reads it may run. For the vision is yet for the appointed time; it hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, WAIT for it; for it will certainly come, it will not delay.’” Habakkuk 2:2-3
“Prince of Peace” “And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
"smiles at the future" “Strength and dignity are her clothing and she smiles at the future.” Proverbs 31:25
"hide God’s Word in your heart" "I have hidden Your Word in my heart, that I might not sin against You." Psalm 119:11
“A virtuous woman" “A virtuous woman, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels.” Proverbs 31:10
“confessed everything to God” “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
“wanting her brother punished” “But I tell you to love your enemies and pray for anyone who mistreats you.” Matthew 5:44
“lighter” “For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:30
“surpassed all understanding” “Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” 1 Peter 1:8
changed instantly and radically” “Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’” John 3:7
“set apart” “Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.” 2 Timothy 2:21 ESV
“For such a time as this?” “And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14
“let you down” “This is what the Lord says: ‘Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength”...“But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.” Jeremiah 17:5, 7
“misbehaved” “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother (which is the first commandment with a promise), so that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth.” Ephesians 6:1-3
“closer than a brother” “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24
“loves us more than a mother” “But how could a loving mother forget her nursing child and not deeply love the one she bore? Even if there is a mother who forgets her child, I could never, no never, forget you.” Isaiah 49:15 TPT
“waiting for you” “Therefore the Lord longs to be gracious to you,
And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you... How blessed are all those who long for Him.” Isaiah 30:18
“listening to a word behind her” “right or left.” "Your ears will hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left." Isaiah 30:21
“He leads” “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; HE LEADS ME beside quiet waters. He restores my soul.” Psalm 23: 1-3
“comfort them” “‘Comfort, O comfort My people,’ says your God.” Isaiah 40:1 “who comforts us in all our affliction so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” 2 Corinthians 1:4.
“passed to many generations” “Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps His covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes His unfailing love on those who love His and obey His commands.” Deuteronomy 7:9 NLT
“many languages” "After these things I looked, and here was an enormous crowd that no one could count, made up of persons from every nation, tribe, people, and language..." Revelation 7:9 NET Bible
“testimony” "And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death." Revelation 12:11