Belle means beautiful in Latin, and that is exactly what Erin Weidemann is trying to help girls define. Using women of the Bible, Erin has created a company whose mission is to teach girls about prayerfulness, patience, bravery, leadership, and loyalty. The hope is that girls would not only learn about these women of faith, but would then adopt those traits and live them out in their daily lives.
Erin’s enthusiasm is contagious, and her ideas brilliant. She uses five women of the Bible (Hannah, Esther, Abigail, Ruth and Deborah), five traits, and five virtues to teach timeless character. As a former teacher Erin incorporates language, visual elements and acronyms to help girls learn the practicals of traits like courage (see SHIELD acronym below). In fact it was her years of teaching that inspired her to consider how to teach her own daughter about the women of the Bible and Bible Belles was born.
Whether you are listening for your daughter or for yourself, you will walk away inspired to deepen your faith, character, and leadership. Because these women’s stories and the virtues we learn from them span time, space and stage of life.
You can find Erin in all of the social media places, as well as her website biblebelles.com.
Listen to our conversation with Erin on iTunes here.
A few things you heard mentioned on the show:
Bible Belles: The series highlights five superhero women of the Bible: Hannah, Esther, Abigail, Ruth, and Deborah.“The Lord is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
and with my song I praise him.” –Psalm 28:7
Bible Belles: Heroes for Girls
How to practice courage: SHIELD
S – Shoulders back
H – Head high
I – Imagine God right next to you
E – Eyes forward
L – Listen with an open heart
D – Decide how best to show love and kindness
Gramma Oeee’s Sour Cream Coffee Cake Recipe:
Erin’s Disclaimer: This recipe is beyond unhealthy, but God’s grace covers it!
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla
2c cake flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
4-5 tbs brown sugar (1/2c)
1c chopped walnuts
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
cream butter and sugar
add eggs & beat
fold sour cream and vanilla
mix in dry ingredients on low
spoon half batter into greased pan, add topping to first layer, repeat
Drop pan to remove bubbles
Add the rest of the topping
Bake at 350 for 1 hour
Wrap and FREEZE (Trust me)
When you want to serve, pull it out of the freezer a few minutes beforehand.
Have you ever felt your faith withering? Do you question whether God is at work—or even present—in your life? You’re not the only one!Christine Hoover understands this season, and she’s written a book called Searching for Spring that reawakens readers’ love for the Creator, reminding them that He is ALWAYS at work making everything new. If you feel like you’ve been in winter for too long, it’s time to start searching for spring. Join Christine on a treasure hunt for the beautiful in unexpected places. Searching for Spring is available now, and you can order it from your favorite bookseller. Visit Christine Hoover online at GraceCoversMe.com to learn more.
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