Gentle Faith

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My husband and I encouraged our daughter, Rachel, to pursue genuine friendships without hiding her faith or forcing it on others. She lived this out in her friendship with Allison, a young girl who had been the brunt of several evangelistic attempts gone dreadfully wrong. When visiting Allison, Rachel would pause discreetly for mealtime prayers and let her friend choose the radio station instead of insisting on Christian music. Eventually, Rachel built enough trust to invite Allison to our church's fall festival. Rachel waited four days for an answer, but Allison finally accepted the invitation. She is still suspicious of Christians, but we see her perspective shifting as their friendship deepens.

— Bridgette Booth



This article first appeared in the September/October 2010 issue of Thriving Family magazine. Copyright © 2010 by Bridgette Booth. Used by permission. ThrivingFamily.com.

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