Chapter 22 ~ A Christian

by Shelley Noonan

A poet from Indiana named James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916) probably coined the phrase,“When I see a bird that walks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, I call that bird a duck.”

This phrase has been used in numerous different situations since to define the actions, practices and appearances of  both people and situations.

This week in our study of Beautiful Girlhood and in The Companion Guide to Beautiful Girlhood you and your daughter are examining what it “looks” like to be a Christian.  The author, like a scientist making observations in a notebook, has strolled around the Christian’s existence and  carefully scrutinized her every feature and made note of her characteristics and practices.

While it is a general rule, “if it walks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck” the emphasis in this chapter doesn’t rest on the outward actions or appearances, but rather a sweet, intimate, life giving relationship with Jesus Christ.

Dear mother, this chapter is not to be used with the harsh hand of legalism, rather use this chapter as a sweet, gentle instructive moment. Use it to encourage your daughter in her daily behavior and practices so as to nurture the New Awakening she has found.

Rejoicing in the Lord,


Activity: In preparation for this week’s Journal Topic and a useful tool to know Jesus more.

  • Get your daughter (and yourself) a notebook or journal to record your quiet times. Remember to the following things when you are reading and studying God’s word.

o   Remember God’s instructions (Proverbs 4:13)

o   Do what God commands (John 14: 23-24)

o   Tell others of God’s wondrous works, which you have recorded. (Psalm 78:4)

o   Question and Record what you want to understand. Make it a point to ask someone who might know. (Ecclesiastes 7:25 and James 1:5)

Memory Verse: Acts 4:12

And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved.



Post and Ponder:

  • Mothers, describe your impression of this chapter. Do you agree with what the author has said? Why?
  • Describe an encounter you have had with a stranger where you knew (by the actions, speech and manner) that they, too, were a Believer.



{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Barb S. March 4, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Loved this chapter too. The suffering and cross bearing parts really spoke to us:


Shelley March 6, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Great stuff on Barb’s blog! Check it out!


sharon February 29, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Hi Shelley,
I left a comment on your Chapter Lessons page about trying to use the book and companion guide with a homeschool co-op class. Any suggestions or advice would be so appreciated. I thought maybe you hadn’t seen the comment since it is not this week’s current page, so I am trying on this page.


sarah February 28, 2012 at 6:57 am

That`s neat. I`m not yet to this chapter ,but I know that when I am it will be a lesson to reamber.


Jan March 1, 2011 at 10:36 am

I thought this was another great chapter. I appreciate the author’s reminder that there will be times that are “not all sunshine and joy”. Even in Christian circles, there are times we take flak for following God because others disagree with what we are doing or it doesn’t line up with their plans for us. And the idea that people might speak ill of us! I’m not sure that my daughters fully understand these kinds of situations yet or that it helps to soften the blow when these things happen, but it is good to be forewarned. Shelley, thanks again for great verses in the Companion Guide that direct us to God’s Word and speak about the blessings that come from studying it.


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