If you missed it, scroll down and check out my announcement of GirlPower Magazine! I am beyond thrilled to be working on, what I hope will be, an encouraging,exciting & interactive magazine for ladies in all stages of life!
YOU could be apart of GirlPower Magazine's first ever issue! GET INVOLVED!
Over the next 2 weeks, GirPower Magazine is going to be looking for correspondents. So! Whether you're a photographer, pinterest fanatic, music lover, missionary, whatever YOU might be..
Here's a few different ways YOU can be involved...
1.Share a recipe
2. Updates/stories from a Missions Field
3.Craft ideas to share
4.Live concert photos(yours might make the cover!)
5.Testimonies: GirlPower Magazine wants to hear how Jesus has changed your life!
6.Current events in your town!:We want to hear how Jesus is moving in your town!
7. We want to hear from all of you christian music fans too!: Which bands so you want to hear from and read about?
8. Music reviews: do you write music reviews? For albums?concerts? Share them with the GirlPower Community!
9. Devotionals: what do you want to read?
If you're interested in becoming a GirlPower Magazine correspondent, or want more information, email us ! GirlPowerMagazine@yahoo.com
We are so thrilled to have already heard from some of you! Keep the input, ideas & creativity coming! We want to hear from YOU! Spread the word!
Attn. shining stars! There will be No #NewBlogTuesday this week (November 5)! I am off enjoying my very 1st wedding anniversary with my handsome groom!:)
If you haven't heard.. I am SO excited to announce my newest project! Take a look at the promo pic for "GirlPower Magazine"! If you or someone you know is interested in contributing please email GirlPowerMagazine@yahoo.com !
The official first online issue of GirlPower Magazine is COMING SOON! Stay tuned;)
"Masks"! I thought it'd be fun to use the blog series title "masks", as Halloween is this week. Lately, I've seen a lot of examples of these "masks" that young women wear to hide their true identities. Some, because of insecurity, some, due to shame, and some heavily influenced or suggested by culture and pop media. All around us we see different, hypothetical, masks that people wear...
This week, I'd like to focus on some of the masks that keeps us from spreading Gods word. The, "I'm too busy"mask.. or the " I am too young" mask, or the "I am not in Calcutta, so I can't do missions work" mask.
Jesus tells us we need to be "the light of the world", & that we need to "let our light shine before men" (Matthew 5:14-15) How can we do either of these fully or properly while hiding behind a mask? My hope is that by acknowledging these struggles, insecurities and "masks", we can heal, grow and be better lights in this world. I pray we can take the masks off and instead put on the confidence of finding our identity in Christ. Let us be lights in this darkened world, and let our lights shine bright.
There is so much more going on in this world than what we see in our own towns. I haven't spent too much time over seas, but let me tell you, I have traveled enough to know that people are hurting out there. They are desperate for people to teach them about and show them the love of Jesus. People right here in our own countries. It's our job as Christians to teach them, to show them.
God created each of us to glorify Him. Each of us is called to ministry.
The bible tells us to "Go MAKE disciples". "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. Ad behold, I am always with you always, to the end of the age." Matthew 28:19-20 We are ALL called to be missionaries. Just because you're not on staff at a church, a full time missionary in a third world country, or maybe you're not even an adult yet... does not mean you are not called to ministry. Maybe you're not called to go over seas, to some desolate country like Calcutta. BUT You can do ministry from where you are right now...YES!YOU As Christians, we should be lights everywhere we go. If we are all truly called to spread Gods truth & love.. we need to be missionaries right where we are! Be a light in your job, at your school, to your family..in your own house. Philippians 2:15 tells us,
so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky"
Sometimes our egos get in the way of our serving. We're afraid that someone will look at us funny if we get on our knees and serve them. Especially if God calls us to serve the kid in school who gets picked on...or the guy at work no one likes.. The truth is: we are not better than or too good to serve them. This is hard, especially if we don't have Christian parents, teachers, co-workers. We get so comfortable in our routine, we don't want to step out and serve. But the Bible tells us, "shine among them like stars", "Go to ALL nations", Go MAKE disciples". I believe we need missionaries in our own country too. Right here. In Canada, in America..wherever you may be.. we have hurting people. My challenge to you this week, is to be a missionary. Wherever you go. Spread the love of Jesus. Make it a point to talk about Jesus, talk about your church, your youth group etc. If Jesus truly is the most important thing in our lives, it shouldn't be too hard ;) xo. girlpower
Happy #NewBlogTuesday my beautiful sisters! I hope you've all had a wonderful, joy filled week!
So, last week we wrapped up the "His Princess:Being daughters of the one true King" series! I sure had a blast writing Disney inspired messages & I pray that it encouraged you, challenged you & blessed you, even if in some small way!
After tossing some ideas around, the new series is HERE!! "Masks"! In light of Halloween coming up, I thought it'd be fun to use the blog series title "masks" and spend the next couple of weeks delving into some of the struggles we face. Some of the struggles we hide from, and some of the masks we wear to cover up those struggles. Lately, I've seen a lot of examples of these "masks" that young women wear to hide their true identities. Some, because of insecurity, some, due to shame, and some heavily influenced or suggested by culture and pop media.
Jesus tells us we need to be "the light of the world", & that we need to "let our light shine before men" (Matthew 5:14-15) How can we do either fully & properly while hiding behind a mask? My hope is that by acknowledging these struggles, insecurities and "masks", we can heal, grow and be better lights in this world. I pray we can take the masks off and instead put on the confidence of finding our identity in Christ.
What "masks" (struggles and insecurities) would YOU like to see discussed? I'd love to get your input. Leave me a comment below to connect!
Hello sunshine! (yes you!) welcome to the wrap up of the His Princess series!This last blog is coming to you from the road. I've spent time praying about which princess i'd chose for the last blog, originally i thought i'd do snow white (the first of Disney's princesses) or Ariel (one of my favorites ..and she has killer red hair!;) then i tossed around the idea to use Aurora (sleeping beauty)..good lessons on temptation here!) but, after thought and prayer, ive decided to go with Mulan. Now, Mulan came out in 1998..the 8th "princess" to show up in the Disney princess franchise. Not one of the "original" Disney Princesses. Mulan is not a princess by blood nor does she marry a prince (she gets royal honors from the Emporer for her courage, bravery and sacrifice) I struggled with it a bit thinking I really wanted to stick to the "originals" but here's my feeble attempt at obedience & let's be real..Mulan is pretty rad, and totally shows #girlpower. In the story of Mulan, we see a young girl, who's giving her best attempt to protect her family and bring them honor.She sacrificially takes her fathers place in the (war) draft, by impersonating a "son" instead of his daughter. In the Old Testament we learn of a woman who is a prophetess, judge of Israel ( a male dominated position) and a warrior. Deborah, known for her wisdom and courage, is the only woman of the old testament who gained renown on her own..Not because of her relationship to a man, but because of her bravery, strength, courage and wisdom. Like Deborah, Mulan shows courage, bravery, strength and holds a position that would have normally been male dominated, and maybe (probably!)even tough for a woman. It's definitely more common now a days to see women going to war, as well as women rising and succeeding in male dominated areas. I think that it's great that a woman can show bravery, strength, courage and in Mulans case sacrifice. We live in a culture where it's okay for us girls to hang with the guys. It's socially acceptable for us to play hockey, do karate, box, be cops, etc etc. How cool is that us girls can now do that kind of stuff? We have opportunities to prove that women can actually be successful outside of the kitchen As some of you know I was one signature away from joining the USAF, so believe me when I say I'm all for that type of "girl power".. but it's also important to not lose our femininity . and who we are as women in God. Our culture is drastically meshing the lines of men and women. Everywhere now a days, we see the lines of gender being blurred.. make up for men is on the rise with whole make up lines dedicated to them, you walk into any trendy clothing store..and they have boyfriend cut jeans and blazers for girls. Don't get me wrong, I think its fine for a girl to rock a pant suit and cute blazer..but let's do it with confidence as a woman..not because we want to be like a man. Our culture is drilling it into our heads that it doesn't matter what sex you are.. the media is saying men have to be more sensitive, more feminine etc.. which is fine.. if a guy wants to carry a man purse..go for it. but don't lose your masculinity. God made us different. thats just how it goes.. we should be excited about that and embrace the differences! We should be appreciative of the other sex! lets remember who God made us and why. Girl power isn't about trying to be like the guys or trying to prove to them that girls can do it better. It's about celebrating who we are as women and being proud of that. Being proud of who God made us to be.. I've defined "Girl Power" once, in my intro blog. I'm going to share that again with you.
Girl-a young female.
Power-“dunamai”(greek)- to be able; to be capable of; to have strength
Contrary to the sometimes joked about competition between boy and girl power,Girl Power has nothing to do with the ideology of "women can do what men do, but better." It is about girls answering the call their heavenly father.
Girl Power is the true, God given strength to be a girl. Themight, capability and adequacyGod created within us(females) so that we would be fully equipped to be able to fulfill our roles as godly women, wives, mothers and examples to other women. It’s the strength to not conform to what the world says “girl power” is or to what society says the“perfect” woman should act like, look like and be like.
Girl Power is the holy spirit dwelling within us, enabling us to act with power. The same power we gained when God placed the Holy Spirit inside of us through salvation. Without God, we are powerless, limited & weak. When we allow the Holy Spirit to reach into the deepest depths of our soul and being,we can overcome anything-even death, because we have the power of the Holy Spirit inside of us.
Girl Power is for any girl who has ever had to power through a storm. Any girl who can SEE God’s grace and how he’s held her hand through times of trial. It’s for the girl who trusts in God so much, she CAN do anything.It’s having your confidence rooted in God & not allowing that to waiver. Allowing yourself to feel beautiful, competent, and worth it. It’s embracing everything that God has created you to be, enabled you to be and wants you to be, as his daughter.It's a God given insight, a God given way of seeing life. And it's available to everygirl.
How are you living out a life full of God given girl power? Love you beautiful sisters! New series coming next week! Stay Tuned!
Hello beautiful girls! Thanks for all of the messages/tweets/emails about which Disney Princess you wanted to hear about next! Jasmine was the popular choice! So.. unlike my blogs for Belle & Cinderella..There's only a couple things I want to point out about this story...but first. let's start with a little Jasmine history: Jasmine, an Arabian princess, is the only of Disney's Princesses to not be the main character in her movie (#randomfunfact). In the movie, she is to be married by her 16th birthday, which is quickly approaching. After turning down many reasonable suitors, because she didn't love them..Jasmine decides she wants to run away from her life in the palace. Don't run from your calling. No- most of us, won't have arranged marriages, and I'm pretty sure most of us won't be forced into getting married by our 16th birthday! (thank you Jesus! I'm not sure Keith could handle 16 year old Talia!) However, like Jasmine, sometimes what's in front of us can seem unappealing, it can go against our own plan, it can even be scary. The truth is, God's plan always prevails. In this movie Jasmine, ends up right back at the palace. A lot of times, we try and take detours away from where God is calling us, but in the end he brings us right back to where he wanted us. (Don't worry, He absolutely can use our experiences, from the detours we've taken!..ask me about my own experiences!) In the story of Jonah, we learn about a man who's fear and pride caused him to run from God. He doesn't want to go where God's called him, and decides instead, to run literally in the opposite direction.
"The word of the LORD came to Jonah, son of Amittai: "Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me." But Jonah ran way from the Lord and headed to Tarshish." (Jonah 1:1-3)
As the story goes on (see jonah chapter 1) we learn that Jonah is swallowed by a giant fish, and spends 3 days/nights before he's released..and guess what..he ends up right where God wanted him originally. There are times in our life that following God's call and plan in our lives might be scary. Our pride, fear, and our own human desires might get in the way. The good news is, we serve a gracious and compassionate Lord. . I know in my life I've questioned God "are you SUUREEE you want me living 15 hours north into Canada?!", there have been times I've hesitated...you know -when you pretend you don't hear God, cause of COURSE he wouldn't ask you do that ! The truth is, even when we hesitate,struggle or flat out turn around and run the opposite direction, like Jonah did..Our God is always right there, and ready to use us for His glory & His purpose. I am so thankful for that! (can I get an amen?!) A whole new world. ..a new fantastic point of view. Amen! our Christian life should absolutely be a new fantastic and joyous point of view. When we become Christians we learn to see the world with hope. It truly is and SHOULD be a "whole new world". Once you have been saved, accept and believe that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, absolutely suffered and died for our,YOUR, MY sins..we are no longer living for ourselves! He died for us, so we could, and GET TO live for him! That doesn't mean life as a Christian is easy... by any means. It's actually quite hard at times, however..we can rest in the assurance that God is in control, that His plan prevails..and that this life is not our own. We have peace, a peace that only comes from our savior..a peace that passes all understanding! We are living in a whole new world, a world of grace, mercy, unconditional love. Again, Christian walks are not promised to be easy, they are even more likely to be harder than our old lives, but they come with hope, and an absolute fresh, and fantastic point of view, & i'll tell you from personal experience..although God's call isn't always what I planned, and at times is overwhelming..walking with Christ is absolutely refreshing and exciting. I challenge you to take this week, and really try to gain a fresh perspective on what's going on in your life. Maybe you're caught up in the fast pace of your schedule, school is overwhelming you, or you're holding on to hurt.. Try and take a minute to redirect your perspective. Focus on all the GOOD God has for you. **Thank YOU for beauties for all of your kind words and encouragement! I LOVE hearing from each and every one of you! Next Tuesday will be the final "Disney Princess" blog post! let me know who YOU want to hear about! Then get excited..because a new blog series is coming up in October! :) xo! girlpower #dunamis.