Tuesday, 19 November 2013

GirlPower Magazine! Get involved!

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! 

Shine like stars, girls! (Phil.2:105) #girlpower 

Sunday, 3 November 2013


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;)

Tuesday, 29 October 2013


"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 

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

INTRO: Masks.

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! 

You can always connect with me on:
Twitter (@TaliaHaughn) Facebook(Facebook.Com/Talia.Haughn) 
Instagram (@TaliaComer 
Xo! #GirlPower 

(Image from Google Images:"lonerwolf")

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Mulan: Rock your Girl Power.

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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. The might, capability and adequacy God 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!

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

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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. 

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Cinderella:Holding on to hope

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We're all pretty familiar with the story of Cinderella...right? There's quite a few different versions of her story, but focusing on Disney's Cinderella..we see the typical, "rags to riches" story, the glass slipper, Prince Charming...& we can't forget Gus! (bonus points to those who remember little Gus!) ;) 

Cinderella, a princess by marriage, is Disney's oldest princess at 19-20 yrs old.  The "princess with a past" as she's been referred to, was mistreated by her step sisters & step mother, served as a servant in her own home (after the death of her father), and despite her harsh treatment & unfair life..she maintains a positive perspective, hope and refuses to let bitterness take hold.

A few things we can learn from Cinderella.......

Hope: Romans 12:12 tells us to, "Be joyful in hope,  patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." Throughout the movie, Cinderella is joyfully holding onto hope. She's daydreaming,singing songs full of hope and dreams and despite her circumstances, she keeps a positive outlook. My favorite song in this movie sings about the consistency in hope: 
"A dream is a wish your heart makes, when you're fast asleep, 
in dreams you will lose your heartache, whatever you wish for you keep.
(it goes on to say..)
no matter what your heart is dreaming,
 if you keep on believing
 the dream that you wish will come true."

The Bible tells us to be faithful in our prayers, and that if we ask, we will receive. (Matthew 7:7) The lyrics in the song Cinderella sings, reminds me that even as Christians we will have heartache, there will be trials, and obstacles that we face. If we believe, truly believe, if we are faithful in our prayers, & have faith in God's plan for us, we can find reasons to sing songs full of hope no matter what life is throwing our way. 

People Can't Ruin God's Plan: I don't know about you, but there have been times that I think maybe things didn't go 'the right way' because of someone's behavior  actions, decisions etc.. We even question our OWN behavior, actions, decisions "if I would've just done it this way....."etc.  Just like in Cinderella's story, sometimes we feel like there are people that are controlling every decision, direction, and move we make. It's easy for us to get caught up in the "what if" game.  The truth is, people can't ruin God's plan.  God's plan is going to prevail no matter what decisions, we do or don't make. We serve an all powerful, sovereign, MIGHTY God, how silly are we to think people could get in the way?  

In Genesis we read about Joseph. Throughout Joseph's story he's ridiculedmistreated, and sold into slavery by his own brothers. (Genesis 37:27) If you follow Joseph's story through Genesis, you read about the multiple times he's mistreated, & falsely accused. He could have absolutely found reason to say "why me", become angry, become bitter..but as you'll see in the Bible, he works diligently through the obstacles he's faced with & even succeeds because the Lord is with him (Genesis 39:3) Later on Joseph becomes high up in the Egyptian government after helping Pharaoh and because of his high up position he has the chance to forgive his brothers, when they come seeking help, after the famine.

looking back at Cinderella...

Forgiveness/Refusing To Let Bitterness Take Hold: Like Joseph, Cinderella was mistreated by her step sisters, and made a slave in her own home. Out of all the princesses, I think Cinderella gives the best example of refusing bitterness. Even though her step sisters & step mom mistreated, controlled, belittled, and deprived her- she still maintained a positive outlook. && yes..although at times we see her saddened, she never once loses her hope, and always seems to find a reason to sing..despite her circumstances   Because of her positive perspective, her hope, and the joy she holds on to, she's able to forgive quickly, and doesn't let bitterness take hold. I know this is one thing that I've always struggled with.. how easy it is to let bitterness take hold. As Christian women we need to be so careful of this, consciously forgiving those who wrong us, praying for those who persecute us and always stepping forward in love. In doing these things, I believe we will find forgiving, and refusing bitterness to come easier. 

Real Life Fairy God-Mothers: Let's face it..sometimes, we need a fairy godmother. Whether you don't have a mom, are away from your mom, or maybe just need a little extra motherly love..as women, there are seasons we go through when we just need a "fairy godmother". A strong, Christian woman, (who just might not be our biological mom), to encourage us, love us and remind us to keep our eyes focused on Jesus. I know in my life, God has blessed me a few strong Christian women to love me, encourage me, and teach me when my mom isn't close. They've guided me, held me accountable and loved me through my mistakes. I am so thankful for each motherly woman that has entered my life in God's perfect timing. They've helped mold me and helped me grow into the Christian woman I am today. 

What if?...

Now, I don't know what you think, but to me..running in heels should be an Olympic event! Props to all you ladies who can rock them all day every day. I wore 5 inch heels to my wedding, and if it weren't for my husband, I would've fallen up the the stairs on our way to say our vows! Okay, sorry, got side tracked! ha..back to the blog..

As the clock strikes midnight, and Cinderella is running down those stairs, it's no wonder she lost a shoe! There's that slight pause & moment of hesitation, where she looks back at her shoe..but she keeps moving forward
This leads us to the big "What If?"
 What would have happened if she went back for her glass slipper? 
the simple answer?
She would have never become a princess!
She would have grabbed her slipper, & Prince Charming would have never had a chance to find her! 

Sometimes in our walk with Christ there are moments that we hesitate, looking back, and sometimes part of us might even want to go back.. but, like in Cinderella's case, if we go back, instead of swiftly moving forward, we may miss God ordained opportunities. 

Cinderella shows a true servants heart, despite her harsh treatment. She accepts where she is, and maintains hope. Even when “people” try to ruin her dreams, she finds that nothing and no one can get in the way of “whats meant to be.” God’s plan for us is the same..it WILL prevail. It doesn't matter where you've come fromthe struggles you faced in your pastor the wrongs you've had done to you.. as Christians, we're all His princesses.  Let's step out and act as His daughters, His princesses. Let us refuse bitterness, let us be quick to forgive, let us step out in love. let us praise him and find hope despite our circumstances.  Let us swiftly move forward and trust in His plan, let us trust that as our Prince, He will always seek after us as we seek opportunities to serve and glorify Him. Let us always find a reason to sing, & be thankful that He's brought us from rags to riches. 

I wanna hear from you! Which Disney Princess do you want to read about next week while going through scripture, Jasmine or Ariel?

Saturday, 31 August 2013

inner Beauty.

Belle (or Beauty

For those of you who aren't familiar with Belle, let me give you a little background. She is a 17 year old girl from France who is wise beyond her age. She seeks adventure through reading.
 Most people in town think she's strange
Belle seems a bit odd to the other girls in town because she has no interest in normal worldly desires. Even when the most popular, handsome man in town proposes to her, she refuses.(multiple times!) She understands that true love isn't about good looks or popularity. Belle's goals aren't directly on marriage or finding Prince Charming. Instead, she seeks to find adventure, and a better life for herself and her family. After taking her fathers place as a prisoner in an enchanted castle, she's faced with forming a relationship with Beast..(see the movie to learn more! ;))

A few things we can learn from Belle... 

Seek Adventure in our walk with Christ:  
At the beginning of Beauty & The Beast, we see Belle seeking wisdom & adventure through books. She's not concerned with finding a spouse, instead she directs her focus on bettering her life.. As Christians we should be seeking adventure in our walk with Christ.  If we're actively chasing after Jesus, our lives will absolutely be bettered & full of adventure..Like Belle, before we can direct any of our focus towards finding a spouse, we must understand the importance of seeking wisdom through the adventure that comes with having a relationship with Jesus. In Mark 1:17 we see Jesus calling the disciples to a new life. A life of excitement. Jesus said, "Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." We see the disciples leave there old lives behind, their families, their jobs, everything behind to follow Jesus.  Our constant primary focus needs to be on Him, our love for Him and His unconditional love for us..And like the disciples we need to be seeking the adventure of a Christian life wholeheartedly and without hesitation.

Later in the movie, we see Belle show the Beast forgiveness. By not judging him based on his first impression, she chooses to show him grace, & forgive him of his harsh, tantrum like behavior. Eventually Belle is able to see his true colors. People feel the need to put on a mask, a protective shield, in attempt to not be hurt. Many times this is because they've already been hurt, mislead, or maybe they're scared.  If we really tried to see people for who they are on the inside, if we were quick to show grace and mercy, we might just be able to see see their true colors. In Colossians 3:13 the Bible tells us to, 
 "Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you."
 As Christians, we need to be quick to forgive & to forgive as Jesus forgave us. But I think I should point out that we also need to forgive intelligently. We don't forgive to forget..we don't forgive & pretend it never happened.. we forgive and we move forward-Not allowing bitterness to take hold, and by being BOLD enough to not let the mistake happen again. 

"Take me instead", Belle says as she trades her freedom to save her father. Watching this scene, seeing Belle's selflessness and sacrifice, I can't help but reflect on Jesus' unconditional love, selflessness and sacrifice for me, for you, for us. Jesus took our place on the cross. He gave up his life, in order for us to be forgiven. Jesus sacrificed himself because we are worth it to him. We are good enough.
YOU are worth it. YOU are good enough. 
Our self worth isn't dependent on the world. Our self worth and confidence come from Jesus. We can rest in the confidence of  knowing we're worth it because he CHOSE us and he chose to sacrifice himself for us. Not because of anything we did, or anything we didn't do..but because we serve a gracious, merciful, forgiving, and unconditional loving God.
 "You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you..." John 15:16 .  
We don't have to find our self worth, acceptance, or confidence in the brand name clothes we wear, the make up we put on or by the worlds standards.  Jesus absolutely us, and called us worthy.

Self Control: 
The first few times we meet the Beast, (aka Prince Adam), he is violent, he speaks without thinking, he yells and let's face it..he seems pretty scary.  Later we see him second guessing his behavior, and the way he spoke to Belle. James reminds us that, "if anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless." (James 1:27) There are times as humans that we will be scared, sad, angry...heated and we will need to consciously tame our tongue. In the movie we see the beast,( who is afraid, scared, bitter and ashamed)..react with an attitude of anger. As Christians when we feel this way, we we need to be aware of our tongue, & consciously make sure that our words are glorifying to Jesus.

Girl Power
Belle is considered strange. She doesn't act or dress like the other girls in town, she's not interested in the same things they are, especially not "DREAMY" Gaston.  She has beauty and a spirit of humility and gentleness, yet she doesn't let herself get walked all over. She's not concerned about outward appearance, (in herself OR in the beast)  The Bible tells us to be the same way. "Don't be concerned about the outward beauty that depends on fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes." (1 Peter 3:3) But instead to be concerned with having a spirit of beauty. 

What you look like on the outside doesn't impress God, therefore we should not concern ourselves with it. Like Belle, we should strive to see someones true colors, because who knows..
"there may be something there that wasn't there before" ;) (how many of you sang this line?)

Looking back to the first "Grace, Giggles & #GirlPower blog", we learned that Girl power is: 

"Girl Power is the true, God given strength to be a girl. The might, capability and adequacy God 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."
(if you haven't read the 1st entry, take a look to read more about what girl power means & how it's available to every daughter of the King.)

As Christian women, let's seek to obtain that God given girl power , the strength, confidence, & beauty God has blessed us with. Let us be quick to forgive, & show grace, let us stand firm in our faith, and  be loving towards our brothers ad sisters in Christ. 
"Whoever loves God must also love his brother." 1 John 4:21
Jesus died not only for you, but for all of creation .We're all sons and daughters of the King..everyone no matter what we look like, how we dress, or where we're from, and we need to start stepping out first in love, and treating each other as if we're all worthy. Jesus has called us to something higher. Let us strive to see the good that God sees in others .Let us see if we can let Gods light shine through the beauty he's placed within us. 

xo. girlpower

{Thanks to everyone for the messages, emails & posts about how these blogs are impacting you. Keep them coming, and although it might not be an immediate response, I promise to reply to each and every one of you! May God bless you this week, show you how to be quick to forgive, love and confident in HIM.}

***if you're a Disney girl as well..who is your favorite princess & why? Maybe you'll see her pop in next weeks blog!;) ***

His Princess: Being daughters of the one true King.

As I went to post this blog last night for #NewBlogFriday,  It was on my heart to disclaim a few things. So... I decided to wait, and type up an intro for the blog series i'm about to step into..

are you sitting down? ;)

(image from Google images)

Over the next few weeks, I'm going to be diving into some of Disney's Princess stories

I'll be digging through some of the encouraging, uplifting and, for lack of a better term.."Girl Power" aspects of their individual tale.  

Now, before we continue.. let me be clear, I'm very well aware of the controversy that surrounds Disney's princesses, however I'm not focusing on the negatives. Instead I'll be focusing on some of the following..

** We're all daughters of the KING..His princesses. It's not  a "princess complex", when we're confident in being HIS princess. 

**Sometimes our "knight" (the man God created just for us) doesn't come in shining armor...sometimes he's a beast ;P (it's okay..you can laugh:))  

** Whether you don't have a mom, are away from your mom, or maybe just in need of another wise woman in your life .. As girls there are seasons we go through when we need a "fairy godmother". A strong, Christian woman (who just may not be our biological mom), to encourage us, and remind us to keep our eyes focused on Jesus.

Throughout these stories, the princesses show characteristics of : sacrificial love, forgiveness, grace, boldness and have hope in a better life... 
               and yes, they are beautiful
but if we get ourselves stuck focusing on the emphasis Disney might have put on physical beauty- we miss the aspects we can gain from.

Why do we relate to Disney Princesses?
*we think we look like one of them
*we can see ourselves in their story
*As women, we desire to be loved, cherished, rescued, adored and protected. (We'll talk about how Jesus can fulfill ALL of these way better than any Prince Charming could!)

The evil step mother: One thing Disney got wrong. 
*Throughout this series I'll spend one week going through, the joy and love that can come from having a step parent. How God knows just who we need in our lives and when, and how this has held true in my life through my relationship with my "step" mom. 

SO. There it is, I hope you will join me on this journey, as we look back to childhood stories, along with scripture. I look forward to discussing it with you, & hearing from you!

**As always, thank you so much for your support, your love, and your encouragement. It means the world to me. xo! #girlpower

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Following Him without hesitation: When God's plan interrupts ours.

"For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, & lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, & he will direct your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6

I can't even count the times that I've thought to myself  in retrospect, "really Talia, did you ever actually think your plan would be better than what God has for you?" 

Since becoming a Christian, God's plan has continually interrupted mine, and I couldn't be more thankful and blessed because of His grace and perfect plan. Over the past few years, two times in particular stand out to me..
When I was 23, I finally made my decision to join the United States Air Force. I started my paperwork, took my ASVAB & spent months going to weekly "DEP" (delayed entry program) meetings, doing PT with Ssgt. Branson.  I seemed to face one obstacle after another..paperwork not going through, appointments being postponed  etc.. However, the door never seemed to fully close..  I spent countless nights asking God to hurry the process along, and clear the path for me to "cross into the blue". 

After 8 months of devotion to joining the AF I was faced once again with an obstacle.  This time, a waiver was needed for me to finish my paperwork. In the meantime , I flew back to Virginia, to work on a new music project alongside Three Meadows Management & (my now good friend) Krislyn Woolley (drummer for Shine Bright Baby, Bread of Stone, & currently LastWatch).  I spent months waiting on the waiver , and finally in August I got the call from Ssgt. Branson saying my paperwork was almost finished, and we were moving onto the final step! It was finally here. I had been determined, persistent & it was finally paying off! With bittersweet feelings I packed up my stuff, and prepared to fly home to sign my last bit of paperwork before going to basic training.  
That's when Gods plan interrupted mine......
Just days before I planned to return to Sacramento, I had my first conversation with Joseph and Lori from Seventh Day Slumber.  Within 36 hours, I was on a flight to NY to meet my new brothers and sisters of SDS!  Little did I know I'd spend the next year ministering alongside  them through my biggest passion..music, & eventually meet the man of my dreams, the one God created just for me, my wonderful husband. <3

Thank you Jesus, for interrupting my plan! 

The second time is more recent.. 

When Keith and I got married, our plan was to venture back out onto the road together. We've been asked by quite a few different churches to speak at different events.. and as many of you know, our heart is to be in full time ministry,  preferably on the road.  We pushed to find jobs in the states,  we questioned what part of America we'd live in.. doors opened, doors closed, but nothing that we came across gave us that sense of peace we were looking for.. until April.  We were officially in Canada 2 months longer than we had planned, when we received a job posting for a church in northern Ontario.. we ignored the email.
We had started to wonder what God was planning for us, and how long we'd have to wait to find out! Later that week we opened it & learned that the job would move us 15 hours north into Ontario, Canada, and put us very stable in a small church.. 3 hours away from the nearest Starbucks, Walmart, or sushi place! (yikes!)

After reading the description,learning more about the church, & town, we prayed together, & we knew God was calling us ..not back to the states..but further north into Canada than either of us had ever been! 

We had so much peace about God's plan, that we packed our bags and 2 weeks later were moving north! Talk about an adventure!

God is pleased with us when we obey him without hesitation.  He continues to prove to us how much better His plan is than anything we could come up with on our own, how His plan prevails, and how truly blessed we will be if we  just follow Him without hesitation.

Whatever your dreams & goals are in life, I encourage you to be sure that they're in line with what Jesus wants for you. His plan truly is best.  My prayer for you is that you'll trust in him fully, seek him wholeheartedly and most importantly, FOLLOW him without hesitation.  God will direct your path, and He truly does have a future full of goodness and joy prepared for you. 

xo. girlpower!

what are some of your dreams and goals? how has God's perfect plan interrupted yours for the better? lets chat! FB me or Tweet me! @TaliaHaughn 

Friday, 16 August 2013

Stand Strong. 

"Stand strong when life changes
Stand strong through the ups & downs
Stand strong for you know that God is in control."

These words have been ringing in my ears since VBS ended. I mean, the catchy tune & dance moves definitely helped, but really.. The words are resonating in me. How encouraging of a reminder: "for you KNOW that God IS in control". The first few days I just sang along with the kids, did the motions, etc..but then it started to hit me..the song doesn't say "for you think God might be in control"... It's a reminder that God is absolutely in control, and we as Christians should KNOW it. Trust it. Believe it.

The song encorages us to stand strong when life changes, to stand strong through the ups AND through the downs. "When life changes" or- we move, we get fired, someone we love dies... It's expected that we will go through "down" seasons. As Christians we need to be constantly and consistently preparing ourselves, and nurturing our spiritual strength. We need to be reading our bibles, filling ourselves with godly music, godly readings and Christian fellowship. It only takes a small hole in our "good christian walk" for the enemy to sneak in and whisper lies to us, and when that happens, we leave room for anxiety to settle right in..

Okay, #realtalk time..

There are times I find myself experiencing anxiety,becoming overwhelmed far too easily, or as my husband would probably argue "having a temper tantrum".  Just kidding... but really. I've often let stress, or anxiety drive my whole day, make me sick, or worse-interfere with the joy God intends for us.  Most often my anxiety starts   because I feel out of control of a situation. Well here's a truth.... I'm not created to be in control! 

God is absolutely, entirely, &completely in control of our lives, and He will direct us according to HIS plan, if we just let him. He IS Able. Wow- how easy and anxiety free our lives CAN be if we just give control to God, our protector, our provider, our healer! Jesus tells us in Matthew 6 verses 25-27, 

 "Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?" 

If we truly believe what the Bible tells us, and we can trust that God will provide for us, as He does the birds of the sky..if we can accept what Jesus says and trust that God is in control, then anxiety will cease.
Anxiety has no power over you when God is in control. Trust in that.


I'd love to hear from you! If you're struggling with anxiety, stress, giving something to God, understanding or..you just want to talk! Get in touch with me!
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