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Turning on the Light in a Dark World

Several weeks ago, it was a high school in Parkland, Florida. Yesterday, it was a high school in Maryland. These school shootings are happening all over America.  Innocent kids and teachers are dying or suffering from scarring physical and mental injuries.

And our response is a chaotic mess of noise. We blame guns. We blame mental illness. We blame politicians. Perhaps there is fault in all of these things. We can certainly do better.

But what if it’s something more? 

Where is God?

When tragedies like these happen, our first response is usually to send our thoughts and prayers. Of course, this is a loving and powerful thing to do, but it does beg the question–where is God in all of this?

Is He there? And if He is, then how can God be good if He allows such evil to happen?

Gideon asked these same questions in the book of Judges when Israel was under the oppression of the Midianites. Gideon was a humble man chosen by God to deliver the Israelites, but first, Gideon had to get some things off of his chest.

When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”

“Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.” (Judges 6:12-13 NIV).

To Gideon, it didn’t seem like God was with them. In fact, he felt abandoned by God. In today’s world, it can be easy to feel like God has abandoned our nation. With all of the violence, hatred, and immorality, America seems to have lost its connection with God.

But that was also Israel in the book of Judges. They had turned far away from God to worship false idols, so God let the Midianites oppress them. All of this was part of a redemption story to save God’s people from their sin.

America, it’s time to wake up to your redemption story. It’s time to turn on the light.

Created for Light

Check out God’s response to Gideon’s cries.

The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?” (Judges 6:14 NIV)

We look at this dark world and wonder where God is. But God created us to shine as lights in the darkness. As Christians, sometimes it seems easier to just sit back and relax until we get to heaven.

But that’s not our calling.

We must be the light that pierces through this dark world. When the world cries violence, we cry peace. When the world cries hatred, we cry love. And when the world cries bondage, we cry freedom.

God is sending you and I to bring His people back.

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Lead the world back to God

Our One Job

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16 NIV)

We are living in a dying world, and this country obviously can’t heal itself solely through laws and protests. We need the only cure for sin–Jesus Christ.

This Jesus, who died a gruesome and humiliating death on a cross to save us, has called us to go out and shine a light for Him. God has done His job. He has made salvation free and available to all who will come to Him.

Our job is to make this salvation known.

This world is dark, and sometimes downright scary. But if we choose to follow Christ, a powerful light resides in us that can vanquish any darkness and fear. It will shine through our actions and our words.

This is why we were created, and this is our job. This world isn’t going to cure itself, but we can lead it to the only One who can.

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Secrets by Beckie Lindsey Will Change Your Spiritual Life

Hello lovely readers and followers! As many of you know, March is National Reading Month. I thought it would be cool to celebrate my passion for books with you all by doing a book review of Secrets for my dear friend, author, and blogger, Beckie Lindsey!

Secrets is the first book of Beckie’s new Christian Young Adult series, Beauties from Ashes. Get your copy here!

(Note: I was given an advanced reader’s copy of this book for an honest review. All opinions are my own.)

Plot Summary (No Spoilers)

As a fan of YA fiction, I have always wanted to read a Christian series that had the plot of a secular fantasy series. This is why I wrote my Slaying Shadows  series on my blog. Although Secrets reads like a fantasy series, there is more spiritual truth in it than in most non-fiction Christian self-help books.

Secrets focuses on the lives of four teenage girls living in the small town of Arcana, and the secrets they share.

Mackenzie is the new girl at school who’s trying to fit in while hiding a family secret. Krystal is a track star battling bulimia and her jealous feelings towards Mackenzie.

Tammi is a musician who is hiding a traumatic past, finding solace only in the comfort of her songs. Sadie is a dancer whose life looks perfect on the outside. That is, until her hidden insecurities are revealed and draw her close to Tammi.

As all four of these girls’ lives converge into one, we see the invisible spiritual battle happening all around them. Nasty and chilling demons plague our characters, while God’s heroic angels slay them through their faith.

Beckie Lindsey paints spiritual warfare in such a creative and Biblically sound way that makes you never want to put the book down!


Although Secrets centers on the four main characters listed above, I felt an intimate connection with each of them. Krystal was especially dear to my heart, as I could identify with her struggle of disordered eating and self-comparison.

This book deals with some difficult issues, including sexual abuse and suicide. But it does so in such an honest and spiritually powerful way, that it makes the reader feel stronger and encouraged after reading. These are issues that are not discussed enough in church, but are brought to the light in this YA novel.

I find that Beckie does a good job at developing her characters, especially regarding the love interest. What I thought would be a cliche romance turned out to be a delightfully surprising plot twist. The characters also act like real teens, with no pandering slang and cultural references found in many YA novels.

Final Thoughts

Secrets by Beckie Lindsey

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Secrets is an exciting debut novel to the Beauties for Ashes series, and I can already tell that the rest of the series will not disappoint.

Although there are some predictable moments in Secrets, I believe they drive the plot along seamlessly and are not too distracting. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is clearly told, but not to the point of sounding fake or “preachy.”

If you want real and vulnerable young adult characters, Secrets will not disappoint. If you want a novel that will change your view on spiritual warfare forever, then Secrets is the novel for you.

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The True Strength of Christian Friendships (Guest Post)

Hello lovely readers and followers! This week  I wrote a guest post on friendship for M Words and the Christian Woman, a lovely blog I contribute too. Below is a preview and link to the post. Please read and share! 

“We’ve bought into the enemy’s lie that we can’t live a fulfilling life without a man. And because of this, we forget the sisterhood God gave us.”

“There is nothing wrong with wanting to be married or in a relationship. Those are healthy and wonderful desires that God honors for many. But we don’t even realize that it takes a healthy spiritual life and strong friendships in order to build our character for a serious relationship.”

Christian friendship

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NEDA Week and the Call of the Gospel

For those of you who don’t know, February 26-March 4 is NEDA week. NEDA week is about raising awareness for different types of eating disorders and encouraging recovery. It’s about ending the stigma and shame associated with this branch of mental illness.

It’s about saving the lives of women and young girls, who die physically and spiritually from this disease every year.

NEDA Meets Jesus

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you may know that I have struggled with an eating disorder.

Mine was not the type that anyone noticed. I did not stop eating or puke, and I have always been naturally thin. However, due to a mix of low self-esteem, anxiety, and health issues affecting my digestive system, I had a very negative view of eating.

Two years ago I made the life-changing choice of recovery. I knew that I couldn’t serve both God and an eating disorder, so with the help of the Lord, online support groups, and a close friend, I started getting better.

I thought that I would never win this mental battle, and truthfully, the devil still haunts my mind with self-defeating thoughts. But everyday I’m getting stronger. The victory is God’s.

This is one of the reasons why I care so much about encouraging other young women. The Bible says we are to lift each other up, creating a ripple effect of impact on those around us.

Becoming an Example

Similarly, teach the older women to live in a way that honors God. They must not slander others or be heavy drinkers. Instead, they should teach others what is good. (Titus 2:3 NLT)

As women of God, we have been commanded to teach younger women how to lead God-honoring lives. We are supposed to be an example to those who don’t know Jesus or who are new to the faith.

That doesn’t mean we won’t make mistakes or struggle with sin. I know I am definitely not perfect. But we should be humble enough to admit our mistakes and learn from them. We should take what we’ve learned and teach younger women and girls.

One of the reasons I chose recovery is because I knew Christian women who were more mature in their faith. They poured into my life and guided me to the right path. They helped me learn my identity in Christ.

Answering the Call

Today there are girls in elementary school who diet and hate the way they look. They are turning to their phones and social media for validation. They idolize celebrities for their self worth.

These girls and teens are the enemy’s main target for mental illnesses such as eating disorders and depression.

While campaigns such as NEDA week are helpful and needed, the true cure for eating disorders is Jesus.

NEDA week and the call of the Gospel

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Only the power of Jesus can take away our fear of food. Only the salvation of Jesus can redeem our broken past. And only the love of Jesus can teach us how to love ourselves.

Lovely one, you are more valuable in the eyes of God than you will ever know. He wants you to root your identity in Him and be set free. He wants you to be a light for the next generation.

Young women and girls everywhere need our help. Will you rise up to answer the call?

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, (Isaiah 61:1 NIV)

If you or a loved one is struggling with an eating disorder, there is help! Please check out these links or contact me for additional information.

www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/help-support/contact-helpline (call or text support line)

https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/find-treatment/treatment-and-support-groups (Find treatment)

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Biblical Feminism in a Secular World

With empowering movies such as Wonder Woman, an increase in female college graduates, and the empowering testimonies of the Me Too movement, it’s no wonder that feminism is one of the hot topics of American culture.

However, feminism is also the catalyst for a great divide among Christians.

No matter which side you’re on, it’s wrong. If you’re a feminist, then that means you support abortion and promote a homosexual lifestyle. If you’re not a modern feminist, then that means you think women are worth less than men.

Both of these views are extreme and pretty “un-Christian.”

So where should we stand, as Bible believing Christian women, on feminism? Is there such a thing as Biblical feminism?

What is Feminism?

In order to comprehend what the Bible says about feminism, we must first learn the definition of feminism.

According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, feminism is “the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.”

Equality on every level—for both women and men—that’s what true feminism is. It’s about both genders being able to possess an equal political voice, equal job opportunities, and equality in every social sense.

Feminism is about men and women of all ethnic backgrounds working together to realize human dignity and value for both men and women.

It’s about ending prejudice against women—who have historically been victims of sexism, and still are today.

True feminism isn’t about man hating, bra burning, or abortion funding.

It’s a fundamental human right.

A Biblical View

God also recognizes this human right.

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27 NIV)

Lovely one, as a woman, you are created in the image of God. In Christ, you have the same value and dignity as a man. Anyone who tells you otherwise is lying.

Jesus died for both men and women; His blood ran for all of His children.

Biblical feminism

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In the purest sense of the definition, God is a feminist. In fact, He created feminism when He created humanity.

God gave Eve as a gift to Adam, to be his helper and teammate in the Garden of Eden. Of course, there are men in this world who exploit this beautiful gift of female partnership.

But that does not negate your worth as a woman, and it is not what God wants for you.

A Feminine Gift

The devil has found a way to warp our understanding of everything good that God created—including feminism.

Although we can still champion women’s rights, we must be aware that secular movements often have hidden agendas—some of which are evil.

We must be careful to utilize the discernment of the Holy Spirit, as well as our Bibles, to know what stances to take.

Feminism is more than a cultural concept. Women and men are equally created by God, but we are unique. We should celebrate the unique differences of masculinity and femininity while respecting and honoring one another.

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. (Proverbs 31:30 NIV)

Femininity is beautiful, and when we place our value in Jesus Christ, our femininity can be used as a powerful force for love, mercy, and justice.

That is what Biblical feminism is all about.

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