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    The Most Beautiful Girl

    (Image Source) Yesterday was International Women’s Day–a day to celebrate the accomplishments and milestones of hardworking and inspiring women everywhere. Even though I am proud to be a woman of God and be honored with such a holiday, I can’t help but feel sad. So many girls and women struggle with the most basic of questions–am I beautiful? Even though to some the question of beauty shouldn’t be an issue to what a woman can accomplish, let me tell you that it is a huge deal. If a woman does not feel like she is beautiful, or if she is not comfortable in her own skin, then she cannot fully…

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    Hope–A Letter to Myself at 16

    Dear Emily at Sixteen,   Hey girl, it’s your twenty-one going on twenty-two year old self–the “older, wiser self” you’ll constantly wonder about in the future. I just want you to know that it’s okay, you’re going to make it. That boy you love–the one you’re clinging on to so desperately–he will shatter your heart into a million little pieces. It’s okay; it will hurt more than anything you’ve felt in a long time, but you will be okay. There is beauty in the breaking, and in it you will find true love and life. And yes, you will fall in love again. And you will get your heart broken–a few…

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    Worthy or Not?

    Sinner. Bad. Weak. Ugly. Stupid. Dirty. Either we have had these words hurled at us by others, or we have given at least one of them to ourselves. If you are anything like me, then you are one of the many Christians who battle low self-esteem or self hatred. However, this isn’t working. As Christians we are told to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength–and to love our neighbor as ourselves (Luke 10:27). How can we love others the way Christ does if we can’t even like ourselves? So many issues that people, especially teens, face today reflect our failure to see ourselves the way God…

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    God's Disney Princesses

    (Photo Credit) Have you ever wondered, “what does God think of me?” How does he see me or feel about me? Unfortunately, two views of modern-day Christianity have distorted the truth of how God sees us. The first lie we tend to believe is that, because we are sinners, that is all God sees. Yes, you and I have done some pretty bad things, and we likely will do some bad things again. We are human and therefore not perfect. God knows this, but He still loves us anyway. This is hard for me to accept sometimes because I am naturally really hard on myself. God operates on grace; it…

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    Confidence Crisis

     (Photo Credit) There is a crisis happening among women and men of God. It’s not one that we can see on the outside, but it’s an inward struggle. It’s something that the devil wants to suck out of us so we feel powerless and useless for God’s kingdom. It’s confidence. I am not a confident person–at least not on my own. All my life I have been a bit too humble with self-esteem issues. Whether it be my appearance, my intelligence, or my abilities, I would always find something wrong with me. And I still tend to do this. It’s probably my greatest weakness. But you know what? Jesus can take our weakest traits…