Beauty, Courage, Faith

10 Quotes for Christian Girls

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Hello, ladies!

Are there ever times when you feel like you’re not worth it? Or like you’re not loved? I have some amazing quotes here to encourage you today. I hope these make you feel happy or encouraged!

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I hope that these quotes encouraged y’all today! If you want some more encouragement, you can find the amazing Girl Defined quotes board that I got most of these from HERE.

Stay Beautiful,

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Books, Purifying the Mind, Body, and Spirit

Purifying the Mind, Body, and Spirit with Our: Readings

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Hello girlies! Sorry I didn’t get this posted yesterday. Anyways, welcome to post #3 of my series: PMBS (Purifying the Mind, Body, and Spirit)! You can read post #1 HERE and #2 HERE.

Sometimes, it can be hard to find a clean book to be engrossed in. Or, it can be hard to find a clean blog or magazine to follow or subscribe to. Because that is one of the areas we can purify ourselves in as well; what we read.

I will separate this post into three sections: 1, books; 2, blogs; and 3, magazines for Christian girls to read.

Unless you are not allowed/cannot/do not want to read anything with magic or fantasy-ish things (like elves and light catchers {practically magic wands}), this is a clean NYT Bestseller series that I personally LOVE.

– The Mysterious Benedict Society Series

There are four books in this series, and it strangely all makes sense. Such an interesting idea of what might happen if four kids saved the world was never found but in this series.

– The Anne of Greene Gables Series

There are many (eight in total) books in this series. L. M. Montgomery did a great job on every one. I recently found and bought Rainbow Valley, the second to last book in the series of Anne and her children. It wasn’t as good as the first one (when is it ever?) but I enjoyed it very much!

A Question of Honor (Questions of War #1)

I beta-read for this indie published book, and I LOVE it! Jesseca did such an amazing job! A clean read set in the WWII times for ages 12+.

– The Love Comes Softly Series

These books (eight in all) are very good if you like historical fiction (which I do). I would recommend this series to girls 12+ (just like A Question of Honor) just because it was originally intended to be Women’s Fiction and YA Fiction.

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– Girl Defined

I love to read this blog so much! Written by two young women serving God in their 20s, this is one organization I couldn’t keep off my list. They do post about stuff for older teen girls (sex, relationships, marriage, etc.) but there is content appropriate for younger young women here as well. 🙂

Scattered Journal Pages

An amazing teen named Amanda shares her thoughts on, well, everything here. Although this started out as more of a blog for teens to read, it has reached my heart as a kind of ministry that Amanda started.

A Purpose and a Promise

Emily is a beautiful poet and a daughter of God who fills her posts with the love of our Savior and the (amazing) rhyming of poetry.

Having a Heart Like His

Hosanna Emily posts on this blog about faith, writing, and everything in between. She has indie published one book (The Mystery of the Midnight Trespasser) that I enjoyed very well!

Madi Grace

Oh. my. word. Have you ever heard of a blog SO amazing? I mean, DEVIL BUTT KICKING CLASSES every Monday??!! Yes, please!!!! Madi posts about writing, life, devil butt-kicking, and tons of other things on her personal blog, but you can also find her on her doll blog @ Delightful World of Dolls.

Ok, this isn’t technically a magazine, it’s actually a book, but I didn’t have room up in the books section, so. 😉

Cover Up for Christ

Ok, maybe this isn’t a magazine either, but it’s an amazing organization that I had to fit somewhere in this post. 😛

Stone Soup

This is a really good (actual) magazine! It is a children’s magazine featuring stories, art, poems, and book reviews from children under thirteen all over the US. I actually submitted my first short to them over a year ago, got it accepted and published in their Nov./Dec. 2016 issue!

Crown of Beauty Magazine

This is an e-magazine that I heard about from a friend a while back and decided to check out. Haven’t got a chance to read much yet, but so far so good. 😉

Set Apart Girl

This is another e-magazine that I found not too long ago and can’t wait to read more of. 😀

Thanks for reading the third post in my series! If you skimmed a little, that’s fine; it was long anyways. 😉 Chow for now!

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PS: If you want more magazines and books to check out, look at Chloe three other posts HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Purifying the Mind, Body, and Spirit

Purifying the Mind, Body, and Spirit with our: Choices

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Good day, girlies!

Welcome to post #2 of my series for girls: Purifying the Mind, Body, and Spirit. Last time we talked about our Friendships, and today we are going to be talking about our Choices.

Making the right choices can be very hard sometimes. It can be very easy sometimes, as well. Just recently, I made a choice that will most likely affect my friendship and my future. It was really hard, but I do not regret it at all.

About three months ago, we switched churches. My family liked the church that we went to, but that was all. We just liked it. We didn’t feel like we belonged there, like God was leading us to go to that specific church. So, we switched to a different church, and we are much happier there. I feel like we really belong in that group of people, and that we can get the most out of the sermons, and fellowship at this church.

The new church (Faith) also has a Youth Group. I wanted to go to Faith’s Youth Group, but I already went to the other church’s Youth Group. I was torn between feeling at home at Faith’s Youth Group, or staying with my friend in the other Youth Group.

My friend at the other Youth Group, let’s just call her Sarah, well, Sarah didn’t want me to go to a different Youth Group than her. She wants to be by my side every second of the day. And, it gets really annoying. She pouts if I don’t do what she wants, and she even dropped out of going to the lake with our Youth Group because I got sick and couldn’t go. Overall, she’s clingy. She is still my friend, but Sarah is a bit clingy.

After much debating, I chose to go to Faith’s Youth Group. I knew that I wanted to go there, and not to the other one. No matter how many great friends I had at the other Youth Group, I feel like God really lead me to choose Faith. I do not regret that choice – and that’s how I know that I made the right choice.

There have been many times where I have made the wrong choices (I won’t get into all that right now). And, the truth is, I regret those choices. A lot.

So, how do we know when we’ve made the right choices? We don’t regret them. We benefit from them. And how do we know when we’ve made the wrong choices? They haunt us until we have the courage to kneel down and ask God to forgive us for making them.

Always think before you make a big choice. Pray and ask God for guidance before you make a choice, and if it is His will, it will be done.

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Friendship, Purifying the Mind, Body, and Spirit

Purifying the Mind, Body, and Spirit with our: Friendships

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Hello, girls!!

I have wanted to start a series of sorts for you girls on here for a while, but I couldn’t decide on the topic of the overall series. After some brainstorming and lots (I mean lots) of different (and cool) ideas, I decided on one that I felt like would be fun to talk about: Purifying the Mind, Body, and Spirit.

This series will be about how we can live a better life as we grow into womanhood. I will discuss how we can purify ourselves in all aspects of our daily lives in lots of different posts.

Today’s topic is Friendship.

How can we purify ourselves with our friendships, you ask?

Well, first off, I believe that we all need to set a couple of standards for people we are friends with. And I don’t mean all that “you have to do exactly what I say and do what I do” wishy-washy trash, I mean that, as Christians, we can’t go off befriending people who are bad examples for how we should behave as Christians. For example, here are my standards for friendship:

  • he/she DOES NOT use any foul language
  • he/she DOES NOT wear inappropriate clothing (at least in public)
  • he/she DOES NOT try to dishonor God in any way
  • he/she IS NOT a bully in any way or form to any person
  • he/she is able to treat me as a friend should be treated and vice-versa

So, those are my standards for the people whom I am friends with. I am not friends with anyone who does the opposite of anything on that list, and I do not intend to try to be friends with anyone who does the opposite of anything on that list.

Now, I’m not saying that we shouldn’t try to reach out to people who need the Lord  -because we should all do that – but I personally would not invite someone over to my house who swears, wears inappropriate clothing, and does not treat me (or someone else) nicely. Would you? Yeah…I didn’t think so.

But, we can’t just judge a person by their outside, right? We can’t just say “oh, that girl’s shorts are too short so I’m not gonna be friends with her”. Before becoming friends, I get to know the girl/boy a tad. Not, like, having him/her over to my house or hanging out “like friends do”.

I mean listening when he/she is talking (NOT eavesdropping) so that I know what he/she talks about. Sometimes (it depends on the person) I even ask a good, Christian friend who knows him/her and can tell me what he/she is like.

We all need to set standards for our friendships. It may seem like you are limiting your options for friends, but believe me, you will end up having a few very valuable friends rather than a bunch of bad influences that we call “friends”.

Make the right choices and you will have best friends who will be by your side for the rest of your life. 🙂

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My Testimony

My Testimony – by Anika Joy

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Good day, peoples! After reading K.A.’s testimony, I suddenly realized that I’d never shared my testimony with anyone. I had a sudden need to tell someone, an urge to get it out, I guess. My parents hardly know, even. I’m surprised because I can be a blabbermouth, too. 😉

I grew up in a Christian home going through great struggles. We’ve never been financially rich, and things were going on that made me want to put my faith in Jesus Christ even more. But, somehow, I couldn’t.

I lied to my parents a lot back then. I was scared to die. I liked things to be my way or no way at all. I was a real train-wreck.

I thought I was a Christian, but I wasn’t really. I would go to my friends and say proudly, “I’m a Christian”, but the next day would go off and tell God that I hated Him for every bad thing in my life. I didn’t know what being a Christian meant. I didn’t know that I had to give up my dirty ways and sinful life to be a real Christian.

One day when I was nine, I knelt down at the side of my bed and asked Jesus to come into my heart. I had Him in there then – well, I thought I did. Even after I had asked Him in, I didn’t accept Him. I continued to lie, and sneak, and not let Him be the Light in my heart instead of having a dark cage around it. I didn’t know.

And then, I found out – I found out what it truly meant to be a Christian. I wanted to be a Christian, but I didn’t think I was ready. I didn’t feel like it was my time…yet.

Fast-forward to three years later – November 2016, only days after my twelfth birthday, I was having the WORST DAY EVER. Everyone was cranky, and I was feeling like punching someone – preferably my dad because I was steaming mad like crazy at him. I was really angry.

After being sent to bed early, I sobbed until I had a headache (I was VERY emotionally unstable only two months ago) and started to hate God like I usually did when things weren’t going well. Then, Dad came in to pray with us and turn out the lights like he usually does if he isn’t working.

Well, he was in there longer than usual that night, as he had asked Karissa, my sister, something about Christianity – I can’t remember exactly what. Then, they had this whole talk about what Christianity was, while I was in my bed with the covers over my head.

My sister accepted Jesus into her heart that night, and after Dad had left and the lights were off, I thought long and hard about what he had said to Karissa. Then, I cried some more – not because I was angry and hated God, but because I was angry and didn’t want to hate God. So, I prayed, and I decided that I would really try to be a good Christian and change my ways.

I prayed and asked him into my heart – for real that time – and suddenly, I wasn’t angry anymore. I wasn’t angry at God or my dad. I was peaceful. It was such an amazing feeling to be peaceful. I’m not afraid to die anymore, I don’t lie, or sneak – I try to be a better Christian every day, now. And I’m so glad.

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Courage

Dare To Be Different

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Everybody wants to be the same.

Well, not everybody, but a lot of people want to be like everyone else. They want to be with the “in-crowd”; the “popular” people, the “cool” people. They all want to be the same.

But I don’t. I want out of the “in-crowd”. I want to stand out in my own unique way. I want to dare to be different. Do you?

A lot of people say “I’ll dare to be different next week so that I can go to this cool girl’s party”, or “maybe next year for my New Years’ resolution”. I know I’ve said that before.

But the truth is, time is invisible. Time is slick. It slips through our fingers before we can get a good grip on it. We spend so much time waiting for the right time, but we never realize that the right time is now.

Dare to be different. Not tomorrow, not next week, not for New Years’. Today. Dare to be different today.

Have a great week, girls! 🙂

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Courage

Courage, Dear Heart

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Today I am going to be talking about courage. Courage is something that all of us have, but none of us have. At times, we’re more courageous than a knight or a lion, and others as meek as a little sheep.

Don’t you just love The Chronicles of Narnia? I know I do, but for more than one reason. One, it’s just plain awesome. Second, it’s a great retelling of an amazing true story – Jesus death on the cross and His rising from the grave. Now, that’s pretty cool.

A really cool quote C.S. Lewis used in his 5th chronicle, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, is “courage, dear Heart”. Aslan says those three, beautiful words to Lucy in the end of the book.

To me, those words have are real – as real as the device you are holding or looking at right now. They are words that need to be spoken to the girls of the world today, because we have a lot to live through, and we need courage.

A lot of girls don’t have that; the courage to stand up for what’s right, the courage to do what’s right. I know that sometimes I don’t. But I need to have courage, because someday, I’m going to have to stand up for what I believe, and I know that I’ll need a lot of courage to do that. A lot more than I usually have right now.

So, how do we get it? How do we get courage? First off, courage not something that you can just “get”. You can’t go to the store, buy a jar of courage, and eat it when you need it (although, that would be pretty cool 😉 ).

To have courage you need to remember that God is with you all the time and that He is protecting you from all evil. And when you need courage, remember that God is right there cheering you on, because He loves you.

Have a nice day!

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Faith

If \\\ A Discussion Post

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IF.

That’s all I have to ask you: if.

Actually, no, it’s not. I have a question for you girls, and I have a challenge.

Here’s my question:

IF you were to DIE TODAY, WHERE do you THINK you would go?

WRITE YOUR ANSWER TO ^THAT^ QUESTION DOWN BEFORE FINISHING THIS POST. You might wanna get a pen and paper or pull up your notes app on your phone cause you’re gonna need to write A LOT of things down.

Okay. See those capitalized words in the question? Those are important. Let’s discuss them one by one.

IF.

There’s not too much to discuss IF because we all know what it means. So, that means that you’re probably not going to die today, but IF you were…

DIE.

That is a strong, powerful and sometimes scary word; DIE.
Here’s a good question for you to write down:

Are you scared of dying?

WRITE YOUR ANSWER DOWN BEFORE FINISHING THIS POST. Are YOU scared of dying? Write your answer down.

Okay, on to the next word:

TODAY.

If you were to die TODAY. Not tomorrow, not next week. Not in time to drive down to Florida and see your Grandma. TODAY.

WHERE.

Okay, this is where it get good. WHERE as in what place. WHERE as in Heaven or Hell. Or maybe just someplace in between? Here’s another question for you to write down:

Where do you think most people go when they die? Do you think that there’s more than one place, or just one? Or three?

WRITE YOUR ANSWER DOWN BEFORE FINISHING THIS POST. WHERE do you think most people go when they die? Do you think that there’s more than one place, or just one? Or three? Write your answer down.

Last word:

THINK.

The difference between THINK and KNOW is HUGE. And, we have another question:

When you die, do you THINK you will go to (PLACE) or do you KNOW you would go to (place)?

WRITE YOUR ANSWER DOWN BEFORE FINISHING THIS POST. WHEN YOU DIE, DO YOU THINK YOU WILL GO TO (PLACE) OR DO YOU KNOW YOU WILL GO TO (PLACE)?

Now, we have discussed the capitalized words separately, let’s discuss the WHOLE sentence.

IF you were to DIE TODAY, WERE do you THINK you would go?

Look at the answer that you wrote down, and if you’re a Christian, you should have a pretty confident answer. If you’re not a Christian (or if you are and you just wanna read the rest) keep on going. The rest is for you.

Hi, my name is Anika and I am a 12-year-old Christian girl. If someone asked me this question:

IF you were to DIE TODAY, WERE do you THINK you would go?

I would say;

“I don’t THINK I’ll go somewhere, I KNOW I’ll go somewhere. And that place is Heaven.”

I KNOW that I will go to Heaven and spend eternity with Jesus Christ because he came down from his throne in Heaven, became a human and died on the cross for the sins of the world because HE LOVES US. He loves us stupid, sinful people enough to DIE in our place. If He hadn’t died for our sins I would answer this question differently. I would probably say ‘I think I’d go to Hell’ because I would probably have no hope. But Jesus gives us HOPE.

Do you KNOW where you’ll go? If you don’t, I know of a way that you can KNOW that you’ll go to Heaven and live eternally with our Heavenly Father forever and ever.

You can go to Heaven, or Hell. It’s your choice. I’m not trying to push into becoming a Christian, I’m just trying to lead you out of the path of destruction. And if you follow, you follow. If you don’t, you don’t.

The path to Heaven may be harder, and you may struggle more with it. There may be more rocks on the path and blisters on your feet. But, once you get to the end of the road, it’s all worth it because Jesus will wash your feet, and heal them, and make you new. Because you are HIS children, and He loves you.

You can pray and ask Jesus to lead you down his path, or you can ask a parent or a Christian Adult if your parents aren’t Christian. You can have assurance TODAY that you will be in Heaven with Jesus instead of in Hell with the Devil when your time comes to leave Earth.

All you have to do is pray. And if you don’t know how to pray, just talk to God like He’s your Friend, and your Father, because He is both of those things. And, whenever you’re feeling like you need to ask Jesus to heal you again, you can, because He’ll always accept you no matter who you are. I have asked Jesus into my heart seven times in my lifetime, and after each prayer, I just feel so GOOD! But, I’m gonna do it again, because this post really helped me as I wrote it because I was having doubts in God because my family is going through some really hard times right now.

Dear, God.

I’m a horrible person. But I don’t want to be horrible anymore. Would you please come into my heart and heal me, and make me new? I want to live for you, and I’m so sorry if I ever do anything bad. I know that I may have doubts in the future like I have in the past, but I don’t want to have doubts anymore. Thank you.

Amen.

Now, I’m gonna pray for all you who read this post, and we’ll close (isn’t this starting to sound like a sermon? I’ve always wanted to write one of those… 😛 )

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for putting all these things on my mind. I couldn’t have written this post without You. Thank You for all the beautiful young ladies (and men) who read this post. I really REALLY hope that the words that You put in my pen touched their hearts today. Please bless each and every one of them, and touch their lives with your light, Lord Jesus. I’ll love you forever and ever,

Amen.

Now, I want you to look at the answer you wrote down for this question again:

IF you were to DIE TODAY, WERE do you THINK you would go?

And I want you to see if your answer is the same now as it was it was before you read this whole post.

Okay, this post almost made me cry (which I almost never do), and I hope it touched your hearts and your souls. Share this post with friends and family who need it.

Chat with me down in the comments! I guess I’ll give you some questions to answer:

Are you a Christian? What was your answer at first, and what is your answer now? Ask me questions, answer my questions, or just chat! I’d love to hear from you. 😀

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Beauty

You’re Gold

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Megan stared blandly at herself in the mirror. She fingered the freshly clipped ends of her hair and sighed. All of a sudden, she wished she hadn’t cut her hair so short. 

Her clothes weren’t in style, in the words of her “friends”, and the color of her hair was too brown. At least her “friends” said so. But they weren’t really friends, anyway.

I’m not beautiful, Megan thought. I never have been and never will be.

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I’m sure that all of us have felt like this at some point in our lives.

You’ve had “those thoughts” in your head before. You’ve felt like you’re worth nothing, not loved, but overall, not beautiful.

But, you are.

You’re the most beautiful person in the world, in His eyes. In His eyes, you’re a Princess; you just need a little rescuing from the pit of despair first.

In His eyes, you’re Gold.

No.

You’re more than Gold. 

You’re the most precious gem in the ocean. All of us are.

So, whenever you feel like you’re not beautiful in the eyes of sinful, imperfect men, just remember that to the most perfect person to ever walk this earth; who lives up in HEAVEN, you’re beautiful.

And isn’t that a lot better than having the sinful people of the world judge you – including yourself?

Never think that you’re not beautiful. Because you are, have been, and always will be; on the inside, and out.

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