The Not-So-Average Girl: Girl F

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Age: 20… but 21 on the 3rd of January!

Grade: Jr. in college

Hair: Dirty blond and turning brown.

Eyes: Mostly green?

Shirt size: M-XL… lately I’ve been into oversized or ‘flowy’ styles.

Pants size: 8

Shoe size: 12! Call me big foot : )

Favorite color: Green–but the good, deep, foresty, but slightly blue hued kind of green.

Favorite movie: Pride & Prejudice! Although I recently watched 500 Days of Summer, and it’s in competition for the #1 spot… I think another viewing is in order!

Favorite TV show: Revolution. …Imagine if the world’s power supply really did get cut off!

Favorite band: I’m horrible with remembering names… Vicky Beeching, Macklemore, Ed Sheeran, The Shirelles, Lateeya.

Favorite book: Spooky, of course! Imaginary Jesus by Matt Mikalatos, The Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne, Jesus of Suburbia by Mike Erre, Love Does by Bob Goff, Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, The Help by Kathryn Stockett, Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austin…just to name a few.

For fun I like to: Write songs about my roommates, play basketball at the rec center (yes, I ball with and dominate the boys ; )), drink tea, read books, cook breakfast for dinner and invite all of my buddies over, doodle, explore the city, pop tags at thrift shops, grab coffee with friends, play giant chess at the park, eat froyo with my pals, sew.

Have you ever had a boyfriend? I’ve never even held hands with a boy!

Do you have a best friend? Yeah : ) She’s pretty awesome.

 

On a scale of 1-10 (1 being low, 10 being high) how would you rate:

Your relationship with your mom: 8.82

Your relationship with your dad: 8.82

Your relationship with your siblings: brother a: 9.2, brother b: 8.23

How hard you try in school: 5-10 (It ranges)

How hard you work at home: 6

How involved you are in church: 8.41

What do you like to do for fun?: 9.5? I enjoy what I do…

 

What do you want to be when you grow up?: Something awesome! I’m mulling over some options while dreaming up some more. For example: Globe-trotting English teacher; basketball /volleyball coach, jr. high Math teacher; help run an orphanage; blogger; author; Bible translator/church planter… the possibilities are endless!

What is a book you really want to read right now?: All four gospels with a fresh, preconception-less mind; Knowledge of The Holy by A.W. Tozer; Multiply by Francis Chan; a bibliography on Mother Theresa; Church for the Fatherless by Mark E. Strong, El Caballo y el Muchacho by C.S. Lewis. I would also like to finish Hipster Christianity by Bret McCracken and Screw Tape Letters by C.S. Lewis (probably also one of my fav’s). So many good books out there : )

Where is somewhere you would love to travel?: Latin America, Ireland, Europe, New Zealand, SE Asia, the Mediterranean… the world.

 

How long have you been a Christian? Since third grade, but it seems that I progressively understand and embody the term more fully as life goes on.

How often do you read your Bible? Everyday! …mostly.

What’s the hardest part about being a Christian? Loosing your life. We are a very selfish species.

What’s your favorite Bible verse? Matthew 16:25, Isaiah 58:9-10

Any words of wisdom for all the tough girls out there trying to live their life for Jesus? Pray. A lot. And practice Listening to the Holy Spirit.


When You Have A Bad Day

Bad Day (Daniel Powter song)

Bad Day (Daniel Powter song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Are you having a bad day? Week? Month?

I’m not gonna lie – my life kinda stinks right now. I’ll spare you the terrible details, but it’s pretty crummy. Day by day I am reminded of the fact that things aren’t even kinda the way that I want, that I did nothing to deserve this, and that I can’t do a thing about it.

Or can I?

You see, while our circumstances often spiral us out of control, limbs flailing, heart breaking, there’s still something we have control over – our minds. And while we often feel like heart wins out over head, head is much more within our control and can beat that crazy heart into submission!

So, are you having a bad day like me? Let’s combat that with some head stuff that will transform our heart stuff.

 

Change What You Think About

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” – Philippians 4:9

This verse is my constant reality check. When you find your mind consumed with your problems, when you wonder about what other people are doing, saying, thinking, when you stress out and have imaginary conversations in your head – stop. Redirect your thoughts. THINK ABOUT THESE THINGS! The more we fill our minds with Jesus, the less the other stuff creeps in.

 

Change What You Want

“For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.” – 2 Corinthians 1:5

I’m the first to admit that, when bad stuff is happening, I just want to fast forward and have it be over! But when we suffer and cling to Jesus, we experience a comfort and a closeness with Him that we don’t experience outside of suffering. So instead of just trying to curl up in a ball and wait out the storm, open your arms wide and receive that incomparable Jesus love.

 

Change What You Say

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” – Ephesians 4:29

When I’m going through tough times, I often feel like it is the one time in life I have the right to complain. But you know what? Just because I have the right doesn’t mean that I should (1 Corinthians 10:23). It doesn’t do me any good and it certainly doesn’t help the person I’m complaining too. Instead I need to shut my mouth and think back on the other two things l already mentioned. Complaining just weighs me down further. Building up and giving grace blesses everyone around, including me.

 

Change What Your Now Is

“For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” – 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

Yes, things are hard now. But really, what is now compared to eternity? A breath! A blip! The length of a Kardashian relationship! If we keep that in mind – that now is not even close to glory of forever with Jesus – it makes our suffering and struggles seem so much more light and momentary.

 

This Sunday at church, singing praises to my Savior, I was struck by just how big, glorious, and in control He is. He knew I would go through what I’m going through. And yet, He let it happen. Why? He knows how it all plays out. He knows the way I will grow through it. He knows that battles and fighting make for strong, determined, devoted followers. And, really, my story is just a part of His magnificent one. Yes, it’s hard for me. But not for Him. So I need to lean on Him, trust Him, and be more consumed with Him than I am with my own issues.

This bad day suddenly got a whole lot better.

 


How To Glorify Jesus At Homecoming

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Rhythm, a sequence in time repeated, featured in dance: an early moving picture demonstrates the waltz. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ah, fall. The season of scarves, pumpkin everything, and adorable boots.

Oh, and did I mention Homecoming?

Chances are, at reading that one little word, you either got super excited, super anxious, or totally bummed out.

 

To Those Who Are Excited About Homecoming

You got asked! By a boy you like! Could it get any better than this? FYI it’s totally kick butt to be excited about a school dance. You get to dress up, take fantastic pictures, and be treated like a princess for the night. What more could a girl want? Just make sure you do it well. From the way you dress to the way you act to the way you dance, do it all like a modest, Jesus-loving girl. Going to a dance with a boy you like isn’t license to act like a (forgive the uncouth term) hoochie mamma. I’ve met too many girls who look back on their behavior at school dances with shame and regret because they suddenly started acting like “everybody else.”

Don’t. You’re better than that. You’re better than that when you dance. You’re better than that when you talk with a boy. You’re better than that after the dance. Don’t forget that.

 

To Those Who Are Anxious About Homecoming

You got asked! By a boy who is your friend. And…you’re not quite sure how to feel about that. You know what? It’s okay! It’s okay to go to a dance in a group, partnered up with a guy you think of as a brother! You STILL get to look like and be treated like a princess. So have fun! And one of the best ways to do that it to be upfront with your date from the start. If you’re going as friends, then the expectations are that you are just friends. Why don’t you help pay for dinner or your ticket? Have you thought about an “only one” slow dance rule? If you’re in a group, is it okay for you to go off and do some crazy dancing with just your girl friends?

If you’re struggling with anxiety over your Homecoming situation, remember – there’s no such thing as too much communication. You’re just friends. You’re just friends. You’re just friends.

 

To Those Who Are Bummed Out About Homecoming

Everyone got asked but you. Or maybe you never really wanted to go, but it sorta hurts that you feel like the only one who will be missing out on the experience. You know what? You’re not missing out on too much. Sure, it’s fun to get dressed up and see everyone else dressed up. But you will also be missing out on the drama, the awkwardness, and the cost.

Instead of being bummed, look at it as an opportunity. Are there other friends who aren’t going that you could have a super awesome night with? Could you go out to dinner with your parents (I know, right? But they’re not that bad!)? Can you have a friend over, eat way too much ice cream, and watch a movie that makes you laugh so hard you pee your pants? Just know – you don’t have to go to a dance to have a memorable evening :)

 

Whatever you do that Homecoming night, remember these words:

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” – 1 Peter 2:9

 

 


The Not-So-Average-Girl: Girl F

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This Friday feature is “The Not-So-Average Girl.” These are girls who are just like you, living life, and doing their best to love Jesus with everything they’ve got. They aren’t perfect – but, then again, that’s what makes them so easy to identify with! So stay tuned and find comfort in knowing there is someone out there who is just like you.

 

Age: 18

Grade:12th…possibly for a second time

Hair: long and light brown

Eyes: blue

Shirt size: medium

Pants size: 6-11

Shoe size: 9/8.5

Favorite color: yellow

Favorite TV show: NCIS

Favorite movie: A Christmas Story

Favorite book: Eragon

For fun I like to: work out, read, draw, create

Have you ever had a boyfriend? yes

Do you have a best friend? my sister I guess but I’m not her best friend

 

On a scale of 1-10 (1 being low, 10 being high) how would you rate:

Your relationship with your mom: 10

Your relationship with your dad: 6

Your relationship with your siblings: 8

How hard you try in school: 9

How hard you work at home: 8

How involved you are in church: 5

 

What do you want to be when you grow up?: an illustrator for children’s books

What is a book you really want to read right now?: Divergent

Where is somewhere you would love to travel?: Europe

 

How long have you been a Christian? 12 years? maybe more

How often do you read your Bible? Not as often as I should, 4 times a week

What’s the hardest part about being a Christian? Standing up for yourself, trying to be Christ-like in a broken world, hearing people trash Gods name and having it become meaningless and you hear it so much that it doesn’t shock you as much

What’s your favorite Bible verse? right now, Romans 5

Any words of wisdom for all the tough girls out there trying to live their life for Jesus? Find good solid Christian friends, and an older godly woman to have as a mentor. Learn from your parents – they’ve been doing this life thing longer than you and actually know what they’re talking about. Don’t be afraid to say NO. Try to have an eternal perspective. Don’t be content with this world. Love God Love People.


Black, White, And A Whole Lot Of Gray

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The main characters of Pretty Little Liars. (From left) Troian Bellisario as Spencer Hastings, Lucy Hale as Aria Montgomery, Shay Mitchell as Emily Fields, and Ashley Benson as Hanna Marin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pretty Little Liars.

I’ve never watched the show myself, but I can tell you that it is sure a source of contention between many girls I know. Half of them swear it is the greatest show on T.V. The other half swear it is one of the worst things you could waste your time watching.

And you know what? They’re all awesome, Jesus loving, kick butt kind of girls.

Where do we draw the line when it comes to T.V. shows, music, books, and movies? What is okay and what isn’t? I mean, the Bible is our foundation for everything, right? But those guys didn’t have cable or internet radio.

Can you watch a show that stars a gay actor?

What about a show with someone who portrays a gay person?

Swearing?

Sex?

Violence?

Cheating?

Stealing?

Let me stop right here and say this is NOT a post where I will list all the okay and not okay things you can do. That is so not my place. In fact, it isn’t anyone’s place but the Holy Spirit. However, what I would like to to is think about what the Bible has to say about what we let in our hearts and minds.

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” – Philippians 4:8

Well…crud. Outside of the shows on Disney Junior, I can’t really think of anything on T.V. that meets every one of those criteria.

“‘All things are lawful,’ but not all things are helpful. ‘All things are lawful,’ but not all things build up…So, whether you eat or drink, do all to the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:23,31

Well…double crud. This makes it sound like I can do whatever I want as long as I’m “doing it for the glory of God.”

When it comes to media and entertainment, there is very little black and white and a whole lot of gray. So, instead of telling you what you should and shouldn’t watch, read, and listen to (though that would be a whole lot easier, wouldn’t it?), I’m going to give you some things to think about.

Are you embarrassed by it? If you would be uncomfortable with somebody – anybody – knowing that you spent time watching or reading it, then you probably shouldn’t. Conviction of sin often plays itself out in shame.

Does it taint you in a bad way? If it changes your language, desires, expectations, or attitude in a way that isn’t Christian, you’re filling your mind with junk and should stop.

Does it reflect poorly on you as a Christian? If a non-Christian were to find out that you watch or listen to or read it and it would hurt your reputation as a Christ follower, then you probably shouldn’t.

That’s it. Three little questions (though there are certainly more). But do you know what’s amazing about this? If you learn to heed to voice of the Holy Spirit in this one area, you will learn to listen to Him in so many others. I mean, think about it! This is such a small part of your life, yet it has such a big impact. It’s a great way to practice obedience and discipline as you learn to say no to your flesh and the culture and yes to holiness and Christ-likeness.

I listen to secular music. I watch plenty of T.V. I love going to the movies. And I’m an avid reader of both Christian and mainstream fiction. I’m sure I indulge in some things I shouldn’t. But I’d like to think I’ve grown in this are and that, as I grow closer to Christ, my desire for things that aren’t of Him will decrease.

Question: Where do you draw the line in what you watch/read/listen to? What do your friends think about your line? What do you think Jesus thinks about your line? What can you do (or stop doing) to grow in this area?

 

 

 

 


The Not-So-Average-Girl: Girl E

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This Friday feature is “The Not-So-Average Girl.” These are girls who are just like you, living life, and doing their best to love Jesus with everything they’ve got. They aren’t perfect – but, then again, that’s what makes them so easy to identify with! So stay tuned and find comfort in knowing there is someone out there who is just like you.

 

Age: 17

Grade: 12

Hair: blonde

Eyes: blue

Shirt size: small

Pants size: 2/3

Shoe size: 6

Favorite color: blue

Favorite movie: Gladiator/The Princess Bride

Favorite TV show: Criminal Minds

Favorite band: The Weepies/RED

Favorite book: Why Do They Hate Me? (journals from children in the holocaust)

For fun I like to: Play my guitar and sing

Have you ever had a boyfriend? Yes

Do you have a best friend? No

 

On a scale of 1-10 (1 being low, 10 being high) how would you rate:

Your relationship with your mom: 10

Your relationship with your dad: 3

Your relationship with your siblings: 8

How hard you try in school: 8

How hard you work at home: 8

How involved you are in church: 9

 

What do you want to be when you grow up?: Missionary/worship leader

What is a book you really want to read right now?: Half The Sky

Where is somewhere you would love to travel?: Swaziland

 

How long have you been a Christian? I was raised as a Christian, but I made my faith my own about 6 years ago.

How often do you read your Bible? I try to read it every day.

What’s the hardest part about being a Christian? Making sure it doesn’t become a religion.Not getting into a routine.

What’s your favorite Bible verse? 1 Peter 1:6-9

Any words of wisdom for all the tough girls out there trying to live their life for Jesus? Don’t give in to people trying to get you to conform. Going all out for God is the only thing that is worth your time. If people really care about you and are interested in what is best for you, they will be ecstatic that you are chasing after God and they will support you in it. People who try to change you aren’t worth your time.


The Line Between Awesome And Annyoing

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You know that girl, right?

She’s super fun and easy to be around. She encourages you, inspires you, and makes you a better person…

Most of the time – until her “encouragements” turn into nagging and her “inspiration” turns into condemnation.

Chances are you either know that girl or (sorry about this!) you are that girl.

Nobody sets out to be annoying. We try our best to be good sisters in Christ, loving on our friends like Jesus would, and saying hard things when they need to be said. So where does it go wrong? When do we cross from Fantastic-Jesus-Girl to Why-Is-Everyone-Rolling-Their-Eyes-Around-Me-Girl?

Accountability Vs. Nagging

We are called to hold each other accountable – to be a good friend and not let our sisters continue in sin. So we talk to them about. Accountability turns to nagging when we decide to take the place of Holy Spirit and keep bringing it up again and again and again. So talk to your friend, give her Scripture to encourage her, follow up and ask her how it’s going. But show her GRACE! Don’t expect change to happen over night and don’t feel the need to remind her of her short comings every time they happen (unless she’s asked you to :) )

“Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness…Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” – Galatians 6:1-2

Jesus Centered Vs. Jesus Juking

I love talking about Jesus. He’s my favorite thing! And, if you read this blog, you’re probably in the same boat. Jesus centered conversations are the best. That being said, Jesus isn’t the answer to every question.

“What did you do last night?”

“Read my Bible, fasted, and prayed without ceasing. It’s what I do every night.”

*Blank stare*

“Didn’t you?”

“No, I watched Doctor Who.”

“The only Doctor I care about is Doctor Luke. You know, he wrote Luke and Acts. If you read your Bible more…”

Yeah, not exactly a fun conversation. You should have Christ centered relationships. But you also need to be relate-able and real. So get some interests, hobbies, and fun things outside of church – and you’ll be amazed at how talking about those things can take natural turns toward conversations about Jesus!

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” – Ephesians 4:29

Shining Light Vs. Blinding Flood Light

This little light of mine – I’m gonna let it shine! And you should! But shining light turns to blinding flood light when you use Scripture and Christianeze in everything you say. Instead of making you look godly, it makes you look like a know-it-all who cares more about showing off than shining Jesus. You want to let your light shine? Be kind. Be a good friend by listening and caring. Give. Share. Love. And, as you do, people will be drawn to the light that’s inside of you. Share you Scriptures on cute little cards. Text people encouragement. Be fun and be funny.

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is heaven.” – Matthew 5:16

Wise Vs. Opinionated

A true tough girl is wise – she knows her stuff, knows what the Bible says, and is an encouragement to her friends. The line gets crossed when that same girl feels like she needs to get a word in. All. The. Time. We have to know when to speak, and when to stay quiet. We don’t always need to be heard. We don’t always have to be the one with all the answers. That’s when listening to the Holy Spirit comes in handy. So listen to Him – does He want you say something? Or are you just looking to show off?

“And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual” – 1 Corinthians 2:13

Question: Do you struggle with any of these “annoying” traits? How do you find the balance between being awesome and being over-board? How do you think pride and humility play into all of this?


The Not-So Average Girl: Girl D

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This Friday feature is “The Not-So-Average Girl.” These are girls who are just like you, living life, and doing their best to love Jesus with everything they’ve got. They aren’t perfect – but, then again, that’s what makes them so easy to identify with! So stay tuned and find comfort in knowing there is someone out there who is just like you.

Age: 21

Grade: Senior in college

Hair: dark brown

Eyes: brown

Shirt size: large

Pants size: 12

Shoe size: 8.5

Favorite color: bright green

Favorite movie: Clue

Favorite TV show: Chuck

Favorite band: Jack’s Mannequin

Favorite book: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

For fun I like to: go on adventures

Have you ever had a boyfriend? Nope.

Do you have a best friend? Yes, indeed!

On a scale of 1-10 (1 being low, 10 being high) how would you rate:

Your relationship with your mom: 1

Your relationship with your dad: 5

Your relationship with your siblings: 5

How hard you try in school: 8

How hard you work at home: 7

How involved you are in church: 9

What do you like to do for fun?: Read, listen to music, adventure

What do you want to be when you grow up?: A card writer for Hallmark

What is a book you really want to read right now?: Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

Where is somewhere you would love to travel?: Ireland

How long have you been a Christian?: Five years

How often do you read your Bible?: Every day.

What’s the hardest part about being a Christian?: Loving people like Jesus does.

What’s your favorite Bible verse?: Ephesians 5:14

Any words of wisdom for all the tough girls out there trying to live their life for Jesus?: It’s worth it. Even in the tough times. It’s worth it.


The Tough Girl’s Back To School Guide

MASSIVE BACK TO SCHOOL SAVINGS

MASSIVE BACK TO SCHOOL SAVINGS (Photo credit: henry…)

As the end of August approaches, so does the excitement, anxiety, anticipation, and dread of back-to-school. New clothes and supplies are always awesome. Homework, hallways, and drama? Not so much. Even if you aren’t headed back to school, there’s just something about this point at the end of the summer that makes you feel like, “Alright, onto the next chapter!”

I can’t tell you how many girls I’ve talked to this summer who gush on and on about how much they’ve grown in their faith and Christian walk. They’ve been having quiet times, reading books, hanging out with other Christians, doing work in Jesus’ name, and telling others about Him.

So, where does all that go when school/work/life starts up again? When the ease and splendor of summer is exchanged for the monotony of “regular” life?

This, tough girl, is how to get straight A’s:

Attitude

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart as working for the Lord, not for men.” – Colossians 3:23

God cares about you. Not some arbitrary, general love. We’re talking specific, down to the nitty gritty details kind of love. So He cares about how you dress? Yes! He cares about you doing your homework? Yes! He cares about your attitude toward your teachers, peers, and parents? Yes! When Jesus died on the cross, He didn’t just die to get you a place in heaven. He died so that you could know Him and be made into His image each and every day. He wants you going to school like He would, doing your work like He would, treating people the way He would. You aren’t going to school or work for other people. More importantly, you aren’t doing it for yourself. You’re doing it for Jesus. Keep that in mind.

Accountability

“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another” – Proverbs 27:17

The hard thing about keeping that Christ like attitude is that your own attitude gets in the way – your self-centered, lazy, very-not-Jesus-y attitude. That’s where friends come in. Those girls that you so enjoyed spending time with this summer? Give them permission to kick you in the rear when you start slipping back into old habits. Have them ask you how you’re doing – how you’re really doing – and be honest with them. There’s no point in accountability if you aren’t telling the truth. And keep them accountable too! We weren’t designed to do this Christian walk alone. (Check out this post I wrote on having that kind of relationship with someone)

Authenticity

“I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in Your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there were none of them.” – Psalm 139:14-16

You are who God The Father made you to be. Celebrate that! Rejoice and be glad! Don’t conform to the worldly expectations of the culture and the people around you. Remember that You were made by the One and Only Creator of the universe. He doesn’t want you looking like, acting like, or wanting to be anyone else. He wants you to be you! Geeky, shy, loud, obsessive, nerdy, silly, introverted, extroverted, serious, book worm, happy go lucky…whatever! Don’t let the opinions and expectations of others try and reform the amazing girl God made you to be.

Abide

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.” – John 15:4

If you’ve been on a Jesus high this summer, you cannot expect it to carry you through the school year. Like a balloon loosing helium, you will slowly sink back down to where you’ve always been. What’s the solution? More Jesus. Consistent Jesus. It means reading your Bible and praying on a regular basis. It means more Christian books – yes, even when you have AP Lit books to read. It means going to church, being in a Bible study or small group, and just…abiding.

Question: What do you most look forward to in going back to school? How have you grown in your faith this summer and how do you see that impacting you this year? Which one of these four A’s do you think will be the easiest for you? The hardest?


The Not-So-Average Girl: Girl C

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This Friday feature is “The Not-So-Average Girl.” These are girls who are just like you, living life, and doing their best to love Jesus with everything they’ve got. They aren’t perfect – but, then again, that’s what makes them so easy to identify with! So stay tuned and find comfort in knowing there is someone out there who is just like you.

Age: 16
Grade: 11th
Hair: brown
Eyes: brown
Shirt size: Medium
Pants size: 4-6
Shoe size: 10
Favorite color: Blue/green
Favorite movie: The Notebook
Favorite TV show: Survivor
Favorite band: Tenth Avenue North
Favorite book: Chronicles of Narnia
For fun I like to: Hang out with friends
Have you ever had a boyfriend? Nope!
Do you have a best friend? Yes
On a scale of 1-10 (1 being low, 10 being high) how would you rate:
Your relationship with your mom: 9
Your relationship with your dad: 7
Your relationship with your siblings: 7
How hard you try in school: 9
How hard you work at home: 7.5
How involved you are in church: 9
What do you like to do for fun?: Hang out with friends, church activities, play piano
What do you want to be when you grow up?: Missionary
What is a book you really want to read right now?: The Hiding Place
Where is somewhere you would love to travel?: Africa!!!
How long have you been a Christian? about 11 years
How often do you read your Bible? Every day
What’s the hardest part about being a Christian? Praying and trying to be a good example and not being a hypocrite. Sharing my faith and focusing on Jesus in school is tough too.
What’s your favorite Bible verse? Zephaniah 3:17
Any words of wisdom for all the tough girls out there trying to live their life for Jesus?
It is so completely worth it! It really helps having friends who are there for you and pushing you harder each day. Ask them to keep you accountable. I find the more that I get involved in church, the easier it is for me to focus on Christ.
Focus on Jesus, read you Bible and pray! Even if you don’t ‘feel’ like doing these things, the effect they have is huge. They can make my day so much better!


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