What Do Our Hearts Know?
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What Do Our Hearts Know?

18 Jul 2016

By: Tekoa Manning “If our hearts know nothing against us, we have confidence in approaching God” 1 John 3:21. What do our hearts know? “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9 KJV. Yahweh searches the hearts of men to see whats inside them. He knows. Simple. Short. To the point. Can you remember a time in...

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Little Quote, Big Reminder
in identity, quotes, scripture, worth

Little Quote, Big Reminder

16 Jul 2016

By: Juliandra Durkin “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” –Kathryn Stockett, The Help Life lessons to a two year old that I need to remember… what a great quote! Has anyone else seen or read The Help? Over and over throughout the story, Aibileen, one of the main characters, tries to ingrain this message to the little girl she looks after, Mae...

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Tea Time
in scripture, worth

Tea Time

11 Jul 2016

By: Katie Messer Therefore, say to the people, ‘This is what the LORD of Heaven’s Armies says: Return to me, and I will return to you, says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.” Zechariah 1:3 This morning as we cleaned up the house, my daughter Ruthie reminded me that I promised her a special “tea time.” I asked her if she wanted to have one, just...

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in book review, Seasonal

Summer Reading List

06 Jul 2016

By: Rachel Brown Summertime is finally here, and one of our favorite ways to unwind is to stretch out in the sunshine near a body of water (the ocean, a lake, the pool—take your pick) with a cool beverage and a great book. Here are some of the things we’re reading this summer, ranging from old classics to new releases. Share your favorite summer reads...

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When You Invite God Into Your Breakup
in dating and relationships, Emotional Health, love

When You Invite God Into Your Breakup

05 Jul 2016

By: Danielle Kingsley I recently dated a great guy for a few months. He had all the key qualities and character traits I’ve ever wanted in a godly man, and on top of that, he was all kinds of handsome. On paper, we were perfect for each other. We had so much in common, we made each other laugh, we served together, and we challenged...

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To Save or Spend
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To Save or Spend

28 Jun 2016

By Christie Pierce To save or to spend? We’re faced with that question in a hundred different ways each day. I used to be an obsessive spender. At twenty-four years old, my grandparents gave me ten thousand dollars. I went out and bought Gucci shoes and silk dresses and I don’t even remember what else. The money was gone within weeks. I had a zero...

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in beauty, body image, freedom, Guest Bloggers

Bikini Bod and Freedom

28 Jun 2016

By: Charmaine Porter Y’all modesty is frustrating! This is the one TRUTH that everyone seems to skip over when they talk about how great modesty is and why we should strive for it. I work for a purity ministry and we believe in modesty because it’s important to God, but very rarely will anyone say this – modesty ain’t no joke! It’s tough! And it’s...

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7 Best Resources for Eating Disorder Recovery
in Allie Marie Smith, body image, Emotional Health, worth

7 Best Resources for Eating Disorder Recovery

23 Jun 2016

By Allie Marie Smith If you’re like me and have struggled with food and body image issues, you realize that it’s a journey. Sometimes we take two steps toward freedom only to take one step back. The important thing is that we don’t lose hope in our recovery and that we press forward toward greater freedom, health and wholeness. Since I have personally taken quite...

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in faith, Guest Bloggers, identity

Facing the Son

23 Jun 2016

By: Kaci Piccillo Wanting to fit in is a woe faced only by junior high schoolers, right? Ha. Certainly, it becomes less pronounced as you come to know and accept who you are as an individual, but the desire to be a part of something bigger than yourself— to belong— is one that persists throughout all of life, expressing itself wherever a community of people...

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in scripture

The Lost Art of Listening

21 Jun 2016

By: Juliandra Durkin My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. James 1:19 Have you ever had one of those falling dreams that you don’t know if you’re going up or down and you wake up? Or a dream where you’re running away from a bad guy and your feet...

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in beauty, faith

Growing with Purpose

16 Jun 2016

By: Kate Rapier There is this tree right outside of my front window. A wall of trees actually. They are big, lush, green trees. Not evergreens, but in the spring and summer months they are big, vibrant, beauitiful trees. I apologize that I do not know the proper name for these guys, but botany has never been my strong suit. All I know is that...

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

15 Jun 2016

By: Rachel Brown Father’s Day is right around the corner, so we’ve rounded up a list of last-minute treats that dads and father figures everywhere will enjoy. Take a peek at this list and let us know if you have any fun ideas to add! Something Edible Tasty treats make some of the very best gifts, and nowadays there’s such an amazing online presence marketed...

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in book review

Excerpt from “Walter The Homeless Man” by Tekoa Manning

13 Jun 2016

Walter is a man who has suffered great loss and is running from the pain. At night he sleeps under the stars, but during the day he breaks into a young widow’s home for shelter and changes not just her life but every life he touches. Walter is a captivating story about loss, integrity, forgiveness and redemption. This book brings revelation that indeed appearances may...

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in beauty, body image, fashion with compassion, purity, worth

5 Modesty Myths and Cute Summer Styles

08 Jun 2016

By: Danielle Kingsley “I want women to be modest in their appearance. They should wear decent and appropriate clothing and not draw attention to themselves by the way they fix their hair or by wearing gold or pearls or expensive clothing. For women who claim to be devoted to God should make themselves attractive by the good things they do.” I Timothy 2:9-10 (NLT) I...

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in Guest Bloggers, prayer, scripture

Ready to Go

06 Jun 2016

By: Katie Messer While seated at a table within a crowded restaurant in the Middle East, Kaw-Thar quickly adjusted her black hijab around her face to hide a stray hair that had come loose before nervously asking her next and most poignant question, “All this is interesting, but who do you say Jesus Christ is?” Knowing the risk of answering such a question, the young...

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in freedom

He Makes You Fly

02 Jun 2016

By: Juliandra Durkin A Kite. Up there, bight and high. The tails streamlining behind like ribbons in little girls hair flowing when they run. The colors draw the eyes of people from miles around. All are staring up at the beautiful Kite floating gracefully. The Kite dips and twirls as the wind moves it from here to there, like a ballerina dipping and twirling in...

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in Emotional Health, faith, freedom

Learning to Own My Story

27 May 2016

By: Lauren Goderwis “What happened?” Hearing that question sends my stomach through the floor. Every. Single. Time. It yanks me back to the shame and embarrassment, the confusion and darkness, that I walked through not too long ago. It punches me with the pain, the hurt, the hopelessness, and the loneliness I thought I’d never escape. I freeze. “It’s a long story.” Why is it...

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Now Hiring: Social Media Manager

26 May 2016

Hi Creatives! We have exciting news for you! We’re hiring a Social Media Intern to join our team! If you or someone you know are interested, read carefully below to find out more about the position and how to apply. ABOUT THE POSITION This position pays $75 a month and/or college credit to start (with some growth potential) and requires 20+ Instagram posts a month...

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in book review, grace, quotes

Excerpt from Polishing Jade by Tekoa Manning

26 May 2016

Polishing Jade is set in the 1960’s in rural Mississippi where the secrets are as sticky as the jams sold at Taylor’s General Store. Jade Gentry is a young girl whose past will not control her future even if it cost her everything. Gripping and suspenseful, Jade will leave you sighing when she sighs, running when she runs, and celebrating when she is triumphant! Meet...

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in beauty, dating and relationships, fun, Seasonal

Tips for Preparing for Wedding Season

22 May 2016

By: Rachel Brown Wedding season is upon us, and for many of us, that means we have several back-to-back weekends that will be spent celebrating brides-to-be at their bridal showers, bachelorette parties, and the actual weddings themselves. Whether we’re a member of the bridal party or not, we all have supportive roles to play as our dear family members and friends enjoy this exciting season...

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