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I want to tell you about my guy friends. Girls, these are the type of guy friends I pray for each of you to have!! (And the type of men I pray that you marry!)

While I’ve been in school at CIU, God has incredibly blessed me with these guys. They are some of the godliest guys I’ve ever met and God has used them in big ways in my life to bring healing and restore my opinion of the opposite sex. Unfortunately my view of guys had been tainted by a few not-so-godly ones.

Let me take a moment to mention them by name: Chris, Josh, Jonathan, Canas, Christian, Johnny, and Steve. There are more, but these are the ones who have made the greatest impact in my life. What makes these guys so special? They are passionately seeking the Lord, desire to serve Him with their lives, and know how to treat a lady. They are like the brothers I never had.

Here’s a verse that reminds me of them and of how we’re supposed to treat each other as brothers and sisters:

Romans 12:10, “Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.” (NIV)

Girls, do you love and honor your guy friends in a godly way? Do your guy friends love and honor you in a godly way?

Thank you guys for your friendship, for your brotherly love, and for honoring me by treating me like your own sister. My husband will one day thank you! And thank You God for placing these amazing guys in my path, on purpose!

Girls, do you know of guys like this? Tell us about them!

Until next week,

Kristen

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A great (and cheap!) way to dress trendy this fall is by shopping thrift stores and finding throw-backs to the days of your parents! Actually, you might even try visiting your mom’s closet to see if she still has something in there you might be able to wear! The look is defined as Bohemian and is shortened by just calling it Boho Chic.

Boho Chic is a style of female fashion drawing on various bohemian and hippie influences, that, at its height in 2004-2005, was associated particularly with actress Sienna Miller in the United Kingdom and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen in the United States.

The way to get this look is to wear lots of interesting layers and think “ethnic.” Find bold prints on earthy backgrounds, wear your Rainbows or other flip flops and add big earrings with it.

It is a very feminine look and brings lots of lace and floaty tops to the scene while not feeling overly dressed up. Pair the top with skinny jeans, or even cargo pants, add big earrings (like Alyssa said last week!) and voila! You’ve got style, girl!

Be blessed girls….and beautiful!

Love,

Shari

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"Love Me: The Heart of a Lost Teenage Girl"

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By: Melissa Taylor,

Member of the Proverbs 31 Ministries Speaker Team

Psalm 119:76, “Now let your unfailing love comfort me, just as you promised me, your servant.” (NLT)

There was a teenage girl who seemed to have her life all together. She had many friends, excelled in school, was kind to others, and made her mom very proud. On the outside, this girl’s life seemed amazing. The inside revealed a much different story.

I am this girl. I know that looks can be deceiving.

When I was 7, a neighbor sexually molested me. When I was 8, I witnessed my grandfather falling out of his beloved rocking chair, the victim of a stroke. At age 10, my dad went on a business trip, and never returned. My parents were getting a divorce. My world seemed to get worse by the year. What would happen next?

Tired of my heartache and circumstances, I decided to ask Christ into my life - only to be disappointed. Why did I still feel guilty and dirty (sexual abuse), disappointed and scared (my grandfather’s stroke), unworthy and empty (my family was broken)? Was it too much to ask for someone to love me?

Jesus, if you won’t fix my life, I’ll do it myself. I proclaimed.

I was able to satisfy the people in my life through my achievements, but on the inside I was a wreck. My heart was still empty and aching. The outer me didn’t seem to satisfy the longing in my heart, so I tried other, more destructive ways.

I gave into the temptation to feel loved and accepted by another person. While on an un-chaperoned beach trip, I crawled into bed with another searching-for-love soul. We were two people looking to feel complete – but looking in the wrong places. This was a friend of mine, someone who loved and cared about me. That made it okay, right?

I had dreamed of what my first time would be like. My plans had been to save myself for marriage. I had visions of my groom carrying me into our beautiful honeymoon suite and there two would become one. Instead of a honeymoon suite, I was in a run down motel room. Instead of my groom, I was with a lost high school boy. I cried. What had I just done?

A friend picked me up the next morning and we drove home. I don’t think I spoke the whole time. Growing inside of me were the bitter seeds of guilt, shame, disgust with myself, and the familiar emptiness.

After years of continuing to try to fill the emptiness in my heart with all the wrong things, I realized the truth. Jesus was there. He had been in my heart since the day I invited Him in. He was waiting and watching over me. I had to learn the hard way that He was the only One that could fill my heart completely.

I’m much older now. I’m far from perfect, but I’ve learned that there is nothing in this world that can satisfy the desires of my heart. Believe me, if it were available for purchase, I would’ve bought it. If it came from good looks and pretty clothes, I could’ve had that too. Or if it came from a human relationship, my heart would not hurt. But none of these things can do what Jesus does.

Do not be fooled by the promises of this world; believe the promises of God’s Word. You are His precious child. He loves you. He desires a relationship with you no matter what has happened to you or what you’ve done. Trust and give Him the chance to be the One who fills your heart with love.

My Prayer for Today:

Dear Lord, I don’t even have to ask to You to love me, because You already do. Oh God, please remind me often of how much You love me and help me not to give into what the world is offering me to make me feel better. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Related Resources:

Do You Know Him?

His Princess, Love Letters from Your King, by Sheri Rose Shepherd

Want More Love?, by Kathy Wierenga Buchanan

Think About It:

Have you given into temptation, even when you knew it was wrong?

Do you know that God can and will forgive you?

What makes you feel important?

Live It:

Visit Melissa’s blog this week for additional information and to leave a comment or ask her a question.

Power Verses:

Matthew 19:26, “Jesus looked at them intently and said, ‘Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.’” (NLT)

1 Samuel 16:7b, “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (NIV)

1 John 2:16-17, “For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father but from this world. And this world is fading away along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.” (NLT)

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+ Pleasing in the Lord's Sight +

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2 Kings 18:1-3…Here’s what it says:

“Hezekiah son of Ahaz began to rule over Judah in the third year of King Hoshea’s reign in Israel…He reigned in Jerusalem twenty-nine years…He did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight, just as his ancestor David had done.” (NLT)

You might not think this is an interesting passage…it’s filled with some seemingly “boring” details. Yet, Hezekiah was a great king, so much so that the writer of 2 Kings said that of all the kings of Judah, there was no one like him either before or after him. So, what did Hezekiah do that was so special and pleasing to God? He got rid of the pagan shrines to other gods; he obeyed all of God’s commands; he trusted in the Lord; and he remained faithful to Him in everything. Wow. You know what else is awesome about Hezekiah? He honored the Lord even without a godly example from his father. His dad Ahaz was a really awful king. He didn’t please the Lord at all, and he even sacrificed his own son! (Not Hezekiah, of course.)

It’s amazing to me that Hezekiah turned out as well as he did. That just goes to show that even if your parents don’t know God or don’t set a good example for you, you can still choose to honor God with your life! And even if you do grow up with godly parents, you still have a choice to make.

Do you choose…

To worship only God?

To follow the rules He’s given you in His Word?

To take a stand for what pleases Him even when everyone else is doing what pleases themselves?

To trust in Him?

To be faithful to Him in every area of your life?

Ok, so this is a tall order…How can we possibly do all these things? Well, quite simply, we ask God for help! We can also ask others to help us – maybe your parents, a mentor, or a close friend.

Do you have someone in your life whom you can depend on to help you stay on the right track? Tell us about them!

Have a good weekend!

Peace,

~ Kristen

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* Oldies but Goodies *

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Good news! You don't need a wad of cash to make a fashion statement this fall. The fall fashion forecast says it's all in the details. The accessories have it and the trend is vintage jewelry and other great accessories.

So for the price of high tailing it to your mom's closet or maybe your grandmother's attic you can be in fashion, high fashion even. Now isn't that great?

Let's start with the jewels. Bangle bracelets of all shapes and sizes are in and one of the best places to shop is your mom or even your grandmother's jewelry box. If you can't find what you need there, head to the local thrift store to find the goods.

Unique necklaces are also hot! If yours isn't unique enough, layer several necklaces of different lengths to create an interesting look. It's even okay to combine different metals and even pearls to create a look all its own. Bigger is better, at least that's what they say when it comes to ear wear. Earrings are big and bold this season.

The same vintage trend is true when it comes to belts and footwear – the oldies but goodies still reign. So grab a belt either chunky and wide or slim and sleek and sport it atop your favorite top to create a cinched waistline.

As for the feet, classic long lasting styles are in again. Mary-janes, knee high boots, and classic stilettos are what you'll find. As for colors, choosing classic colors, as well as blacks and browns, is the way to go.

Put all these looks together to help you create a fall accessories collection that is sure to please.

Alyssa


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Alyssa’s Bio

Hey Girls,

I'm excited to be writing for the Fashion Column here at Radical Revolution! You will also notice a devotion written by me on Mondays from time to time.

I thought it would be fun to give you a little more info about me so that you girls could get to know me better. I am Alyssa Avant, and I have a ministry to girls, Beauty by Design Ministries (http://beautybydesignonline.com), where I go to churches, clubs, and other organizations and speak to tween and teen girls on the topics of beauty, modesty, and fashion. I also write for several magazines and blogs on these and other topics.

I actually have a background in fashion. In my teen years I was given the opportunity to attend modeling school, and then became a modeling instructor and later a New Faces Agent with the agency. During the time I was modeling as a teen, I spent all my earnings on what else? New clothes!

After having my first child, I put the modeling days behind me and began my ministry to girls, but of course I still love fashion. If you took a peak in my closet today you'd find my favorite pair of jeans is Old Navy's The Flirt. You’d also find a ton of shoes (I'm a bit of a shoe and purse nut) and a lot of pink (my favorite color). My favorite place to shop is New York & Company, and though they might not always be stylish, I'm a flip flop fanatic.

Some other random facts about me are: I'm addicted to Coca Cola Classic, I love to blog (I have several blogs), I am 5'10” tall, I have 3 children, and I live in the middle of a cow pasture.

I look forward to getting to know you all and sharing some fashion facts and fun with you!

Blessings,

Alyssa





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"David and Jonathan - A Radical Friendship"

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By: Katie Rath

1 Samuel 18:3 “And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself.” (NIV)

At my younger sister’s high school graduation ceremony, a young woman addressed the students and reminded them that the memories, and more importantly, the friends, they made in high school would stay with them for the rest of their lives. When she talked about starting college, this young woman again referenced the importance of having good friends standing beside you.

As a college student, those words resounded with me as I remembered the types of friends I’ve had after high school – some friends that were only friends for a season and some that have remained by my side through thick and thin through college. As I remembered those friends, however, my mind was drawn back to my older friends, the ones I’ve known and loved since I was four years old, singing in the preschool choir together. I thought about my friends from middle school and high school that I still keep in contact with, even though most of us are hundreds of miles away from each other now. Those were the friends that I’ve fought with, cried with, and shared very unique experiences with. And as I was remembering these friends, my heart was warmed with thoughts of another set of friends, David and Jonathan in the Bible.

David was the second king of Israel and was anointed when he was still a young man. He was the last son of Jesse, a shepherd. Most of us know the story of David and Goliath, but few of us know the story after. After killing Goliath, the Philistine giant, David met King Saul and Jonathan, Saul’s son. The Bible tells us that David and Jonathan instantly became friends, creating a covenant between them that bound them in their friendship. We are also told that the two had unconditional love for each other.

Before long, David ran into trouble in the royal court. Saul was growing tired of hearing his kingdom singing David’s praises for killing Goliath, so Saul decided to kill David. He told his plan to Jonathan, probably hoping that Jonathan would have an insider’s point of view on how to murder him. However, Jonathan was so bound to David in friendship and he loved him so much that he refused to kill David. Instead he told David to go hide in a field until he could talk his dad out of the plan. Jonathan was successful, and David was saved.

I’m pretty sure none of us have ever had to talk our parents out of killing one of our friends, but we’ve all been faced with the opportunity to stand up for a friend. Maybe one of the popular kids is making fun of your buddy, and you have the option to either stick up for her or make fun of her too. Maybe you’ve been at a crossroads with a friend because she did something very hurtful, and you don’t want to forgive her. You have to choose: forgive her or lose a friend. There are choices, and sometimes they’re easier to make than other times. But no one said friendships would be a piece of cake.

The phrase “radical friendship” might seem a little strange, but the truth is that we will all, at some point, need to make choices about our friendships. Do we love our friends as ourselves, like David and Jonathan? Or are we willing to break up our relationships for something else? Jonathan didn’t know what his father would do to him if he refused to help kill David, but Jonathan loved David so much that he was willing to die for him.

We have a friend that was willing to die for us. Jesus Christ laid down his life for you so that you wouldn’t have to die for your sin. What a picture of radical friendship! Jesus loved us more than himself, and he stood up for us when he was crucified. The next time you are faced with the option to stand up for your friends, remember the pictures of David and Jonathan and Jesus; each of them knew what it was to be a good friend.

My Prayer for Today:

God, I praise you for the blessing of friends. We are told that if we have a few true friends in a lifetime, we should count ourselves as lucky. But we thank You, because You gave them to us. You gave us a true model of friendship in Your Son, Jesus, and I pray that we can live by Jesus’ example and act out that love for our friends. Thank You for David and Jonathan and for their example of friendship and loving someone as yourself. You are amazing, and we love You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Related Resources:

Do You Know Him?

Little Pink Book on Girlfriends, by Cathy Bartel

Think About It:

Have I done a good job of sticking up for my friends?

Can I remember a time when someone acted like a true friend to me and how I felt?

How can I use the example of David and Jonathan to influence my friendships?

Live It:

Read the story of David in 1 Samuel 16-19, particularly chapters 18-19. Ask your friends to read it, too. (Maybe you can even read it together?!) Afterwards, talk with your friends about what being a true friend is, and how you can be better friends to each other.

Power Verses:

1 John 3:16, “This is how we've come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his life for us. This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves.” (The Message)

Luke 17:3, “Be alert. If you see your friend going wrong, correct him. If he responds, forgive him.(The Message)

Proverbs 17:17, “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” (NIV)

Ecclesiastes 4:10, “If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!” (NIV)

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Hey girls!

It is our desire for this site to be a place of encouragement, challenge, and inspiration for you in your walk with Christ. We have a great team of writers who are committed to joining you on this journey through weekly devotions and fashion articles. We want Christ to be the rock upon which you build your life and make life choices.

As a part of this team, it is also my desire to encourage you with what God is teaching me in life through His Word. Beginning today, on Fridays I’ll be writing to share these things. I pray that my thoughts will be an encouragement to you and help you know God better.

However, I don’t want Fridays to just be about what God is teaching me. I also want to hear from you about how God is encouraging you in your life!! So, please post a comment! You never know how God might use what He’s teaching you to encourage another person! ;-)

My first post continues below…

Lots of love,

Kristen Sigmon

Next Generation Coordinator

Proverbs 31 Ministries

Kristen@proverbs31.org



+ Raining, Pouring, Flooding +

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Sometimes life just seems like more than you can handle.

How true it is that when it rains, it often pours. Even things that are good can be stressful and overwhelming. When was the last time you felt stressed out and overwhelmed? This week, I have been overwhelmed with the struggles my friends and family are facing, as well as the stress and excitement of beginning a huge school project. I get stressed out when there’s a lot of stuff to do and not enough time to do it, when life and relationships don’t meet my expectations, and when God takes me out of my comfort zone. I also get stressed when I can’t see how God will make everything turn out alright and when I question His goodness, wondering whether the God I think I know is the God who really is. (Of course, He is the same God, though I can’t see it at that time.)

Basically, I get stressed out when I’m being a control freak and when I’m not trusting God or believing His promises. Is anyone with me?

Listen to the sentiments of the psalmist:

“The floods have risen up, O Lord. The floods have roared like thunder; the floods have lifted their pounding waves. But mightier than the violent raging of the seas, mightier than the breakers on the shore – the Lord above is mightier than these!” - Psalm 93:3-4 (NLT)

Oh, the floods of life. Yes, life sometimes does seem like more than we can handle…and you know why? Because IT IS!!

We’re not supposed to be in control of every single detail of our lives. We have a mighty God who is so much mightier than anything life will throw at us. We’ve got to love Him and lean on Him, because He’s our greatest ally!

“Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today…The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” – Exodus 14:13-14

Be still and let Him fight for you in the floods of life.

Let us know about how mighty God has been in the floods of your life! Leave a comment.

Have a super weekend.

Love,

Kristen

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* Radical Style *

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I have a friend named Maddie who is 13 years old. I love her style. She’s the type of girl who, when you see her, is dressed a little funky, with jeans that may have a big flower on the pocket, and a wrap top that’s layered with a few tanks of multiple colors underneath. Then she’ll add a shrug on top of that and finish it off with a scarf draped around her small neck, terrific earrings and colorful bracelets. On her feet you’ll find pink high top converse tennis shoes one day, and fashionable wedges the next. All of these items she’ll have found at the local Goodwill or maybe even a community yard sale.

A few weeks ago she came home from attending a new youth group. Naturally, she went dressed in her usual style. The following week, as her mom was taking her to the same youth group, she noticed Maddie was dressed differently. She looked like the typical girl that you see anywhere. Heather, her mom, thought it a little odd, but she didn’t say anything.

When Maddie got home that evening she told her mom that she dressed that way because she wanted to fit in. She said the week before, all the girls complimented her on her fun look yet she felt “different.” So she made a decision to go back to that youth group and dress “like the other girls.” But what Maddie told her mom next was interesting. She said that as she had tried to dress like the other girls, a few of the other girls came dressed like her! Yep, that’s right. They got a little more daring, a little more expressive and creative and tried to have more fun in their clothing choices.

Isn’t it funny how much we want to be accepted by others so we try to look like them? Society has taught us that we need to look like, act like and talk like everyone else, otherwise we’ll stand out. And be different.

Isn’t that a good thing, being different? I’m not sure what the fashion magazines would call it but I like to call it “Radical Style.” Be true to who you are without compromise. The next time you get dressed try something unique. Add an accessory you’ve always loved but haven’t worn before. Borrow a shirt from your dad or brother and tie it up at the waist and then add a broach from Grandma. Pair this with jeans and tennis shoes or ballet flats. Wear two or three colors that you normally wouldn’t wear together and then pull it together by wearing a few bead necklaces, one in each color.

Be bold, have fun, find your own style and show the world who you are by the clothes you wear!

Have a fashionable day,

Shari

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Shari’s Bio

From early childhood, Shari Braendel always had an eye for style. In the first grade, she recalls that she was the only seven year old with a matching dress and purse. With a degree in Fashion Merchandising, she adapted her experience and knowledge to the business world. 'Images by Shari' quickly became a thriving image consulting firm, serving Miami's affluent professional women. The exposure presented new opportunities; speaking nationally to companies on corporate image and dress regulations, with individual attention to senior partners.

For the past several years Shari has followed a different path. Joining with Proverbs 31 Ministries, she now speaks nationally at Christian women's retreats, conferences, and youth events. Shari learned not to let the glare of the runway lights obscure what is truly beautiful. Her focus is to remind each of us that we are beautiful, made in His image, exactly as He intended. She shares her knowledge and experience with practical style advice and tips on how to present our positive assets in a modest and feminine fashion.

She believes that your own personal style trumps the trends every time. Her advice: browse for the looks you love, but only buy the ones that love you back. And never get rid of anything you look great in! Always remember, fashion is fickle, but you can count on the fact that real beauty comes from within.




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* Fashion is Back!!! *

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Yes, we said fashion is back!!

We know you girls have missed Shari's fashion updates! So, we are glad to announce the return of the fashion column to the Radical Revolution site!! Shari and a team of others will be sharing the latest fashion scoop with you on Wednesdays...

Check in later today for Shari's newest fashion post!

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"Look Into My Heart"

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By: Autumn Sisk

Luke 11:39-40, “Then the Lord said to him, ‘Now then, you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. You foolish people! Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also?” (NIV)

Girls just love looking at themselves in the mirror. Go ahead, admit it…you know you look at yourself in the mirror a few times a day. It seems that part of being a teenage girl is being overly concerned with how you look. My obsession with my looks began in 9th grade when a certain boy called me a “whale.” Later that year, another girl in my grade told me I was fat. From that point on, I worried and fretted over my looks. I still, at times, get a little obsessive over my weight, even though I have a wonderful husband who tells me that I am beautiful every day. Those comments in the 9th grade have just always stuck with me.

We girls, as much as we hate to admit it, often worry too much about what others see on the outside when they look at us. I think it is because we often only look at what is on the outside of others ourselves. Many times, we are like the Pharisees that Jesus was speaking to in the verses above.

The Pharisees, or holy men of Jesus’ day, were always doing things to try to impress others. They had a long list of rules that they followed. These guys were always trying to “one up” other people around them by following the Jewish laws perfectly. They didn’t really care much about other people, only about how others perceived them. Does that remind you of anyone? I know when I read these verses in Luke, I felt a little guilty. The actions of the Pharisees remind me of when girls go out to lunch and then try to see who can eat the least. It also makes me think of times when I look at other girls and think that I’m prettier or skinnier. Sometimes it is like we gain pride from the competition to be prettier or skinnier than someone else.

This is not a good thing, just as Jesus told the Pharisees. Jesus wanted them and us to know that He doesn’t see us from the outside when he looks at us. He sees only our hearts when he glances at us. If our hearts are not in the right place, then it doesn’t matter how gorgeous we are on the outside. God also wants us to look at others and see them for their character, for what’s in their heart, and not for their looks or social status.

In the Bible we are told that Jesus, when here on earth as a man, “had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him” (Isaiah 53:2, NIV). God sent His only Son into the world as a poor man so that people would not choose to be his friend for the wrong reasons. Those who loved Jesus and followed Him were drawn to Him because of His loving-kindness. His example should be followed by everyone who claims to be His child. We should all look, not in the mirror, but deep into our hearts, to see on what basis we choose our friends. We should also, just as Jesus did, concern ourselves more with maintaining a beautiful heart than a beautiful face or body. I know it’s something I need to do. Will you join me?

My Prayer for Today:

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for loving me unconditionally. Please teach me to spend more time working on my relationship with You than I do worrying about my outward appearance. I also need Your help looking, not at others’ appearances, but deeper into their hearts. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Related Resources:

Authentic Beauty: The Shaping of a Set-Apart Young Woman, by Leslie Ludy

A Young Woman’s Walk with God: Growing More Like Jesus, by Elizabeth George

Think About It:

How much time each day do I spend obsessing about my weight or looks?

Do my friends encourage me to obsess over my looks?

Do I judge people based on their looks & popularity or their character?

Live It:

Pray each day asking God to make your heart more like His. Ask Him to teach you to be more concerned about your inner appearance than your outward appearance.

Talk to your friends and ask them to join you in a pact. Your pact should be that you will work to stop criticizing and judging others based on their appearance (clothes, makeup, weight, etc.), and instead, you will work together to love others.

Read over all of the Bible verses for this week. Try to memorize at least one of them and repeat it to yourself when you are tempted to stress about your appearance.

Power Verses:

1 Samuel 16:7, “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart.’” (NIV)

Luke 6:41-42, “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?...You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” (NIV)

Proverbs 11:22, “Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.” (NIV)

© 2008 by Autumn Sisk. All rights reserved.

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"To Wait or Not To Wait...The Banana Blunder"

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By: Lynn Cowell

Psalm 27:14, “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” (NIV)

Willing to do anything to give my daily ritual of a chocolate breakfast drink a shake up, I grabbed one of the new bananas next to the blender this morning. Ok, so they were a little green at the top, but the rest of the banana was golden and ripe. Immediately after breaking off the top, I knew I was heading in the wrong direction. You know that resistance you get when you start to pull back the banana peel and part of it clings to the fruit? Well, I ignored that warning, threw the hard banana into the blender and hit the liquefy button. I anticipated a great new taste as I watched the yummy chocolate and banana swirl.

Wow...were my taste buds in for a BIG disappointment. Yuck! It tasted chalky, a little bitter and pasty. Even after that initial swallow, I continued to gulp down my breakfast. I couldn’t quit now - I had already mixed it together. Of course, an hour later I totally regretted my decision. My stomach wanted to remove that banana! How I wished I had waited one more day to eat the banana. One more day would have made all the difference between gross and great!

Do you ever feel like your life has been a series of short stories on waiting? Waiting to get to high school. Waiting to get out of high school. Waiting for your driver’s license. Waiting for a car. Waiting to start dating. Waiting for a date. I don't know about you, but sometimes while in the middle of waiting, it seems like some of my deepest dreams and desires will never come to pass or I feel that God has forgotten about them.

Now, I am starting to see life in a new light. I see that sometimes I have actually made choices to wait; waiting for the Lord to do His thing in His time. This waiting has been good and has led to many blessings, like waiting to give away my virginity until I got married. Don't get me wrong; there have definitely been those times when I didn't wait. For example, I didn’t wait to buy a car that really was reliable; instead I just bought what I could afford. Hopefully, as I grow though, I will see the true benefits of waiting for the Lord and those times of getting ahead of God will be less frequent.

My Prayer for Today:

Dear Lord, Please help me to be patient when you call me to wait. Sometimes, it is so hard, Lord. Help me to trust You, knowing that every time You will do exactly what is best for me and what will glorify You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Related Resources:

A Young Woman’s Walk with God, by Elizabeth George

Think About It:

Do I struggle to wait?

Do I often feel like the Lord is late or wonder where He is when things don’t seem to be going right?

What can I do to encourage myself and wait on the Lord instead of getting ahead of Him?

Live It:

Grab your journal and write out the things you struggle with the most when it comes to waiting on the Lord.

Share your struggle with your parent or a good friend and ask them to pray for you.

Commit to the Lord that the next time the issue of waiting comes up, you will ask Him for strength to wait.

Power Verses:

Romans 8:25, "But if we hope for what we do not see, then we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.” (NKJV)

Psalm 25: 4-5, "Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long." (NIV)

Ecclesiastes 3:1, "To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven..." (NKJV)

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