CCG of the Month! Meet Iman:

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Iman Kasabian
Please tell us about yourself: I’m 16 and I’ve lived in California my whole life. I have two siblings and love reading, writing and acting.
Instagram: @marie.iman and @imankasabian
Please tell us about your faith journey?
I accepted Christ when I was in the first grade, but never really got to know Him and who He really was until I went through a rough spot. I discovered His mercy and grace and truly came to Him as a freshman in high school. I’m a junior now.
Favorite Bible verse(s) and why that verse speaks to you?
Proverbs 31: 25-31
She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

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I love it because that’s the woman I want to be!
What do you think the hardest part about wanting to become a Proverbs 31 woman in today’s society?
I think society often tells us to be the opposite, especially with giving instructions with kindness because there’s always a lot of pride involved.
What’s the advice you’d give to others who wish to pursue becoming a Proverbs 31 woman?
Don’t listen to what the world tells you! It’s twisted and contradictory and confusing, so you have to rely on the truth.
What is it that you think defines a Christ Centered Girl and what makes you a Christ Centered Girl?
Well I definitely consider Christ the center of my life! Kylie (Christ Centered Girls founder) was just always a big help and encouraged me when I was going through a lot of things. She was one of the few people who reached out and prayed for me.

A major “thank you” to Iman for being our Christ Centered Girl of the month! It was a pleasure interviewing you! You are a lovely young Christian woman and may you be blessed in all that you do! ☺

 

5 Ways to Spend Time in God’s Word This Summer

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BY: Isabella Morganthal

It was June 3, 2011.

Summer was just beginning and the sun was shining warm and bright. But I remember my focus that day was not on summer or the sunshine. My focus was wrapped around the neatly packaged box I had just received from UPS. My very first National Bible Bee box.

You see, for the summer of 2011 I had signed up to participate in a competition for young people, that was focused on Scripture memorization and studying the Word of God. June 3, 2011 began my first journey with the Bible Bee. Yet what I soon realized was that this competition was not really about a competition at all. It wasn’t even really about the Bible Bee, or the prizes, or making it to the national level.

I continued to compete in the Bible Bee every summer until I aged out in the fall of 2015. I walked away from the competition having never even made it to the top 5 final round or winning any cash prizes. But honestly, none of that mattered to me. The one thing that mattered to me was what the Bible Bee is all about: the Word of God.

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You see, I already had my prize. The priceless and matchless Word of God in my heart was a prize greater than any earthly treasure. And when I walked away from the Bible Bee, I had a deeper love for and understanding of God’s Word.

You may never have heard of the Bible Bee, so you may be wondering how it’s possible for you to love God’s Word just as much and make time for Him over the summer. I know summer always seems to fly by and be so much busier than we hoped. But if you want to radically change your spiritual life this summer, here are my top 5 tips for falling deeper in love with God’s Word…

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  1. Choose a specific quiet time that you will have every day. Set this time so that it is the same time every day, getting you into the habit of it. I prefer to have my Bible reading in the morning, shortly after I wake up. Doing it this way prepares me for the day ahead and immerses me in God’s presence right away. Maybe the afternoon works best for you though, when you’re more alert. Or maybe you would rather have this time right before bed. Whatever works best for you, choose that time and purpose to stick to it! Don’t give up!

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  1. Complete a Bible study. It’s great to read a chapter or two in your Bible, but if you want to grow and develop a deeper relationship with Christ, study is what you need to do! When you study the truths in the Bible and God’s words to you, they will come alive and allow you to understand Him better. You can do this on your own, using a notebook to journal what you’re studying. Choose a theme, such as patience, that you want to study and use Bible study tools (Strong’s concordance, Bible maps/charts, Greek/Hebrew word studies) to learn more. A great online website for study tools is: www.blueletterbible.org. If you’re just starting out however, and you’re a little unsure how to do all this studying on your own, consider purchasing a Bible study or commentary from a popular author! There is an abundance of them out there that are so good. Some of my favorite Bible studies however, come from Lysa Terkeurst.
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  3.   Have an accountability partner. Let’s be honest. Sometimes when we make goals/plans we tend to do it alone and then we totally fall behind. When we don’t have accountability it can be easier for us to ignore our plans and just let them slide. This goes for our Bible reading too! So this summer, get an accountability partner. Encourage, pray for each other, and share what God is teaching you. Meet every now and then just to catch up and spend time in person. Maybe you can even go through a Bible study together!

 

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  2. Memorize Scripture. I’ve been memorizing Scripture basically since I could talk. Memorizing Scripture is super important to me, and here is why it should be important for you too: “How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your Word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You! Blessed are You, O Lord! Teach me Your statutes! With my lips I have declared all the judgements of Your mouth. I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, as much as in all riches. I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways. I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word.” (Psalm 119:9-16 NKJV) This verse is all about hiding God’s Word in our hearts! Make your goal this summer as you read the Bible to also take time to fill your heart with the words too.

5. Check out the National Bible Bee! Yes, this was coming. 🙂 If you are between the ages of 7-18 and you want to grow in Jesus over the summer and you want to make reading/studying your Bible a priority, sign up for the Bible Bee! The summer study registration usually opens sometime in April each year. You won’t regret checking it out and participating in 2018. Visit their website here: http://www.biblebee.org.

Have fun growing in Jesus this summer, friends!

Make it Count

Written by: Isabella Morganthal

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I think just about all of us have heard, read, or maybe even memorized the verse from 1 Timothy 4:12 which says: “Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” (NKJV)

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So often we look at this verse and think it means we aren’t to let others judge us by our youth. We aren’t supposed to let others think of us as “only” teenagers or not to let others assume we can’t serve God properly because we’re young.

If you view the verse this way, you would be right. This verse is encouraging us to not let people look down on our youth but show them an example of Jesus.

However, we sometimes look past the other side to this passage too.We sometimes miss the bigger thing God is saying here. Because I think he’s telling you not to despise your youth.

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You see, it’s so easy to look down on ourselves for being young. We might look at other young people who are doing big things for Jesus and being an example to others, and think, “Wow, that’s great they’re using their youth for Jesus. They’re really inspiring.” But then we turn around and look at ourselves while thinking, “I’m only a teenager. I couldn’t possibly do anything big in this world for Jesus. I’ll just have to wait until I’m older.”

For ourselves, we become apathetic with our youth and allow it to keep us in this comfortable place of not doing anything because “we’re too young anyways.” We use what the world says, “You’re only a teenager,” as backup for our own thought processes about our youth.

Then sometimes we even begin to hate being young. We wish our youth away with thoughts like, “I can’t wait until I’m an adult and I can do more things.” Or, “I wish I was older so I could do something big with my life.” But, friends, can’t you see? These thoughts are lies! And do you want the truth?

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A certain age number isn’t going to change anything for you. Growing up won’t make things much different. You will still be you.

But the sad part?

You will have missed out on the amazing years of your youth that God gave you because you wasted them away, waiting to be older. Age is merely a number.

So this is my challenge for you.

Don’t you despise your youth. After all, none of us know how long we actually have on this earth. We could die tomorrow. If I died tomorrow, would I be happy knowing that I used the twenty years I was alive to make my life count for Jesus and His glory? Would you?

Make today count. Don’t view your age as a hindrance or disadvantage.

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Instead, use it to allow God to do something great through you. Look at the young people in Scripture who were probably early teenagers and how God used them! People like Jeremiah, a prophet of God. David, a man after God’s own heart who defeated Goliath. Esther, who God used to save an entire people by doing the right thing. Mary, the mother of Jesus.

I’m sure each of those young people felt inadequate at times. I bet each of them wondered why God chose them, especially because they were young. But I think God chose them because they were young for a reason.

He’s chosen you too.

God has hand-picked you for a specific task right this very moment.

He isn’t waiting to choose you until you’re older or until you’re an adult. He’s already chosen you. Right now. You’re chosen.

    Now go out and make your youth count for Him.

3 Easy Healthy Recipes for a Great Easter Party!

Easter is right around the corner and with these delish treats will prepare you to have the yummiest Easter Party out there! For me I always loved coming home after the church service on Easter and making lots of food for my friends and family to have! If that is already a tradition in your house then why not add some of these tasty foods to your menu, and even if it’s not a yearly thing in your house…why not make it one!? So let’s get cooking!

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Easter Egg strawberry’s

Ingredients

  • 1 pint of fresh strawberries, washed and patted dry
  • 1 lb. of white melting chocolate
  • food coloring

Instructions

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  1. Cover baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place melting chocolate in microwave for 1 minute. Stir and place back in microwave for 30 seconds at a time until chocolate is smooth.
  3. Separate melted chocolate into 4 bowls. Add food coloring to each bowl in the colors you would like. (I did pastel yellow, pastel green, pastel blue, and pastel pink)
  4. Dunk the strawberries in the desired chocolate color and place on lined baking sheet to hardened.
  5. Place in refrigerator for 1-2 hours and serve!

http://www.joyfulhealthyeats.com/easter-egg-chocolate-covered-strawberries-recipe/#_a5y_p=3578498

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Oatmeal Peanut Butter Easter Eggs Recipe:
2 ½ cups rolled oats
3 tbsps. pb2 (or any powdered peanut butter)
¼ cup maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla
5 tbsps. almond milk
1 tbsp. peanut butter
¼ cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
Sprinkles for decoration
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Recipe Directions: In a medium bowl mix dry ingredients and set aside. In a large bowl add maple syrup, vanilla, milk and peanut butter. Stir until mixture has been combined, add the dry ingredient to the large bowl and mix with hands.  Once combined add chocolate chips and sprinkles. Place in plastic eggs and let set in the fridge for 1 hour. Once done, gently open them from the plastic eggs and decorate with sprinkles.

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  • Hard boil eggs and peel
  • Here’s a “Make Life Special” Extra:  If you would like to have the chicks differentcolors, dip the peeled eggs into a mixture of 1/2 cup water and some  food coloring.  Immerse the eggs, one at a time, into the dye mixture for a few seconds or until the desired color is reached. Dry each colored egg on a paper towel.
  • If you want the chicks to stand alone on a plate, cut a thin straight slice from the wider bottom end of each egg so the egg will stand straight.  You don’t have to do this step if you want to nestle the chicks on a plate with “grass” made from shredded lettuce or spinach as shown in the photo.
  • With a sharp knife, cut the top third off each egg and remove the yolk.  Mash the yolks in a bowl and make your favorite deviled egg recipe.
  • Refill the larger bottom portion of each egg ( using a small spoon or a small zip lock bag with a corner snipped off).  Mound the the  top of  the filling and cap with the top egg portions.
  • Add a tiny triangle of carrot to each egg for the beak.  Use bits of black olives or capers for the eyes.
  • You can also insert a sprig of fresh dill into the top cap for a tuft of feathers, if desired.
  • Chill at least 30 minutes before serving.  

These are absolutely adorable deviled eggs….Remember, “Let’s make life special by sharing great food with our family and friends….Enjoy!”

http://makelifespecial.com/deviled-easter-egg-chicks/

We Need To Talk

There is something that has been on my mind lately. I think it’s time to stop leaving you in the dark about this. I’ve been having this ongoing struggle, I guess you could call it more of an unhealthy obsession. I’m not one to usually open up about things, especially something like this. But now after all these years I am coming forward and I am going to be completely honest with you guys…

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I stumbled upon it on the internet a few years ago and I was hooked. I’ve never seen anything like this in my life. I was fascinated and intrigued. I love jerboas. A jerboa is a rodent with long kangaroo like legs. They get around by jumping and can jump several feet both vertically and horizontally. Jerboas are fascinating creatures! I am so happy I got to finally share my love of jerboas with you. To learn more check out: http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2014/02/11/jerboa-animals-youtube-science-rodents-desert/

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Sneak Peak Article: Why Living for Jesus Is the Ultimate Adventure

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By: Kylie Jacobs

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Freedom. That’s a word I think of quite often. It’s also one of the only things I have ever wanted in life. You see, growing up, I didn’t have a normal life like all of my friends. I was constantly being shut out from the world. Having a special needs sister was always hard, because she would become neutropenic and that meant saying goodbye to the outside world, for ALL OF US.

I have never been out of state before or traveled anywhere, really. Vacation for me means going to my grandparents’ house only a few hours away, and oh, how I long to go somewhere new and exciting. Every time I go on Pinterest, my feed fills with photographs of beaches, exotic foods, and amazing sites! I long to go to these places and see the wonders God has created. Yet every time I go on Pinterest my heart aches, because I know that I can’t go on those adventures and I probably never will be able to.

Never will be able to.

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That’s when I made the decision a long time ago to always make life an adventure, no matter where I am or what I am doing. My imagination has always been able to go to great lengths, so why not use it? Since then, every day I have chosen to make ordinary circumstances the ride of a lifetime, whether that’s cleaning my house, going for a nice walk, or even trying a new recipe. I have always tried my hardest to make the best out of it, yet this has never been enough for me. I still long to travel.

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This desire quickly became an obsession filled with anger and jealousy. Watching my friends go to places that I could only see in my dreams – they had no idea how blessed they were. It was simply an annual thing for them. These feelings I was having soon drove me to do reckless, crazy things – standing on top of ledges with a hundred-foot drop to the bottom and jumping to the next, chaining myself to the bottom of a pool only to make it out by seconds – crazy stupid things like these. I wanted adventure! I wanted the thrill! If I couldn’t have it, then I would make it for myself.

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As I hope you can tell by reading this, it was a very unhealthy and dangerous obsession. That’s why God had to tell me to wake up! You see, when I became a Christian, I accepted a challenge. I didn’t know it at the time, but I basically said that I am ready for war. Following a man who is hated by everyone just for being Himself is the greatest adventure of all. If I wanted reckless, I should have stopped looking for it. It was right beside me the whole time. We live in a world today that wants to kill the name of Jesus. LITERALLY. By choosing to follow Him, I chose an adventure. I chose to be prosecuted, I chose joy, I chose miracles, I chose to be different. Having Jesus as a part of my life has been the greatest adventure I could ever dream of. Yes it can be hard, but it’s worth it. So what makes Jesus the ultimate adventure?

  1. Sacrifice

I have lost loved ones for this man, I have sacrificed my safety, my reputation, everything. In my opinion, the greatest adventures start with either losing or sacrificing something so you can have it. Not only did this man sacrifice Himself for you, but in order to be a true follower…you have to sacrifice yourself for Him.

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2. Danger

I can’t live without a little danger in my life (oh, my poor future husband…). That’s what makes the adventure fun! That’s what keeps you pressing on! It doesn’t matter where you live, you are always in danger when you choose to follow Christ – look at Rachel Joy Scott, for instance. Anything can happen. But you are doing the RIGHT thing, and that’s all that matters.

3. The Joy

The joy that comes with Christ…there is nothing like it. No other adventure can make you feel the happiness that Jesus does. That is what makes you want to have MORE adventures. It’s like a secret potion.

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4. Fulfillment

Last but not least…the fulfillment you get from running in Jesus’s squad. I have never felt more accomplished in my life than when I do something that I know pleases Him. There is no other greater accomplishment! Don’t have wasted, useless adventures – they give you nothing in return.

From now on, every adventure I go on will start with Jesus, and I will never regret my life with Him. So, is your life an adventure?

This was a sneak peak article into our newest issue coming out in a few weeks! We cant wait for you guys to read it! Stay tuned!

Exciting News! Share your Brand with CCG!

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And a social media shout out for $5.00

What this looks like:

A social media shout out means we will say a little bit about your brand, and where you can find it! We will post this on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

A full page ad is your design our ours on one full page of our magazine! Its big its beautiful and very noticeable!

The only thing we ask of you is that you let us review your product before deciding to work with you. We love our followers and want to make sure they are getting a good deal if they decide to buy from you, which we are sure they will be!

If you are interested in this offer feel free to email us at christcenteredteengirls@gmail.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible! We cant wait to start working with some of you!

 

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Guest Post from Bethany of “Every Girls Adventure!”

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Hello!

Kylie recently asked me to do a guest post for Christ Centered Girls and at first, I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to write about. Until just now, I wasn’t sure exactly what I was going to write about. But I believe now I have found the words and I really hope that whoever you are,  you can find some encouragement through this short article. Thanks for coming on this journey with me!

 

First, let’s start with a little introduction and backstory. I’ll try not to give you my whole life in detail, but I can’t make any promises 😉
I am the second child out of seven and I am 19 years old. My Mom home schooled me and my siblings our whole lives and I moved around a lot as a kid because my Dad was in the military. I was born in Utah, but I’ve lived in Massachusetts, Ohio, Alaska, Idaho, and currently Indiana. So I’m kind of from all over but I consider my “home” Idaho because I’ve lived there for the majority of my life and I have nearly all my friends there, including my boyfriend.

I have been a writer since I learned how to write and I have made up tons of stories and tried to get them down on paper. In addition to that I also write a quarterly magazine called Every Girl’s Adventure, and I run two blogs: a personal one called Girl on Fire (Hunger Games reference), and one for my magazine of the same name. I also do some magazine work here for Kylie, as well as writing for The King’s Princess and Crown of Beauty. So, I keep pretty busy with writing. I am also going to college at Boise State University for a BA in Communications for Journalism. This fall will be my freshman year though…

In the free time that I can find, I love to read any book I can get my hands on and I also love to play the piano and have been playing for five years now.

That’s pretty much a short little summary about me. There’s a lot of potential topics that I could talk about, but I’ve decided to just talk about what’s been going on in my life recently because it’s such a roller coaster. So get ready, this could be long 😉

I’ll cut straight to the chase. My parents got divorced the last few months of 2016. And it’s kind of strange to me because I always looked at divorce as something that happened to “other” families, but not something that could ever happen to mine. I thought that my parents were rooted in God so much that nothing like that would ever happen; I thought that He would hold us together and fix whatever problems my parents had. But He didn’t. This brought a whole bunch of changes in my life and the lives of my family. We (my siblings and I) had to move with our mom from our home in Idaho out here to Indiana. I had to leave behind all my friends and everything I cared about. And I knew that when we got here that my family was going to fall apart.

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Those first few days when mom told me about the divorce and what was going to happen, I couldn’t stop crying. I wouldn’t have many left. Everything that I thought was a concrete thing in my life had just turned out to be just another future that wouldn’t happen. Every good plan that Mom and Dad had for us was suddenly gone. And I never knew that a person could miss something that had never happened. But you can. My life was so uncertain, and that scared me. I like being in control; I like being able to solve the problems and fix everything. But here was something that was impossible for me to fix.

Now, I want you to understand something: this is actually my first time ever writing about this. I am a little nervous, to be honest. I haven’t really discussed this with anyone outside my best friend and my boyfriend, so to be writing this down for a lot of people who I don’t know to read is a little scary. But I have been learning about courage this year, so why not write something that scares me ☺

I’m also not writing this for you to feel bad for me or to wallow in my own self-pity. This has a point, I promise ☺

I find it so interesting how it’s the times when we feel at our lowest, when we can’t imagine how things could ever go back to the way they were, that our eyes are opened to see how truly faithful the God we serve is. God is amazing! There has never been a time in my life when I have felt so broken, when I feel the loss of people I love so much that it actually hurts, when my future is uncertain and I’m not sure where to go. But there has also never been a time when I have seen Christ so clearly and have felt Him any stronger than I feel Him with me now.

I felt like everything was falling apart, but I can see now that the whole time He had a hold of me.

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I never believed I was smart enough for college. But I passed the ACT test with a fairly high score and I got accepted to Boise State. I want to move back to Mountain Home (where I’m from) but I was so discouraged about the money. The day after I prayed and asked God to provide me a job, I got called for an interview and hired the next day. The day I gave up on looking for a relationship, He brought the best man I have ever met into my life who loves God more than anything. And none of that could’ve ever happened if it weren’t for God. There’s no way all of those pieces could have fallen into place on their own because of anything I did.  God has shown me time and time again within these past few months that He always has the best plan for me. That what I want might not always happen, but He always has something better.

I’m not through this trial yet. My family is still really struggling and I haven’t had any contact with my Dad since December 23rd. I don’t have my future steps planned out, nor do I have everything under control. But I have learned that when everything seems to be falling apart, I am not. When my family is breaking, I am not broken. When I’m not strong enough to handle all the stress and emotions, God is strong enough. And when I can’t see what the future has for me, God already has it planned out. And I have to trust Him. He has never given up on me or failed me yet, why would He now?

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The entirety of this little article can be summed up in this: when you are going through too much to handle, when you feel like you are broken beyond repair, when you stare at the things that could have been as they slip through your fingers, and when you are bowing under the weight of fear, don’t let it win. You have no idea how strong you can really be or how great your faith is until you’re really tested. Pick yourself up, dare to look fear in the eyes, fix your crown, and remember Whose you are. If He sees every sparrow that falls, you can bet everything you have that He sees you. And I promise you, He will never desert you.

Find your faith, seize your courage, and call on your Father. It isn’t always easy, but it is always worth the journey.

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You can find Bethany’s blog/magazine over at: https://everygirlsadventure.wordpress.com/

Interview with Emma from Regal Hearts!

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Hello Emma! Thank you for joining us today here at Christ Centered Girls Magazine! Can we ask you a few Questions?

Emma: Of course! I’m excited to be here. I’m kind of new with this whole interview thing, but go for it!
 
Alright then! Let’s get started!
 
1.       How would you explain your relationship with Aroura?

Emma: Aurora Jasper is a one-of-a-kind chick. For those of you who don’t know (and I’m sure you would, unless you’ve been living under a rock somewhere!) Aurora lives a very public life in the spotlight. Just the nature of her job, being a talented teen recording artist, has set her up to be a crazy successful starlet. People dub her as one of “Hollywood’s biggest popstars”, but to me, Aurora is just…Aurora. The funny thing about our friendship, is that she and I couldn’t be more polar opposite. She likes sparkly high-heels and I like Converse. She prefers to spend the evening out at a fun karaoke party, and I’d rather lock myself in my bedroom and devour an amazing novel. She craves sushi and caviar, and I just want a good ole’ hamburger and fries. When I actually stop to think about it, we’re so different from one another, it’s seems un-likely that our friendship would work. But it does.

I feel a little bit awkward talking about my friendship with her in a public interview like this, just because, for the most part, we try to keep things under the radar. Aurora’s life is so public and fabricated stories are printed about her in magazines every day. But as far as my role in her life, I think with all the stress and pressure that comes from her job, our friendship helps her maintain a sense of normalcy. Because, trust me people, they don’t get any more normal (and dare I say, boring) than me! I think I help Aurora slow down a little bit, and remember the simple things in life.  Because we’re too completely different human beings, we clash heads a lot, but we’re besties, so we always work everything out.

2.       What is it about books you find so fascinating? How does this effect your everyday life with your friends and family?

Emma: Oh my stars. You just asked me the question of all questions. BOOKS. Oh books, how I adore you! Seriously though, where do I even begin? I could talk all day about my un-healthy obsession with written words. Unlike Aurora, I’m not much of a social butterfly. I mean, I crave adventure and human interaction just as much as the next person (well, depending on the day), but I am perfectly content to spend hours on my own, completely lost in a fictional world. The best books, if they’re written well, have the power to transport you to another place and time, giving you the opportunity to step inside the heart and soul of another person, and experience life through their perspective. Yeah, I know I must sound like a total geek right now, but it is what it is, and I am unashamed of my book addiction.  
I can’t say that my ERD (Endless Reading Disorder) has affected my relationships with anyone because I can totally read and listen to the conversations going on around me at the same time. Maybe that’s like, my secret superpower or something.    

3.       How can you express Hollywood in your own words? What issues have you seen that you wish others knew about?

Emma: Hollywood? In my own words? To be completely real, it’s like a pile of horse manure. I know, I know, probably not the answer you wanted to hear. But my Mom’s career (she’s a Talent Scout and Artist Management), as well as my close friendship with Aurora, has given me the front row seat of a show that nobody would ever want to see. Like candy-coated apples of poison loaded with worms, Hollywood is a deceptive mirage that people chase after, only to find themselves heartbroken and empty. Concepts like purity, self-control, self-respect, and serving others, are, from what I’ve seen, almost non-existent. Hollywood is a freaky place, but I guess it’s not any worse than High School. High School, except on a much larger scale, with glass walls and ceilings, and the whole world is watching your every move.    


4.       In the episodes you appear in, how would you describe yourself, and your feelings? Can you get personal with us?

Emma: I’ll admit, my journey in Regal Hearts is a bit of an emotional roller-coaster. I like to think that my personality is much more steady and stable (well, I know it is compared to my high-strung Mother) and I try to be an anchor as much as possible. But the wacky series of events which unfolds, crashes a tidal wave of questions and instability into even the most secure of personalities. There are a lot of secrets and unknown information from the past that is uncovered, causing a bit of a storm on the home front. It’s not easy stuff, but I can see that my relationship with God has really grown and gotten stronger through it all. What I’m learning through all of this, is that Jesus is the anchor: not me. When insane situations and out of control scenarios fly at you, it’s super important to let go and believe that God has a greater purpose in it.   


5.       Last but not least! What is the one thing you want the readers to know about you? And can they expect some exciting things to happen later on in the story?

Emma: Hmm…I think that, if your readers take anything away from this interview, I want them to know that there’s nothing heroic or super-special about me. I’m so normal, and bland, it’s almost pathetic. But I don’t know, maybe that’s what makes me, Emma. You see, I live in a world where everyone around me is flooded with attention, shining beneath the spotlight, showing off their epic talents and magnetic personalities. But that’s not me.  I’m more of a chameleon, blending into the background and observing, attempting to process all the crazy stuff that’s happening. But even though I’m quiet and unexceptional, God still has a role for me in this story. Which I think, is kind of amazing. Maybe girls reading this will be encouraged to know that whether their personalities are super sparkly, or super basic, God has a plan for them too.  

And to answer your last question, OH MY FLAMINGOS, YES. Exciting is like, an understatement.
You know how, in your free time, you just wistfully stare out the window and daydream about all kinds of bizarre scenario’s which never happen to anybody, but would make such an epic movie if they did? Well, those are the kinds of things that have been unfolding around here. And trust me, this is a story you don’t want to miss.  I wish I could tell you more about what’s happening in our world, but due to Aurora’s public profile, we really need to keep things on the DL.  

Thank you so much Emma for joining us this evening! We can wait to see what twists and turns Regal Hearts will offer! Stay tuned for Livy’s new upcoming series! You can find more at www.crownofbeautymagazine.com