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/

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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

To the Christian Who is Always Strong, It’s Time to Admit You are Weak.

People send me letters and messages from all over the world, saying how strong I am and how I have inspired them to be strong too. Although I am flattered by their words, I don’t see it that way. If you only knew that every leap of faith I take has the gift of fear waiting at my door, or that the fight you see me never lose is running off of fumes, you would see that I am really…weak.

When you are a Christian and the world is really a war in disguise, I think we sometimes put this unbearable weight upon our shoulders thinking we have to keep lifting it in order to keep going. Like this boulder is the source of our energy, or the fuel that drives us. That boulder represents all the heart ache, and suffering we go through. As time goes on this weight seems to become heavier and heavier and soon, it will crush you.

My friend there is hope though do not worry! I have found the secret! Here it is….

DON’T CARRY THE BOULDER!!

Now before you leave and think to yourself This girl is utterly stupid;  let me explain. Life can really hard, God never promised it would be easy, so instead of putting all this garbage on yourself, give it to Jesus. I mean the man carried a cross for God’s sake! Jesus was crucified on a cross for you, so he could take away all your pain. Don’t let that be for nothing! Giving all your worries and cares to him is not easy though, trust me I would know. For someone who is used to doing everything on her own trusting that Jesus will take care of me is a struggle. But if you don’t trust him, you will slowly die, maybe not physically (although in some cases yes), but mentally you sure will.

1 Peter 5:7 “Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”

So how can you give all your heavy, dirty, weight to Jesus? Why not try these tips:

  1. Find Scripture to encourage you, such as these verses here:

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Matthew 11: 28 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Psalm 55:22 “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.”

John 16:33 “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

  1. Spend time with Jesus

 I don’t know about you, but I can’t trust someone I do not know. What I have learned in the past is that getting to know Jesus makes me trust him a whole lot more; so read your bible, preferably the new testament, strengthen your prayer life, and serve.

  1. Recognize the things that you struggle with

Give those things to Jesus right when you see them. Take a deep breath, and ask Jesus to take all the pain from you, and let go….make sure to never latch back onto it.

  1. Find someone to encourage you

Encouragement is powerful, find someone who knows what you are going through, maybe someone that has gone through it in the past and overcome it. Ask them to pray over you and encourage you in this situation. You would be surprised how much it helps.

  1. Worship your King

Lastly, find how you worship. It could be through music, reading your Bible, prayer, whatever! Make that a priority in your life. For me its music,  when I am sitting there worshipping God the enemy has no power over me, Jesus has his arms wrapped tightly around me protecting me from everything this world tries to throw at me. I like to think of it as a spiritual force field.

It’s time for you to admit you are weak and need Jesus. Don’t let pride overtake your judgement, He is waiting to take away all your garbage. No fee required. So LET HIM. I hope this article has helped you in some way. You are not alone my friend! I understand what it is like to carry such burdens!

John 16:33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

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Interview with Livy Jarmusch from Crown of Beauty Magazine!

Livy has a great site over at  http://www.crownofbeautymagazine.com/and has been a good friend of ours for sometime! So we asked her to share a bit about herself for you guys! Check out what she had to say!

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  1. Many times when people grow up in the Christian faith, there isn’t really a defining “salvation” moment. At least not in the usual sense. When would you say that you began to fully understand what being a follower of Christ meant and when would you say you started consciously living for Christ?

 

Wow, that’s a really great question! I think it’s amazing because in our walk with God, there are so many levels. Just when we think we finally understand what it truly means to be a follower of Christ, He takes us even deeper and reveals so much more than we could’ve dreamed! I started seeking God when I was in preschool. I know it might sound silly to some, but I remember peering over my picture Bible and not yet being able to read, but still being amazed by the images I saw and wondering who this amazing Jesus was. All through elementary and middle school I really made a conscience effort to pursue God, and having a daily quiet time was really important to me. Even though I was a Christian as a child, it wasn’t until High School when I started facing some really challenging stuff, and learned on a whole new level what it truly meant for Jesus to be my everything. I think that’s what is so amazing about God: He reveals Himself to us in the most simple yet profound ways as young children, and then He reveals Himself again in High School with deeper concepts through mind-blowing faithfulness, and then again in adulthood, and then again through the adventure of marriage, and then again through becoming parents…and on and on it goes! The deepening of our walk with Him just never ends!

2.You write songs, articles, and books. When did you realize this passion for writing and when you were younger, did you ever imagine that you would have accomplished all the things you’ve done?

I knew that in Kindergarten I wanted to be a writer. I loved stories and books and storytelling, and writing was always a creative outlet for me. Even though I hated the technical side of things (spelling and grammar, blech!) the dream to write followed me all the way into adulthood. To be completely honest with you, the answer is yes. I don’t want to sound at all prideful, and I mean this with all humility when I say that I’ve always had really high expectations for myself. Because of my identity in Christ, I never expected to live an “average” life. There’s an intense passion to change the world that burns through me like a fire, and I don’t really know how to hold back or contain it! Song-writing, article writing, and book writing, are all outlets that God has led me to. I love that I can express my passion and love for Him through fun, creative, unique ways!

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  1. You started Crown of Beauty four years ago, correct? To date, what has been the worst things about publishing Crown of Beauty? The best? And if you could start all over again from the beginning, what would you do differently?

 

Yes! Hmm…the worst thing, I would say, is my attitude when I first started. Like I said, I had really high expectations for myself, and when I launched out of the starting gate with the dream to release this magazine, I thought it would become an overnight sensation and everyone would love it, and it would be in print in no-time! Because I’m such a huge dreamer, I tend to place God on a time-table and think that everything should be done super quickly! But God had different plans for this magazine! I remember not being able to sleep the first week that I launched the magazine, because I was so excited and expected my life to somehow change instantly. To my dismay, things were not growing as fast as I wanted them to. I think I gave myself a lot of extra heartbreak and discouragement because of my wrong attitude. Instead of celebrating each new follower, and each life changed, and each little victory, I was focused on a bigger picture that would take years to reach. The truth was, God was doing AMAZING things, and when I look back, there were so many little (and big!) miracles that took place those first few months, and I wish that I would’ve been able to rejoice and celebrate that!

The best thing that has come out of this process, I have to say, is all of the amazing friendships I’ve formed. Sure, the interviews are fun, and the excitement of launching a new issue is always fulfilling, but I’ve met some of the most amazing, God-fearing, Jesus-loving-girls through Crown of Beauty! It’s such a blessing to join with my sisters in Christ from all over the world and encourage each other in the Lord!

If I could go back and give myself advice, I would say, “An inheritance that is gained quickly in the beginning is not blessed in the end.” Proverbs 20:21. Embrace the process! You are building, and planting, and God is doing a great work through each little baby-step. Relax and enjoy the moment, praise Him for each moment of favor and victory, and enjoy the journey!”

  1. Who (besides your parents and God) would you say has influenced you the most and keeps inspiring and encouraging you?

I’ve been blessed to have many cheerleaders and prayer warriors in my life, but I have to say that my dear friend Kenya never fails to be a massive encouragement on my hardest days. She has a heart of gold, and as we walk down similar paths in life, she always has much wisdom to share. (Check out her ministry http://www.becomingesther.org!)It would take me far too long to list all the amazing women who encourage me and speak into my life, but they knew who they are! ❤

As far as larger influences, such as ministry leaders, musicians, or authors, I was highly influenced by Barlow Girl and Superchick when I was young! Their albums pretty much shaped the way I thought about life when I was thirteen! Haha.
Lisa Bevere has always been an amazing example of a Godly woman walking in her royal identity in Christ, and her books have taught me so much. Katie Davis and Heidi Baker are also examples that have greatly influenced me. Their stories of humility and willingness to lay down everything to serve the Lord are just so challenging and inspire me to go deeper in my walk with Christ!  

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  1. Do you have a favorite miracle that Jesus did? And why?

Oooo, awesome question! It’s honestly really hard to choose a favorite! But when He raised Lazarus from the dead, that is a definite favorite. I think the reason I love that particular story so much, is because Jesus was already close friends with Lazarus and his family, and even though He had a plan of miraculous turn-around, He still wept. It just gives us such a beautiful glimpse into the compassion of His heart, that when Mary and Martha were crying, He was crying too. That’s how much He loves us. Even though He knows that it’s all good, and He has a plan, and it’s not the end; He still allows Himself to be moved by our pain and feel what we feel, and cry with us. And that is just beyond amazing to me.

6. What is the best advice you have ever been given? And what advice would you want to leave with our readers?

Hmm…the best advice. I don’t know if anyone has strait up told me this, or if this is just what I’ve seen in the examples of those that I admire around me. But the bottom line, best advice ever, is this: seek Jesus with all your heart! Because knowing Him is everything! Knowing His heart transforms us, and shifts our perspective, changing everything about who we are and what we desire and how we process life. Jesus is the answer to every problem, so it only makes sense that this would be the advice! Haha. But no, this is what I would encourage the girls reading this in: seek God. Like seriously, seek Him. Run after Him with every part of your heart, soul, mind and strength. Spend time with Him everyday, and don’t skip the practical side of maintaining that relationship: reading His Word, praying, worshiping. Keep on keeping on, even when you feel totally dry and uninspired. God is always there, and when we seek Him, even when we don’t feel like it, there is a great reward. His Word is alive and active, so don’t buy the lie that reading His Word is ever a waste of time! Being in His presence is the best possible thing you could ever do for yourself, as well as for the people around you! You can’t love them without first being filled up by Him, so don’t neglect your time with Him!

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7. If you had a time machine and could travel to any event, what event would you travel to and why? The rules are that you can’t go to any event in Jesus’s lifetime (because those are obvious 🙂 and you can’t change any of the historical events.
I think I would want to go to 1774 and just walk around Boston, and hear everyone’s opinions about the underground rumblings of the American Revolution. I’d want to be a reporter and get everyone’s perspective on the British, and hear their ideas about freedom, and then go to a ball. Haha!

Thank you Livy for joining us on Christ Centered Girls today! We loved all the great Godly advice you gave and encouraging things you had to say! You can find more Great advice and fun things over at http://www.crownofbeautymagazine.com/

Review on Hollyn’s new Album 2017

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At only 20 years old Hollyn has made quite the name for herself in Christian

pop music! Her first EP record released in October 2015 titled Hollyn. She was

featured on two of TobyMac’s songs on his latest record This is Not a Test. Her

debut album One Way Conversations released on February 10, 2017. Her clear,

powerful vocals are totally showcased on this high energy, pop record that is so

much fun to listen to! If you’re in the mood for a dance party, this is the record for

you! My personal favorite from the record is actually the first single Hollyn had

released from this record, Love with Your Life. Filled with fun, upbeat rhythms

and powerful lyrics, this song is an encouragement to love unconditionally no

matter what. All My Love is another favorite of mine because of the great sound

and the way it totally showcases Hollyn’s amazing voice for such a young age! In

Awe brings things down a notch with a beautiful, simple melody, proclaiming the

holiness of God, how unworthy we are, and yet how much God loves us still. It’s

such a great song! Then of course there’s Party in the Hills, if you’re still up for

that dance party. 😉 The album ends with a high energy remix version of Love

with Your Life, which is totally great! Overall I really liked this whole album and

thought Hollyn did a great job with her first full-length record! You should totally

go check it out for yourself.

The War thats Been Going On

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By: Kylie Jacobs
All this rain in California is so depressing ugh! But honestly it makes me think about where Im at right now. You know people look at me and say “Oh Kylie! You are doing so good! You love the Lord and shine his light everyday!” And every time I hear this I want to cry. Because right now I dont feel that way. I was afraid to say this until now because I dont want to admit that I am weak, or that I stumble. I want to tell people that I never doubt God or I never crave my flesh’s desires. But I do. And these past couple months I have struggled with wanting to drift away from God and towards the world. Having family members be addicted to drugs, sex, and alcohol has made it VERY hard for me to fight these temptations. I look at my life and I see the path I have chosen for myself. The path to follow God. But the enemy got into my head recently, and he told me I am not living my life! I need to go out and drink and party! You know have some fun! God will forgive me he says. All I have to do is just take one sip of alcohol, or just go home with that guy once. Its no big deal. And honestly I started to believe the enemy’s lies. My whole life I told myself I wasn’t going to turn out like my biological family. That I would NEVER do the things that they did. NOT EVEN ONCE. But its so hard to stay on that path.
I admit I was struggling with saying no to the offers I was getting for alcohol, drugs, and sex. I just wanted to see what the big deal was. Why were people so into it? I watched my mother try to kill herself because she felt trapped and alone under these things. But what I noticed was that people loved these things more than God. And then again, another lie crept into my head. The enemy telling me “Because they are better than God.”
So for months there has been this war going on inside of me between God and the enemy. Going back and forth telling myself to JUST DO IT but then stepping away and saying “No, this is wrong.” I have pushed people away, I have shut myself out of there lives, and I have put my family through hell. But the worst part about this all was that nobody knew. Nobody knew why I was shutting them out, or why I was suddenly fighting with everyone. And nobody knew all the things I secretly struggle with. Why? Because I was/am to afraid to tell them. I am to afraid of being rejected or abandoned. I am to afraid to admit that I struggle. I tried to be the strong Christians I look up to. I tried to be the person God wants me to be. But Im not. Im not this great amazing person. I am a sinner just like you.
Today as I sat in my car after I got back from the grocery store, I started to cry. People were probably looking at me thinking I was crazy! But all I could think about right then was all the things I have done to displease God, and how he loves and forgives me anyway. I may not have ended up participating in those acts (Thank God!) But I still abandoned God by believing the enemy’s lies and honestly, the only thing that was keeping me from falling under my temptations was my fear of becoming addicted. It wasn’t God, it was fear. I didn’t come to God and say help me. I just pushed him away like I did to everybody else. And thats why I was so upset. Because even though I was creeping towards the other side God kept pouring his love down on me and showing me grace and mercy. I had betrayed him and in return he said “I love you.”
Why did he choose to have a dirty sinner like me as a daughter? Why did he save me? I have no idea. I dont know what he sees in me but I know that there must be something there otherwise I wouldn’t still be here. If you feel alone, or you are believing the enemy’s lies, know that you can always turn to God, no matter what. He is always there for you. Do I still struggle with temptation? Of course I do. But I am able to fight it because I chose to stop fighting in my own strength, and start fighting in Gods.
Let me tell you from personal experience that there is NOTHING better than God. Drugs, sex, alcohol, none of that can fulfill you. I knew that, but I opened the door to my heart for the enemy to step right in and make himself at home. But my heart doesn’t belong to him, it belongs to God. Let God take your heart back. Dont let the enemy win. If you guys need prayer let me know, if you need someone to talk to let me know, if you just need someone to listen to let me know. Because I love you no matter what you have done. Just like God does. I dont judge or hate. I hope you are having a great night! Sorry it has been so long since I wrote anything. But dont worry I am back. The war is over;)

Update on Christ Centered Girls!

Hello ladies! We here at Christ Centered Girls Magazine have some great news to share with you! Some things have changed around here, as you might have noticed, so lets talk about those things!

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WE HAVE TURNED INTO A MEDIA MAGAZINE!!!!

Now this does not mean we will stop posting encouraging articles or anything like that! Dont freak out…;p but we will be posting more about your favorite Christian stars, upcoming news, and so much more! We hope that you all will join us on this journey as we transition into this!:) Tell us what you think in the comments below! Do you like this new change?

Cheesy Christian Pick-Up Lines

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By: Cheyenne Baccary

It is Valentine’s Day and whether you have a Valentine or are waiting for the day after to buy all the half off candy there is one thing that just makes Valentine’s Day a thousand times better…and that’s cheesy pick-up lines! So, we compiled a list of all the best Christian cheesy pick-up lines that will make you literally LOL! 😂

  • So, last night I was reading in the book of Numbers, and I realized… I don’t have yours!
  • The word says ‘Give drink to those who are thirsty, and feed the hungry’… how about dinner?
  • How many times do I have to walk around you to make you fall for me?
  • You put the “stud” in bible study. 😏
  • I’m no Joseph… perhaps you can help me interpreting the dreams I’ve been having about you? (Kind of creepy…)
  • Is it a sin that you stole my heart?
  • What’s your name and number so I can add you to my “prayer” list?
  • I’m usually not very prophetic, but I can see us together.
  • Is it hot in here or is that just the Holy Spirit burning inside of you? 🔥
  • The books of the Bible are Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Deu-you wanna go out with me?
  • When “God saw that it was good” I think he was referring to you.
  • Girl: “Is this seat saved?” Boy: “No, But I am.” 😉
  • *Achoo* I would say “God bless you,” but it looks like he already did. 😂
  • Excuse me, is your name Grace? Cause you’re amazing.
  • My favorite commandment is the one about “loving one another.”
  • Are you religious? Cause you’re the answer to all my prayers. 🙏
  • You are looking for a knight in shining armor? I just so happen to be wearing the armor of God.
  • Hey, I heard Jesus called you. Can I do the same?
  • It took God seven days to make the world, and it’ll take seven digits for you to change mine. 😏
  • Girl, you are breaking Old Testament Law…cause you are working it on the Sabbath! 💁‍

Hope you got a good laugh out of these cheesy pick-up lines! If you have any more good ones leave them in the comments below! Happy Valentine’s Days from all of us at Christ Centered Girl’s! 💘

Beauty: From A Guy’s Prospective

 

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Many times I have looked at my reflection in the huge mirror, mounted on the wall behind my bathroom counter. The letters “U-G- L-Y” begin to unmask themselves on my splotchy skin, frizzy bed head, and dark circles under my eyes. The enemy whispers lies into my ear: “You will never be good enough…” or “look at yourself compared to her…”. Satan tells me that I won’t ever be beautiful for him. For that boy who gives me butterflies. He seems so perfect, and I’m just me… right? I’m just a normal girl with nothing going for her, right? Wrong. I am a daughter of God. And so are you. As girls, we tend to put this expectation on ourselves for guys. A worldly expectation that states: we must be a supermodel to get the guy. But this isn’t true. I was given the opportunity to interview four guys and what they find beautiful in a girl. After interviewing them, I found they had some views in common. Here is what they had to say:

“A girl who knows the Bible and God’s Word is a girl who’s beautiful. Their choices and decisions should reflect God’s truth. A girl who will stand up for truth and what is right and what God says is true.” -Rylan

“Spiritual beauty is the most important part of beauty because it’s eternal. I think a girl is exceptionally beautiful if I can talk to her about spiritual things. Like can we talk about God together? Can we go to church together? If she is cool with that, I think that makes her so beautiful.” -Jonathan

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“I find a girl who is able to worship the Lord very attractive. In song, in day to day life, in deeds,etc. And do it joyfully and not care what people think. Like when they are actually worshiping the Lord and aren’t afraid of what other people think, that’s so cool. Like worship is a time between us and the Lord and a girl who is totally surrendered to Him while worshiping is really beautiful.” -Rylan

“I would define a beautiful girl as someone who is comfortable in their own skin; girls who look in the mirror and think ‘Yeah! That’s me!’ Nothing makes a girl more beautiful than their confidence. The media has a very damaging effect on this confidence by the image women think they need to display themselves in. This makes them believe they are not ‘good enough’ or have to try harder to reach perfection.”-Luke

“A girl who isn’t super revealing and showy with what they wear, but someone who is confident in who she is but most importantly, her identity in Christ. I think it’s really beautiful when a girl is found in God. She isn’t looking for attention or feels as though she needs to prove herself to A God Girl Confident others because she knows she is found in the Lord. A girl who isn’t worried about being pursued by a guy because she knows she is pursued by God. She knows how precious she is in the Lord’s-eyes and is content without a guy, because she has the Lord.” -Rylan

“Something that turns me off personally is when a girl has a BAD ATTITUDE! (‘Megan, make sure you put that in caps!’) Even if they are drop dead gorgeous, if they have a bad attitude, it’s just horrible. The Bible says in Proverbs 11:22 that a beautiful women with a bad attitude is like a golden ring in a pig’s snout. So, that’s a big turn off for me.” -Jonathan

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“Another thing is one who is specifically joyful. Being joyful is one of the fruits of the spirit! And it shouldn’t be affected by circumstances. I think a girl who is able to have joy in the midst of the storms and trouble is a beautiful girl.”-Rylan

“I think a really big thing is how a girl acts around other guys. If they are super touchy, even if they are just friends with a guy, that just kind of bothers me. Like girls naturally want to be loved and hugged and that kind of stuff, but ones who seek for that in general makes me look away.” -Rylan

“Something I find very important is a girl who is loyal. It’s very rare, but super important to a guy.” -Jonathan

“Disloyalty and being out there to everyone is something I find very unattractive. If a girl is super flirtatious towards another person, I’m not going to be as attracted to them. It makes them seem like they either want to play people or aren’t loyal.” -Connor

“Um, I know the cliché answer is looks, but to me, it’s not so much how much of like a‘supermodel’ they are, it’s more how they are as a person. Someone can be attractive and not beautiful. It’s a spot in between being attractive and actually caring about people.” -Connor

“Selfish girls, no matter how they look, are a no go!” -Luke

“Guys spend their entire lives trying to understand girls and be there for them, so when a girl takes the time to try to understand a guy, that makes a great couple and a great girl. And don’t get me wrong, girls are so beautiful and so precious, and need to be sought after, but relationships need to be two sided. Relationships are a two way road, if both sides of the street:

Fun to Be Around

Loyal

Caring

and are moving in the same direction, everything’s great. But if everyone is moving in different. directions at different speeds or not moving at all, there will be a traffic jam.” -Jonathan

“I personally find girls who don’t wear a lot of makeup way more attractive than girls who wear a bunch of makeup.”-Rylan

“Something I find really beautiful in a girl is when she is able to be real person rather than be superficial.”-Connor

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“Someone you can be real with. Like if I have a problem I hope to be able to talk it over with her, if I can’t I find that very unattractive.”-Jonathan

“This is kind of off topic, but I think it’s super important. I think, and this is just me, but I think that guys and girls shouldn’t even think about a relationship until like their parents think they are strong enough and good for each other. And like if their parents are okay with it. The parents should have most of the say as to what happens because many times I see middle schooler’s and high schooler’s and they define what happens and goes on in the relationship and it just ruins both of them. A girl who is okay with having mentors and family members who speak into what’s going on and is willing to listen to wise council, that’s just awesome.” -Rylan

As you can see, guys care a lot about girls, sometimes even just as much as girls care about guys. Relationships are hard, but there are still guys out there who actually care and notice true beauty in girls. And I only interviewed four!! One last thought though. One of the boys I interviewed had a closing thought that I thought was super great and worth including in the article.

It’s okay if you’re not in a relationship and it’s almost better that you are not in a relationship right now. You don’t want to settle for something less than you deserve. Don’t just settle for a guy who just goes to church. The idea of being equally yoked doesn’t just mean he’s a Christian. And if you are going to be in a relationship, you need people around you who are not only pouring into you, but are also pouring into your relationship. You need honest people who are honest and will point out if you aren’t equally yoked.

Ryaln has a great point. Don’t just settle for any guy, or if there are any guys reading this, any girl. You are so precious and dear to the Lord, and He has the perfect person picked out for you! Don’t just settle for someone who just goes to church. That is not being equally yoked, and you deserve the absolute best. Keep holding out for a hero!

With love,

Meg ❤

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Meet Meg!

Hey there! I’m Megan. I am a 17-year-old girl who is constantly discovering the world around me. I love writing about the strange, yet wonderful experiences of my life, with my cat sitting right beside me. I’m like every other teenage girl in the way that I dream about my wedding day, probably spend a little too much time on Instagram, and I love shopping, especially for cardigans. I am a bit crazy and cheesy and corny and maybe a little bit weird, but hey that’s cool! Most importantly, though, I am a God Lover. (If you read the Christy Miller books, you will understand my reference! Haha! See what I did there?? ;)). Jesus is my number one and He’s my hero! I can’t imagine walking this earth without Him. He willingly gave His life for me, so I willingly give my life to serve and worship Him. ❤

So glad Megan has decided to join our writing team! She is so great and God is using her in so many ways!