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.

Anger…Jealousy…

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.

I would make it for myself

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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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

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!

Drum roll please…

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?