The aroma of pepperoni and cheese lingered in the air as my girlfriends and I tossed our paper plates into an overflowing garbage can and meandered into the living room where our pretty, twenty-something youth leader was waiting to inspire us with a weekly “devo” (youth group slang for a devotional lesson).
I sat nervously among a small group of other teen girls, gazing at a gorgeous, slender blonde as she took her place at the front of the classroom. “I think I saw her in a Cover Girl commercial,” my friend Stacy whispered to me in an awe-struck voice. We stared enviously at the woman’s flawless skin, impeccable make-up, and ultra-chic clothing. She was an in
From eating disorders, to self-obsession, to provocative clothing, to unhealthy romantic flings, to pop-culture preoccupation, today’s young women are desperately searching for feminine fulfillment - but looking in all the wrong places.
Have you ever heard the voice of Discouragement whisper accusations to your soul? “You are a miserable failure,” he mocks. “You aren’t doing anything right! Look at all the mistakes you are making!” Discouragement loves to point out all our imperf
1 Corinthians 13:5 says, “Love is not rude.” At first glance, this principle seems almost too basic and simple – and yet, it is profoundly brilliant and life-changing. Just think about how our churches, marriages, families, and relationships could change for the better
The message “love yourself” seems to be everywhere in modern culture - even in the church. It’s a message that especially appeals to us as women. Today’s beauty and fashion industries promote a truly impossible standard for feminine beauty (i.e.
When I was sixteen, my brothers and I regularly visited residents at our local nursing home. Our favorite person to visit was a delightful little lady named Dolly. She was eighty-seven years old, nearly blind and in frail health, but she was truly radiant. She loved to talk about G
Eric and I had been in full-time ministry for several years when the bait of idleness began to call my name. Ministry life was quite demanding; we were constantly traveling, speaking, writing, and counseling. As an introvert, I often felt drained from these tasks.