Beauty On a Budget

Every girl deserves to be able to nurture her skin, hair, and face, no matter the amount of her checking account. I’m a State worker, with rent and bills to pay, and every day expenses. But, I have found a few “tricks” to still get quality beauty care on a tight budget.

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Charity Huba

 

Mothers Mention

The term “mother” used as a verb is defined as “bringing up a child with care and affection.” Motherhood is more than a matter of fertility, but also a God-given set of skills meant to nurture those who need to be fed and cared for. The woman who fulfills this roll in our lives is not always our biological mother. Sometimes the Lord puts women in our lives to lead us, mentor us, and impart wisdom to us for our future.

I think as girls, it’s hard for us to understand why our mothers worry so much, or get on our nerves about the concerns they have for our lives. The truth is, our mothers always desire for us to go beyond and achieve more than they ever did, and so they care even more for our futures. They have experienced things we haven’t, and they see the bigger picture of how our actions impact our futures.

There is going to be a time where you are let go into the world and it’s likely that you, yourself will begin to invest in others the same way you were invested in. Whether it be your daughter, or a young girl who needed the same care that you, yourself needed.

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Bethany and Her Mother

I’m so thankful and blessed to have a mother who cares about my future and the choices I make. I would challenge each of you girls to not only honor and love your mother on this Mother’s Day, but to also find someone who has invested in you and had a strong impact in your life, and honor them. Happy Mother’s Day!

Bethany Marsh

Voices of This World

Dear fellow Apostolic Girl,

We live in a world that tells you, as a woman, that to be feminine means to not submit to authority, that to dress like a woman makes you look weak, that when you become a wife and mother, and take care of your household, that you give up your independence, future, and opportunities.

This is my second entry as an Apostolic Girl blogger, and I want to tell you that you are powerful, that in your submission you are crowned with glory and anointing, and that you are beautiful. And in this world that tries to tell you otherwise, I admonish you to guard your mind and your heart. Jeremiah 17:9 says “the heart is deceitful above all else, who can know it?”

When you do not guard your heart, you make yourself susceptible to the influence of this carnal and sinful world. As some of you may have experienced in your past, this is a dangerous and vulnerable place to be. The principalities of this world will try and make you believe that you are treated unfairly, that you shouldn’t have to submit or be humble, that you deserve recognition for all of your accomplishments and acts of service. Thoughts and attitudes like these will begin to poison and darken your heart.

In contrast, submission and humility are exactly what we should strive for. God sees your private devotion and servant-hood.  He walks with you in every journey or path you take. When you submit, HE sees. When you are humble, HE sees. When you serve the kingdom of God without recognition, HE sees.

There are so many voices in this world. And sometimes it can be hard to discern God’s. The most dangerous of these voices are the false ones that come from within the church. Those in whom you trust, that are giving you misguided direction. You will only be able to discern the voice of God if you build a relationship with Him. When you get to know Him, His voice, His thoughts.

You must be careful about what you open your mind to. Whether it be movies, books, or even educations that can lead you astray. Pray for your mind. Pray for your heart. Pray for the armor of God to be utilized every morning before you walk out your door. For without it, you are walking into the world without spiritual protection. Know that you are crowned with glory. That you are anointed and powerful. Do not let the voices of the world take that away.

Disney may say to “Follow Your Heart.”  But, please don’t. The heart will deceive you. The heart will make you feel emotions that are not of the Lord. Follow the Holy spirit that lives inside of you. The one that will guide you in the right direction. The voice that will speak clarity to you in the midst of the fog. Who are you allowing to speak into your life?

 

Bethany Marsh

More Than Enough

As a teenager, especially in our generation, you’re probably well aware of how you compare to your peers. You want to fit in and be your best which often means you want to be like someone else. When someone seems better at something than you, you may feel like you’re not good enough and that you need to be better in order to be accepted.

When we fail, struggle, or face obstacles, it can make us feel that we are not enough. Surely we must somehow be inadequate or this wouldn’t be happening. If only we could be stronger, do more, get better, then things would be okay. We would be okay. Right?

We as humans, become the judge and find ourselves lacking. We tend to compare and critique and then we tell ourselves, “I’ll never be good enough” or “I’ll never be like them.”

When you face rejection, your first question is “Why not me? Am I not good enough?” You start to compare and then doubts come flooding into your mind. You got all these questions and all these negative thoughts.

Believe me when I say that I have told/ask myself that phrase so many times. And sometimes I still do. Having doubts about yourself is inevitable. We’re still humans, you know.

I saw this post the other day. It said, “You will always be enough to the right person.” It’s true. With the right people in your life, you are enough. But most importantly, you are and always will be enough in the eyes of the Righteous One.

The Bible says in Psalms 139:14:

“…for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well…”

But, since we’re still in this world, humans will be humans, flesh will be flesh, and the devil will be the devil. There will be times where Satan will try and lie to you and keep telling you that you’re not enough. That you’re not worthy of anything. That someone will always be smarter than you, prettier than you, better than you.

Each of us are different. Your calling is different than the people around you. You’re different, she’s different. You have your own strengths and weaknesses.

But more importantly, do you ever realize that it is your flaws and your differences that makes you perfect? You are plenty. You are enough. No, you are MORE than enough.

I want you to give all your doubts to Him. Let Him show you the you that He sees. The one He thinks is enough. The one He thinks is worthy.

I want you to remember this: no matter what other people may say, no matter what you tell yourself, no matter what the devil tries to tell you, the King of kings, and the Lord of lords died for you and me. You are wonderfully made by the Great I Am and in His eyes, you are enough, you are worthy.

Francesca Vitug

Unconditional Love

When I thought about Easter, and what I could write and how to approach it, the first thing that came to my mind was love. The Love of Jesus. When we think about Easter and all of the events that transpired during this time, the only thing I can think is- Woah! Jesus loved me that much? So much that He endured the pain of the cross and died for us, so that we could live, so that we could have hope, so that we could have joy. He endured this pain for me, for you, for the person sitting next to you in class, for your family members, for your teacher or boss.

I think the majority of us are familiar with the Easter ‘story’, how Judas betrayed Jesus which led to the Roman soldiers capturing and torturing him, ultimately nailing him to a cross and killing him (Matthew 27). Jesus was then taken to a borrowed tomb (Matthew 27:60), and was dead for three days. On the third day though, they found the stone rolled away, and the tomb empty- Jesus had risen from the dead (Matthew 28). How miraculous!

This love, the love that Jesus has for us is unconditional and sacrificial. Unconditional love is known as affection without any limitations, or love without conditions. He loves us without conditions, we don’t need to pass a test or make perfect decisions for Him to give us His love, it is a gift that has no conditions, no hidden motive, no ‘fine print’.

Throughout my life I have experienced being loved and giving love. I have been blessed to have grown up in a loving family with parents who worked hard to provide my brother and I with an environment that was completely different than theirs, an environment that was full of unconditional love. I know not everyone has that, and a lot of people are growing up in or have grown up in a home where love is not the environment, where they don’t feel unconditionally loved. Unconditional love is something that is rare, that is beautiful, and when you are given it, hold on to it.

Jesus sacrificed His life for ours, so that we could live. He gave His life for ours. I think that the least I can do is return the favor. He isn’t asking us to be tortured and hung on a cross, He is asking us to show selfless love like He did. He is asking that we follow His Word, and model our lives after His. He is asking for a relationship with us.

Jesus died on that cross, to show us His unconditional love. He died so we don’t have to. Because of the cross we can have eternal life. And now, knowing this- it is our job to give love, like Jesus did.

 

Sabrina Hope

A Woman to Be Praised

Today, we are bombarded with the feminist movement and the many different meanings it holds for people (don’t worry, this is not an article about feminism, that’s a whole different conversation). That the thought of being a Proverbs 31 woman is outdated and old-fashioned, or only for moms. But, I want to encourage us to not get caught up in that feminist mentality or argument that being a Proverbs 31 woman is outdated, but to focus on the women that God is calling us to be.

Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
Proverbs 31:30 NKJV

Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Proverbs 31:30 ESV

The Bible says charm is deceitful. Charm is defined as “the power or quality of giving delight or arousing admiration”. A synonym for deceit is misleading. So, another way to interpret this verse would that arousing admiration is misleading, and that beauty is vain.
As girls and young women we have power, but we must be mindful of how we use it. We do not want to be a stumbling block for those around us, we do not want to be a distraction from what is truly special about us and what separates us, which is that we are chosen of God and we are filled with His Spirit.

I pray that instead of being girls who are focused on the material things, the charms and beauty we have, that we are girls who choose to become a woman who embodies the characteristics God desires of us.

To be modest – 1 Timothy 2:9

To be kind – Proverbs 31:26

To have self control – 1 Timothy 2:9

To fight for those who can’t fight for themselves – Proverbs 31:8-9

To be trustworthy – Proverbs 31:11

To be good – Proverbs 31:12

To honor and be honorable – Proverbs 31:25

To be willing to work hard and not be idle – Proverbs 31:13-15, 27

To plan and make decisions carefully – Proverbs 31:16

To be strong – Proverbs 31:17, 25

To be wise – Proverbs 31:26

Let us be girls, who are rising up to become Proverbs 31 women.

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Sabrina Hope

Lampshade Faith

As Apostolic ladies, we have multiple things that make us stand out. When people ask what religion we are, we often tell them what we can’t do. At least that’s what happens to me. I say something like, I can’t cut my hair, or I can’t wear pants, and so on. But, imagine what people would think about the truth if we told them what we can do! When you stand out, you can’t hide it. Unless, you try to blend in with everyone else. But, God gave us these standards for a reason!

The bible says, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.” -Matthew 5:14 KJV

Being a light in every environment is important. I do online school as a freshman now, so I am surrounded by church friends and family. But, when I was in public school I’d feel so insecure about being one of the only girls in the school wearing a skirt in gym class and with my uniform. When you’re singled out you have to make it for the right reasons. God didn’t put me in that school to be the weird girl that wears skirts, doesn’t cut her hair, and has all these standards. He put me in that school to be different. To be a light in a lampshade faith world.

God doesn’t want you to hide your faith. The only way to hide your faith is to not have it at all. If you have no faith, your light burns out. When a light bulb flickers, it means it’s running out of power or it’s not put in right. God has to put you in a flicker of faith position before you can be restored.

“Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:15-16 KJV

In these two verses, you see that Jesus tells His people not to hide our faith. If you put a candle stick under some sort of foundation, that foundation will burn down. Don’t try and hide your value because you won’t be fulfilling your true purpose! Sharing your light will lift those around you and it will glorify God. That’s why it’s important not to have lampshade faith.

 

Chelsea Hockensmith