What Teen Vogue Doesn’t Tell You

I’m not here to dispute these lies by listing all the reasons why this perspective is false and destructive (you can find information on the harmful effects of porn right here), but I would eagerly like to offer you another perspective.

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A Formula for Forming Authentic Identity

Personal Brands and Muddled Identities The pressure is real: to look, be, and act a certain way… It can be exhausting. We create brands so others perceive us the way we want them to. Where is the line between our authentic identity and the personal “brands” we create? On one […]

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When Life Doesn’t Follow the “Norm”

I didn’t want to lie and act like I had everything figured out because I really didn’t. So instead, I would tell them exactly what I was feeling at the time and would say, “I don’t have anything figured out and I don’t know what I’m supposed to do.” And even though I was being honest, it was challenging to indirectly tell them that my life wasn’t like the rest.

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When to Say No: Learning You Can’t do it All

Trying to keep grades high enough to be in NHS, still participating in clubs, going to Life Teen events at church, and working out for 7.5 hours a day, my mental health evaporated. Finally realizing the toll all of this was taking on my mental and physical health, I knew something needed to change.

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The Church and My Young Heart

I looked around the Church I so loved, I couldn’t seem to find a place where I fit in. Instead, I stuck out in a space where my heart only desired to belong.

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Who is at Your Table?

Now, all of this talk about how this plays out on both national and individual levels leads to the big question: who do we give a seat at our table? In other words, who do we welcome and who do we reject?

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What Love is Not

When we invest our hearts into these counterfeit ideas of love, we are selling ourselves short of the real, life-giving encounter that the Father desires for us. Love is meant to be a light in the world, not to dispel us to the darkness of sin and insecurity.

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Privilege in the Body of Christ

It can be uncomfortable to talk about the inequality of privilege, but discomfort is not always bad, in fact, it can be the catalyst to change.

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The Consent Conversation

The fact that this conversation is taking place is encouraging, as we know that it protects and empowers many women and men. Consent is good, and any act of authentic love — sexual or not — requires consent since authentic love is never forced but responds to the free will of the beloved.

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Good Morning Beautiful: Glorify God in Your Morning Routine

If you are anything like me, maybe your first impression of self-care was just doing a face mask and going to bed early. While these things actually do make an impact on your day (like, let’s be honest, we are always a little bit more pleasant to be around when we’ve gotten 8 hours of sleep), there is hidden virtue in the act of self-care.

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