The Future
August 21, 2017
Choosing to Surrender Your Dreams and Future to God

I remember three distinct times in my life that I had to surrender my dreams to God. Once at age seventeen, twenty, and twenty-four. When I was seventeen I’d been offered several full basketball scholarships to division one universities. Basketball was my passion and I loved playing (like LOVED playing!). When I wasn’t playing basketball I was either talking about it, thinking about it, or dreaming about it. Basketball was my life. In my junior year of high school, one of the universities I was considering needed an answer from me. They needed my final decision. Long story short, after many (many, many, many) hours of prayer and longFull Post

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August 16, 2017
How to Stand Strong Through the College Years

WATCH VLOG It’s HARD being a Christian girl today’s culture. In fact, it’s so hard, that 80% of highly churched teens walk away from their by age 29.  Thankfully, we have hope to succeed because of God’s Grace.  “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9). Here are 8 practical strategies to help you stand strong during the college years. 1. Spend Time in the Word Every Day 2. Pray for Strength 3. FindFull Post

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April 26, 2017
3 Reasons You Should Lead a Bible Study this Summer

WATCH VIDEO  Leading a Bible study is an incredible way to invest into those around you. Whether you’ve done it before, or it’s your very first time, we believe this summer could be life changing for you and the girls you invite. When you step up to lead a Bible study, you have to prepare in ways you don’t if you are just an attendee. You have to plan, organize, study, prep, run the discussion time, answer questions, and lead prayer. It really forces you to dig deeply into God’s Word. WATCH VIDEO 

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January 8, 2017
Learning to Trust God When the Situation Seems Impossible

Let’s fly back in time to October of 2014. I remember it like it was yesterday. Kristen and I were standing in a hotel Starbucks waiting to meet the one and only Erin Davis. (She’s the amazing gal who runs the LYWB Blog). I’d been interacting with Erin for several years via email but had never met her in person. I was so excited to finally meet face to face and have the opportunity to pick Erin’s brain about blogging, book writing, and getting published. In my mind, she was (and still is) the pro. I was (and still feel like) the newbie who was hoping to glean any wisdomFull Post

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December 5, 2016
Epic Wisdom From a Thirty Nine Year Old Wife and Mom

Every now and then I meet an older gal who strikes me as a seriously godly woman, a woman whom I hope to be like someday. Today, I want to introduce you to one of those godly gals. Say hello to Amanda. She’s a super sweet thirty-nine-year-old awesome wife and an amazing mom to four adorable boys. She’s packed full of wisdom and has shared some of her secrets below. Check it out. Why is your relationship with God so important to you? I belong to God, first because He created me and a second time because He bought me with the death of His Son and made me HisFull Post

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November 20, 2016
Two Simple Truths that will Radically Change Your Heart and Attitude

Jennifer’s tears rolled down her cheeks as she struggled to express her thoughts. “I just don’t feel like God sees me or cares about me. He’s never answered a single one of my prayers and I never see Him working in my life. I don’t have many friends, my parents don’t give me the time of day, and my health is awful. I just can’t see any reason to live for God or praise Him. I honestly think He has forgotten about me.” The tears continued to fall and Jennifer seemed to be growing more depressed and discouraged as she thought about her life. From her perspective, life wasFull Post

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November 11, 2016
Practicing Hospitality Before You Have a Home of Your Own

Daydreaming. One of my favorite things to do. I love sitting on the porch swing in my backyard, sipping on ice cold sweet tea, and just dreaming about life. Dreaming about what the future holds. Dreaming about what God has in store for Girl Defined. Dreaming about what God is doing in my life and where He might have me next year. Just dreaming and thinking about all of life’s wonderful possibilities. I remember a few years ago I had a “dream” that I thought couldn’t become a reality until I had a house of my own. My dream? The art of hospitality. In my mind, hospitality meant havingFull Post

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November 1, 2016
6 Ideas on How to Live Your Single Years Well

WATCH VIDEO It’s time for us as single girls to recognize that singleness isn’t a season to “endure” until marriage, but a season to serve God to the best of our ability. Here are 6 ideas on how to live your single years well: 1. Don’t Complain 2. Speak Words of Gratitude 3. Get Outside of Yourself 4. Get the Bigger Picture 5. Surround Yourself With Young and Old 6. Commit to Growing That’s a wrap. Six ideas on how to live your single years well. Which one of the six areas would you like to commit to improving? Share your thoughts in the comments below. WATCH VIDEO 

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October 28, 2016
A Single Girl’s Thoughts on Writing Letters to Your Future Husband

I’ve always been so enamored by the fact that my future husband (if it’s God’s will for me to get married) is living and breathing right now. He is somewhere in this world at this very moment. How crazy is that? Picturing my future husband as a real, living person (and not just an imaginary human) really hit me around the age of fourteen. During this time, God began to convict me in the area of purity and gave me a strong desire to want to honor my future husband. I began praying through convictions and decided to commit to several things: To save sex for marriage. To saveFull Post

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August 1, 2016
Incredible Lessons from the Life of Corrie ten Boom

This past year I had the privilege of visiting Corrie ten Boom’s famous hiding place in Haarlem, Holland. In case you don’t know Corrie’s incredible story, let me fill you in. Corrie ten Boom and her family were watchmakers in Haarlem, Holland during World War II. As strong Christians, they willingly put themselves in danger by working undercover in an attempt to help Jews escape persecution from the Nazi regime. Corrie had no idea what her faithfulness to God would cost her, but she was willing to serve Him no matter the price. Word eventually spread throughout Haarlem about the undercover work Corrie was doing. The Nazis became increasingly suspicious andFull Post

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July 11, 2016
What God Taught Me the Day I Almost Died

It was a hot summer day and I was doing the normal thing a kid would do. Swim! I was having a blast in the large pool with my family unaware of what was about to happen. I decided to take a dive under the large floating tube that my mom was sitting on. I gracefully swam underneath her and came up on the other side to take a breath…or so I thought. As I tried to surface for air, I felt my head hit something large instead. I was underneath the tube, not on the other side. I dove back down to escape the tube, but felt somethingFull Post

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June 22, 2016
What Cow Tipping Taught Us About Living Beyond the Moment | Vlog

WATCH VLOG Back in high school the two of us decided to live in the moment and ignore any potential consequences due to our actions. The two of us learned the hard way and we are hoping you can learn from our mistakes. In this video we challenge you to live beyond the moment and make your one life count. Don’t get so caught up in the here-and-now that you forget the One you should ultimately be striving to glorify. Watch today’s vlog for some fresh ideas on how you can make your life count. WATCH VLOG

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June 10, 2016
Single Girl Don’t Waste Your Life Waiting for Marriage

As a young teen I never would have guessed that my season of singleness would have lasted as long as it has. I truly thought that by 27 I would be married. Surely! I thought I’d probably even have two or three kids by now as well. But, single? That wasn’t even on my radar. I realize that many of you are in the exact same position as myself. You’re single and you have no idea when, or if, marriage will be in your future. I get it. I get the singleness. I get the struggles. I get the longing for marriage. I get the wondering if you’ll beFull Post

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March 25, 2016
The Day My Dreams Became a Reality

I’ll never forget the day that my lifelong dream, to become an official published author, became a glimmer of hope in my future. It was just a regular day with absolutely nothing special about it. Kristen and I were together, working on ministry projects and doing our usual work routine, when the email dropped in our inbox. The email that would change the course of our lives. Before I share the story with you, I want you to put yourself in our shoes for just a minute. Imagine that you’ve been dreaming, praying and hoping for the opportunity to became a published author. The more you research the lessFull Post

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March 23, 2016
Official Girl Defined Book Trailer is Here!

WATCH VIDEO HERE. Drumroll please!! We have been waiting for this day for months. We have been praying for this day for years. God has done the miraculous and we are so excited to announce and release this video for you today! Since you’re a special part of the GirlDefined team, we wanted you (our awesome subscribers) to see this video first. Then – after you watch it – we want to personally invite you to join us on an amazing journey! If you’ve ever asked yourself any of these questions, this journey is for you: Am I valuable? Am I beautiful? What’s my purpose as a woman? HowFull Post

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March 7, 2016
Start Preparing For Your Future Marriage

Let’s say that you’re at a time in your life where you could be in a relationship that leads to marriage. What are you doing to prepare for that role? It is an important stage in your life and you will probably (with God’s hand) be married for the rest of your life. But if we are headed for such a huge blessing and responsibility, then what are we to do to prepare for that? What knowledge should we pursue? What tips should we acquire? When I was younger my parents taught me that marriage was a big deal. It’s not just your wedding day that marks a significantFull Post

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January 28, 2016
How to Drastically Change One Girl’s Life

Forty years ago a high school girl did something courageous that would forever change my life. Let me rewind and take you back to that moment. My mom, Heidi, was a high school girl who wanted nothing to do with God. She was an outgoing, tall, blonde, wild, party-going girl, who was living life to the “fullest.” She had a very clear reputation in her school, and everyone knew that “Christianity” and “Heidi” did not mix. That didn’t stop Sheila. Attending my mom’s high school was a courageous girl named Sheila. Sheila was a Christian, actively involved in her church’s youth program. She took her faith seriously and viewedFull Post

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January 1, 2016
Top 5 Most Popular and Shared Posts from 2015

Whether you’ve been reading the GirlDefined blog for a while or you’re new to our website, we are SO excited to enter this brand new year with you. God is so good and He’s done amazing things in your lives (as we’ve learned from the many emails you all have sent us), and we praise Him for that! Some of you have shared how God used the GirlDefined blog posts to help you overcome the darkest of sins, relationship struggles, guy complications, unfulfilled longings, growing in your walk with God, and much, much more. For that, we raise a glass of sparkling grape juice and joyously say, “Amen! GodFull Post

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December 2, 2015
Writing Letters to Your Future Husband

On October 1st, 2004, I sat down on my bedroom floor, grabbed a piece of plain paper, and penned my very first letter to my future husband. Since that day, I’ve written dozens of letters to this future unknown man. These letters contain prayers, dreams, thoughts, encouragement, Bible verses and so much more. My hope is that one day (if the Lord wills) I’ll be able to gift these to him as a reminder of my prayers for him and faithfulness to the Lord even before I knew who he was. These letters are (and continue to be) a huge reminder to me that my future husband is aFull Post

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October 23, 2015
5 Tips for Avoiding a Happily Ever Disaster

After eight long grueling months, I finally walked the aisle to my “happily ever after.” My engagement to Zack felt like a never ending form of torture. If I had possessed the power to rotate the clock forward, I probably would have. To my surprise though, the big day did finally arrive. And before I even knew what was happening, I blinked, and found myself waking up next to my husband on our 4 year anniversary. Time flies. And it flies at supersonic speed. As I’m approaching 4 and a half years of marriage, I’m beginning to see things with a whole new perspective. The man I said “IFull Post

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October 21, 2015
Smart Girls Think Ahead and Plan for a Thriving Future

The prayer requests were shared as Lindsey’s Bible Study leader made her way around the circle. “I’m up to my ears in school loans. I feel like I’ll never be able to pay them off.” “I’ve been struggling with depression ever since I got my divorce.” “Work is overwhelming me. I wish I had more time for family.” “I wish I could pursue a job in the ministry, but I can’t afford the lesser pay.” When Lindsey and I met up for coffee, she told me about the struggles these girls were going through. As I listened these three thoughts came to mind: The struggles shared by these girlsFull Post

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August 26, 2015
Smart Girls Predetermine to Follow God no Matter How Difficult

A life changing decision needed to be made and I was the only person who could make the final call. Deep in my heart I knew there were only two options: God’s way or my own way. I remember sitting with my Bible open to the book of Proverbs trying to fill my mind with Biblical insight. The more I read the more confirmed the answer became. There was a problem though. I didn’t like the truth. Choosing to accept the insight and wisdom I was gleaning from the Bible meant I had to make a really hard decision. One I wasn’t interested in making. Although I was veryFull Post

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July 29, 2015
How to Become the Wife and Mother of Your Dreams

The organ began playing. All eyes locked their gaze on the back of the church. The moment finally arrived and the bride’s beautiful white dress came into view. The bride began her walk down the aisle toward her eagerly awaiting groom. Her eyes were in tears, his eyes were in tears and the entire crowd was in tears as we all watched this new marriage come together. As I watched my two friends seal their marriage with a kiss, I couldn’t help but feel overjoyed for God’s goodness and faithfulness in their lives. Both of them had worked hard to prepare themselves for this day. They both loved GodFull Post

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July 15, 2015
Should College be a Must for the Christian Girl?

It happens every year. Thousands of guys and girls pack up their bags and head out to their first year of college. It’s the normal and expected post high school option. Why rethink it? Why consider doing something different? When I graduated from high school I felt like a total freak for not following the normal path and heading off to college.  When the fall semester rolled around I stayed home like a weirdo while every other fresh high school graduate embarked on this new and exciting journey we call college (you can read about that in more detail here). During those years of “weirdness” for not following the cultures expected path,Full Post

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April 3, 2015
You’re a Model Whether You Realize it or Not

Everyone was yelling at him. Everyone was mocking him. You stood there watching, not sure what to do. Then, without even realizing it, you started to yell too. Anger burst from your lips as you joined in with the crowd. “Kill him! Kill him!” you sneered, holding your fist in the air. You continued yelling as you followed the crowd up the hill. His body was covered in blood. His face was barely recognizable. Without a thought of sadness, you watched the soldiers pound large nails into his hands. “Hey you!” one of the soldiers yelled, looking straight at you. “Come here!” Without hesitating, you quickly ran over toFull Post

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March 2, 2015
Living a Life that Younger Girls Should Mimic

The other day I was listening to a conversation between my youngest sister and youngest brother. As I sat there (harmlessly) listening to this conversation I heard my sister mimic something I had said earlier that day. I had no idea that Cali had been in the room when I said it but apparently she was and had just repeated me. Same tone of voice and everything! This got me thinking. It just goes to show how easily young people pick up on positive and negative things that are so small and insignificant to an adult. I began thinking back to what I learned when I was younger fromFull Post

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January 12, 2015
Can Women Really Have It All?

“Dear Haveitall, You have been lying to me and to my friends. In fact, you’ve lied to millions of women and have deceived them into wasting the best years of their lives. I’m a little upset with how you’ve convinced women to give up the qualities that are completely unique to them. It makes me sad to see women who are entering their 30‘s, 40’s, 50’s and realizing they’ve spent the majority of their lives working towards a goal that won’t bring them the joy and fulfillment they desire.  I can’t keep quiet about this any longer. I have to expose you for who you really are.   Sincerely,Full Post

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January 9, 2015
Dating and Courtship: Is One Better Than the Other?

“So..hey…can I have your phone number?” He asked me smoothly. I pretended not to notice his chuckling friends in the background. There was no way in the world I was giving this guy my phone number. For one, I just met him. Two, I was only sixteen. Three, he wasn’t the type of guy I wanted to stay in “touch” with anyways. If you catch my drift. So, I did what any good Christian girl would do. I decided to play a little joke on him. “Yeah…I’ll give you my phone number” I replied. “But you’ll have to ask my dad for it.” Okay – the chances of this guyFull Post

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January 2, 2015
A Goal You Can’t Live Without

I pulled up to a coffee shop several days ago with my sister, Ellissa, for our weekly mentoring meeting. She graciously asked me to be her mentor earlier this year and we’ve had some incredible meetings over the past 6 months. As we prepared to get out of the car she began telling me about a really interesting New Years fact she heard about. She went on to tell me about the shocking difference someone discovered when they compared the top 3 New Year’s goals of the 1940’s to the top 3 New Year’s goals of today. Here’s what they look like: 2015: 1. Lose weight 2. Get moreFull Post

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December 31, 2014
Top 10 Blog Posts of 2014

Lindsey logged into her e-mail and saw the words “future husband” in one of the titles. Guys, marriage and romance had been on her mind recently, so, she decided to click the link. As Lindsey read through the blog, she thought to herself, “this is exactly what I needed right now. I wonder if there are any other girls dealing with the same thoughts and struggles as myself.”  Lindsey clicked on a few related posts and then rushed to get ready for the day. Lindsey had no idea that thousands of other girls, with questions and struggles of their own, were reading the very same blog post that sheFull Post

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December 29, 2014
What Kind of Girl To Be In 2015: Advice From a Guy

I’m guessing that 2014 was an eventful year for you. For me, the year held unexpected surprises, some sadness, uncertainty, many laughs and countless memories. God’s hand in life was evident daily. Now, however, there are only two days left on the 2014 calendar and I’m planning for 2015. Which leads me to ask you a question: What do you want out of 2015? Do you want it to be a year of adventure? Spiritual growth? Broadened horizons? Are you going to focus on a character quality in your life? Helping others? Let me suggest that you can pursue all of the above if you have one thing: a focusFull Post

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December 26, 2014
Why You Should Still Party the Day After Christmas

I don’t know about you, but today can be a sad day for me sometimes. I’ve been hyped up on Christmas cheer and anticipation for weeks and now everything is over. It’s kind of a small bummer. Did you know there’s actually something called the “The Christmas Blues?” Some people literally feel depressed the day after Christmas because all of the festivities are over. It’s not surprising since all of the Christmas songs tell us “it’s the most wonderful time of the year” for weeks leading up to Christmas day. If Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year…what does that make the day-after Christmas? For most people,Full Post

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December 24, 2014
God Used a Teenage Girl to Accomplish the Impossible

She had no guarantees. She had no promises for her future. She wasn’t handed a map telling her how her life would work out or how the details would unfold. She was given a message by a man she’d never seen, was told she would accomplish something that had never been done in the past and would never be done in the future. She was given a message with no further instructions and was left to trust that God would work out the plan. Mary was only a young teenage girl when she was assigned the most important job in the world. God chose Mary, a young unmarried woman,Full Post

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December 1, 2014
Why I’m Not Looking for JUST a Husband

I am going to do something that I’ve never done in a blog post before. I’m going to open up my journal and share some completely personal things that I wrote down this past week. Here’s the deal, last week I was sitting on my bed praying for different members in my family, for the GirlDefined Ministry and then, for my future husband. As I was praying for my future husband, my mind started working and I began truly thinking about what I was praying for. I wondered…am I praying for JUST a husband or am I praying for something more? Do I JUST want to get married andFull Post

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November 21, 2014
Why Your Singleness is a Really Big Deal

Have you ever had one of those AH-HA moments in your life? I had one of those last week as I was talking to a friend at church about her recent broken engagement. She shared with me her heartache, but also the hope of knowing that God is sovereign and He does have a plan for her life. God knew her engagement would be broken and still allowed her to go through it for a very specific reason. Although she may not understand why, she is choosing to trust God and praise Him through this storm. She went on to explain how she is grateful that God is givingFull Post

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November 19, 2014
Planning a Future You Won’t Regret

Conversation #1: Me: “Hey Rachel! Since you’re a senior in high school now, what do you think you’ll do once you graduate?” Rachel: “Oh…well, I’m not really sure. I applied for a bunch of colleges, so if I get accepted to one, I guess that’ll be God’s sign that I should go!” Me: “I see…so have you prayed about which college you should go to?” Rachel: “Not really…I mean, I don’t really need to. The college that accepts me will probably be God’s will for me.” Conversation #2: Me: “How ya doing Ashley? Congrats on graduating from high school last week! That’s super exciting. Do you have plans forFull Post

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November 14, 2014
Lost Virginity: Practical Help to Reclaim Your Future

Jana was new to youth group and seemed to have a built in magnet for every guy who met her. She was pretty, but very quiet, which instantly created intrigue and curiosity in all the guys who saw her. Her parents weren’t a fan of her having a boyfriend until she was older, so she didn’t take any of the guys too seriously. Until she met Nate. Nate was the youth pastor’s son and didn’t flock to her like the rest of the guys. This created curiosity and intrigue in Jana and she became secretly determined to add his attention to her list. Within a week they were friends.Full Post

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October 6, 2014
3 Amazing Benefits of Living at Home

As soon as I hit my senior year of high school I started getting the comments. “I bet you can’t wait to get out of your house.” “Once you graduate, move out and gain some independence!” “I love living on my own. There is so much freedom and no more parents telling you what to do. I totally recommend it.” To be honest, I liked living at home and didn’t really see a reason to move out. My friends were all moving out, going to college, and loving their newfound freedom. They couldn’t understand why I wanted to continue to live at home after my eighteenth birthday. Community, accountability,Full Post

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September 29, 2014
Surviving the Relationship Status

Lori tossed her books onto her nightstand and then threw herself onto her bed. She began sobbing into her pillow. God had finally blessed her with an amazing man in her life and things were going great between them. She just couldn’t understand why she felt so scared and so upset.  Lori had thought that once she began a relationship with someone it would be fun and all of her problems would go away! So why was Lori so out of whack and emotional? Because things were changing. Life couldn’t be the same way that it had always been for Lori and that thought scared her. Flashes of doubt,Full Post

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September 12, 2014
How to Not Have an Abortion Some Day

Rachel was a Christian girl from a conservative family. She grew up in church and went to all the Christian conferences. As she grew older, she decided she didn’t like the straight and narrow path of the Christian life, so she ventured out to try some worldly “fun.” After several bad friendships, parties, and guys, she woke up one morning and found herself pregnant. Shocked and embarrassed, she didn’t know what to do. Becoming a single mother had never been in her plans…but here she was. Her life came to a fork in the road and she had to make a choice.  Rachel hated the idea of getting anFull Post

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September 10, 2014
Getting Married Is Still a Good Thing

Little girls are no longer growing up and being pushed towards marriage and motherhood. In fact, girls are looked down upon if marriage and motherhood is anywhere in the top 10 on their priority list. How do I know this? Because it’s happened to me and it’s happened to almost every young woman I interact with. It doesn’t matter if you’re a homeschooler, private schooler or public schooler, the pressure is the same. If you tell people that you are pursuing a career, going to school or fighting to get to the top of the corporate ladder, you will find nothing but praise and applause! If you tell peopleFull Post

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August 25, 2014
College, Guys, and the Homeschooled Girl

School is starting and that means college will be commencing soon too. All of your friends are going off to college and you feel left out, shied into a corner and stuffed into a box with the rest of your homeschooled friends. What’s worse is that maybe you’re old enough to have a boyfriend now and it seems like all of your friends have either been in a relationship or they are in one now. You’re the odd ball out on this one too. Boys seem like uncharted territory to you. You wish you could crawl up into your bed, pull the covers over your head and just waitFull Post

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August 22, 2014
How to Become a Godly Girl

I was at a wedding recently and noticed how beautiful the bride’s wedding cake was. It not only looked good but it tasted really good too. The cake didn’t start out that way though. The day before the wedding it was nothing more than a pile of flour, sugar, eggs, butter, etc. In order to get the amazing end result that was displayed at the wedding reception someone had to carefully follow the directions on the recipe. If anything was left out, or if too much of one ingredient was added, the cake would have been a flop. Real life works the same way. As a Christian girl, youFull Post

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July 16, 2014
Praying For Your Future Husband

Jason grabbed a cup of coffee on the way out the door. It was summer and that meant working like crazy before the college season hit. Jason started the engine and then realized he hadn’t spent any time praying or reading God’s Word. He sat in the car for a few minutes, opened up his daily devotional app on his cell phone and read the verse of the day. “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10). Jason closed his eyes and asked God to give him the strength to guard his mind and live a pure life. He putFull Post

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July 7, 2014
God, Please Don’t Mess Up My Dreams

Three years ago I sat in a doughnut shop with some friends and had a conversation that  I will never forget. I ended up in a heated debate over the topic of marriage and motherhood. My responses during that debate would mostly likely have been a shock to you considering what this GirlDefined: Getting Back to God’s Design blog is all about. As surprising as this may sound, I (in so many words) told this person that marriage and motherhood wasn’t enough for my future. I said that I could not be happy unless I was heavily involved in this ministry or something similar. Although I didn’t say theseFull Post

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May 9, 2014
4 Tips Your Future Husband Wants You to Know

I love road trips. Especially road trips with super fun people like my husband, Zack, and my awesome siblings. Several weeks ago I ventured with those people on a road trip to my 3rd favorite state, Colorado (Texas and Alaska ranking higher, respectively). The entire trip was great until the last leg on the way back home. Zack brought up a topic that instantly sparked some heated discussion between the five of us. As the conversation progressed, sides began to form, leaving it 3 against 2. I ended up agreeing and siding with one other person (and it wasn’t Zack) as we unashamedly voiced our opinions. The conversation wasn’tFull Post

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May 7, 2014
Will Marriage Turn Me Into Princess Perfect?

As a little girl I thought that meeting Prince Charming, falling in love, and living happily ever was (basically) the entire point of being a woman. Not being married by at least nineteen would have been a disaster in my little girl mind. Fast forward a chunk of years and – surprise surprise – I’m not married. Nineteen is long gone and the husband is nowhere to be found. Not Prepared. Looking back I realize that at eighteen-to-nineteenish years old, I was absolutely not prepared for marriage. I thought I was prepared, but looking back, I wasn’t. I (100%) bought into the lie that no matter what my characterFull Post

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May 2, 2014
Forced to Enter a Beauty Competition

She didn’t have a choice. She was forced to enter the beauty competition whether she wanted to or not. From this point forward her life would never look the same. If she wins the competition, she will become the new bride of a violent and powerful king. If she loses, she is sent to live in a house filled with all of the other losers, known as concubines. Her life would not be one of flattery, love, and romance. She would live out the rest of her days trapped in a guarded house. Her dreams of having children and a family would be long gone at this point. AndFull Post

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April 3, 2014
Candace Made the Choice

Earlier this year I told you a story about a girl named Candace. She was born without any limbs. That’s right, no arms and no legs. Shockingly enough, Candace was able to give thanks to God for her life despite the fact that she was limbless. Read the full story here: Candace – The Girl Without Limbs. The story of Candace still amazes me even to this day. I often put myself in Candace’s place and imagine having her life. What would life be like without arms and legs? Could I give thanks to God if I were limbless like Candace? Although Candace is limbless, I think each oneFull Post

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June 29, 2012
Calling all the Single Ladies

Have you ever had one of those AH-HA moments in your life? I had one of those last week as I was talking to a friend about her recent broken engagement. She shared her heartache with me, but also the hope of knowing that God is sovereign and He does have a plan for her life. God knew her engagement would be broken and still allowed her to go through it for a very specific reason. Although she may not understand why, she is choosing to trust God and praise Him through this storm. She went on to explain to me how she is grateful that God is givingFull Post

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