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Merry Christmas: A Personal Letter From GirlDefined

By: Bethany Beal

Hey Girls,

Wow! I can’t believe this year is coming to an end. So much has happened in the GirlDefined ministry and I’m dying to share it with you.

The biggest (and most incredible) surprise of this past year started with a phone call.

“Bethany, you aren’t going to believe this. We just got an email from a publishing company and they’re interested in publishing us. This is what we’ve been praying for! You’ve got to come over asap and help me write an email back to them!”

When Kristen called and shared the news with me, I was floored.

The two of us had been praying about publishing a book for years *and years and years and years.* We never (in a million years) imagined that this would happen to us. We never thought a publishing company would reach out and ask us, two average girls from Texas, to write a book.

The e-mail from Baker Books (the company publishing our book) arrived in our inbox almost exactly a year ago. From that time, until now, God has done amazing things in GirlDefined and in the two of our lives.

I want to share with you a few of the major highlights from this past year. Kristen and I both feel like Christmas day is the perfect day to give thanks and glory to the God who made all of this possible. Without Him, we would be nothing.

The biggest highlights from the year.

1. Book Publishing Contract.

By far, our book contract was the biggest and most exciting highlight of the year. We can’t wait to get this book (Girl Defined: God’s Radical Design for Beauty, Femininity  and Identity) into your hands.  By the grace of God, this book turned out to be even better than we could have ever dreamed of or hoped for. God has totally blessed this project and we feel very confident that it will be a blessing to you. Keep your eyes on the shop for pre-order info.

2. Incredible Endorsements.

After the book was completely written, the publishing company assigned us the task of retrieving endorsements. An endorsement is basically someone (typically another author, speaker, or someone with influence) writing a tidbit of commendation to put in the first few pages of the book. We were totally blown away by the people who took the time to read and endorse our book. That process was nothing short of a miracle.  

3. Project Modesty Video and Ebook.

If you haven’t seen the Project Modesty video, you’ve got to check it out. God was so gracious to allow us to film and release this video in a very *very* short amount of time. We actually launched both the video and ebook from Vienna, Austria while on a trip to Europe with Kristen’s in-laws. Check out the ebook and video.

4. Brave Girl DVD Curriculum.

Brave Girl: Embracing God’s Best in the Midst of a Crazy Confusing Culture is a 6 week DVD study that we recently created. The study includes 6 weeks of video, group discussion guides, leader guides, and take home papers. This curriculum is in the final stages and should be released early in the new year. God totally provided everything we needed to create this study and we’re so grateful we were encouraged to make it. I can’t wait for you to see it.

5. Letters From Our Favorite Girls.

One of the most exciting and encouraging aspects of the ministry, is you. We love hearing from you girls. Whether it’s an e-mail, a message on Facebook, a Tweet, or just a comment on the blog, we love hearing about how God is working in your life. The purpose of GirlDefined is to point other young women toward Christ. When we hear personal testimonies, we are greatly encouraged. You can contact us directly here.

Those are just a few of the highlights of this past year. God has truly made the following verse a reality in our lives:

“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen” (Ephesians 3:20).

What about you?

I would love to hear how God is working in your life. In what ways have you seen God work in your life? What would you like to praise Him for?

I hope you have a super Merry Christmas as you celebrate the Birth of our Savior.

Love Bethany (and Kristen)

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7 Responses to Merry Christmas: A Personal Letter From GirlDefined

  1. Sandra says:

    It was a wonderful year for you girls! Wonderful to see. And maybe 2016 will be even better.

    What’s the most important happening in my life, during 2015? Well, I found God again.

    Being raised in an atheist family, I found God four to five years ago – I was 19 or 20 years old. Because of mental problems a few years later, I lost Him. I continued to believe in Him, but I didn’t know how to behold the relationship with Him. Last summer, I read the book written by the Duggar-girls and I loved it. And that was the first step toward a new relationship with God. And I found your blog, which I absolutely love. It helps me try to understand Who God is, what He wants and how I can live my life to honour Him.

    It still is hard. And one day is better than the other. But I want to fight for it, want to fight for God. And live my live the way He wants.

    I wish you two – and all the girls around here – a very merry Christmas! God bless you all!

  2. Rachel says:

    It’s great to hear what God’s done in you girls this year! That’s amazing!
    When I think of what God has done in my life this past year, it leaves me teary-eyed, and speechless.
    Last year, beginning in August, I went through a series of disappointments. Little things that I was hoping to do, and see, were taken away, one by one, and I allowed myself to get bitter. Finally, I told God “I believe that You exist, but You don’t love me, and You don’t keep Your promises.” That was a few days before Christmas.
    Over Christmas break from school, I was lonely, and upset. Where was God now? Why would He leave me?
    We returned home January 2nd. I found out that I had won Writer of the Year for a newsletter that I wrote for. My first response was amazement, and, of course, happiness. Then I thought “Maybe God does sometimes give you the desires of your heart.” I learned to trust Him in whatever circumstance He put me in.
    When I went to Decatur, AL on a mission trip, He was there. When three of my friends went on a six week mission trip to Singapore, He was with me. When one of my closest friends moved away, God never left. When a friend did some wrong things that came to the light, God held me close. And recently, when my best friend asked me to leave her alone, God is my Best Friend. Those are my highlights from this year. Painful, some of them, but all of them showed me how great my God is.

  3. Jasmine Luna says:

    So proud of you girls! Can’t wait to see how God uses your lives this coming year! Blessings!

  4. Renata de Aquino says:

    I’m so happy for you, girls! This blog is a blessing to my life! I read every post of you and it’s always a big pleasure to read so faithful and biblical words. To God alone be the glory! Merry Christmas and a Blessed and Christ centered new year!

  5. Jacey Faith says:

    Merry Christmas! Thanks so much for all the articles you publish weekly. Every one shows up just when I needed it. The major thing God has shown me this year, is that through the good and bad times he always cares and provides for us.

  6. Melissa Van Den Assem says:

    Merry Christmas to you as well! Thank you for all the wonderful blog posts you girls faithfully come up with. I so enjoy them! I hope you have a blessed 2016 as well. Looking forward to the new book coming out!

  7. Clare says:

    Congratulations Bethany and Kristen!!! Your story is amazing! I’m so happy that your prayers were answered because this website is truly inspiring and it helps young women uncover the truths about all sorts of topics. Merry Christmas to you too! Sorry that it is late.


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