This past fall, I released sweatshirts with my blog and ministry’s tagline, “Your Brokenness is Welcome Here.”

I wasn’t sure how it’d go. I haven’t done anything with merchandise in over three years.

All I knew is that I wanted to create more than a message. I wanted to start a movement. I wanted to create more than just a product or another piece of Christian apparel.

So, we put this message on a sweatshirt in hopes that it would not only remind you that God invites YOUR brokenness to the table,

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A few years ago, I was convinced that if I had these things, I’d be happy in life:

  1. A good guy
    2. A house
    3. A job I liked
    4. A dog (and eventually kids).

I thought that if I had the things listed, I’d be set.

I have those things now.

Do they bring happiness to my life? Absolutely.

Do I love these blessings?

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When we hear the word, “confident,” we often think of looking good and feeling good. We think of someone who is self-assured, poised, positive, bold, successful and outgoing.

While someone with those characteristics may be confident, it’s also possible that the girl who looks most confident on the outside can be the most insecure on the outside. I know because I’ve been that girl in my life.

And then that led to compensation —

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“My thighs are just so big, Mom!” I cried inside a dressing room when I was 12.

During my adolescent years, I was in the 90th percentile. I was always one of the tallest girls in school, towering over all my skinny little petite friends.

I hated my body. I felt like a sasquatch.

One time, another girl told me I had thunder thighs.

And that led to a really unhealthy,

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This blog? It didn’t start out as a blog. I had no intentions of growing a big social media following, speaking nationwide, writing devotionals, or partnering with a big publishing house on my first book.

Alas, I just turned in my book manuscript this past week (did I really just say that? That still feels surreal) and that milestone has really challenged me to reflect on all that has happened in a few short years.

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21 Ridiculously Fun Things to Do On Your 21st Birthday (No Alcohol Required)

If you’re anything like I was on my 21st birthday, you might be excited to celebrate the milestone but don’t totally desire the crazy bar scene. You may not be interested in taking 21 shots or blacking out just to say you turned 21.

Perhaps you’re more interested in celebrating LIFE instead of forgetting or wasting it away.

In college and society at large, there’s often an unsaid expectation and uncomfortable pressure to “live it up”

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How to Know If He's the One and Thoughts on Young Marriage

Seriously, how DO you know if he’s the one? How DO you know when it’s the right time to get married–or if you even should?

Society seems to shout, “Don’t get married until you’re older! Don’t throw your life away at a young age! Get your career started! Focus on you!”

And sometimes Christian circles make girls feel like they have to find a “perfect” man with statements like,

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How to Handle Internet Drama as a Christian Girl

Cyber bullying. Exclusion. Division. Facebook rants. Broken relationships. Statements like, “you’re just a racist/sexist/bigot/whatever” float around, even if unwarranted.

We live in a world where it’s so easy to target others from behind a screen.

We live in a world that labels people before seeking to understand people based off of what we see on their profile or in a comment.

We live in a world that’s become so filtered and censored and in-genuine.

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