I desperately wanted to be a writer, but I didn’t feel confident that I could write for my career. So, after I graduated from college, I got a job at an IT consulting company. And I thrived there. I got along well with my coworkers. My boss appreciated my hard work. I got promoted after about a year. I knew that I was where God wanted me to be, but feelings of discontentment still crept in. One of the main reasons I think I struggled with discontentment was because I was falling for these three lies...
Fighting the Lies of My Eating Disorder: Jennifer Smith Lane’s Story
This post was written by Jennifer Smith Lane, the author of Transformed: Eating and Body Image Renewal God's Way. I'm sharing Jennifer's story this week as we approach Eating Disorders Awareness Week (EDAW). Her story is raw and real, but it's also full of hope. If you're struggling with an eating disorder or you know someone who's struggling with an eating disorder, this account will both convict and uplift.
The Me I Need to Be
I know that I already wrote a New Year's post, but I had this idea for a poem that I couldn't not write (and when was the last time I published a poem on TTT?). You've probably been getting bombarded with a lot of content about growth and resolutions, which can be helpful but also overwhelming. I wrote this post as a reminder to myself (and to you!) that although it's important to strive for growth in our relationship with God, He's already sacrificed everything for our salvation and sanctification. And because of that, our faults and failures can be forgiven.
An Encouragement to Girls Struggling with Their Body Image
This post was written by author, speaker, podcaster, and co-founder of Girl Defined Ministries, Bethany Beal, who has written several books for young women. I've consumed so much content from Girl Defined over the years and can't wait for you to read this post written by its co-founder! This post, just like Girl Defined Ministries as a whole, shows girls the truth about their God-given identity.
Dear Ed (My Eating Disorder)
Dear Ed, let’s rewind a few years, shall we? I know you can remember it. I was 16 years old—a junior in high school trying to figure out her college plans, wanting to grow in her writing craft, and internally panicking about what was ahead. And even though I wasn’t exactly sure how I would get there, I knew that I wanted to be a published author. It had really been my only dream since I was a little girl. But you were willing to do anything and everything to make sure that that dream didn’t become a reality.
3 Signs That You’re Settling for the Wrong Guy
You can spot her a mile away—you know, the settler (= the girl who’s settling for a guy who’s very eh). Why does this girl settle for such a loser? He doesn’t love her, let alone care about her. He’s only half-invested in their relationship (if that much). What’s the point of it?
Dear Single Girl, Get Outside Your Comfort Zone
Single Girl, I don’t judge you for any excuse that you’ve made in a desperate attempt to stay inside your comfort zone. But I want you to know that it’s really challenging to meet guys (and do other important things--life's not all about guys) if you stay inside your comfort zone. Please don’t miss the opportunities in front of you simply because they might make you feel a bit un-comfy.
To the Girl Who’s Dating a Non-Christian
When you were in youth group, you were warned about the dangers of missionary dating. Your youth pastor always said that missionary dating was a slippery slope into an unequally yoked marriage. At the time, you completely agreed with your youth pastor. But then you met [insert the name of your boyfriend].
To the Girl Who Doesn’t Love Her Body
You did it. You finally lost that weight. You finally ran that marathon. You finally gave up sugar for a month. You finally fit into your dream size. You finally mastered that workout. And yet something doesn't feel right. You still don't love your body. "So," you ask yourself, "since I don't love my body after I've done all this, when will I love my body?" The answer to that question may initially disappoint you, but I hope you'll find freedom in it.