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Find Your True Beauty Issue #8: Stressed? Try some solitude...
September 02, 2010

Helping You Find Your True Beauty!

In a world that pressures you to look "picture perfect", join in the search to find your true beauty in Christ! It's there, but just needs discovered.

September 2, 2010

A Peek Inside Today's Issue...

  1. Feeling stressed? Try some solitude...
  2. Free teen girl devos
  3. Supporting Each Other
  4. Stories of Hope
  5. Get Real inC - For Girls Only!

1. Feeling stressed? Try some solitude...

It's hard to fully put in words what God did in my heart this past week. It happened in nature and solitude. A retreat in a lake cabin in Minnesota where some friends we met on one of our speaking engagements invited me to stay...what a blessing to have this time to unplug from the world in order to plug into Jesus.

Because I am an extrovert and get energy from being around people, spending time by myself in solitude is often difficult. It takes some time for the waters of my soul to settle in order to hear from God. And this time was no different. It was awkward at first and I found myself missing my husband. I had dropped him and his friend David off at the Boundary Waters for a canoeing/wilderness trip on Sunday morning and then drove to the lake cabin by myself. I had no way to even call my husband and talk because he didn't get cell phone reception where he was canoeing and camping. Nevertheless, this time of solitude ended up being very fruitful in my heart.

Have you ever thought about taking a retreat by yourself to practice solitude? If not, I encourage you to try it! Even if only for a few hours in a local park or a few days in a retreat center, it can be a powerful time of spiritual growth in your life. I know every time I have taken time for solitude, it has been impactful. My first retreat was less than two full days and I think that was all the time by myself I could handle. But, some very significant healing happened on that trip from some hurts of the past.

So, what a blessing it was to have this time of solitude with God in nature once again. My favorite time of the day was waking up to watch the beautiful sunrises over the lake and listening to the loons. So. Very. Peaceful.

Read the rest of my article and how God broke through in my heart through a time of solitude here:

The Power of Solitude and a Silent Retreat

2. Free Teen Girl Devotionals

Have you signed up for our free teen girl devotionals yet? They are encouragement from God's word each day to help you in your journey to find your true beauty. Over 400 girls have signed up already...sign up at the link below and tell your friends:

Free Teen Girl Devos

3. Supporting Each Other was created to be a place to help and be helped. It's designed to be a community of girls and women finding their true beauty in Christ. Here are some ways people are reaching out to one another and encouraging each other!

Bleeding Beauty

I Don't Know What to do Anymore

Hard Life

4. Stories of Hope

Many girls and women share their stories on my website to offer hope. If you need encouragement, read a few of these powerful testimonies today!

Struggled with Masturbation

My Journey to God

I Had a Baby at Thirteen

5. Get REAL inC - For Girls Only!

On August 14th, our community launched a ministry called Get REAL inC (we're not incorporated, but in Christ!) with a big event called Get REAL & BSMRT addressing many of the tech traps teen girls face every day including sexting, social media, etc. God opened the door for me to speak on REAL Beauty at the event and got me excited about Get REAL inC! Not only do they host annual events in the community but they follow up the events with individual and group mentoring.

We had a blast. Over 250 teen girls and their moms attended our event and launched this ministry in Findlay.

If you are interested in hearing more about Get REAL inC, check out their website at

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Helping you find your true beauty in Christ,

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