- Have you heard the expression, “Don’t meet your heroes?” I can tell you firsthand that this does not apply to my favorite Canadian, Mary Kassian. I met Mary at True Woman ’18, and it was a little nerve-wracking. Mary “mentored” me through books like Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild when I was in high school, but I didn’t know what she’d be like in person! During our short conversation at TW, I discovered she was even kinder and more gracious than I expected, which is why I’m so grateful for this new opportunity to learn from her. Mary’s latest book, The Right Kind of Strong, officially comes out on Tuesday, and I highly recommend pre-ordering two copies right now. (Trust me—one of your friends will see your copy and want to read it, and you’ll be glad you have a second one.) Then make sure you subscribe to the Revive Our Hearts podcast today because Mary will be on the radio program August 1–12 and you won’t want to miss those episodes!
- “I remember crying alone one night in my room feeling sad because I desperately wanted more friends,” writes Kristen Clark. “Even though I was surrounded by people in my family and church, I still felt left out. I still felt alone. Have you ever felt that way?” Instead of waiting around for good friends to find you, Kristen wants to challenge you to be a good friend right now. Here are four simple ways to pursue friendships.
- So many of us, as we’re facing any form of challenging circumstances, will find ourselves asking, “How soon will this be over?” Phylicia Masonheimer knows what this is like. A few weeks ago, she fractured her tibia in two places and has been recovering from surgery. “Sometimes I sit on my sofa and think about another day and feel that familiar lump in my throat,” she says. “‘When can it be normal again?’ is a human question. But maybe God isn’t after normal. Maybe He’s after holy.”
- If you’ve been on the Internet lately, you’ve probably seen the buzz about The Bachelorette that’s been all over social media. “A statement such as ‘I love Jesus with my whole heart, regardless of what my life looks like’ is a common outlook on what it means to be a Christian, but is it accurate?” If you’ve been curious about how you can talk to friends about this, download this episode of Views from the Porch and check out Bethany Beal’s discussion on IGTV. (And as a bonus: here’s a great podcast episode Allie Beth Stuckey just released to help us, as Christians, sort through the media we consume and to figure out how to fill our minds with that which is lovely and pure!)
- If your senior year hasn’t even started yet, but you’re already getting that panicky feeling any time someone asks what you’re doing after high school, this article is for you! Greg Forster says that the questions you’re probably asking—“Should I go to college? Should I go to trade school? Should I take a gap year?”—can be reframed in light of the gospel call. He provides some good questions for you to start thinking about and also some encouragement: “God has placed you in this time and this space, with this education and those opportunities . . . He’s been with you since before you were born, planning your steps.” Take heart, sister.
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