A Facebook Breakup: Do the benefits of media use really outweigh the harm?

    A friend of mine recently endured a painful breakup. Within a few days, all 239 of her Facebook friends knew that her relationship status had changed. In fact, I was one of the hundreds of people who received a mini-feed in my inbox telling me that she was now single. Next to the newsflash was a cartoon broken heart. It seemed like harmless fun, but the reality was that she was really hurting.

    All of this made me ask a question that Nancy and Dannah address directly in Lies Young Women Believe, do the benefits of our constant media use really outweigh the harm?  

The Lie that didn’t make the book: Its just fashion!

Recently, several of you have been duking it out right here on the blog about the topic of fashion—specifically cleavage! Many of you are adamant that low cut shirts and short skirts are fine. Others disagree.  In fact, the debate has gotten so heated; that many of your comments haven’t made the blog because the way you presented your arguments was enough to make me blush (and believe me, I am not easily shocked or embarrassed).
    What’s interesting is that so much debate has been sparked on a topic that we barely mention in the book. But we certainly do want you understand the truth about modesty and the destructive power of immodesty. So, let’s talk about it.
    Dannah Gresh is the co-author of “Lies Young Women Believe. She is also the author of “Secret Keeper” a little book that has a lot to say about this subject. She addressed these very issues in an article for Brio Magazine several years ago. Let’s take a look. 

Erin’s Story (hey that’s me!)

As you begin to search your own heart and life for lies, as you begin to replace those lies with God’s Truth, and as you start to seek freedom from the bondage lies have created in your life, are you afraid to share your journey with others? Are you embarrassed that you have been deceived? Does it seem like you are the only one who Satan has managed to trip up? If so, it is important for you to realize a few things.

But Why Can’t I Look Like Her? A Look at Our Need to Compare

I bet you’ve played a version of the comparison game. Maybe you are constantly judging whether or not other girls are smarter than you, or more popular or more athletic. Maybe you find yourself in constant competition with an older sibling or the flawless celebrities that grace every magazine cover. Maybe you’re always on the lookout to see who is taller or shorter, better or worse dressed or more or less talented than you. The irresistible need to compare seems to be a part of our fabric as women.

Another Dose of Truth

In our newsletter, we promised to address 17 freeing truths here on the site. Check back in the archives to read the first 10 truths along with the honest comments girls have left about the power of those truths in their lives. This week, we are going to address seven more important truths relating to issues like sin, authority, and the church. These truths are the antidote to many specific lies we encountered during our research for the book.

5 More Truths to Set You Free

Lies lead to bondage. Truth leads to freedom. In our newsletter we promised to post 17 truths to set you free here on the website. Last week we tackled five important truths straight out of God’s Word. Be sure to check it out and join the discussion about the power of those specific truths. This week, we will examine five more truths. God’s Word provides the truth we need to combat lies in our lives. Check it out.

Thoughts on motherhood (from a new mommy)

I had a baby this week. His name is Elisha and he is perfect. His little fingers and toes make me weak and I am frequently moved to tears over the miracle of his life. I am in full-on mommy mode. My days are now spent burping, changing, cuddling and feeding this adorable bundle and I’m tickled pink. But, if you had caught me a few short years ago, I would have assured you that a baby was not in the cards for me. If you had asked me about my purpose on the planet, I would have responded with an answer that centered around my career instead of my home and family. I misunderstood God’s design for me as a woman. I am not alone.