How Is Your Soul?

How Is Your Soul?

Where are the steady people?

...How are you?...

...How is your soul?...

What is the difference here?

We have become a world of "how are you's." We have compromised the need for connection, kindness and courtesy. We are living from the outside in; we are allowing the world and our nation to change us and mold us into its people rather than people of God.

Look around you. Our nation has become a place where kindness and gentleness lay buried beneath fear and hate.

We need to stop the fights and start the fight.

I know what you may be thinking. We are supposed to make America courteous again by fighting? Yes. We must join the fight, however, not the fights. 1 Timothy 6 tells us to "fight the good fight of the faith." The difference in our fight is why we fight and how we fight. We fight to pursue righteousness and to live out our faith, and accomplish this by loving God and loving one another.

When we think of a fight we typically think in terms of physical beating or someone being pushed around. God, however, calls us to fight the good fight and fight with love, steadfastness and gentleness.

Love: We all know the power of love. We search for love, yearn for love, live in love and live for love. Love is a force beyond ourselves that keeps us going. Perfect love beats out fear.

Steadfastness: We don't hear this word very often. Most people would not choose steadfastness as one of the three ingredients to this recipe for how to fight the good fight. Steadfastness, however, may be the missing ingredient in our lives right now. Where are all the steady people? We are letting our environment change us.

We are called to be more like God. God is steadfast; He is steady. He never changes and is always there. He is a cornerstone; He is the foundation; He is our rock. I say again, where are all the steady people? Where are all the people who will stand and say God is in control? Who will not compromise their faith? Who will live their life loving God and loving their neighbor as themselves?

... Where are all the steady people?...

Gentleness: Gentleness is how we live all of this out. Our steadfastness needs to be coupled with gentleness. This is the part where we need to be more the the "how is your soul" type of people. We must ask people how they truly are on the inside. We must live from the inside out; we must live and love the life we are given and be inspired and molded by our hearts and our faith rather than our environment. We must fight the good fight with gentleness. We need to listen and be kind. We must show empathy and compassion.

Let's make America courteous again.

Let me start.

Dear Reader,

You are strong and unique; made perfectly by God. I care about you and I believe in you. If you feel like you are alone, know that God is with you and that I am praying for you. I encourage you to do what you love and share that with others. Let's fight the good fight together.

How is your soul?

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.

We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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To The Christian Girl Against Feminism, Religion Isn't An Excuse Not To Fight For Equality

Religion is not an excuse to not fight for feminism.


When I first read the article "I'm A Christian Girl And I'm Not A Feminist..." I thought it had to be a joke. Unfortunately, it was a sad reality.

I am a privileged white female. I came from a middle-class family with a law-enforcement father. I still am smart enough to realize we NEED intersectional, no strings attached, unconditional feminism. Anyone who disagrees is just wrong. In this case, the author is trying to base her outdated sexist beliefs on the Bible, and I am appalled.

At first, I thought it was a joke, I genuinely read the title out loud to my father and even he said it had to be a man pretending to be a woman. As I read the article I realized that sadly this is a girl who has had religion corrupt her life.

Religion can be a beautiful thing, it can change lives and give people hope that they need. I have heard countless stories about how finding a god has made people better, and that is incredible. However, using religion to say women don't deserve the same as men is absolutely absurd.

Part of me wants to scream in her face that she can't be ok with being a victim, another part of me wants to throw my hands up and give up on her and like-minded individuals. However, in a time like ours where women are coming so close to being equals, I can't sit down or act irrationally.

So here are the facts:

1. Women who work fulltime only make 77% of men's salaries on average. African American women only make 64 cents per dollar and Latina women only make 56 cents per dollar. Imagine being just as capable and trained just as well but a guy makes more money than you because he has a penis.

2. One in three women around the globe has experienced sexual violence. ONE IN EVERY THREE. YOU'RE SURROUNDED BY SURVIVORS. If women were considered equals that would not be the case.

3. Only 24% of high-level management positions are held by women. That's worldwide. 195 countries. Let that sink in. This isn't because women aren't smart either, 60% of all United States college degrees are awarded to women.

4. Women are not allowed to vote in many places, like Saudi Arabia or the Vatican. Imagine not having the right to vote! YOU GET NO SAY IN ANYTHING.

You can thank women for your right to work, vote, get an education, practice a religion that you chose, a range of professions, windshield wipers, bras, dishwashers, diapers, need I go on?

Women are strong as hell and your misinterpretation of an outdated book does not dimish all of the amazing things women have accomplished and will continue to accomplish.

To quote one bad bitch, "Power's not given to you. You have to take it." — Beyoncé Knowles Carter.

Now ladies let's get into our feminist formation and fight for our rights!

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