Pageant Beauty Tips

I remember back when I was around 6th or 7th grade, and I was so excited to start learning about beauty routines. My mom first taught me about skin care regimens, and then a little late I started learning about hair and make-up. I remember both were really challenging for me, and I definitely made a lot of mistakes along the way [which I’ll spare you from seeing the pictures of]. Later in life I decided to start competing in pageants, just for fun. My sorority nominated me for our college pageant and I ended up doing pretty well. If you’ve followed me for a while now, you know that I eventually went on to compete and earn the title of Miss Arkansas USA 2014. Along the way to reaching the Miss USA stage, however, I had to learn a few tips and tricks to help me present the best me possible.

Before I go any further, however, I want to say a few thing if you’re just getting into pageants… First of all, remember that you’re worth is not determined by anyone but God’s opinion. No matter what a judge might say, or how another girl might look, you are beautiful and made perfectly by our Father in Heaven. So when going into pageants know that you’re not competing against other girls, you are quite literally just trying to present the best version of yourself imaginable. So do what makes you feel confident, and meet as many friends as you can along the way.

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Finding a Fresh Perspective

Do you ever feel stuck in a rut, unable to find a direction in life or motivation? When I’ve felt this way, the best thing I can do for myself is to ask God to help me change my perspective to be more like His. In other words, I ask God for the ability to view life and its challenges with a new lens, to develop values and ideals that both drive and provide me with much-needed direction.

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Proverbs 3: Instagram Live Bible Study

Hi, friends!

If you weren’t able to catch January 2, 2019, “Best New Self” IG Live Bible Study – here’s the replay! AND!! I’m so excited to announce that moving forward, all IG Lives will be recorded and posted as PODCASTS (YAYYY!!!) beginning January 21, 2019, under the title “Coffee & Convo: Christian Conversations About Every Day Topics. Be sure to listen and share with a friend! I seriously can. not. wait!

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Forgiving Ourselves: Luke 15:1-24 IG Live Bible Study

In case you missed our weekly “Best New Self” Instagram (IG) Live Bible Study covering Luke 15:1-24 this week, here’s a replay (see video below)! While studying Luke 15 to prepare for our study, I was greatly reminded of the time period when I finally saw my way of life for what it was – hurtful and sinful – and wanted nothing more than to repent from my old way of living and be made new in Christ. This chapter paints such a beautiful picture of how God waits for us to see the errors of our ways, as well as how He searches for us when we’re lost. I love this chapter of the Bible because it shows me just how much our Father loves us. In each example given in this chapter we see that a prized possession is lost. Why? Because Jesus is trying to tell us that WE are His prized positions, and He wants nothing more than for us to be saved and have a close relationship with Him.

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Self-Care Advice For Those With Faith

Self-care [meaning: anything one does to nurture or care forthemselves] is a concept that’s recently been gaining increasing attention. It’s also a concept that’s often been ignored within the Christian community. I’m not sure if this is because self-care was viewed as self-centeredness, focusing on outer appearance rather than the heart? Who knows. Whatever reason for it, I live in the camp that believes the Bible encourages self-care, even if it doesn’t use the exact word.

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Preparing vs. Ignoring: Facing Life’s Storms

How to Prepare for the Storms of this Life

1 Thessalonians 5:9-24

If we’re honest, we all secretly (or not so secretly) hope for the easiest life possible. We find comfort in the idea that if we do everything right, plan everything perfectly and follow all the rules, then life will be easy. No one will ever get sick. Nothing bad will happen to the people we love. We won’t ever face hardship or setbacks.

The truth is, however, that God never promised those things. He never told us that if we’re good, nothing bad will ever happen. He does tell us that He will make everything beautiful in its time. He tells us that He will work everything out for good for those who love Him. He tells us that He knows the plans He has for us…plans to prosper us and give us hope and a future.

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