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Beauty Edition (November/December 2018) EXTRA ARTICLE EDITION

A list of beautiful things. The impact your words can have on people. Hair hacks. The pressure to choose your aesthetic. How to have your own spa day.

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november/december 2018


NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2018

CONTRIBUTORS

- writers -

REBECCA CARAWAY / ROSE DICKENSEN /

AMANDA BROWN / OLIVIA NICKERSON /

JULIA FINDLEY / SARAH CNOSSEN / LISA ELIS

- photography -

LEAH BUFFALINO / RACHEL BROWN /

AMANDA BROWN

- design -

AMANDA BROWN

Volume No. 7, Issue No. 6

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

THEME: PURPOSE

living yellow 04

a collection of 05

beautiful things

JOURNAL ENTRY 07

4 reasons i don’t 09

wear makeup

words like rubies 19

cleopatra + confidence 28

whitewashed tombs,

beautiful heart

30

choosing your style 34

JOURNAL ENTRY 36

credits 37

impact

11

JOURNAL ENTRY 13

hair help 16

spa day

14

cover: Leah Buffalino

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EDITOR’S NOTE

Amanda Brown

EDITOR - IN - CHIEF

Beauty is something that has really been on my mind as of late.

So here’s the story: coming into this semester, I felt really out of

my league and unconfident. To help myself “fake it ‘til I make it,”

I (almost without thinking) tried to always look really put together.

Somehow, this managed to up my confidence.

After people kept commenting on how I looked, I really started

thinking about this. I searched my heart: was I doing this because

of vanity? People suggested I start an Instagram fashion account,

but I always shied away from the idea because, seriously:

who wants to follow an account of me posting pictures of myself?

Finally, though, I figured it out. Looking your best can, of course,

turn into vanity. However, if you’re dressing your best because

you’re trying to take daily steps to choose joy and confidence; if

you’re dressing your best because you want to look professional

and show teachers you’re serious about your education; if you

want to wear yellow because people tell you it makes them happy

. . . do it!

So, I went ahead and started that Instagram account. With each

picture, I try to include a practical, inspirational note to encourage

you to live a yellow life. What is a yellow life? Glad you asked.

Check page four to find out. And, follow me @TheGirlWhoWoreYellow

to discover how to daily choose a lifestyle full of joy,

confidence . . . a little bit of yellow.

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“shoulder grace

train wild beauty

rear majestic transition

and break off from cold love.”

— julia ryan

from pngtree.com

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/ living yellow /

i will say no to negative or untrue thoughts

i will allow myself to be sad

(but i promise to find a reason to smile)

i will always get back up after falling

i will look past the bad and envision better

i will do everything i can to achieve crazy dreams

i will daily encourage others

i will think of others before myself

i will be okay with indulging, but with self control

i will live in light of eternity

i will learn as much as i can in the time given to me

i will give even when i know i won’t receive

i will love even the darkest of people

i will remember that i am beloved

i will take risks, even if i’m scared

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a collection

of beautiful things

windex droplets sparkling in the sun

the liberating feeling of finishing a project

inside jokes

furious pastel skies

car rides filled with sing-a-longs

trips to new places

the wind whipping through your hair

little kids waving at you

freshly baked pastries

getting that I’M AN ADULT feeling

seeing in full color

verses that speak to the soul

friends that text just in time

giving the perfect gift

making someone smile

reminiscing the hellos that started it all

being at peace with the goodbyes that ended it

discovering a new favorite blog

kindred spirits

books that make you cry

movies that change your perspective

but, most of all . . . (flip the page, beloved)

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journal entry

What everyday things do you think are beautiful? Make them really specific and unique. Just

start writing without thinking and see what happens.

insert photo of

everyday beautiful

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4

reasons i

DON’T

WEAR MAKEUP

by lisa ellis

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NOV/DEC 2018 OHBELOVEDONE.COM REASONS I DON’T WEAR MAKEUP

If you’d told my younger self that I’d be writing an article

on makeup today, I would have laughed.

Makeup image created by Freepik

I assumed that because I have

been completely inexperienced

on the subject of makeup for

all of my existence, there would

never be a need for me to write

about it. But as I’ve learned,

just

because you take a different

view point to things doesn’t

mean that you don’t have an

opinion worth sharing.

Perhaps it’s odd that a seventeen-year-old

girl like me has

never tried on makeup in her

life, but it’s true and I don’t

regret it in the least. It isn’t that

I have anything against it—on

the contrary, I think it’s cool

how others wear and use it.

Maybe someday I shall too. But

for now,

this is why I haven’t and why I

don’t.

1

I’ve been influenced

by family.

As with pretty much everything,

we are highly influenced

by the people around

us— and in my case, that

would be my family. Since

I’ve been homeschooled

most of my life and never

had a lot of friends, it’s

been my parents who’ve

been my role models and

my younger sisters, my

peer pressure.

While other girls may

learn to wear make up

from their mothers,

sisters, or friends (and

even if they “learned” it

themselves, chances are

they picked it up because

they saw other people

close to them doing so),

I’ve learned not to wear it

from similar influences.

It isn’t that I, or those

near me, really dislike

makeup—it’s just that for

certain reasons, they don’t

wear it, and therefore, I

never learned to either.

2

Maybe that’s unusual, but

I’ve always been quite satisfied

with how I look. I’ve

been happy with my face,

my skin, my eyebrows, my

lashes, everything. That’s

why I’ve never needed to

wear makeup on a daily

basis. And as for special

occasions – so far I haven’t

yet been to an event

where

I needed it. Call it a reclusive

homeschooler’s life,

but that’s how it’s been.

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3

It takes time that I

don’t have right now.

This may sound like a

lame excuse, but hear me

out. Learning anything

from scratch does take

time, whatever it is. If I,

being so ignorant and

inexperienced in this area,

wanted to start wearing

makeup, I’d have to

learn quite a few things

- including what various

cosmetic products are

used for, what to buy,

where to get it, and how

to use it.

While learning something

like this may really,

really be worth it to some

people, I doubt it would

be so for me—I don’t have

much interest right now,

and I don’t have much of a

need. I feel like

my time can be used for

more important things.

4

The environmental

consequences

This is one reason my

mom never encouraged

me to use makeup. I

learned this from her, that

cosmetic products create a

lot of plastic waste.

Since my family tries to

be aware of these kinds of

things and we try to do

our part, it’s kind of a big

deal. It’s important to me

to do my best to reduce

the amount of garbage I

throw out, and in my case,

makeup is something

I’m more than willing to

sacrifice for that cause. It’s

not the same for everyone

and that’s okay, but in this

was I can reducing my

ecological footprint by a

little bit.

THESE ARE THE

MAIN REASONS

I don’t wear makeup

right now. Maybe that’ll

change someday—I

don’t know. And whether

you use makeup or

not, that’s one of those

things that makes you

you. So whichever it is,

have fun with it. And

remember that it’s the

inside that really counts

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IMPACT

by sarah cnossen

Modesty can be a rather

touchy subject among

young ladies these days.

The world teaches you to

accept yourself for who

you are and what you look

like, and to then dress to

impress—to feel good. But

what does Scripture teach?

And why should we have

standards in regards to

the biblical

standard

modesty? There are two

valuable reasons as to why.

As a follower of Christ, we

are held to a Biblical standard

in that our appearance

should not draw attention to

ourselves, but should reflect

the Light of our Lord and

Savior. Imagine this: you are

an emissary of a great and

beloved king. If you are sent

by him to a distant kingdom

to represent your king

and country, would you be

dressed in rags and dirt? Or

in skimpy, revealing clothes

and cake-y make-up?

No!

You would dress in respectable

clothing befitting a

faithful servant of the great

king you serve. 1 Timothy

2:9-10 addresses not only a

woman’s outward appearance,

but also that of her

character.

However, in this particular

passage, Paul is NOT banning

the use of make-up,

jewelry, clothing, or hairstyle.

He is merely pointing

out that these things are not

meant to be the obsession

of your time and heart. A

woman’s appearance is only

a piece of who she is—not

the whole puzzle! With

that said, how does your

reflection speak as to Who

you serve? The Proverbs say

it plainly, “As in water face

reflects face, so the heart of

man reflects man.” (27:19)

Who you are on the inside

will reflect who you are on

“Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves

with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly,

not with braided hair and gold or pearls or

costly garments, but rather by means of good

works, as is proper for women making a claim

to godliness.”

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the outside, no matter how

you try to suppress it. So,

the physical

standard

take a page from the Biblical

standard and be the same

modest, kind, gentle spirit

on the outside as well as on

the inside.

This particular standard affects

your appearance AND

your purity. You may not

realize it, but as women—no

matter the age—we hold a

great deal of power over our

male counterparts. How

modestly we dress CAN impact

a gentleman’s thoughts

and character.

That said, we have no control

over how they think,

nor what they do with their

thoughts, but we can assist

in doing our best to shine

a pure Light that displays

both an outward and an

inward beauty.

live in.

Men and women

were created differently

for a purpose!

Still, it doesn’t mean

girls should be

constantly covered head to

toe, giving off what I call the

“frumpy” look.

Instead, they should be conscious

(but not overly so) of

the clothing they wear, so

that the tops are not too low

nor the bottoms too short,

and that nothing is overall

too tight—accentuating

the lovely curves we were

created with. It IS totally

possible and incredibly true

that a girl can dress modestly

AND beautifully.

Clothing plays a HUGE

part in the topic of modesty.

How we dress is just as

important as how we act.

Femininity is becoming a

lost trait in this world we

A resource I have relied on from my early teen

years to a decade later is Dana Gresh’s Secret

Keeper. The tips and tricks stored in that little

book are lifesavers when it comes to dress!

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journal entry

Challenge yourself to explain why you dress the way you do. See if you can back it up with Bible.

Then write a modesty manifesto below.

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NOV/DEC 2018 OHBELOVEDONE.COM SPA DAY

spa dayby rebecca

caraway

Want to have a fun relaxing spa day with your friends without leaving the house? Don’t worry!

There are tons of fun and easy ways you can do this!

set-up

If you’re hosting this spa day in your room, make sure everything is clean and tidy. Light a candle

and start playing soft music. Set up some pillows and blankets on the floor for you and your

friends to sit and hang out. If you want to have some snacks, get some that don’t make a lot of

mess. Things such as strawberries, grapes, cheese and crackers, and of course don’t forget the

chocolate!

face masks

In preparation for this article I tried some homemade face masks and I found

one that I really like! This is one of the simplest recipes and most effective:

Pour three tablespoons of dried oats in a blender. Add one

tablespoon of whole milk and mix until you have a paste.

Mix in one tablespoon of organic honey. Let the mix dry on

your face for fifteen minutes and then rinse off with warm

water.

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This mask makes your face feel really clean, refreshed, and smooth once you

wash it off. Its tons of fun to make, super simple, and makes for some funny photos!

paint your nails

Painting your nails is a great activity for a spa day. Depending on what your friends like, you can

get some pretty and sparkly colors, and paint each other’s nails. You can even play some jazzy

music to create a relaxing background, as if you were in a real spa.

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mess with makeup

If you’re allowed to wear makeup practice with eye shadow, lip

gloss, and blush! Remember makeup is just for fun; you don’t need

it to be pretty because God had already made you perfect and beautiful

in his image!

relax!

After a full day of makeovers just hang out and relax! You can do this by playing

a game, watching a movie, or if you’re like me and my friends take a nap! Forget

about everything else for awhile and enjoy some quality time with your friends.

I hope these tips help you and your friends to have a fun and relaxing spa day.

PSST!! If you do try this spa day or the face masks, make sure to post a picture on Insta and tag @OhBelovedOne!

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NOV/DEC 2018 OHBELOVEDONE.COM HAIR HELP

HAIR

by amanda brown

Hair upkeep is NOT easy. You have to wash it every other day, not to mention

tackle dandruff, dryness, frizz, oily-ness, and deadends. And then,

after that, you’re supposed to be able to braid it, curl it, or straighten it?!

Forget it. I’m just cutting it all off.

Before you grab the nearest pair of scissors, here’s a few of my favorite

hairstyle resources. You can get really fancy with hair (hello intricate sixstrand

braid), but honestly there are a lot of beautiful hairstyles out there

that take less than 15 minutes.

Luxy Hair

A FRIENDLY SYNOPSIS: Video

tutorials are my favorite because

I’m a very visual person. Plus,

Mimi (the girl who does most of

the tutorials) is really cute and

nice.

FAVORITE HAIRSTYLES: Mermaid

braid, 3 Insta-Worthy Travel

Hairstyles, + their tutorials on

basic braiding

FIND HER AT: Luxy Hair on You-

Tube

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Kassinka

A FRIENDLY SYNOPSIS: Usually

I don’t like photo tutorials

of hairstyles because I’m like a

confused upside-down turtle and

get very disoriented by the unexplained

jumps in the pictures.

All that to say . . . Kassinka does a

great job with her photography

and I’ve successfully recreated

many of her hairstyles.

FAVORITE HAIRSTYLES: Pullthrough

Braid, Half Up Boho

Braids, Twisted Braid Hair Tutorial

FIND HER AT: Kassinka.com

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Cinderella hair

for reals

I’m always very suspicious of the

YouTube videos that promise

Disney-princess-like hair . . . but

this one actually delivered!

You can find it on YouTube by

looking up Houda Hourani’s Disney

CINDERELLA (2015) Movie

Hair Tutorials Updo and Curls.

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words like

rubies

by olivia nickerson

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I don’t know about you, but when

someone encourages or compliments

me, it makes me feel

either really embarrassed or really

happy. But overall, it makes you

feel really happy, doesn’t it?

On the flip side, words can also

hurt very much. Bitter thoughts

can turn into bitter words, hurting

or breaking relationships.

happy

hurtful

James 3 compares the tongue to

a small rudder that steers a ship.

What James is saying here when

he compares the tongue to the

rudder of a ship is that the tongue

is like the rudder that steers what

we say, and thus, what we do. In

verses 5-8 (ESV) it says, “So also

the tongue is a small member,

yet it boasts of great things. How

great a forest is set ablaze by

such a small fire! And the tongue

is a fire, a world of unrighteousness.

The tongue is set among

our members, staining the whole

body, setting on fire the entire

course of life, and set on fire by

hell . . . no human being can tame

the tongue. It is a restless evil,

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full of deadly poison.”

That passage shows just how

powerful the tongue can be. It

can be used for good, or it can be

used for evil. When we go to the

Word, God clearly states how He

wants us to use our tongue.

Ephesians 4:29 (ESV) says, “Let

no corrupting talk come out of

your mouths, but only such as is

good for building up, as fits the

occasion, that it may give grace to

those who hear.”

We are called, as Christians, to

choose what we say wisely and

to think about what we say before

we say it, that we may bless,

encourage, and edify others.

You may be thinking,

How on earth am I supposed to control

something like my tongue??

“That’s almost impossible.” And I

know. It’s a constant battle. I still

struggle with my response, my

tone of voice, and my emotions

(such as anger). It’s going to be a

battle for the rest of my life.

However, ultimately, it all comes

down to your heart. Matthew

12:34b (ESV) says, “For out of

the abundance of the heart the

mouth speaks.” That’s pretty

scary, isn’t it? What you say and

how you say it is what is really in

your heart: an overflow from your

heart’s condition that comes out

through your mouth.

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And you aren’t ever going to

have a perfect heart condition. We

can’t ever fix it on our own. But

if we turn from our sins and trust

in Christ, that He forgave us from

our sins when He died on the

cross, we are constantly growing

and being molded by God’s

loving hand.

He is always making you to be

more and more like Him when

you are His. Sometimes, however,

we stray, and we lose our goal

in life. Sometimes it’s good just

to question yourself: What is my

passion in life? I ask myself the

same question as I write this. Is

it Jesus? If our passion is Jesus,

we’ll desire to change and to do

good, for His glory and not our

own, to please and honor Him.

And tying that all together, with

what we say to one another and

how we say it. The desire to

honor Christ will effect a change

in our speech.

they’re down, compliment them,

even just smile at them and show

them God’s love, that is beautiful

in God’s eyes. When we are

choosing to use our words to

uplift and help others, we please

and honor God. And that is more

beautiful and precious than anything

else in the world.

I know we’ve all made mistakes

with our tones and words. Our

old sinful nature is always in

conflict with our new self, and we

won’t always win the battle. So

maybe you’re asking yourself, “Is

it too late to turn around?” Never!

When we encourage others when

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Always run to God and cling

to Him, dear girls. Don’t ever

be afraid to ask for forgiveness

of others and most importantly,

of God. He is always ready to

forgive us. As 1 John 1:9 says

(ESV), “If we confess our sins,

he is faithful and just to forgive

us our sins and to cleanse us

from all unrighteousness.”

You’re never going to be perfect

in what you say. But the good

news is that God is with us. He

will help us. Pray to Him for

help. Never give up fighting for

what is the right thing to say.

Choose to encourage others

instead of discourage. Choose

words of life. And as always,

rely on God’s strength, and not

your own.

choose

words

of life

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journal entry

This week, I’m going to use my words to build people up. Here’s a list of my

favorite compliments I’ve received . . . and how I can return the favor.

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cleopatra + confidence by julia findley

These are things I have heard

countless times.

In our day and age, people are torn

about whether or not you should

wear makeup. Some say it’s unnecessary

and a sign on vanity. Others

say there is nothing wrong with it.

HERE IS WHY I WEAR MAKEUP.

It’s for me. I know that sounds conceited

. . . because it is. I want to

look my best, I want to hide the bags

under my eyes because I selfishly

stayed up too late. I want to pretend

my skin looks clear even though I

drink more coffee than water and

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CONFIDENCE

eat my chips instead of kale. I want

glittery eyes that sparkle.

But makeup also has helped me

grow in confidence. When I know

I look my best—even if it’s not my

natural state—I am bolder. I feel

that my bags are distracting someone

and they aren’t wondering why

I don’t sleep. Instead, they see the

sparkle in my eyes and they say I

look awake.

My confidence is what has lead me

to be bold. It led me to inviting a

coworker to church. It led me to explain

to a customer why I believe in

saying Merry Christmas. It led me

to be able to connect with a customer

who lost their house in fire.

My confidence has lead me

to be able to live my life

boldly for Him who made

me.

While makeup is what helps me be

bold in the face of the day, it doesn’t

have to be that for you. In fact you

shouldn’t lean on an earthly crutch.

Instead you should call upon God to

give you the confidence.

Beauty comes from within . . . but

sometimes it is nice to wing your eyeliner

and pretend you’re Cleopatra for a

day.

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WHITEWASHED TOMBS

beautiful heart

by olivia nickerson

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We all have “under-confident” moments.

Those kinds of moments

where we are getting ready

for church one day and just

can’t find the right outfit

to wear, just can’t get your

hair right, just can’t stop

thinking about what people

might think of you and your

outfit.

I kind of had one of those

moments before leaving for

church recently one Sunday

morning. I couldn’t figure

out what to wear. I was

thinking about what others

would be thinking when

they saw my outfit. That’s

some serious fear of man,

isn’t it?

Have you ever had any of

these moments?

Let’s take a look at Addie’s

and Ellen’s stories.

Addie took a deep breath and

stepped in front of the mirror. She

sighed as soon as she saw her

reflection.

I can never look right. The blue

long sleeve was a bad idea. The

pants make me look… ah, I look

so fat! She quickly spun around,

hardly able to look at herself

anymore.

Marching back to her closet,

she flipped through each outfit

she owned. Long dresses, short

dresses, dress shirts, sweatshirts,

long skirts, short skirts, dress

pants, jeans -- it was all too much.

Addie felt tears rising to her eyes

as she dejectedly pulled a cozy

pumpkin sweater and a pair of

black jeans off a hanger. She

decided not to look in the mirror

this time.

“Addalyn!” Her mother was calling

from the kitchen. “You’ll be

late if you spend any more time

on your outfit. The banquet isn’t

supposed to be fancy. Come on,

dear. We have to go.”

Addie panicked. Was her outfit

good enough? What will people

think of me? Do I look too

immature? Are these jeans too

tight? Did I eat too much for

lunch? People will think I look

awful. Pumpkin doesn’t work with

my hair color. Oh no! I forgot to

work on my hair! It’s so plain.

Quickly, Addie ran a brush

through her hair and pinned it to

the side with a bobby pin. Just as

she was about to leave her room,

Addie ran to the closet and pulled

out a long-sleeved gray top and

rushed to the bathroom to change.

She ran downstairs after the quick

detour and pulled on her shoes,

hurrying out the door and into the

waiting car.

Ellen checked her watch for the

fifteenth time that night. Where

was Vincent? He was supposed

to be at the banquet half an hour

ago. She straightened her blazer

and tried not to feel awkward.

Maybe if I mingle with other

people, that will help. She took

a step and nearly knocked into a

girl rushing in through the front

door.

The girl’s face flushed a bright

red as she stammered, “I-I’m so

sorry. Are you okay?”

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Ellen steadied herself and smiled.

“Yes, I’m just fine! Are you all

right? I obviously wasn’t looking

where I was going.”

The girl finally cracked a small

smile and appeared to be somewhat

relieved. “I think I was

really distracted too. We were

almost late to the event, and I’ve

had a rough last two hours. Outfit

decisions and all that.”

Ellen nodded understandingly.

“I’m Ellen. What’s your name?”

“Addie.”

“Nice to meet you. By the way, I

love your outfit! It goes so well

with your hair and skin tone, and

it all just goes so well together.

Where’d you get it?”

“I think I just got it from a thrift

store somewhere. You actually

like it?”

“Yes, I do!”

“Wow. Thanks. I’ve had so much

trouble finding the right outfit to

make me look nice.”

“I know how that is, but honestly,

if I could give you any advice at

all, it would be to not worry so

much about what clothes to wear,

what shoes to put on, what hairstyle

to do. So many years of my

younger life were wasted because

I spent so much time wondering

what people would think of me

and how I looked. It wasn’t until

I heard a good mentor friend

of mine speak about beauty on

the inside, and how that is more

important than beauty on the

outside.”

“You mean what God thinks of

me?”

“Yes! Exactly. God wants us ladies

to not focus on the outside

appearance more importantly

than how the inside condition

of our heart is. Yes, we should

be modest and tasteful in our

dress, being a good temple unto

the Holy Spirit that lives inside

us, but we should working most

importantly on the beauty of our

heart. Do you remember reading

about the Pharisees in the Bible,

Addie?”

Addie nodded. “Yes, but not

very much.”

“Well, in one chapter of Matthew,

Jesus says, ‘Woe to you, scribes

and Pharisees, hypocrites! For

you are like whitewashed tombs,

which outwardly appear beautiful,

but within are full of dead

people’s bones and all uncleanness.’”

“What does that mean?”

“The Pharisees were Jewish

I spent so much time wondering what people

would think about how I looked . . .

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Let your adorning be the imperishable beauty of a

gentle and quiet spirit.

leaders of the law. They knew the

Old Testament inside and out. But

despite that, they were hypocrites

and didn’t practice what they

preached. They were constantly

reviling Jesus and despising Him.

Jesus compared them to whitewashed

tombs, which looked

beautiful and white on the outside,

but inside, their hearts were

‘filled with dead people’s bones

and all uncleanness’: black with

sin and hypocrisy.”

“I think I see what you’re getting

at,” Addie said.

Ellen smiled. “If we’re Christians,

Christ will have taken our

sins upon Himself when He died

on the cross. But we still have to

grow, and throughout our whole

Christian life, sometimes it’s very

easy to get caught up in things of

the world, such as appearance.

But God says to us ladies in 1

Peter 3, ‘Do not let your adorning

be external—the braiding of

hair and the putting on of gold

jewelry, or the clothing you

wear— but let your adorning be

the hidden person of the heart

with the imperishable beauty of a

gentle and quiet spirit, which in

God’s sight is very precious.’

appearance, but inside our heart

is a mess, we become like those

whitewashed tombs the Pharisees

were compared to. God wants us

to be beautiful in character.”

“How on earth do I do that?”

“Well, you can’t do it on your

own, that’s for sure. Pray for

God to work in your heart. I

encourage you to look at Galatians

5:23, which lists all of the

fruits of the Spirit. Find one you

struggle with, such as patience.

Then focus on that one to work

on, keeping in the Word of God to

encourage, strengthen, and help

you.”

“Will you pray for me? I have

a feeling this is not going to be

easy.”

Ellen gave Addie a hug. “Of

course. Although that’s not to say

I don’t still struggle with it. Why

don’t we work on it together?”

You see, Addie, what is most

precious and beautiful in God’s

sight is the beauty of your heart,

which comes from Christ. If we

focus too much on the outside

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choosing

your style

by rose dickensen

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I think it’s fascinating how everyone seems to have their own style. Even the people that

don’t seem to care: they’re “Sloppy Chic.” (Well, maybe not the Chic part . . .)

Lately, I felt like I needed to get my own style. But I became confused when I tried to define

it. Some days I like being vintage. Others, I’d describe it as classy. Still other days, I’m

more eccentric and graphic-designer-y. And during the summer, I don’t mind being a little

boho.

Some people have a whole color palette they stick to religiously: black and white; only

yellow; stick to the wine reds and olives and purples.

I’m here to tell you this: you don’t have to have one style. Really! Don’t wake up in the

morning and decide not to wear that outfit because it doesn’t match your aesthetic.

Some days, you might feel like dressing up a bit more. Wear that dress; rock those high

heels; curl your hair for no reason. On days I’m staying home and studying like a crazy

person, I always do my makeup and wear a cute outfit because it makes me feel confident

(my dad is always like, “Where are you going?! On a date?!”).

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Other days, you might be feeling a little sad, tired, or even cozy (especially when it comes

to finals week!). Feel free to wear your favorite t-shirt, a comfy and chunky sweater, and

those perfect-for-any-occasion Converse.

It’s okay to be boho one day. It’s okay to be a little cozy, “I don’t care” another day.

So: forget the aesthetic!

go with your gut.

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matter how put-together, random, or out of this world it may be.

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Next year, Oh Beloved One is getting REAL. We’re looking at

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