On Beauty

moveloseflauntWhy have looks and appearance consumed our every day lives? It’s plastered all over magazines, talk shows, and the like. Everywhere I go I see phrases like, “Trim this, emphasize that, tuck in that belly.. less carbs, more weightloss… lose fat fast… sexiest trend of the year.. what every girl needs…”weight_loss_187usnf-187usnm
I don’t want to be a part of that. I don’t want to be a part of a world that defines beauty from a magazine. I don’t want to be a part of a world that is fooled into thinking “beauty” that has been photoshopped should be sought after in real life. A world that says, “Thin is in.” A world that says, “Show more skin… look and feel sexy.” A world that teaches girls how to be critical of themselves… to hate their so-called “flaws.” Continue reading

The Three P’s!

In today’s society, I feel like there’s so much pressure on women. There’s pressure on how to act, how to dress, how to look, how to be a better mom, how to be a better wife, how to be a better…. you fill in the blank. I know so many women who are stressed daily with all the different demands of life calling out to them all at once. It’s easy to get caught up in it all and lose your focus. Here’s what I have to say to you: Continue reading

I Needed You

A Note from Amber: I know the following poem may be a little depressing..but we really need to consider who is watching us and looking to us as examples. I understand that we are all human and we make mistakes, but please please remember: There is always someone watching you. Someone will pattern their life after yours. What kind of example do you want to set? Continue reading

February Love

month-of-february-snowman-loveHello ladies!!! So I just have to tell you girls that I am so excited for the month of February!! We have some exciting things coming up. For some of us, February is an exciting month. It’s exciting because Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! There’s nothing that touches a girl’s heart more than some chocolate, jewelry, and a little teddy bear. (Insert “awhhhh” here.) It’s a month full of a whole lotta’ love. Continue reading

Marriage – A Permanent Covenant

Marriage – A Permanent Covenant

 by Jessica Shaffer

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©Taken by Jessica Shaffer
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I felt the need to share my opinion after reading and experiencing some of life’s obstacles. I am a huge advocate of implementing one’s faith into their relationship, and in turn letting God be the foundation of a blossoming marriage. To say that “marriage,” is an easy institution is a fallacy. Marriage is an intense, and sometimes capricious commitment that involves many hours of pruning, up keep, and compromise. After six years of marriage, I can honestly say that I’ve given it my all – and in turn it has been the most rewarding experience of my life. Continue reading

Teach Us To Live Well

Teach Us to Live Well by Jessica Shaffer

“Oh! Teach us to live well! Teach us to live wisely and well! Come back, GOD—how long do we have to wait?— and treat your servants with kindness for a change. Surprise us with love at daybreak; then we’ll skip and dance all the day long. Make up for the bad times with some good times; we’ve seen enough evil to last a lifetime. Let your servants see what you’re best at— the ways you rule and bless your children. And let the loveliness of our Lord, our God, rest on us, confirming the work that we do. Oh, yes. Affirm the work that we do!” Psalm 90:12 Continue reading

The Heart of Forgiveness

The Heart of Forgiveness
By: Jessica Shaffer

(C) 2012 Kristina Shaffer

(C) 2012 Kristina Shaffer

Forgiveness. A lot of people think they know what this is. But the truth of the matter is, forgiveness can be twisted into a very selfish thing. It has long been argued that forgiveness is a choice we all make in our lives to help ‘us’ move on. But are we truly forgiving the other person? Or are we saying that we forgive the other person so that we feel complacent. Continue reading

The Gears of Life

My first bike had one gear. Whether I was going fast or slow, uphill or downhill, that gear did everything. My next bike had three gears: one for level surfaces, one for going uphill, and one for going downhill. My third bike had ten gears, allowing me an even broader range of choices. Even though my last bike had several gears to choose from, I didn’t use all of them every time I rode. Some were best suited for starting and climbing, others were reserved for gaining speed, and others were best for a leisurely pace. But the thing about gears is this: Even though I wasn’t using all of them at the time, it didn’t mean I would never need them. Continue reading