Author: BrokenBeautifulBOLD

15 Benefits of Reading The Bible

The benefits of reading the Bible. While there are numerous ways that reading the Bible brings us closer to God and benefits us daily.  Here are a few that I keep close to my heart and serve as reminders for me to stay in the Word on a daily basis: God’s word leads us to salvation. It is written in His word that we are saved when we put our hope in Him.  Even if you are already a believer, rereading the words reminds us that He gave His only son for us to live in Him. John 3:16 ...

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A Chance To Encourage Someone Facing A Difficult Decision

Sometimes making the right decision is easy. Sometimes it isn’t. Everyday, young women in a variety of situations are faced with a difficult decision. Each has just discovered she is pregnant and it isn’t part of their plan. For some, that positive pregnancy test would be a long awaited miracle. For others it would require some serious juggling of life/work/family priorities, but for these girls, it is just plain difficult. There is no better word for it than difficult. I know, because I once was that girl. I was a middle class white girl in a relatively safe environment....

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Guest Blogger’s Corner: Climbing Out of Fear

By Darcy Wiley She’s the youngest of the line-up, but she straps on her gear all the same. We pull the belts through the buckles and double back through to cover up the word “danger” engraved on the metal. She scoots around to show me her shoes are too big. They’re the smallest size behind the desk. We clip the carabiner to connect the harness and rope and my husband takes hold. Our four-year-old tilts her head back and looks toward the industrial-height ceiling. At the very top of the wall, she spies a rock that looks like a baby. She’s determined to get to it. Grabbing two rocks within reach, she puts the rubber-soled tips of her too-big shoes on the lowest stepping stones. She raises her foot to the next level and lunges up, over and again until her tiny frame is almost to the red line. We cheer her on. She looks down at her Daddy holding the rope, then she looks at the ceiling. Up so high, but still so far to go, she hunts around for the next rock. None is an easy reach. “I can’t do it,” she says with her eyes squinted. Just then, her foot slips. She swings out and rams back into the wall. “Get me down, Daddy,” she cries. A lot of my life, I’ve dragged my feet in...

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Guest Blogger’s Corner:It’s Much Harder to Be Someone You’re Not

Rebecca Hession is a featured speaker at the Broken Beautiful BOLD Live Event May 10 in Marion, Indiana. Order your tickets here. I’ve been living in a state of unrest for some time now.  Not the flu, no broken bones, and nothing specific to point to as the cause.  I tolerated it for awhile, swallowed it down, ignored it, bullied it into the corner, and drowned it with a few glasses of red.  It kept coming back, like the stench of rotting food you cannot locate in your teen’s room.  You can spray the air freshener and close the door but lurking inside is still the source and the stench. So I decided rather than mask it or ignore it, I’d stare it down, try and get to know it and seek to understand it.  I spent some time really looking at my feelings and my frustrations, my wants and my regrets.  I dug deep into those things that I’m willing to share and those things that I would never.  I started with my job because, honestly, that’s where I’m spending most of my time these days.  I uncovered a few bits of evidence for my case.  While I still loved so much of my company and my role, there have been some clients and some changes that have me “ruffled”.  My over exaggerated personality had me thinking, “I’ll just...

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Guest Blogger’s Corner: Bedeviled By Semantics With the Broken, Beautiful, Bold Event…

DeShawn Wert, B.S., M.Ed. and ADD Coach is co-hosting the upcoming Broken Beautiful BOLD Live Event and is our guest on the blog today. I’m participating as a co-host at a local live Christian Women’s event in Indiana called Broken Beautiful Bold.  In this event, seven courageous Christian women will share some of the most vulnerable lessons taught by God and faithfully share them, not with their best friends in a small intimate setting, but with total strangers on a live stage! I am NOT doing that, praise Jesus! My part is easy and small.  I’ll introduce those talented voices by sharing their bios and interacting with the crowd.  This is not hard and falls easily into my skill set.  If you know me, you know that… I love people, I love my God and I have the “gift” of gab.  As my little preschool friends say, “Easy,  peasy, lemon, squeezy” (tiny hands dusting off). But as I contemplate the big day, the actual event, and God’s purpose for me as a very small part of this endeavor, I find I that I’m wanting to rearrange the title of this event.  I have wondered at “why” the semantics seem to be getting in the way, now.  It is not because: I’m a control freak.  I’m not. The title doesn’t sound good and roll off the tongue delightfully, not that...

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