I was seriously so excited when Crown of Beauty contacted me. It's an online magazine geared towards Christian tweens & teens. But I, being in my mid 20's, really enjoyed it!
Now that I'm a mom I cringe thinking about Myla growing up in this world. It truly can be ugly and unfortunately so can the people. I actually don't even purchase magazines anymore because I can't stand the bar it sets for girls and I do not want to support it. The moms they put on the covers 2 months after giving birth. No stretch marks, no loose skin, heck not even a freckle or mole. They look "perfect", which in turn makes us other mama's feel about this big.
I regrettably watched an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians the other day and Kim was talking about how she wanted to pose for Playboy magazine just to show her critics "look at me now!" because she was called names in the media because of her weight while pregnant. It made me SO angry! It's called Photoshop people. Oh and don't forget about the professional hair stylist, make up artist, wardrobe stylist, spray tanner, etc. Her "look at me now!" would be a flat out lie yet girls everywhere would believe it. End rant.
This is why I love Crown of Beauty magazine. It's real girls. It talks about everything any other magazine would discuss. Fashion, hair, party planning, dating, etc. But with an emphasis on the importance of inner beauty and being a good person. It discusses seeking not only your Prince Charming but your Lord Jesus Christ. It's also packed with bible verses to encourage and inspire readers.
The only thing I did not like about this magazine was the fact it's not yet published! I pray it is in the future so my daughter can have her own subscription to it when she is older. Not Cosmo, not Seventeen, but Crown of Beauty. God bless y'all! Thanks for reading.
Please, go HERE, to purchase the downloadable issue!
"Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls in over
130 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of
simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. Samaritan’s
Purse works with local churches and ministry partners to deliver the
gifts and share the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ."
-- Samaritan Purse site.
This is our second year getting involved with Operation Christmas Child through our church. It's a nation wide project and I wanted to let those of you who want to get involved know about it! Basically you pick a gender/age and fill a shoe box full of goodies for a child who doesn't get a Christmas... all in God's name.
We chose a girl, age 2-4. I let Myla pick out most of the stuff for her. It was a great opportunity for me to try and explain to her that it was for a little girl who lives far away who doesn't get Christmas and hasn't heard how awesome Jesus is and how much he loves her! We packed the box with clothes, socks, tooth paste, floss, crayons, a note book, glow sticks, a puzzle, flip flops, playing cards and much more! I hit up the dollar store, dollar bins at Target and the clearance rack at Old Navy and Gymboree. I spent around $25.
I try and picture the look on the little girls face when she opens up her box and I tear up. I imagine how LOVED she is going to feel. She will learn that someone out there loves her enough to make sure that box made it to her. That person being God. My hope is that through my simple box (simple right? I can't imagine the items I packed her being a luxury, but to her they will be.) Anyways, that through my simple box she will learn the love that God has for her and she will then begin her lifelong relationship with Him.
So if you are able, please go to THIS site. It will explain everything. How to pack, what to pack, when and where to turn the box in, etc. Speaking of, the boxes are due THIS WEEK. So if you're going to do this, please go now! Look up a drop off location near you and get it in. Even cooler, you can actually build a box online! You can virtually add things and the people at Samaritan Purse will take care of it for you. Just go to the site, it's all there.
Please pass this info along. Blog it. Tweet it. Pin it. Facebook it. Instagram it. Get your children involved. Have each child fill a box! It's such a great learning experience. Thank you and God bless!