Redeemed Girl Blog

Two are Better than One

Screeching brakes broke the quiet morning calm. The alarming noise was quickly followed by a whirlwind of chaos as our luggage catapulted through the air with the ease of an Olympic gymnast. Coffee cups and croissants joined the fun by doing somersaults into our laps—scoring a perfect 10 for the

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The WOW! Factor: Developing Spiritual Wholeness

Who can turn the world on with her smile?

Who can take a nothing day, and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile?

Well it’s you girl, and you should know it

With each glance and every little movement you show it . . .

So begins the catchy theme song of The Mary Tyler

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The Jesus Bible

A core belief of Redeemed Girl is that revelation causes transformation. Today on the RGM blog, our friend Donna Stuart from Passion City Church shares her experience on reading through The Jesus Bible and how she’s been transformed in the process. Oh, and bonus, she’s one of our Institute teachers,

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The Women of Easter

Mary of Nazareth could hardly bear to look at her son, yet she couldn’t take her eyes off Him. The face she’d scrubbed clean a thousand times was almost unrecognizable, so misshapen were His features.

Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother,… John 19:25

We can almost feel Mary’s heart breaking

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Becoming a Proclaimer of the Resurrection

At dawn on Sunday, Mary Magdalene slipped into the cold Jerusalem morning. Her destination was the garden, where they buried Jesus. Just two days ago, she watched in disbelief and agony as He was tortured and died. She was also there with Jesus’ mother, Mary, as they took His body

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We Rise

Redeemed Girl welcomes back our friend, Tonya Riggle to speak about a topic extremely relevant to women today.

Hear Our Voice

As with typical Americans, I can let an event slide by, replacing it with the newest frazzle that is reported in the news. But one recent event is sticking with

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If My People

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14, ESV

If someone had the cure for cancer,

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My RGI Experience

I didn’t know a soul; I didn’t even know how to get there, I was just counting on the sweet Lord and google maps. I was hoping to get there early and meet the girls in my condo, but of course not even two hours into my drive I got

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Becoming a Woman Who Walks By Faith

For we walk by faith, not by sight.  
2 Corinthians 5:7

Ironically, the mountain which I found myself clinging to for dear life was named, Oh Be Joyful. Truthfully, I would have described it as menacing, foreboding, or fearful, anything except, joyful. It wasn’t even a pretty

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Love, Dating and Marriage with Mary Kate Roberston

Since February is L.O.V.E. month on the Redeemed Girl blog, we decided to sit down with our friend, Mary Kate Robertson and ask her a few questions about all things love, dating and marriage.  

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Marian: So…MK, you’ve blogged before how the Lord answered your prayers for a God-honoring husband who

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Becoming a Woman Who Loves Well

Nearly six years ago today, I sat nervously in my living room and waited for Justin to pick me up for our very first date. After weeks of emails, phone calls, and text messages, we finally planned to meet in person. If you’ve seen the movie “You’ve Got Mail” with

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Christians Dating Christians

Blake Snyder and Jordan Blankenbecler are dear friends of Redeemed Girl Ministries. Blake, once worked on staff with RGM and is now living in Nashville, TN, pursuing a masters degree in counseling at Lipscomb University. We miss her dearly, but we’re delighted to have her and her fiancé join us on

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Redeemed Girl Institute 2017

This was not to be just another women's conference, nor was this to be a one-night pep rally ... this was more, much more. The word whispered in my spirit was “Institute”.

The word institute is from the Latin, which means, “to establish.”

It speaks of laying a foundation that supports and

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My God Is... Wisdom | Romans 11:33

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory

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Set Your Course

A couple of months ago, my husband and I decided to get away for a few days to the East Coast. We began in Boston and then drove up to a beautiful and quaint town in Maine. We discovered that Maine has 65 historical lighthouses spread out along its 5,000

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My God Is... Warrior | Exodus 15:2-3

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory

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My God Is... Victorious | 1 Corinthians 15:57

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory

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Becoming a Woman of Wisdom

Can you believe 2017 is finally here and Christmas is officially over? The radio stations are back to playing their normal tunes, and retail stores are displaying Valentines candy and Easter bunnies. And, if you’re anything like me, your clothes are a little snug from the holiday pounds we all

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My God Is... Truth | John 14:6

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory

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My God Is... Trustworthy | Psalm 33:4-6

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory

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My God Is... Sustainer | Hebrews 1:1-3

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory

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My God Is... The Spirit of Truth | John 4:24

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory

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Prepare the Way

One of my dearest friends and favorite writers, Susannah Baker, is our guest on the Redeemed Girl blog today. Susannah continually points women to Jesus, and her insight into His Word will inspire you to live for His Glory. Today she shares on the beauty and the mystery that is

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My God Is... Sovereign | Isaiah 46:9-10

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory

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Becoming a Woman Who Surrenders

There are sacred moments that force us to step back, take a deep breath and exhale in wonder at the sovereignty and faithfulness of God. I’m currently living in one of those seasons. Holding my newborn daughter in my arms (at 43 years of age) has sent me to a

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My God Is... My Shepherd | Psalm 23:1-2

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory

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New Redeemed Girl Tees

In case you can’t tell, we’re passionate about Jesus and our identity as redeemed girls. If you are too, then let us share something exciting with you. We are thrilled to launch two new tees this month! Hands down, these are the most comfortable shirts you’ll ever own and will

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My God...Sees

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory

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Cultivating a Thankful Heart By Knowing God's Names

“To trust God in the light is nothing but trust him in the dark – that is faith.” C H Spurgeon

It had been almost thirty years since I let go of religious efforts to please God and accepted His saving grace. All my young life I went to

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My God Is... My Savior | Ephesians 2:8-9

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory

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Finding Hope When You Feel "Less Than"

My day started at 4:15 with a hotel wake-up call which said, "Good morning, this is your wake up call. You can either roll out of bed and join us for breakfast or turn over and go back to sleep. But, this is the wake-up call you requested." Weirdest wake

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My God Is... Rest | Matthew 11:28-30

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory

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Becoming a Woman Who Gathers

It’s fall y’all!  In Texas, it certainly doesn’t feel like fall, but I know it is because I see photos capturing (or trying to) the magnificent display of trees as their leaves undergo a spectacular color change. I have seen such with my own eyes only a few times, but

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My God Is... My Refuge | Psalm 18:2

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory

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Adulting is Hard, Friendship Shouldn't Be

Do you remember the (potentially traumatic) day you had to transition from elementary school to middle school?

It sends chills down my spine just thinking about it.

Gone were the days of read–alouds and recess. (Weren’t those the best?!) Now you’re on your own trying to navigate the combination lock on your

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The Journey of Desire

“To live with desire is to choose vulnerability over self-protection; to admit our desire and seek help beyond ourselves is even more vulnerable. It is an act of trust. In other words, those who know their desire and refuse to kill it, or refuse to act as though

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My God Is... My Redeemer | Galatians 4:4-5

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory

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Intentional Discipleship

Editor's Note: 

We are thrilled to have a dear friend of Redeemed Girl on the blog today. Ranelle Woolrich has spent her life investing in women and leading them to Jesus. Over the past decade, I’ve watched her pour her life into others.  Ranelle is a redeemed girl who redeems girls!

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My God Is... Radiant | Hubakkuk 3:4

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory

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My God Is... My Provider | Matthew 6:25-26

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory

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Becoming a Woman Transformed by Truth

A few years back, Disney remade the classic fairytale Cinderella. When I was a little girl, I grew up with the cartoon version and can still close my eyes and imagine her sparkling ball gown, glass slippers, and magical pet mice. Skeptical that anything could be better than the animated

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My God Is... Perfector of My Faith | Hebrews 12:2

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory

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Breaking the Girl Code

Like smoke from burning pancakes, the tension in the stifling air rose, as shoulder-to-shoulder we waited for the doors to open. The concert promised to be the best of the year, but the frustration of the crowded space was inhaling all the happiness away. My man and I tried to

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My God Is... Perfect | Psalm 18:30

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory

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My God Is... Peace | John 16:33

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory

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There's Worth in Waiting

Six is the number of seconds the average person will wait for a website to load on their phone before abandoning it. Fifteen is the number of minutes most are willing to wait on a table at a restaurant. And a blink is how long a handful of you will

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My God Is... Patient | 2 Peter 3:9

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory

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My God Is... One & Only | 1 Corinthians 8:6

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory

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Becoming a Woman Who Abides

My husband and I looked at each other last week, after collapsing into yet another bed, in another home that is not our own, and said, “2016 has been one for the record books…I’m so ready for 2017!” While we are not technically homeless, we have been camping out at

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My God Is... Omniscient | Psalm 147:4-5

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory

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Our Anchor, Worn & Strong

“You may have traveled long and far, across states and time zones to make it to this moment. You may have only traveled a short distance. Maybe you have been looking forward to this week all year, or maybe a friend invited you, and you’re still not quite sure how

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My God Is... Omnipotent | Jeremiah 32:17

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory

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My God Is... Near | Psalm 145:18

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory

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Becoming a Woman of Wholeness

When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had been now a long time in that condition,
he said unto him, “Do you want to be made whole?” John 5:6

“Do you want to be made whole?” At first blush, this seems like a strange

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My God Is... Most High | Psalm 57:2

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory

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My God Is... Mighty | Zephaniah 3:17

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory

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My God Is... Merciful | Ephesians 2:4-5

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory

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Faith Can Mulitply Your Little Into Much

Continuing to grow in Jesus, especially after knowing Him years upon years, is a beautiful and beggarly feat. It's a long-ward journey, often marked by highs and lows, by which we follow Jesus into the depths upon depths of an ongoing intimate relationship, conforming more into His likeness, and walking

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My God Is... Majestic | Exodus 15:11

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory

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My God Is... Loving | 1 John 4:10

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory

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Becoming a Woman of Freedom

This past weekend, those of us who live in the USA celebrated our nation’s freedom. Each year we commemorate the time when a rag tag team of revolutionaries fought and won against tyranny. It was on July 4, 1776, that representatives from the thirteen colonies gathered to sign the Declaration

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My God Is... Lord of All | Nehemiah 9:6

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory

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My God Is... Life-Giver | Genesis 2:7

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory

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My God Is... The Lamb | John 1:29

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory

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My God Is... King | Psalm 93:1

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory

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Hollywood's Best Kept Secret

She starred in thirty major films and was awarded the Golden Globe for “Female World Film Favorite.” She started her own production company and was voted “2nd Greatest Movie Star” of all time by Premiere Magazine. She was chosen by Empire Magazine as one of the “100 Sexiest Stars in

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My God Is... Jealous | Deuteronomy 4:24

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory

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Becoming a Woman of Kindness

Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Colossians 3:12

Kindness is not a virtue we think about on a daily basis, that is, of course, until bulldozed by rudeness. Facing a mean-spirited or selfish person, causes us

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My God Is... Infinite | Jeremiah 23:24

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory

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Lord of the Party

I remember first coming to Christ and not believing that grace was real. It sounded wonderful coming from the mouth of my pastor. The concept was stuff of great stories, but in real life, I wasn’t so comfortable receiving it. To one who had convinced herself that approval must be

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My God Is... Holy | Isaiah 57:15

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory

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Living the Dream But Feeling Discontent

I remember lying on my bed staring up at the ornately detailed ceiling in our apartment in Italy. We had just gotten home from a beautiful Sunday afternoon walk around an Italian park, the children were napping and from all accounts, I was living the dream. The trouble was, I felt

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My God Is... Helper | Psalm 54:4

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory

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My Mother's Legacy

Before anything else has been said, I know that my Mama would want me to preface that she is not perfect. She has made mistakes, she has failed, and she attributes anything else to the grace of God.  But, what my Mama will not tell you about herself is that

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My God Is... Gracious | Isaiah 30:18

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory

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Becoming a Mother

It all started quite suddenly. One day I felt like an 18-wheeler smacked me, leaving me completely depleted of energy and strength.  For real, I’ve never felt so exhausted in my entire life. I didn’t know what was happening as I crawled to bed every night at 7pm, because I

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My God Is... Good | Psalm 136:1

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory

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On The Road With RGM — Africa

Long before I launched Redeemed Girl, I took a Bible study course that literally rocked my world. The course was called Perspectives on the World Christian Movement. It is a 15-week class that examines God’s heart for the nations. I remember taking the class and reading the Bible with fresh

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My God Is... Glorious | Psalm 24:7-8

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory

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Faith + Fashion

This Sunday marks the three-year anniversary of the worst disaster in the history of the garment industry: Rana Plaza, where 1,134 people were killed when a garment factory in Bangladesh collapsed.

Fast fashion allows us to get a cheap new outfit every week, but it’s taking a toll on people and

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My God Is... Father | Romans 8:14-16

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory

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Reminders of God's Love

My oldest daughter turned 22 years old last Friday.

That means that it was 22 years ago that I had my first child.

She was beautiful.

She was tiny.

She was mine.

And I was young – 19 to be exact.

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My God Is... Faithful | Lamentations 3:22-23

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory

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Becoming a Woman of the Word

In 2016, Redeemed Girl launched a new blog series entitled “Becoming a Woman of …” This monthly discipleship feature is all about becoming the women of God that we were created to be. We believe that Jesus redeemed us for a glorious purpose and transforms us into women who radiate

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My God Is... Exalted | Psalm 113:4-5

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory

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The Physical + The Spiritual

Being a virgin in my 20s was easy. Mostly because it’s easy not to have sex when you’re dating life looks like the Sahara Desert.  

But then I moved to New York City. Guys came out of the woodwork to ask me out -- on the subway, after church, online,

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My God Is... Everlasting | Isaiah 40:28

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory

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My God Is... Eternal | 1 Timothy 1:7

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture

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On The Road With RGM

Hey, girls, I’m Emily Wilburn and I am the Outreach Coordinator for Redeemed Girl Ministries. I have the fun job of planning our Girls’ Night Out events. You may be familiar with RGM because of our blog or Marian’s podcasts, but there is one thing most people don’t know.… we

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My God Is... Defender | Psalm 119:114

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture

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Transforming Grace

I will use her.  I will lead her into the wilderness and comfort her. There I will restore her vineyards; turning the valley of trouble into a gate of hope. Hosea 2:14-15

There is something I find uniquely exhilarating and pure, wild and rugged about being in nature.  Breathing

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My God Is... Creator | Revelation 4:11

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture

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Becoming a Woman of Prayer

“We must begin to believe that God, in the mystery of prayer, has entrusted us with a force that can move the Heavenly world, and can bring its power down to earth."
—Andrew Murray

In prayer, the power of heaven comes to earth. The impossible becomes possible.

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My God Is... Compassion | Matthew 9:35-36

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture

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More Than a Swipe

Last week I stumbled upon a post on the Total Frat Move blog which described the “The Perfect Girlfriend.”  (FYI this is one of the most popular websites for college students.) Intrigued by the title and since I am passionate about women, I clicked on the link and found myself

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My God Is... Comforter | 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture

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3 Steps to Overcoming Inadequacy

Although it was twenty years ago (yes, I am dating myself), I remember vividly going through rush during my freshman year in college. Nothing will make a girl question her value, worth, and adequacy like 1200 girls judging your appearance, your conversation, your friends, your grades, your interests, your family,

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My God Is... Beautiful | Psalm 27:4

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture

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We Belong

I wonder if your relationship with Valentine’s Day is anything like mine? For many years, this holiday felt more like Single Awareness Day to me than a day to feel loved. There were plenty of Valentine’s Days I wished would have never happened!

If I had known how my first Valentine’s

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My God Is... Almighty | Revelation 1:8

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture

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Galentine's Day

You know that feeling when you’re SURE that everyone else in the world has a significant other they are texting, a “plus one” to the wedding and a bestie for the restie? That achy lonely feeling of not being sure anyone really sees you?

I remember starting my first big girl

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Becoming a Woman of Purity

As the car pulled up to the terminal, my new friend mustered the courage to ask me a question that burdened her heart for many miles. “Marian, how do I become a woman of purity?” I met this beautiful young woman a few years ago at a women’s conference. She

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My God Is... Able | 2 Corinthians 9:8

Join us this year as Marian Jordan Ellis teaches through the character of God in our new series, My God Is! Each week she will teach a different attribute or name of God in our 5 Minutes in the Word series.

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture

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I Want God's Favor

When we ask someone for a favor, we are asking them to grant us something we want or need, to show consideration or make an exception for us in some way.

I don’t know about you, but I find myself asking God for favors all the time. When I’m late;

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If God is Good, Then Why?

“If God is good, then why does He allow terrible things to happen?” It’s a universal question asked by believers and skeptics alike. Some decide no answer exists, but not Sherri Burgess, the author of Bronner: A Journey to Understand. When Sherri and her husband, Rick (host of the nationally

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New Bible Study + Scripture Memory Cards

Hey Redeemed Girls!

We’ve been holding onto a secret for months now that we finally get to share! We are overjoyed to partner again with our friends at the Scarlet & Gold shop to bring you our brand new scripture cards. You may have seen these beauties on Instagram, but

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Becoming a Woman of Vision

“This year, I will lose 10 pounds.”

“This year, I will pay off my debt.”

“This year, I will not watch Netflix until midnight every night”

“This year, I will … ”

If you are anything like me, you’ve probably heard or made statements such as these over the last week. As soon as

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Redeemed Girl Institute

Hey, Hey, Hey! Marian here, and I have some BIG news to share with you!

We at Redeemed Girl are super giddy today! Not only is this the beginning of a New Year—(Howdy 2016, it is so nice to meet you!) But this is also a huge day for RGM because

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Five Minutes in the Word | 1 Corinthians 10:12-14

So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall! No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide

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Five Minutes in the Word | Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9, NIV

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory verse (Joshua 1:9) in our 5 Minutes in

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The Greatest Story

Here’s a little piece of advice: Never go to the movies with me.  For starters, I’m quite the talker. I fully engage in the experience—out loud.  I will eat your Twizzlers. I'll get really engrossed in the film and drink from your Diet Coke. Then (because I've now slurped down

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Five Minutes in the Word | 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. -2 Corinthians 1:3-4,

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Redeemed

“God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say. Yes, to be sure, but he does what is still more wonderful: he makes saints out of sinners.” ― Søren Kierkegaard

When I was a single girl still living in Houston (today I call San Antonio home), I

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Five Minutes in the Word | Romans 8:28

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. -Romans 8:28, NIV

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory verse (Romans 8:28) in our 5 Minutes in the Word teaching videos.

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Our Tug-of-War for Peace

As I write this, I am in the mountains. It is mid morning here and I am not long free of my pajamas. Sitting on the deck of our cabin, I am in perfect intersection between the cool breeze on my back and the warm sun hitting my legs.  The

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Five Minutes in the Word | Isaiah 43:1-2

But now, this is what the LORD says-- He who created you, O Jacob, He who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you

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Five Minutes in the Word | Psalm 121:1-2

I lift up my eyes to the hills-- where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. -Psalm 121:1-2

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory verse (Psalm 121:1-2) in our 5 Minutes in the Word teaching videos.

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A Recipe for Joy

We are thrilled to have Cheryl Scruggs back on the Redeemed Girl blog as she shares "A Recipe For Joy" this holiday season!

Lights. Camera. Action. That is often what we are feeling with Thanksgiving and Christmas on our heels, isn’t it? No matter what this

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Five Minutes in the Word | James 1:2-3

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. -James 1:2-4, NIV

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail

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On The Road With RGM — New York City

Carrie Bradshaw said it best: “Every year, twenty-something women come to New York City in search of the two Ls: Labels and Love.” What a perfect way to describe the quest that defines most women’s lives. I’m pretty sure the screenwriter had no intention of writing a profound statement about

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Five Minutes in the Word | Matthew 5:14-16

You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light

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Be the Church

For the past few weeks on the RGM blog, we’ve talked about the church. We at Redeemed Girl are church girls to the core and believe firmly that we thrive when committed to and serving in a local community.  So far we’ve addressed the importance of community (Better Together),

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Five Minutes in the Word | Ephesians 5:1-2

Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. -Ephesians 5:1-2, NIV

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory verse (Ephesians 5:1-2)

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Pray for the Persecuted

Persecution of Christians is on the rise across the globe. Most of us watch it occur from the other side of screen and shake our heads in wonder at the senseless hurt endured by our brothers and sisters in Christ. But Scripture tells that we are a body, and what happens

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Five Minutes in the Word | 1 Corinthians 13:6-8

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. -1 Corinthians 13:6-8,

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Don’t Buy The Lie

A few years back, I FELL IN LOVE with a pair of jeans at Nordstroms. They were fabulous! The perfect cut, color, and length (and if youre 511 like me, you know that is hard to do.) I adored everything about them except one thing, the price tag. Lets

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Five Minutes in the Word | 1 Corinthians 13:4-5

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. -1 Corinthians 13:4-5, NIV

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture

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Don't Date the Church

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine dated a guy who —out of the blue— bailed on their relationship.  Fun coffee dates and long romantic talks resulted in an awkward silence. After a frank conversation about his distance, she learned that he held a list of the perfect woman

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Five Minutes in the Word | John 15:12-14

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. -John 15:12-14, NIV

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture

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Better Together

“The physical presence of other Christians is a source of incomparable joy and strength to the believer… the more genuine and the deeper our community becomes, the more will everything else between us recede, the more clearly and purely will Jesus Christ and His work become the one

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Five Minutes in the Word | Matthew 28:18-20

Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything

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On The Road With RGM

We at Redeemed Girl are evangelists at heart. For those of you who know us primarily through our blog, you may not be familiar with this aspect of the ministry.  Each year we visit college campuses across the globe and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to university women. I

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Five Minutes in the Word | Mark 12:30-31

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these."  Mark 12:30-31, NIV

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail

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Standing for Life

It is my honor to have my friend Laura Allred share on the blog today. She is an advocate for life and leads a ministry that stands for the unborn. My friend is a mighty warrior, and I just love her passion, conviction and most of all, her deep love

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Five Minutes in the Word | Romans 8:26-27

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes

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Awakening

Like a rushing wind, Jesus breathe within, Lord have your way, Lord have your way in me,

Like a mighty storm, Stir within my soul, Lord have your way, Lord have your way in me.

I Surrender—Hillsong, 2012


When I first surrendered my life to Jesus

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Five Minutes in the Word | James 5:16

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. -James 5:16, NIV

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory verse (James 5:16) in our 5 Minutes in the

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Healing After Abortion

The numbers are staggering—1 out 3 women in America has had an abortion. The chances are that you, or someone you know well, may be one of those women. I hope you know by our name, Redeemed Girl, that we believe the grace of Jesus is available to anyone. We

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Five Minutes in the Word | John 14:13-14

And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. -John 14:13-14, NIV

Watch now as Marian shares in more detail our scripture memory verse (John 14:13-14)

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Grace After Abortion

You cannot read the news today or tune into social media without one thing becoming crystal clear—the abortion debate is on the forefront like never before. As I watch the videos exposing the atrocities of the industry, I have two responses—my stomach turns and my heart breaks. My heart doesn’t

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Five Minutes in the Word | Psalm 145:17-18

The LORD is righteous in all His ways and loving toward all He has made. The LORD is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.  -Psalm 145:17-18, NIV

I miss the days of sending invitations. Does anyone even remember

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Real Beauty

Hi everyone! My name is Lauren Scruggs Kennedy. I am a Texas girl that now lives in and loves Cali. I am one who may take on too many passion projects, but I can't seem to resist them: my second book, Your Beautiful Heart, released in March, The Lauren

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Five Minutes in the Word | Psalm 63:1-3

O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better

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The Enemy is the Enemy

Today's guest contributor is the reason I can call myself a Redeemed Girl. I honestly do not know where I would be today without her persistent love and grace. Tonya Riggle has walked with me through every stage of my spiritual transformation. She defines the word "friend" in

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Five Minutes in the Word | Luke 11:9-10

So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. --Luke 11:9-10,

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Hey, Freshman Girl...

Our guest contributor today is a woman I am blessed to call my dear friend and ministry partner. Kitty Hurdle serves on the board of RGM, but spends her days loving college women on the campus of The University of Mississippi. (Ole Miss.) She and her husband, Joel, are

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Five Minutes in the Word | 2 Chronicles 16:9

“For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him. --2 Chronicles 16:9, NIV

Have you ever heard a Bible teaching that you’d call a game changer—a truth that so radically altered your understanding of faith that you would

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Follow Me

How do I ever begin to sum up in a simple post one of the most amazing weeks I’ve ever experienced while following Jesus? How about I start from where it all began, by listening to the call of God. Redeemed Girl Institute began for me six years ago,

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5 Minutes in the Word | Philippians 4:6-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  –Philippians 4:6-7 NIV

We live in an age of anxiety. Fear

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She Still Speaks

This year I had the joy of meeting and serving alongside Liz Curtis Higgs at several women’s conferences. As the author of Bad Girls of the Bible, I knew instantly that she was a woman that I wanted to call my friend.  Not only is

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5 Minutes in the Word | 1 Peter 1:18-19

A historical tale or truthful fable, no one is certain...but a treasured story non-the-less. This modern-day parable describes an audacious moment in a young man’s life that would later be elected as the sixteenth President of the United States.

As the story begins, Abe Lincoln took a carriage ride and traveled

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Equipped for the Call

This summer Thursday became my absolute favorite night of the week. Not only was it Pilates night for my personal workout routine, but it was book club night. When 7:30 pm rolled around, you could find me posted up in my living room watching the street for cars to arrive,

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5 Minutes in the Word | Titus 3:5

He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.
Titus 3:5, NIV

Repeat after me, “It’s not about me.” Once more for good measure. “It’s not about

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Summer Reading Had Me A Blast

This past week I spent time on the North Carolina coast with my family and had my version of a perfect vacation. I sat in my beach chair with a front row view of the ocean and spent the entire day reading. I read one book for every day I

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5 Minutes in the Word | Psalm 34:5

Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.
Psalm 34:5, NIV

Summer may bring the heat, but more importantly, summer brings great beauty to each and every state across
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Rock Your Pretty

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been at war with my hair. A life plagued by failed hair experiments, ranging from the latest straightening fads to a ghastly spiral perm disaster. The cherry on top is the warehouse full of styling products and gadgets I’ve purchased over

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5 Minutes in the Word | Galatians 2:20

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Galatians 2:20, NIV

Oneness

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You are The Image of God To Me

You wouldn’t think staring into another person’s eyes for one minute would evoke so much in so little time. I was sitting in on a Biblical Ethics class this past week at the Tennessee Women’s Prison. The assignment was simple. We were asked to partner up with the person to

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5 Minutes in the Word | 2 Corinthians 5:17-18

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. 
2 Corinthians 5:17-18

I’m a book nerd. I love them.

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Real Beauty

The Redeemed Girl blog aims to show women how we can glorify God in every aspect of our lives. This week’s guest contributor beautifully demonstrates a heart for Jesus and utilizes her story and love for fashion to lift high Jesus. I’m thrilled to welcome Lauren Sims to the RGM

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5 Minutes in the Word | First John 3:1

How great is the love the Father lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him.
1 John 3:1 

According to this verse, there is

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The Sun Will Rise Again

There are people you meet in life and you like them immediately and then there are those rare people that you encounter and think, "This woman is a kindred spirit!" This is how I feel about my new friend, Katherine Harris. Not only is she incredilbly talented, but she is

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5 Minutes in the Word | Romans 8:1-2

Have you ever been afraid that people might see right through you? Inside each of us there is a knot-forming feeling in our stomachs that desperately fears being found out. We are afraid that people will be able to see through our façade straight into reality: we are not perfect.

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Friendships & Some Fancy Flatbread

Editors Note: Call us a little (a lot) biased, but we are thrilled to have Austin Boatwright sharing about the gifts of doing life around the table. She's been a long-time friend of Redeemed Girl Ministries as a graduate and condo leader at our Redeemed Girl Institute. This girl

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5 Minutes in the Word | Genesis 1:26-27

Images have shaped us from before the first breath we took. Just think about it for a minute. When you were just a tee-tiny baby your parents, most likely, first saw you in an image on an ultrasound screen. You made your grand debut through an image. Since that moment,

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I Knew He Was "The One"

I knew he was "the one" the day we met.

Not the first hour, mind you. Heaven’s no, those first few hours we were both a jumble of nerves. Like a couple of middle school kids at a dance, standing across the school gym, just staring at each other. Heads down,

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Embrace The Season

We at Redeemed Girl recognize our readers are at a variety of life stages and each of these seasons present their own unique struggles. Our dear friend, Donna Stuart shares a powerful word this week on how we can embrace the season. -- Marian

There is a time for

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Bonus-Mom or Step-Monster?

My initiation into the sorority of motherhood did not take long.  Mine didn't happen after a big gender reveal party and nine long months of carrying an infant in my womb. Nope, my introduction to the mommy world happened overnight. I came home from my honeymoon, put away my wedding

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Cultivating A Healthy Mother-Daughter Relationship

Editor’s Note: This month on the Redeemed Girl blog we invited some incredible women to share wisdom and advice on motherhood! We believe motherhood is a sacred calling and we are never too young or too old to learn about this vital role. We are so thrilled about the women

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A Jesus Centered Business

This month on the RG blog, we've featured women who serve the Kingdom through a variety of callings. One of our favorite partnerships is with our friends at Scarlet & Gold. Hopefully, you've seen our scripture memory cards that we've collaborated to produce. Here is a little secret you

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Faithful in the Small

Editors Note: Jourdan Johnson an incredible worship leader. The girl can lead you into the presence of Jesus like no other! Not only does she have a powerful set of vocal chords, Jourdan has a heart that beats passionately for God’s Kingdom. As a longtime friend of Redeemed Girl Ministries,
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Faith, Fashion, and Photography

This month on the Redeemed Girl blog we get to know a few spectacular women who love Jesus and serve Him in a wide variety of ways. Today, we feature our friend and Redeemed Girl Institute speaker, Kat Harris. Kat is the co-founder of The Refined Woman and

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What's in your hand?

"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things that God has prepared for those who love him." 1 Corinthians 2:9

Called. That word carries with it a dual weight of responsibility and identity. First of all, how do I know if am

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Behold the Lamb

It was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 1 Peter 1:18-19

Last week I ugly cried on

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In Oceans Deep

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You, in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand
-Hillsong United 

Seven years ago, I stood knee deep in the ocean, staring at the immense beauty that God created,

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How My Life Changed at RGI

Hello, my name is Kelsey Marie Wood and I am a Redeemed Girl!

To begin, I first heard Marian Jordan Ellis speak at a Girls' Night Out event at the University of Georgia. I did not expect to be blown away by the truth she shared, but I was! I found

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When God's Will Isn't Clear

I’m on a group message with all of my best friends. These girls are incredible. I often say that these are the girls I grew up with. I don’t mean we all wore smocked dresses and bows in preschool together, I mean we all started seriously following Jesus around the

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He Said. She Said.

Jeff and Jourdan Johnson are dear friends of Redeemed Girl Ministries. Their God-story of dating, heartbreak, restoration and marriage is one I felt needed to be shared with our readers.  They not only share their story but some incredible wisdom. Grab a cup of coffee and settle in for an

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Should I hang out with this Guy?

As Marian’s husband, I have a front row seat to Redeemed Girl Ministries. From events to conversations with young women at our kitchen table, I am the resident male opinion in the house. I hear stories regularly of women struggling in relationships (or undefined relationships) with men who behave like

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Ministry in Marriage

When I was still a single girl, one of my biggest prayers was that I wanted my husband to be my partner in ministry. Now that I am married and serving Jesus with Justin, we love to learn from other couples who do life, marriage and ministry well.

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Pure by Position

Humans are wired to fight for position.  I think the reason why so many of us are drawn to certain things is because we internally want other people to notice us in the same way that we notice others.  I naturally notice successful people and winning teams.  My attention is

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What Can I Do?

“The Superbowl is commonly known as the single largest human trafficking incident in the United States.” (A21 Campaign)  In light of this horrific plight on humanity and due to the fact that this is Superbowl weekend, Redeemed Girl asked our friend and board member, Leigh Kohler to share with us

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Come Home

 Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.
Proverbs 4:27

Last night, I met up with an old friend for dinner. It’s restaurant week in our city (when fine dining restaurants are half-price for charity).  For a food-lover like

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Redeemed Girl Institute

Most of the country is in a polar freeze so what better time than now to talk about SUMMER? Go ahead, close your eyes and imagine aqua waters rolling onto the sugar-white sands of the prettiest beaches in the United States! Then add the companionship of new friends eager to

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Memorizing Scripture in 2015

Join Redeemed Girl Ministries for a yearlong adventure in memorizing scripture. The reason for this journey is because we believe revelation causes transformation. As we meditate on His truth, we are made new. You can join us at anytime throughout the year! 

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Peace

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6

It was the night before Christmas (and all through

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O Holy Night

O holy night!
The stars are brightly shining.
It is the night of the dear Savior's birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.

The lyrics of “O Holy Night” rip through me leaving me in awe of

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The Dance of Surrender

“Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary?"
Mark 6:2-5 

“Let it be done to me according to your word.”  These words were the

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Scripture Memory Cards

Listen to Marian share about Redeemed Girl's new partnership with our friends at Scarlet & Gold! We are excited to launch a yearlong adventure in memorizing God's word in 2015. 

To order your Scripture Memory Cards...visit Scarlet &

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Why Memorize Scripture?

Have you ever thought about the power of a “before and after” photo? You know the ones, right? They are used in magazines and on commercials to show the dramatic transformation in a person after using the product. On display before your eyes is living proof that the product really

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The Greatest Gift

"The son of God became a man so that men could become sons of God." C.S. Lewis

Whenever the weather turns cold I long to wrap up in a cozy blanket, sit by a warm fire and read C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia. There is something uniquely magical

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A Meaningful Table

Well friends, the season of feasting has come upon us. Turkeys and dressing and pumpkin pies - oh my! We at Redeemed Girl love all things food so we couldn’t wait to gather around the table for our first annual Friendsgiving. Since we have such a tight-knit team, it was

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The Idol of Success

Growing up in a small Mississippi town where Batesville, is pronounced “Batesvul,” I come from a family of dreamers. It’s those knucklehead positive people who you just want to punch in the face for always finding a silver lining in everything to achieve something great.

I’m a people pleasing southern girl

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Friendsgiving! Setting the Table

What is a Friendsgiving? According to Urban dictionary it is the celebration of Thanksgiving Dinner with your nearest and dearest.  Since many people today don’t live close to their family, Friendsgiving is a way to celebrate the holiday with your friends who feel like family. And because the

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Consumed With An Eating Disorder

I remember it well. I sat across from her in a café in New Orleans. We had been shopping all day and had stopped for a late snack. I had already spoken to her mother about my concern. I took a deep breath and plowed ahead.

Background: We were college roommates

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A Redeemed Girl: Alex-Anna

A Redeemed Girl is a woman. A story of one life intersecting with the Infinitely Beautiful One, King Jesus. A real person experiencing real transformation as she follows Him. Redeemed Girl is more than a blog, a podcast or a book…we are a community of women experiencing life change as

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When the Guy Seems More Attractive than Jesus

Sitting in an auditorium one fall day in 2007, my eyes were riveted on the speaker. I couldn’t believe he was describing my life to a tee. I knew without a doubt that he was speaking directly to me. You know that unmistakable voice that makes you feel like your

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A Redeemed Girl's Journey from Prada to Jesus

The year is 2001.

I am a wildly successful thirty-year-old Australian woman living in style in New York City. I’m dating a charming, funny and handsome man who is half French/ half American.

It was love at first sight. The first time I saw him, I was a goner. He was wearing

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When A Good Thing Becomes A God Thing

Hi. My name is Millie, and I’m a friend-a-holic.

I need friends. I’m confident that we all do. But like many things in life, some needs can become unhealthy and get out of whack if we don’t keep a close watch over the priority we give them. I confess that I

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#Insta-Friends?

A few months ago, I went to San Francisco to visit a dear friend of mine. One morning, she took me to the most incredible bakery called Tartine. If you’re ever in the Bay area, I highly recommend a visit to this delectable spot! The morning was lovely,

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The Throne: Unveiling Our Idols

I’ve heard it said that the trail of every life leads to a throne.  This old adage means we can examine our lives and see how we spend our time, what consumes our thoughts, what drives our emotions and where we spend our money to discover who or what we

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#FALLUMMER

I recently saw this adorable print on Instagram…



Greetings from the RGM Office where we are filled with autumn envy because we absolutly LOVE fall!

I mean come on, who wouldn't want that adorable fall print hanging in their entry way…celebrating

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Love Thy Neighbor

I’ve been out from under my parent’s roof for a few years now. Can I share one of the things I miss most about living at home? My neighbors. They are wonderful! My parents did such a great job opening their home and making friends with our neighbors. I grew

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When Love is Hard

I awakened this morning with this prayer on my lips: Jesus, please teach me how to love my friend as you love her.  I fell asleep the night before praying for this friend and a struggle I see in her life.  I see a destructive pattern that does not honor

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How To Have A Quiet Time

Grab a cup of coffee and sit down with Marian as she walks through what her daily time with the Lord looks like and she shares a few of her favorite bible resources!

Daily Devotionals:

My Utmost

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Counting the Cost

I am not a fan of puzzles. Never have been. Sometimes I feel like living the spiritual life is like trying to put together a puzzle without the box top picture. Often in my spiritual walk I’ve had to simply let go of what I falsely think is control –

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Effective Discipleship 101

Discipleship is following after the One who knows it all,
 then leading others to the One who paid it all.
David Siwek

This week Redeemed Girl launched a new podcast, Leave. Learn. Love: The Call to Follow Jesus.  In this teaching, Marian looks at the life

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A Few of Our Favorite Things Pt. 2

Friends, we are back with our second installment of our favorite things. Us girls have got to stick together when it comes to our must-haves-won’t-leave-the-house-without-them favorites!  Millie and Rebecca will be sharing and in case you missed Marian and Blake’s favorite things last week, be sure to check it out

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A Few of Our Favorite Things Pt. 1

Julie Andrews danced through the monastery halls singing about raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens and brown paper packages tied up with strings. Redeemed Girl decided that we wanted to share a few of our favorite things! While cream-colored ponies and crisp apple strudels are delightful I’m sure, we wanted

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Confessions of a Former Mean Girl

Every August universities across the nation have Sorority Recruitment. This delightful week, also known as rush, is when girls visit the various sororities on campus hoping to be picked by their dream sisterhood. This week is ripe with heartbreak and insecurity. During rush, young women are rated in each sorority

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Good Summer Reads (pt. 2)

August 1st is just around the corner…where has the time gone y’all?!  With the final lap of summer around the corner, Millie and Blake are back with part two of our “Good Reads” blog! How has your summer reading gone? We would love to hear any of your must-reads!

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Summer Salsa

I’ve often said, “Food is a love language.” And if there is one food group that speaks to my heart it is chips and salsa.  I consider myself a connoisseur of salsa. As a native Texan I love all different kinds.  Chunky. Spicy, Zesty… and everything in between. The following

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Freedom From Self-Hatred

The voice starts whispering to me as soon as my feet hit the floor and grows to a thunder as I near my closet door. 

“You can’t wear half of the things in here anymore.” 

“All of your clothes are too tight.”

“What woman has three different sizes of clothing, hoping that one

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A Drama-Free Summer with the Parentals

There’s a saying, “Some people get ulcers and some people give them!”

Unfortunately, I fit the second part all too well while growing up. My poor family suffered through my first summer home from college. I loved my college friends and had built close relationships that I didn’t want to leave.

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Good Summer Reads (pt. 1)

Ernest Hemingway says, “There is no friend as loyal as a book.” At Redeemed Girl we love reading great books (along with all of Marian’s!) and know that summer can be filled with lots of unscheduled time. We wanted to share some of our favorites that are great for spiritual

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Summer Survival Guide

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word summer?

Pool time? Family Vaca? Work? Internship? School? Boredom?

Whatever the reality for your summer happens to be – more than likely it’s a departure from the norm. Unfortunately, summer is a time that some women tend to

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Healing The Father Wound

This weekend marks the celebration of Father's Day. For many women, this is a time to honor the man who played the most significant role in her formation as a woman. The fortunate ones can point to a dad who faithfully loved his family and sacrificed to do so.

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Mending Broken Friendships

Have you ever had a fight with one of your best friends? If I may say so myself, it stinks…big time!  No one likes to fight with her BFF, but sometimes it just happens. As much as friendships can be one of the greatest gifts, it can also be a

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Delighting in the Differences

Anne Of Green Gables is a delightful movie you should watch as soon as possible if you haven’t seen it! It’s a refreshingly sweet story of both friendship and romance. I learned what a “kindred spirit” was from this movie. My own definition of a kindred friendship is one that

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Holding onto a Good Friend

How to stay intentional in an unintentional world

In the last five years, I have lived in a small college town, a beach metropolis, and in two of the largest cities in Texas (also known as God’s country). All of these life transitions and moves have brought

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Call her blessed

Her children arise and call her blessed.
Proverbs 31:28

We are big fans of our mamas around here and we wanted to take a moment on this special day to celebrate our wonderful Moms. We each sat down to answer a few questions about one of the

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A good friend is...

Here’s a little fact about yours truly: I’m quite the globetrotter. I’m a girl with a passport on standby at all times just in case an exciting adventure should present itself. One of my favorite things about a new travel experience is researching a region, a country or

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Are you hungry for more?

Are you hungry for God to do something amazing in your life?

Are you eager to learn how to study the bible?

Are you ready to be equipped to serve Christ in your generation?

If you are a girl between the ages of 18 – 25 then Redeemed Girl Institute is for

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Easter: The Big Question

Can you believe Easter Sunday is this weekend? I honestly thought winter would drag on FOREVER! Seriously, I wanted to call Winter a cab and send her home. (She was just starting to embarrass herself.) But I digress. Spring is here! Set your toes free from the prison of closed

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Unlocking your shackles of shame (pt. 2)

Hi, my name is Blake and I struggle with shame. 

Shame. It is a dark shadow that blinds us from seeing the light, the truth, the Son.  Last week Millie shared about unlocking the shackles of shame that bind us from living in freedom as believers in Christ.  Her words

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Unlocking your shackles of shame (pt. 1)

My family plays the most intense game of “Hide-n-Seek” ever known to mankind. My youngest sister’s family lives on 14 acres of land in a white farmhouse with a red tin roof and wrap-around porch. It’s an awesome place to play and enjoy the outdoors. And we play everything intensely...think

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How do I know if I am called into ministry?

I can’t count the number of times I’ve been asked a question such as this one. Whether it is a girl I’ve met at a Redeemed Girl event or a Facebook message posted in the wee hours of the morning, so many women today are struggling with the issue of

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Add this to your bucket list

Why do people have bucket lists? Is it because a bucket list carries with it a sense of anticipation? Or accomplishment? Or just hope that something exciting lies ahead? I've never had a bucket list. I tend to live in the present -- I don't dwell on the past or

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Shalom Y'all

Greetings from Israel! Redeemed Girl Ministries is in the Holy Land this week.  

In case I sound a little bit excited in this blog post, that's because I find it impossible not to be overwhelmed by the fact that we have walked where Jesus walked!  Everywhere I turn, the landscape

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RGI: Learning to live for God's glory

I sat on the beach in Destin, Flordia - awe struck by the hand of God. There I was, a former atheist, attending the Redeemed Girl Institute thousands of miles away from my home in Seattle, WA. Only God could have done this. 

Months prior to RGI, Redeemed Girls Ministries started

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Vision for purity

A few weeks ago we posted the blog, “What happens when a guy gets inside a woman’s head…”  Seth wrote about pursuing purity and making Christ the center of his relationship with his girlfriend, now fiancé Whitney!  Today, we are so excited to share with you the “other half” of

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RGI: Not Just A Retreat

Redeemed Girl Institute is a week long retreat for college women to study God's word. Through a week of in-depth Bible teaching and powerful worship, RGI attendees experience a transformation that can only occur in His Presence.  

The goal of Redeemed Girl Institute is that a participant would learn to

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Praying for your future husband

Since February is L.O.V.E. month on the Redeemed Girl blog, we decided to sit down with our founder, Marian Jordan Ellis, and ask her a few questions about all things love, dating and marriage.  The first post in this series is on praying for our husbands.

Blake:        

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I'm Still Waiting

This is not an ordinary Friday night. It’s Friday night of the “love holiday”– Valentine’s Day. If you happen to be reading this on Valentine’s Day, maybe this Friday night IS actually ordinary for you since you’re home reading a blog post! 

It is for me. This night is no different

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Celebrating Love

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast,
it is not proud. It does not dishonor others,
it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with truth.

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Is this really the guy you've prayed for?

Maybe you've seen your friends dating guys that you know are not God's best for them.  Or maybe this has been your story.  "Stephanie" wrote to Redeemed Girl Ministries about how Sex and the Single Christian Girl brought light in the midst of a dark season.  Read further to hear

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A Redeemed Girl's Summer Love Story

It’s hard to find adequate words to describe the experience I had last summer at Redeemed Girl Institute. During my drive to Destin, Florida, I prayed that God would open my heart to all that I needed to hear and that I would be receptive to whatever He had in

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Bold Prayers Honor God

Bold prayers honor God, and God honors bold prayers. God isn’t offended by your biggest dreams or boldest prayers. He is offended by anything less. If your prayers aren’t impossible to you, they are insulting to God. Why? Because they don’t require divine intervention. But ask God to

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What happens when a guy gets inside a woman's head...

When Whitney told her boyfriend Seth, that she wanted to pursue purity in their relationship, he agreed. She had just finished reading Marian's book, Sex and the Single Christian Girl,which solidified her vision for purity. Seeing the impact this book had on his girlfriend, Seth decided to read it too...read

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Day 12 - Mary, did you know...The sleeping Child you're holding is the Great, I Am.

“Mary, did you know…
The sleeping Child you're holding is the Great, I am?”

It’s early Christmas morning. I’m the first awake. As the coffee brews I await the mad rush towards the tree that will happen as soon as two sleepy little boys roll out of bed and

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Day 11 - Mary, did you know...That your baby boy is heaven's perfect Lamb?

“Mary, did you know…
That your baby boy is heaven's perfect Lamb?”


What’s your purpose in life? Why are you specifically here on this earth?

With Jesus, the Bible gives us the advantage of seeing the story of his life from beginning to end. We also get to see his

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Day 10 - Mary, did you know...That your baby boy would one day rule the nations?

“Mary, did you know…
That your baby boy would one day rule the nations?”


Jesus' birth ushered in a new life through His kingdom. In His first advent, Jesus, the King of Kings, came as a sacrificial lamb to pay the penalty for our sin and rescue us from

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Day 9 - Mary, did you know...Your baby boy is Lord of all Creation.

“Mary, did you know…
Your baby boy was Lord of all Creation?”


Falling in love with Jesus has been both instantaneous and incremental.  My heart’s cry at age 25 (when I came to the end of myself) was for God to give me a heart to love Him more

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Day 8 - Mary, did you know...When you kissed your little baby you kissed the face of God?

“Mary, did you know…
When you kissed your little baby you kissed the face of God?”


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk in the footsteps of a historical person? Or to witness the time in which they lived? To see, taste, and

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Day 7 - Mary, did you know...That your baby boy has walked where angels trod?

Mary, Did You Know...
That Your Baby Boy Walked Where Angels Trod?

Last week a group of friends gathered around our dining table to enjoy a Christmas feast.  After a busy day at the Redeemed Girl office, I rushed home to prep the appetizers, heat the apple cider, check the

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Day 6 - Mary, did you know your Son...would calm the storm with His hand?

That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up,

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Day 5 - Mary, did you know...That your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?

“Mary, did you know…
That your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?”

 

Today in our Christmas devotional we examine the question, “Mary, did you know your baby would give sight to a blind man?”  As we have been learning about the characteristics and miracles of Jesus,

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Day 4 - Mary, did you know...He is our deliverer?

“Mary, did you know…
He is our deliverer?”

 

Move over Nicholas Sparks, your books don’t hold a candle to the greatest love story of all time…the Gospel.  The Gospel is God’s love story.  Much like a knight in shining armor, Jesus left the splendor of heaven and stepped into

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Day 3 - Mary, did you know ... Your baby has come to make you new?

“Mary, did you know…
Your baby has come to make you new?”

 

I would like to stop and take a moment to thank the pintrest elite of the world for being so creative and crafty and ingenious.  Let’s go ahead and applaud the lovely Edie Wadsworth from

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Day 2 - Mary, did you know...Would save our sons and daughters?

“Mary, did you know…

Would save our sons and daughters?”


During the Christmas season, our girl Mary gets heaps of attention. We sing carols about her and she gets her fair share of airtime during Sunday morning sermons. While I am a big fan of Mary’s faithfulness, I want

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Day 1 - Mary, did you know...That your baby boy would one day walk on water?


“Mary, did you know…

That your baby boy would one day walk on water?”


Does life ever seem out of control?

Do you ever read the news, then get really depressed because it seems like evil is winning?

Do you ever look at the world

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Redeemed Girl's Christmas Devotional

CeeLo Greene, most famously known as a judge on The Voice, blessed all of our loving socks off when he recorded the song, “Mary Did You Know” for The Bible miniseries, which aired last spring on the History Channel.

As the social media stratosphere debates the best and worst of 2013,

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A Christmas Surcee

Let’s be honest, I am a big fan of receiving.  Receiving gifts is one of my top love languages!  Are you a fan of receiving?  As the Christmas trees are being decorated, I don’t think I am the only one guilty of hinting at what I would like

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What Are You Full Of?

Thanksgiving.

What pops into your head when you think of this holiday? My guess is TURKEY, or just food in general! Then maybe vacation runs a close second? Which would probably lead to time with family? Family time can stir up a wide range of emotions, can’t it?

Let’s go there! My

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Sex and the Single Christian Girl

Eighty percent of young, unmarried Christians have had sex. Two-thirds have been sexually active in the last year. Even though, according to a recent Gallop poll, 76 percent of evangelicals believe sex outside of marriage is morally wrong. Of those 80 percent of Christians in the 18-29 age

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Top 10 Reasons to go to Israel with Redeemed Girl

10.   Walking in the footsteps of Jesus will blow your mind! Seriously… Marian can’t stop talking about how traveling to Israel changed her life. She’s a tinsy bit passionate about this trip and can’t wait for others to share in this life-changing experience.

9.

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Programmed: Are You Being Brainwashed?

Have you ever watched a television show and sensed you were being brainwashed? Perhaps “brainwashed’ is too harsh of a word. After all, that implies something sinister is at hand. Let’s try for a different word, something a little less conspiracy theorist.  How about …influenced…or programmed…or manipulated?  What I’m getting
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A Fresh Start

Last week I spent three fabulous days with one of my best friends in New York City.  Since Anita lives in Australia and I in Texas, we try to connect whenever either of us are anywhere near the same time zone. Since she was planning to be in

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Recap of Redeemed Girl Institute 2013

Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.
 Psalm 34:5

Five years ago, while walking along the shore of Destin, Florida, the Lord birthed a vision in my heart for Redeemed Girl Institute.  At that time, our ministry was primarily focused

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Leaning On The Everlasting Arms

I often tell people who have never met my dad that he is one part Uncle Si from Duck Dynasty and one part Old Testament prophet. Quick witted with a heart of gold, but a fire for God’s glory that is unparalleled. In honor of Father’s Day, I

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Prepared for Service (RGI Testimony)

(Lindsay, far right)

Have you ever looked back on how something that came about at just the right time and thought, "God totally had His hand in that?" That is exactly how I feel about attending Redeemed Girl Institute last summer. The Lord provided just what I needed. His

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Revelation Campaign

Please partner with us in THE REVELATION CAMPAIGN. We want to put a Bible in the hands of every new redeemed girl! 

Your purchase of a Redeemed Girl Sacred Made Print will help raise money for purchasing Bibles for new believers.

These Redeemed Girl-Sacred Made prints comes

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Transformation at Redeemed Girl Institute

(Allie, far left)

As I sit down to write this testimonial, my words seem inept. I have read and heard many girls say, “Redeemed Girl Institute changed my life!” And while this is true, I can’t leave it at that. As all the teachers, leaders, and fellow attendees would

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A Redeemed Girl Pursuing Christ in College

I'd like for you to meet our friend, Jazmyne, a recent RGI graduate. She is a redeemed girl pursing Christ in college.
Redeemed Girl Institute 2012, Jazmyne (centered)

This past summer was one for the books: the good and bad, highs and lows, and proof that growing up never

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Grandma's Thanksgiving Dressing

With just a little over one week to go until my first Thanksgiving as a married woman, my momma drove 6 hours across Texas just to teach me how to cook my Grandma’s dressing. Turkey and dressing is my favorite holiday food: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter...I’d even throw in 4thof July just

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A Mighty Rushing Wind

Raw, unfiltered emotion hit me like a mighty rushing wind. As I took my first steps to walk down the aisle on my father’s arm, the sheer intensity of the moment ripped through me. I was completely undone. Just as wind precedes rain, the tears quickly began to fall. When

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A FIRM FOUNDATION: RGI 2012

Tomorrow the Redeemed Girl Institute advance team departs Texas in route to Destin, Florida for RGI2012. Today I’m busy washing laundry, packing and making last minute trips to Target for “essentials” (as if Florida doesn’t sell sunscreen.)  In the midst of all the errands, my heart is full of anticipation.

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Join us this Summer for Cherished!

Today, sex is marketed as the norm for anyone at anytime in any fashion. God’s beautiful design for sex to celebrate oneness and commitment is now demeaned to nothing more than a cheap hook up. How did we get here?  Christians today are inundated with

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The Redeemed Girl App!

The Vision of Redeemed Girl Ministries is to see women of all ages redeemed by the grace of Jesus Christ, transformed by His Truth and live for the Glory of His Name. A  key component in our achieving this vision is our new smartphone App! At RGM we know “revelation brings transformation.” The more we see,

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When Life Goes Off The Rails, It's Good to Have a Friend.

Screeching brakes broke the quiet morning calm. The alarming noise was quickly followed by a whirlwind of chaos as our luggage catapulted through the air with the ease of an Olympic gymnast. Coffee cups and croissants joined the fun by doing somersaults into our laps—scoring a perfect 10 for the

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Recap of Redeemed Girl Institute 2011

“They will be called oaks of Righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor” - Isaiah 61:3 

This August, forty women from across the country armed with Bibles and beach towels headed down to Destin, Florida for a week of worshiping God, digging into His word, and

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Redeemed Girl Mission and Vision: Oaks of Righteousness

From the very opening lines of Scripture, to the closing lines of Revelation, a beautiful image emerges of a flourishing tree bearing fruit for the glory of God. In Genesis, this is the Tree of Life, found in the middle of the garden that nourished Adam and Eve as they

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Resurrection Love

Resurrection Love

At dawn that Sunday, Mary Magdalene slipped into the cold Jerusalem morning with one thing on her mind. Her destination was the garden, where they had buried her Savior. She was the first person to the tomb. The other disciples were too afraid to

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Redeemed Girl Institute

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RGM is thrilled to announce the third annual Redeemed Girl Institute!  A week of in-depth Bible teaching and discipleship by Marian Jordan for women ages 18-25. The institute will be held July 28-August 3 in Destin, Florida.

Space is limited to 75 women...so don't wait

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    RGM BOOKS

    Wilderness Skills for Women
    Sex and the City: Uncovered
    The List