September Resources for Young Ladies

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Today we are going to take a brief break from our ongoing series, “10 Tips for Beating a Crush,” for our September Resource for Girls!
From the back of the book:
Kyle and Kelsey Kupecky couldn't have dreamed a better love story for themselves had it been scripted by a bestselling novelist like Kelsey's mom, Karen Kingsbury. In fact, if you asked them, Kyle and Kelsey would name God as the author of their story. And they're glad they trusted him to write it for them.
Unfortunately, too many girls hoping for their own happily-ever-after have taken matters into their own hands, chasing after boys when they should be chasing after God. And that inevitably leads to heartache, low self-esteem, and poor choices as girls give in to pressure from media and peers to look and act a certain way to attract guys.
Kyle and Kelsey want girls to know that it's never too late to trust God with their love lives, that wherever they are, there's always hope for the future. Through their own story and the stories of others who long for love, they show girls how to put God first, how to value and protect their purity, how to deal with loneliness and bullying, and how to see themselves as God does--a one-in-a-million girl who deserves no less than God's best.

My thoughts:
I enjoyed reading The Chase a lot. It is a small, quick read but it’s completely packed with potent stories, great advice, and very insightful information about guys!
Though I’m not one to cry in books/movies, one of the stories did move me to tears about how a girl responded with incredible faith and trust to the death of her father.
I love how The Chase emphasized waiting for the right one and not settling for anything less than the best.
I am very appreciative of the honesty and bluntness that characterizes both Kyle and Kelsey’s writing. There isn’t any beating around the bush. They are both to the point and don’t waste time or words. Especially since I do not have time during the semester to devote to tons of reading, I loved how they say what they needed to say and then end the book.
The things I learned about Christian guys were very encouraging. I love hearing about how Christian guys both appreciate and admire modesty. It gives me more resolve in my commitment to both dressing and acting modestly and above reproach.
I also love the chapter on letting the guy lead the relationship. A lot of times, we ladies like to grab the steering wheel and lead the relationship. However, Kyle talks about how much he loved being able to do the pursuing. He loved how Kelsey let him lead and he says that leading their relationship was what changed him from a boy into a man.
Finally, another chapter I loved was “R-E-S-P-E-C-T.” I already knew that guys needed respect, but it definitely made me wonder how much I built up the guys around me. Do I tear them down or do I make them feel important? This especially applies to my brothers and dad. It made me ask myself if I belittled them or encouraged them. Loving the guys around me as brothers means building them up and respecting them.

Sexual content:
There is a chapter about staying pure until marriage. However, everything is discreet and there is no defiling content.

What I didn’t like:
My biggest problem was the translations/paraphrases of the Bible that are used. The translations I use are the ones that stick closest to the actual Greek and Hebrew text. The translations/paraphrases they use were the New Living Translation, The Message, and The Voice—none of which I rely on as good translations.
While I agree whole-heartedly that we should wait for the guy God has for us and not settle for anything less, I did not fully agree with their reason. They keep saying that we deserve better. As a pastor’s daughter, I’m a bit of a stickler about theology. Technically speaking, we don’t deserve anything but death. I believe we should wait for the right one and not settle for less because God wants to give us more than mediocrity. He has molded each of us for a certain young man because He loves to shower us with blessings. God is willing and He desires to give us more, so why should we settle for less?
The last thing is not very big. I had the impression the book was going to be more about chasing God. However, I felt like it was more about not chasing guys. I came away with the question, “So what do I do now?” when I finished The Chase.

Final thoughts:
If you think that you’re chasing guys, then The Chase is for you. The Kupeckys’ love story is inspiring. They contrast each of their past mistakes in relationships with the perfect romance God had written for them.
I do want to let you know that The Chase does not talk much about how to use your single years to your best advantage. It talks about not chasing guys and trusting God to bring the right guy into your life at the right time. For books about not wasting your single years, I would encourage you to check out the posts, July Resources for Young Ladies and August Resources for Young Ladies.
I highly encourage you to read this book and then share in the comments what you learned!

10 Tips for Beating a Crush: Tip 5

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            If you missed the first several posts in this series, I highly encourage you to go back and read them!


5. Stay busy.

Stay busy, but not stressed! Check out the articles, “10 Tips for Reducing Stress: Part 1” and “10 Tips for Reducing Stress: Part 2.”  
Don’t give yourself a chance to slow down and get all emotional and romantic. Daydreaming, especially, is hard to fight if you’re bored! So go play with siblings, your dog, or whatever. Do something nice for your mom or dad. Clean your room. Write a guest blog post. :) Do homework. Write cards! Work on hobbies! The list is limitless.
Staying busy and building healthy habits of diligence will be very helpful in fighting a crush. However, be careful of getting too busy and spending less time with God. The idea is to spend plenty of time with God, but keep busy enough to not give yourself a chance to dwell on your crush.
God has blessed me with an extremely hard working family that will not tolerate laziness. From an early age, my parents have instilled in me the importance of diligence and I’m very thankful for that. Staying busy—especially with things like Morning Glory!—has always been an incredible help for me.
I would encourage you to get involved in your church, and other ministries. This is one of the best ways to stay focused on God, serve other people, and not get distracted by a crush. When you spend your time doing the Lord’s work, it gives you a perspective on your own struggles. The things we struggle with, like not getting any attention from our crush or having him not respond to a text, can seem so silly compared to people who are dealing with the loss of a loved one, a crisis pregnancy, or homelessness.
You will hear lots of talk here on Morning Glory about your ministry potential. What is ministry potential? It’s a “measurement” of sorts of how much time, energy, and love you can pour into ministry. The girls who have the most ministry potential are the ones who are willing to spend much of their time and energy serving, but are also unhindered by other things. For instance, a girl pining away over her unrequited love isn’t going to have as much ministry potential as someone who has whole-heartedly accepted her singleness for the furthering of God’s kingdom. 

Married women with families aren’t going to have the same type of ministry potential that a single girl will. Married women will usually have a smaller (though extremely important) sphere of ministry—raising a family. Single girls have so much more time and energy to give than a married women with three young children.
God has given you these single years for you to go hard after Him. God has given you more time than you will ever have again for ministry. He’s given you all the resources you need to make a difference and to pursue Jesus with your whole heart.
Use these years that God has given you for ministry. You won’t regret it.  Staying busy with ministry will have many rewards:
·          You learn to take the focus off yourself and onto others.
·          You learn to put serving and obeying God first.
·          The guys you will attract will be the ones serious about their walk with Christ. These guys will be more drawn to your heart for God than your looks. These guys are the ones that will make godly husbands one day.
·          You don’t have time to daydream, pine away, and throw pity parties.
·          And you will develop so many more godly character traits.

Practical Tips for Staying Busy:
            -If you find that you have time to daydream, brainstorm ways you can get more involved in ministry.
            -Look for opportunities in your church to serve. Do they need a preschool Sunday school teacher? More backup vocalists for the worship team? Someone to wipe down tables after fellowship time? Pinpoint a need and meet it. If you don’t have a church, then FIND ONE.
            -What are you passions/gifts/talents? For me, I’m passionate about teen girls and I love to write—the result was Morning Glory. Figure out what you’re good at and what you love. Find your special ministry niche.
            -Remember that service starts at home. Yeah, this isn’t going to be the most glamorous work, but it’s the work that will build your character and define you. You can serve your family in more ways than you can serve anything else. Service can mean keeping your room clean, loving your siblings, obeying with a cheerful heart, submission, humility, doing your chores, doing the dishes when no one is looking, etc. True humility serves even when it goes unnoticed.

“For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies.”
2 Thessalonians 3:11

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
Galatians 6:9

“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”
1 Corinthians 15:58

“Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall.”
2 Peter 1:10


Do you find you have extra time every day? What are some ways you plan on getting more involved in ministry? What are things that you are already doing to stay busy? Thoughts or stories? Share in the comments!

10 Tips for Beating a Crush: Tip 4

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4.   Spend time with God.

Read your Bible every day. No buts. No excuses. It’s hard, and sometimes it’s not that interesting. But developing a healthy habit of reading your Bible every day will affect you more than you understand.
When you spend time with God, you tell Him that He’s important in your life. When you start off the day by spending time with Him, you tell Him that He’s the first priority in your life. By shrugging off reading the Bible, you tell Him that He isn’t important in your life.
Years ago, when I started reading the Bible daily, it was a chore. Now, it’s my joy. I can’t go a day without reading it—and some days it’s hard for me to tear myself away. The passages that used to seem boring to me are now coming alive with things I never noticed about God. His character and His love for us comes through in every single page. It is crucial that you make time every day to be with God and to be in His Word.

“Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.”
Psalm 119:105

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
Matthew 6:33

Also, pray a lot. Spend time every day praying for others, as well as yourself. Stay in touch with God. Thank Him throughout the day for the things He’s done for you. Even though God already knows everything about you, pray to Him like He doesn’t know anything. Lay everything out before Him. Don’t hide anything. And then learn to rely on His comfort.

“This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.  And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.”
1 John 5:14-15

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.  Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
Hebrews 4:15-16

Finally, memorize Scripture. I used to be like, “Memorize Scripture? What? Too much work. Besides, I can just Google any verse that I want!” But now I’m discovering how important the verses I’ve memorized are to me. Verses and song lyrics are some of the most helpful things when I’m fighting temptation, such as daydreams.

“Your word I have treasured in my heart,
That I may not sin against You.”
Psalm 119:11

Taylor says this:
This past year God has showed me that being in His Word, and praying to Him about everything that is going on, and asking Him to help me with my busy schedule helped so much. I started spending more time getting to know God better, which caused me to know that He controls my life. This made me realize that I have stopped thinking about the guys I had "picked" out.
Start spending time with God on a regular basis and He will help you think of so many more edifying things.

This tip is not an option—it’s a must. And it’s not different if you’ve got a good or bad crush. Whether you like an unbeliever or a strong Christian doesn’t change the fact that you must spend time with God.

Spending time with God will affect every area of your life. You will find yourself more cheerful, diligent, and confident, to name a few. It will be easier to fight sin and daydreams. God promises that He will make our paths straight when we rely on His Word.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.”
Proverbs 3:5-6

Practical Tips for Building a Quiet Time Every Day:
-Don’t view it as an option. It’s a must.
-Get a Bible reading plan. You can make it or buy one, like the MacArthur Daily Bible.  When I first started reading the Bible every day, I would just choose a book of the Bible and read through it, a chapter a day. Then I used the MacArthur Daily Bible for two years. Now I’m going through a reading program with my church. Any year-long plan is going to have quite a bit of Scripture to read every day. It might be easier for you to start with something lighter. 
-Set aside a specific time every day. It could be right when you wake up, right before you go to bed, after lunch…etc. Whatever works for you. Just make sure that it’s a long enough time allotment that works every day.
-Have a friend/mentor/family member keep you accountable.
-Read your Bible first. By this, I mean that if you have a great novel or school to read, then read your Bible first. So many times, I’ve stayed up reading other things, looked at the clock and realized it was past midnight. And then I was too tired to read my Bible, or I just let my eyes skim over the page. Put your Bible first.
-Pencils, pens, markers, note cards, and notebooks. This is something that I have always done with my Bible reading. I underline verses that I love, and the verses that I really love, I write down on note cards and tape them to my wall. These are the verses I memorize. This is a great way to stay more engaged, interested, and actually glean something out of your reading. Writing down prayers in a notebook can help you stay focused and organize your thoughts.
-Read small enough chunks in your Bible to get something out of it. If you’re just starting to read your Bible, it might be easier for you to read a chapter a day and then try to build that up, over time, to 4 or 5.
-Grow your quiet time. If you can go longer, then go longer. Don’t just stop at thirty minutes if you could work your way up to an hour. The more time you spend with God, the more you grow, and the more emphatically you’re telling Him that He is first place in your life.  


Has spending time with God been a low or high priority in your life? If low, what do plan on doing to change that? If high, what have you learned from it? Thoughts or stories? Share in the comments!

10 Tips for Beating a Crush: Tip 3

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3. Don’t build your life on a guy.

Don’t build your joy, happiness, security, or satisfaction on a guy. It’s not a stable foundation. God is the only thing that can give you true joy and true security. A guy will let you down because he is human. Christ will never let you down. Christ can give you those things even when that guy isn’t at that social gathering, or if you find out he doesn’t like you.
God has given us so much. He has blessed me beyond description and I have every reason to be thankful, joyful, and happy. We need to stay positive and look for reasons to be happy! For more on joy, check out the article by Brittanie called, “5 Ways to Increase Your Joy.”
A fourteen-year-old girl shares her story about this.
So I liked this guy and he liked me and it was great! I had our future all planned out and everything was perfect – I was really happy. Then he started drifting away. I didn’t know what was going on, but I assumed it wouldn’t last. But it did, and it got worse. He began avoiding me, then flat out ignoring me. I wasn’t happy at all anymore. It was like my colorful life turned black and white.
I can see now what my happiness was dependent on, and it wasn’t God. It was my crush. I was so dependent on my crush and him keeping me happy that I didn’t even notice that all my happiness was in the hands in a flawed, inconsistent boy. It should have been in the hands of our flawless, completely consistent God.
Now, I don’t have a crush, and as far as I know, no guys are interested in me. But I’m not sad! I have no reason to be! When I fully put my happiness in God, and not in my crush or my circumstances, then I never have any reason to be unhappy!
I’m starting to understand the phrase “Hallelujah! All I have is Christ!” because I see now that He is enough! And not just enough, He is beyond enough! When all you have is Christ, He can make you sing “Hallelujah!”

Recently, after a melancholy day of not wanting to get things done, I realized that I was making this mistake. I was trying to build my happiness and stability on a guy. Once I realized this, I went outside and spent time in prayer to refocus on my heart on Jesus. Just by spending those thirty minutes with God, I was motivated to come inside and joyfully get my room cleaned and organized. You know your happiness is built on a guy when you’re sad if he’s not there or he doesn’t email/text you back. You know your happiness is built on God when you’re joyful in every situation.

“Though you have not seen Him, you love Him. Though you do not now see Him, you believe in Him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”
1 Peter 1:8-9

“The hope of the righteous brings joy, but the expectation of the wicked will perish.”
Proverbs 10:28

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
Romans 15:13

“He who walks in integrity walks securely,
But he who perverts his ways will be found out.”
Proverbs 10:9


Are you building your happiness, security, or anything on a guy, or are you rooting your joy in Christ? Any stories or thoughts? Share in the comments!

10 Tips for Beating a Crush: Tip 2

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If you’ve missed the first two posts in this series, I encourage you to check them out.


2. Don’t daydream.

This is probably the hardest, but most effective way to beat a crush. From my own life experience as well as conversations I’ve had with other girls, daydreaming is one of the easiest ways to get emotionally attached and one of the hardest things to beat. It’s fun and it feels good. From our vantage point, it also doesn’t seem to have any consequences. In truth, however, the consequences are very dangerous.
You can get emotionally attached extremely easily by daydreaming and before you know it, you’ve given your heart away. When you’re married, do you want to be plagued by thoughts of crushes you had when you were younger? Or would you rather be completely devoted to your husband and honoring Jesus?
A good rule of thumb, also mentioned in 10 Tips for Beating a Crush: Tip 1, applies: don’t think about him in a way that you wouldn’t think about your brother.
For those of you looking to get rid of your crush, you must do this. Even if you apply ever other tip that’s going to be posted, if you keep daydreaming about him, everything else will be a waste. Fighting a crush and getting rid of it means you can’t indulge in those fleeting moments of pleasure.
For those of you trying to manage your crushes, daydreaming is one of the big things that can cause you to desire The Next Step in the relationship. It can make you want to move things along faster than they should. If he's not serious about a future with you, your pace will scare him off.
Daydreaming gives away your emotions and heart faster than you can blink. It’s extremely dangerous, but it is possible to beat it. Here are the stories of two girls who are actively fighting their daydreams.
As Taylor writes,
Do you ever go in default mode and all you can think about is one guy or trying to determine what he's doing at this very moment? I know I do. After several months, I asked myself why this guy was all I would think about. Why was I letting him control my life? I am not even old enough to be in a relationship with intentions of marrying soon.
That is when I decided to stop daydreaming about this guy with my every waking and sleeping moments. I decided to live my life with purposeful thinking and letting Jesus control my thoughts.
Asking God to control all my thoughts is so much better then being buried in daydreams about someone.

Are you willing to fight daydreaming? It’s a hard task that seems to be never ending, full of ups and downs. But as Taylor said, it’s so much better to let God control our thoughts than to daydream.
Brittanie shares her story.
I have a sneaky little habit of getting attached to people, and this can become dangerous if it is left unchecked. In high school, I knew very few boys who were serious about anything. But in college, I have met guys who I know are prayer warriors, guys who exhibit joy even in trials, guys who really love their families—the kind of things that I am attracted to. So then I will start to fixate my mind on them and daydream about all the possible ways our friendship could go.
I have had two serious crushes in college. They began by “liking" the guy, which is pretty innocent and normal, and then becoming their friend. After that, it would develop into basically daydreaming about our future together (I'm kind of a hopeless romantic). Whenever it got to this stage and I realized it, I would have to mentally force myself to stop thinking this way. It is unhealthy because it causes me to desire something that is not mine—a romantic relationship with a boy that I am not in a committed relationship with.
The best defense I have found to this is prayer. Usually, the prayer includes these aspects:
--thanking God for giving me the friendship and example of a godly man.
--asking Him to give me clarity in my emotions/discernment.
--praying that God would help me to desire Him above all else and have peace in my singleness.
--praying for the guy to have discernment and boldness to initiate something between us, if that is God's will.

Both Taylor and Brittanie were willing to put God first in their thought life. I encourage all of you to make a commitment to stop daydreaming, hard as it may be. But remember that it can only be accomplished in God’s strength, through His grace in your life.

Some practical tips for beating daydreams include:
-Setting up springboards for your mind. Check out The Springboard Approach by Liza Grace for more details on how to do that.
-Pinpoint when you’re most vulnerable to daydreams. Is it during history class? Take more notes—or at least doodle! Something to keep your focus. Find out when it’s easiest for you to slip into daydreams. Then arrange your day so that daydreaming at that time isn’t an option.
-Live in the moment. Don't miss the beautiful life God has given you! As someone recently wrote me, "God's will is for me to be in that moment, engaged with the people I am with or doing the tasks I need to be doing. When you daydream, you rob others of your mental and emotional presence, and you are sinning when you ignore the moment God has put you in."
-Brittanie’s advice about prayer!
-Don’t get discouraged when you fail. It’s going to happen. You just need to get back up again and keep fighting.
-Memorize verses. Here are some verses that have helped me a lot in my battle against daydreams.

“We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”
2 Corinthians 10:5

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Romans 12:2

“No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.”
1 Corinthians 10:13

"Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Matthew 26:41

"And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things."
Philippians 4:7-8

“Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
James 4:7

“For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.”
Hebrews 2:18

Are daydreams a big problem for you? Do you find it easy to slip into them? Are you fighting them? What insight have you gained from your battles? Share in the comments!

10 Tips for Beating a Crush: Tip 1

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Today is the first day of our series, “Ten Tips for Beating a Crush.” I’m super excited about this series! Every Tuesday and Friday, I will post one tip for beating a crush. There will be stories from girls just like you who have experienced the same things you’re going through, as well as verses to help you fight.
If you missed the post, “Ten Tips for Beating a Crush—The Heart,” I high encourage you to read that before reading this post. Having all the practical tips in the world won’t help unless you have a heart that desires to put Christ above all else.
Now on to today’s tip for beating a crush!

1.   Change your mindset

Change your mindset from “I’m out of control!” to “I’m not bound to my feelings.” I don’t have to be driven by my emotions.

“Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.”
1 Corinthians 9:25-27
(emphasis added)

Don’t build your life upon your emotions. Discipline your emotions—take control of them! And ultimately, let Christ drive your emotions, rather than letting your emotions drive your attitude toward God.
Yes, emotions are hard to control, but through God’s grace, we can overcome our feelings and surrender them back to God.


Change your mindset from “I need a guy” to “I need God.” Because YOU DON’T NEED A GUY. God created you to need HIM! Not a guy. In the case of most of us, God probably did create us to be the helpmeet for a certain guy. But right now, when we’re not married, we don’t need a guy. Even when we’re married, God is our true need and fulfillment. Putting aside the mindset of “I need a guy” has helped me realize more and more that I need God.

“And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
                                                Philippians 4:19

“So we can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?’”
                                                Hebrews 13:6

Change your mindset from “potential husband” to “brother in Christ.”
A good way to do this is to not allow yourself to think of him in a way that you wouldn’t think of your brother (assuming you have a brother). This helped me a lot. Also, pray for him. And not prayers like, “God, please help him like me.” No, no, no! Remember that guys struggle a lot and they’re fighting sin in their lives just like we are. Especially in this culture and world, our brothers in Christ need our prayers, not our flirtations. Pray for them that God would give them strength and build them into the leaders they are called to be. 

“Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.”
James 5:16

“How can a young man keep his way pure?
By keeping it according to Your Word.”
Psalm 119:9

We need to change our mindset from what Satan and the world wants us to believe to the truth found in God’s Word.  Changing your mindset about yourself and the guys around you is a huge step in beating a crush.


What are your thoughts? Have you found yourself overwhelmed by your emotions? What lies have you believed about guys? What has God been teaching you about staying focused on Him through a crush? Share your comments!

10 Tips for Reducing Stress: Part 2

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On Friday, I posted tips 10-6 for reducing stress. To read that post, 10 Tips for Reducing Stress: Part 1, click HERE!

Here are today’s top five tips for reducing stress!


5. Get up early and go to bed early.

         During the school year when I found myself being overwhelmed with homework, I started getting up at five am. This was one of the best decisions I have made in the last year. I still get up at five every day except for Saturdays and Sundays, when I usually get up at six.

Getting up early helps me get on top of the day, get a whole lot done before the sun rises, and spend some time with God before the craziness of the day.

My goal is to have the lights out by 9:30 since that’s about the time my brain shuts down. Especially recently, I’ve been having trouble maintaining this goal. However, when I do get to bed by 9:30, it gives me enough sleep to be able to get up early and go hard most of the day.

Also, a twenty-minute power nap in the afternoon is totally worth it if your schedule allows. :)

4. Look for time-wasters and eliminate them.

         What occupies your time? Are you stressed because you can’t get your homework done—but then you spend three hours on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, or other social media? Do you watch a lot of movies?

Time-wasters are different for everybody. Discover the easiest ways for you to waste time and set goals to limit or get rid of them. Maybe you only get on social media after everything else on your priority list is done, and you set a timer and as soon as it goes off, so does the social media.

You may find that you’re really stressed because you’re not making the time to do the things that you need to do. Eliminating the things in your schedule that aren’t necessarily will give you a lot more time every day.

3. Don’t cut your quiet time. If anything, make it longer.

This is your fuel! Whenever I don’t get my quiet time in, my whole day is wrecked. I’m usually really emotional, grumpy, and just overall not pleasant. When I do get my quiet time in, I find myself far more cheerful and far more efficient with my time.

When you start off the day with God, you tell Him that He is most important to you. He gives you focus and strength for the day.
And I promise you that spending extra time with Him every day will be more than valuable as your schedule gets crazier.

2. STOP. Just stop and pray.

When I was super duper stressed a few weeks ago, I just had to STOP. I had to stop, pray, and take a step back to view the situation. When you’re overwhelmed, you have to pause and reorient and reorganize your life. Find out if you’re not managing your time well, not getting enough sleep, not spending enough time with God, having wrong priorities…etc.

Once you’ve diagnosed the problem, you can solve the problem must faster. Just stopping to think—even for five minutes—can help reduce stress tremendously.

1. Remember that even if your world is crazy, God is still on His throne.

         Even when you feel like you can’t catch up, or you’re being slammed and there is just no let up, God is still God. He is still Lord, and He is still in control.

I couldn’t seem to get on top of my To-Do list and was feeling overwhelmed. But just remembering that everything is part of God’s plan calmed me down.

Being stressed sometimes can mean we don’t trust God. If we’re working our tails off and things aren’t getting done, we often find ourselves stressing that it never will get done. It’s times like that we just need to trust God that He has given us the time we need. We only need to be good stewards of that time.

There you have it! Ten tips for reducing stress! Which ones are you going to try? Share in the comments!

August Resources for Young Ladies

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Even though it’s the first of September, I’m still going to post August’s Resource for Girls!
Today’s resource is a ministry started by Brett and Alex Harris called The Rebelution: A Rebellion Against Low Expectations.


 I’ve mentioned The Rebelution before here on Morning Glory, but I’d like to encourage you to both pick up their book, Do Hard Things, and follow their site. Both are extremely helpful, practical, and motivating.

Do Hard Things was what killed my idea of having “fun teen years.” I credit Do Hard Things as being one of the major foundations built in my early junior high years that encouraged me to start Morning Glory. Without Do Hard Things, I doubt I would have known that I had potential as a teenager.
Do Hard Things, as well as their blog, shows you that you can rise above low expectations and change the world. As teenagers, we can do big things, too.
Do Hard Things was a best-seller…and it was written by eighteen-year-olds. Visit their site and you will find dozens of stories of other teenagers who are making an impact.
Are you done wasting your teen years? Are you ready to do something? Then check out The Rebelution and read Do Hard Things. You will be changed. And you won’t regret it.

Have you read Do Hard Things? Do you follow The Rebelution? If so, how have they changed your life? If not, do you plan on checking them out?

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