Posts tagged Dallas Blogger
CELEBRATE HER: LOUREEN AYYOUB

"My faith is what keeps me always ambitious to create more. If God gave me a voice, talents, and beauty in His likeness, then it is my responsibility to make use of such gifts, spreading a message of love and tolerance. I look to the scripture of the Parable of the Talents, where stewarding what you have been given is of utmost importance. Though it is easier said than done, I don't ever want fear to hold me back, I want to look back and know that I utilized all the blessings that have been bestowed upon me, for something greater than myself."

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"Out of Control"

Our first response is to try to scramble around, pick up the pieces and cling desperately to anything we can possibly control. Maybe if I look good and my life looks good, no one will see the ugly reality. I was good at this, an expert even. I obsessively sought to control everything from food intake to relationships to my personality and appearance. When life seemed out of control, I felt like if I could at least control something then I would come out on top. It got to a point where I began to get recognition from people for being and always looking put together.

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"Answer the Call, Set Her Free!"

I didn’t know what to expect and honestly, nothing could prepare me for the things I witnessed there. The open corruption of this place was unlike anything I had ever seen before! I would watch police officers pull up to the girls wanting to buy sex. People were openly having intercourse on the streets. I would see young, pregnant girls standing on the street corners who didn’t look a day over 13 years old.  People were robbing each other and pulling guns on each other. My heart broke so deeply.

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"Beauty in our Brokenness"

I decided it was time to feel honestly and deeply. I found myself hurt, disappointed, confused, angry and frustrated at a circumstance that did not unfold the way that I had hoped, expected and, even prayed for. Too often, we are so quick to dismiss the feelings that don’t feel good. I learned and I am still learning that God gives us permission to be emotional beings. We can be honest, messy, raw, and undignified before Him. He can handle it all. He prefers that more than when we gloss over our pain. 

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