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#AcceptedByHim: Abigail Rhinehart

Read Abigail's #AcceptedByHim Story: I've always craved God's approval. I was never much of a people-pleaser, preferring to look down at anyone who didn't live up to my standards. But this self-righteous perch didn't get me closer to feeling worthy myself. Even I couldn't live up to my standards, and the guilt only grew after each failure. It's still a battle for me, but through God's relentless pursuit of my heart, I have learned that I don't have to earn His love. I am already #acceptedbyHim. Favored, chosen, forgiven. This type of confidence allows me to freely love others, knowing that I myself am accepted.

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#AcceptedByHim: Eann Tuan

As a Taiwanese American, I could never quite find my place. I was juggling two different worlds. At home, I would eat delicious Taiwanese beef noodle soup, but then at school eat a PB&J sandwich. I was always embarrassed to invite friends over to my house for fear that they would think that it smelled "gross." When I went to college, however, I slowly began to appreciate my culture. I started to crave my dad's handmade dumplings and sticky rice and even took a Chinese class. Recently, a new friend told me "you're so Asian!" Many years ago, I would have been horrified at this comment, but now, I consider it one of the greatest compliments. I am so proud...

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#AcceptedByHim: Joelle Rose Angel

Read Joelle's #AcceptedByHim Story: I always felt a little different than everyone else around me. Growing up in (really) white suburbia no one could understand why my arms had hair on them, what an Armenian was, or why I wasn't allowed to watch pg 13 movies until I was 13. Some of these things led to me being bullied as a kid, but I had no interest in changing who I was. It wasn't until later that I realized that God hadn't made any mistakes in creating me, and that I have always been #acceptedbyhim.

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The Journey of My Sunday Dress

My name is Joelle Rose Angel (formerly Janigian), and I started a blog called My Sunday Dress about 4 years ago (time flies). The idea for my blog came to me as I was praying on my hands and knees in my bedroom (one of my first explicit experiences with divine inspiration). My goal was to talk about issues related to Christian women that weren’t often addressed in the church, I shared primarily through blog posts and YouTube. As time went on I got worn out, balancing a full time job, and blogging was ALOT. I would take random non-planned breaks until recently I realized something had to change. Either I say a final farewell to My Sunday Dress as...

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Chasing the Sun

Let's be Twins! Last Thursday I rushed out of work with my oh-so-comfortable stretchy black pants , and a shirt from about 10 seasons ago. I headed straight for the Liberty Hotel to sneak into their not-so-public women's restroom to transform myself for this shoot. It didn't take me long before I realized that I had gained a few lbs since I tried this dress on in the fitting room of my fav thrift store FOUND, and that row of exactly 30 tiny buttons in the back weren't going to button themselves. Thankfully this very VERY nice lady saw me struggling as I would inhale before attempting each button loop, and graciously offered her services. As you read this post you may be sitting in silence,...

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