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De v o t i o n a l s

O n e D A Y

WRI TTEN BY:MORGAN KAWAKAMI

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1Pet er5: 8 T o d a y ’ sV e r s e : Manyyear sagodur i ngacol dDecemberi nMi c hi gan,my f ami l y and Iwentoutt o The Henry For d Mus eum.I t l i t er al l ywasf r eezi ngt hatni ght !Everyonewasdr es s ed f ort heweat her ,coat s ,hat s ,boot s ,al lt her i ghtgeart obe wal ki ngar oundi nt went ydegr eeweat her . Thebes tpartof t heni ghtwaswhenwewoul dgoi nt ot heol dhomesand t ourt hehous es .They wer ewarm!Pl ust her ewer es o manypeopl ecr ammedi nt oas mal ls pace,t hebodyheat wasmuc h appr eci at ed.Thes ehous eswer eol d,s omos t r oomswer es eal edof fbyapl exi gl as swi ndow; al lyoucoul d dowasl ookt hr ought hei tatt her oomswhi l es t andi ngi n t hehal l s . Ir ememberaswewer ewal ki ngoutofonehous e, mymom wal keds t r ai ghti nt ooneoft hepl exi gl as swal l s . Shedi dn' ts eei t !Ofcour s eeveryonewasdyi ngl aughi ng, herf or eheadl ef tal i t t l egr eas emar kont hegl as s ,s hehi t i ts ohar d!Whatani ghtt or emember ,huh? Thi ss t oryr emi ndsmeof1Pet er5: 8whi c hs ays ,“ Beal ert andofs obermi nd.Yourenemyt hedevi lpr owl sar ound l i ke a r oar i ng l i on l ooki ng f or s omeone t o devour . ” Somet i meswecanbegoi ngaboutourl i f eandeveryt hi ng s eemss ogoodanddandy,t henBOOM!Outofnowher ewe ar ef aci ngat t ac ksanddef eat sl ef tandr i ght .Weknow we cannotf or es eewhent hi si sgoi ngt ohappen, butwecanbe pr epar edatal lt i mes .Wecanbeal ertandr eady,s owhen at t ac kcomeswedonotf acedef eat ,butvi ct ory. Haveyoubeen bl i nds i dedr ecent l yorper hapsal ott hi s year ?Maybeyouf eell i keyours t uc ki nas eas onofcycl ed def eat sandmes sups .I t ’ sokay!Godwi l lgi veyougr ace, andf r om t hi spoi ntonHecanhel pyoumovi ngf orwar d. Her e’ st oanews eas onahead; abet t eryouandavi ct or i ous s t oryt ot el l .

PRAYER J e s u s , I t h a n kY o ut h a tY o u h a v ea l r e a d yt o l dmet h a tt h e e n e mywi l l t r ya n da t t a c kme . I a l s ot h a n kY o ut h a tI k n o wY o u a r eo nmys i d e , a n dY o uc a n h e l pmei nmo v i n gf o r wa r d . H e l pmet on ol o n g e rb e b l i n d s i d e d , b u tp r e p a r e da n d r e a d y . N omo r ec y c l e dd e f e a t s , b u tv i c t o r y , b yY o u rn a me .

Thi nk/wri te Ma k eal i s to f wa y st h a ty o u c a nb e t t e rp r e p a r ey o u r s e l f n o tt ob eb l i n d e db yt h ee n e my a n y mo r e . Wh a tc a ny o ud ot o h a v eab e t t e rr e l a v t i o n s h i p wi t ht h eF a t h e r ?

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De v o t i o n a l s

T w o D A Y

WRI TTEN BY:MORGAN KAWAKAMI

Fi ni shi ng the Quarter Hebr ews12:12 T o d a y ’ sV e r s e : I ’ m notmuc hf orf oot bal l .Ofcour s eIwasal waysi nt ogoi ngt ot he games , s i t t i ngi nt hes t udents ect i onandhavi ngf unwi t hmyf r i ends . My knowl edge off oot bal l ,however ;i svery s l i m.One partIdo under s t and t hough i st hatt her ear ef ourquart er s .Quart erf our meanst hegamei sal mos tover ,andt hati st ypi cal l ymyf avor i t e quart er ,s i nceIknow i t ’ saboutt oend! Ihear d as ermon r ecent l y on how t heyearcan bedi vi ded i nt o quart er s , andt hes emont hswear eent er i ngi nt onow, Novemberand December ,t heyar et heendoft hequart er .Theyearof2019aswe know i ti scomi ngt oanend.How ar eyouf i ni s hi ngyourquart er ? Ar eyouwi nni ngwi t hahi ghs cor e,orar eyoucomi ngnec kandnec k wi t ht heenemy,j us twai t i ngt os t artf r es hi n2020. Hebr ews12:12s ays ,“ Ther ef or e,s i ncewear es urr oundedbys uc h agr eatcl oudofwi t nes s es ,l etust hr ow of feveryt hi ngt hathi nder s and t he s i n t hat s o eas i l y ent angl es . And l et us run wi t h per s ever ancet her acemar kedoutf orus ,f i xi ngoureyesonJes us , t hepi oneerand perf ect eroff ai t h.Fort hej oy s etbef or ehi m he endur edt hecr os s ,s corni ngi t ss hame,ands atdown att her i ght handoft het hr oneofGod. ”Wear et orunwi t hper s ever ance,f i xi ng oureyesonJes us ,andf i ni s hs t r ong.Jes ushaspai dt hepr i cef or everyt hi ngt heenemyt r i est ot hr ow ourway.Hebr ewst el l sust o t hr ow t hos et hi ngsof f .Turnoveryourcons t ants t ruggl e,l aydown t heunheal t hyr el at i ons hi ps ,andrunt oJes us . I t ’ st i me t of i ni s h your f ourt h quart er s t r ong s i s t er !No mor e s l ac ki ng,nomor ej us tl i vi ngl i f et ohaveagoodt i me.Gods aysrun s t r ong,Is ayruns t r ong,wi l lyou?

THI NK/WRI TE: Takeami nut et o r ef l ectoveryour year .Ar eyouhappy wi t hi t ? I st her eanyt hi ngyou coul dorwoul dwant t oc hange?How can youf i ni s ht heyear s t r ong? Takes omet i met o wr i t et hes eans wer s downandl i s t ent o whatt heFat hers ays .

P r a y e r : F a t h e r , I a d mi tt h a tI h a v en o tb e e nd o i n gwh a tI k n o wI s h o u l db e . P l e a s e f o r g i v eme . G i v emeg r a c ea n ds t r e n g t ht of i n i s ht h ey e a rs t r o n g . H e l pmet or u nmy r a c ea n dl a ye v e r y t h i n gd o wna tY o u rf e e t . I l o v eY o u . UNCOMMONGI RLMAGAZI NEN o v e m b e r 2 0 1 9|9


TodayIam gr at ef ulf orwher eIam.I ’ m notwher eIus edt obe,and I ’ m notyetwher eI ’ m goi ng,butI ’ mt hankf ulYourhandhasnever l ef tme. AsIgr ow i nYourwor dands eekYoui npr ayer ,Ias kt hatYou woul ds how met hepat ht ot akedur i ngt hi st i meofmy l i f e.I under s t andt hats eas onsar eapar tofl i f e, andIwantt oappr eci at e whatYou’ r et aki ngmet hr oughr i ghtnow. God,gi vemet hegr acet oacceptt hehar dpar t sal ongwi t ht he good.To embr ace t he moment s ofdi f f i cul t y as much as t he moment sofdel i ght .Ipr ayt hatYouwoul dbemys us t enance,as Yourwor dpr omi s est hatYouwi l l !Youar et hel i f t erofmyhead andmys t r engt hwhenIam wear y.ToYouIcommi tt hi sdayand eachdayt hatf ol l ows , f ul l yt r us t i ngt hatYouhavemybes ti nt er es t i nmi nd.

Iknow Youof f er peace,and byf ai t h, Iaccepti t .

God,Ipr ayf ormyt houghtl i f edur i ngt hi ss eas on.Ipr ayt hatYou woul dhel pmet odoasPhi l i ppi ans4: 8s ays : t ot hi nkont hi ngst hat ar et r ue and honor abl e and r i ght and pur e and l ovel y and admi r abl e,excel l entandpr ai s ewor t hy.Thati swhatwi l lgi veme t hepeaceIneed!Iknow Youof f erpeace,andbyf ai t h,Iaccepti t . Lor d,You des er ve s o much mor et han Ican gi ve,butI ’ m s o t hankf ulYouar epl eas edwi t hmyhear t . Todaywi l lbegr eat ,andIt hankYouf ort hat ,God.

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De v o t i o n a l s

T h r e e D A Y WRI TTEN BY:MORGAN KAWAKAMI

WELCOME BACK Zephani ah3: 17 T o d a y ’ sV e r s e : Novemberi spr obabl ymyf avor i t et i meoft heyear .Il ovei t ,andal latt hes amet i meIgets ad becaus eIknow t heyeari scomi ngt oanend.Ihaven' tr eal l yeverbeent heonet ol ookf orwar d t ot henew year .Iwi s hIcoul dcampouti nOct ober-Decemberal ways !Iwi l ls ay,al ongwi t h everyoneel s epr obabl y,t het hi ngIgethopef ulaboutasappr oac hi ngt heendoft heyear ,i s pi c ki ngoutar easi nmyl i f et hatIwantt os t artf r es hi n. How hasyouryearbeen?Takeami nut eandt hi nkabouti t .Whatdi dyoul i ke,whatwashar d, whatdoyou wantt owor k on comi ngi n 2020?Zephani ah 3: 17 s ays ,“ YourGodi spr es ent amongyou,as t r ongwarr i ort her et os aveyou.Happyt ohaveyoubac k,he’ l lcal m youwi t hhi s l oveanddel i ghtyouwi t hhi ss ongs . ”Nomat t erwhathasgoneoni nyouryear ,youcanbe encour aged,uncommongi r l ,Godi shappyt ohaveyoubac k.Whatagoodf eel i ngt oknow t hat Hewi l lcal m uswi t hHi sl ove,andt hatHei sours t r ongwarr i or ,al wayss avi ngus .Don' tbe af r ai dt orunt oGod,andal l ow Hi mt or ef r es hyous oyoucans t artnew. Asyougoi nt o2020beencouraged,you’ vegott hi s !Per hapsyou’ vebeenr i ghtont r ac k,keep i tupandcont i nuepus hi ngi nt oGod’ spr es ence!Per hapst hough,youar el ooki ngf orwar dt o s t art i ngt of r es h. Jus tknow, Godi shappyt ohaveyoubac k, andIam pr ayi ngandbel i evi ngt hi s wi l lbeyourbes tyearyet .

P r a y e r : A b b a , wo w, I n e v e rk n e wY o uwo u l d b eh a p p yt oh a v emeb a c k . I h a v es t r u g g l e d t h i sy e a ri ns oma n ywa y s , a n dt ok n o wY o u s t i l ll o v emef i l l smewi t hh o p e . I s u r r e n d e r t oY o u , a n dI g i v emya l lt oY o u . D r a wmet o c l o s e rt oY o u , a n dc a l mmewi t hY o u rl o v e . I a ml o o k i n gf o r wa r dt omyn e wt o mo r r o w a n df u t u r ewi t hY o u . I l o v eY o u .

THI NKANDWRI TE: Ias kedyouear l i erhow your yearwas .Takeami nut et o wr i t eas horts ummaryofyour year .Al l ow Jes ust os peakt o youands how youwaysi n whi c hyournew yeari sgoi ng t obebet t er .

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F o u r D A Y WRI TTEN BY:MORGAN KAWAKAMI

Happi ly Ever After Romans15: 13 T o d a y ’ sV e r s e : Di dyougr ow upwat c hi ngDi s neyf ai ryt al esandpr i nces ss t or i es ?I wi l ladmi tIhadn' twat c hed t hem i n al ongt i me,butnow t hatmy daught eri sf ourIknow manyoft hem l i ket hebac kofmyhand.Whata gr eatl i f et oi magi ne,everyoneal waysendsuphappi l yeveraf t er .Then yougr ow up,andyour eal i zet hos ef ai ryt al es t or i esar ehar dt ocome by.Hol l ywoodhasbeenl yi ngt oyou.Wher edi dt hehappi l yeveraf t er go?It houghtt hatwaswhatl i f ewasgoi ngt obe. I fyouf l i pt hr ought heBi bl eyouwi l lf i ndc har act er ss uc hasJonah, Davi d,Paul ,Mary,Mos es ,and Job,t ol i s taf ew,whodi d notqui t e exper i encet hehappi l yeveraf t er .Ats omepoi ntal ongt hewayt hey f aced har ds hi ps ,l os s ,and c hal l enges t hatwe can’ teven i magi ne. Romans15: 13s ays , “ Mayt heGodofhopef i l lyouwi t hal lj oyandpeace asyout rus ti nhi m,s ot hatyoumayoverf l ow wi t hhopebyt hepower oft heHol ySpi r i t . ”Ii magi net hatal loft hes eBi bl ec har act er sont hei r j ourneyswer ef i l l edwi t hhopeandj oyf r om Gods ot hatdur i ngt hei r t i met heywoul dhavepeace.If i ndi thar dt obel i evet heywoul dhave made i twi t houti t .Ii magi ne God f i l l i ng Mos eswi t hs t r engt h and cour aget odel i verhi speopl e,Jobwi t hcomf ortashel os teveryt hi ng, andMarywi t hhopeandpr omi s eass hebor et heSavi oroft hi swor l d. Wow.Now t hi si st heki ndofs t uf fHol l ywoodcan’ tmakeup. For me,t hi st i me ofyear i s as cl os et oaf ai ry t al e as we get . Thanks gi vi ngcomes ,t henChr i s t mas ,everywher eyougoi sdecor at ed andbeaut i f ul , andeveryonei ss uperni ce. Aut omat i cal l ywet endt of eel hopef ulandj oyf ul .Deepdown,ar eyout hough?Oncet hemagi coft he s eas onf adesaway,how wi l lyouf i ndyour s el ff eel i ng?Whats i t uat i ons wi l lyoubef aci ngagai n?Ipr ayt hatwhat everi ti s , t hatGodwi l lf i l lyou wi t hHi shopeandj oyandpeaceasyout rus tHi m.Iknow Hewi l lcarry yout hr ough,ands t eadyyourpat hf ort hedayst ocome.

THI NKAND WRI TE: Ias kedyou ear l i erhow your yearwas . Takeami nut et o wr i t eas hort s ummaryofyour year . Al l ow Jes ust o s peakt oyouand s how youwaysi n whi c hyournew yeari sgoi ngt obe bet t er .

P r a y e r : A b b a , wo w, I n e v e rk n e wY o uwo u l db eh a p p yt oh a v emeb a c k . I h a v es t r u g g l e dt h i sy e a ri ns o ma n ywa y s , a n dt ok n o wY o us t i l ll o v emef i l l smewi t hh o p e . I s u r r e n d e rt oY o u , a n dI g i v emya l lt o Y o u . D r a wmet oc l o s e rt oY o u , a n dc a l mmewi t hY o u rl o v e . I a ml o o k i n gf o r wa r dt omyn e wt o mo r r o w a n df u t u r ewi t hY o u . I l o v eY o u . UNCOMMONGI RLMAGAZI NEN o v e m b e r 2 0 1 9|19


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WRI TEN BY:MORGAN KAWAKAMI Have you ever heard a t est i mony t hat t rul y bl ew you away? Don’ t getme wrong,al lt est i moni esare amazi ng because t hey are acknowl edgi ng t he goodness of God and t hevi ct ory He has done, but t here are some you hear you never f orget .Forme,t hat was t he st ory of Anal yseRush. Anal yse i s now a j uni or i n Hi gh Schoolwho l ovest o pl ay, l i st en, and wri t e musi c. Her worl d came t o a st umbl i ng hal t when she was j ust i n sevent h grade, and f ound hersel f bei ng bul l i ed. Thi s l ed heri nt oaspi ral of anxi et y and depressi on resul t i ng i n her parent s pul l i ng her out of school and homeschool i ng her . “My parent s t hought t hat a change of envi ronment , bri ngi ng me home f ul lt i me, woul d hel p bet t er my ment al heal t h. I t ended up j ust bri ngi ng me worse i nt o depressi on because Iwasal one.I f el tl onel y. ”

Duri ngherl onel i estyear,Anal yse began t of i nd hersel f st ruggl i ng wi t h her sexual i t y. “I was j ust curi ous.I l et my curi osi t y come i nt o everyt hi ng t hatIdi d.Iwas so l onel y t hat I began t o f i l l my l onel i ness wi t h eart hl y t hi ngs, whi ch i ncl uded quest i oni ng my sexual i t y.Imean,I was homeschool ed f or t wo years. So, f or about a year of me bei ng homeschool ed I i dent i f i ed as queer . Thi s i s basi cal l y l i ki ng what you l i ke,no mat t er t he gender or sexual i t y oft heperson.It ol d mybestf ri endf i rst . Sheresponded very l ovi ng,and she was very ki nd t o me.She was my rock duri ng t hat t i me because I f el t l i ke an out si der .Idepended on her very st rongl ybecausesherespondedi n such l oveandcompassi on t owards me,even t hough she di dn' tagree wi t h me.Butwi t h my parent s,I t washarderf orme t o come outt o t hem because I knew t hat t hey were wi l l i ng t o share Godl yt rut h wi t h me. cont i nued on nextpage


Dur i ngt hatt i met oo,Igr ew veryhar d t owar ds God. My heart was very har denedt owar dsHi m. Idi dn' twantt o hearany ki nd ofGodl yt rut h att he t i mebecaus eIwasj us ts ohurt . ” Ast i mewenton,awomen' sconf er ence was goi ng on at Anal ys e’ sc hur c h cal l edSt r onger .Bef or et heconf er ence, s hes t art edt odr ops omeoft hewal l s t hats hehadbui l tupandf oundher s el f l et t i ngpeopl ei n.“ If el tl i keGod was s of t eni ngmyheartal i t t l ebi t .Is t art ed t o ques t i on God mor e,buti n a good way.Is t art edt obecomemor eopent o Hi m. Is t art edt ol etpeopl ei nmor et hat week. ” Whi l e at t endi ng St r onger , Anal ys er ededi cat ed herl i f et o God. “ Now t hatI ' ms er vi ngGod,If eell i kea wei ghthasbeenl i f t edof fme.If eell i ke I ' m whol e,andIdon' tf eell i keIhavet o f i l lmys el fwi t h br oken t hi ngs .If eel whol enow,If eell oved.I ' mr ecei vi ng l ove bet t er becaus e Iknow t hatI ' m l oved.Ial s oknow who' sIam,and I know whoIam. ” Si ni ss i n,and i ti sr ampant .To t he f l es hl yeye,wet ryt omeas ur es i nand s ay t hi soneort hatonei swor s e.I n God’ seyes ,i ti sal lt hes amet hough. “ Forgi r l swhoar eques t i oni ngandwho doi dent i f yasqueeroranyt hi ngi nt he LGBTQ+ communi t y,you' r el oved by YourFat her .Hedoes n' tl oveyou any l es soranymor et hanHeal r eadydoes becaus e you' r e ques t i oni ng your i dent i f y. Al lyouhavet odoi sacceptHi s gr aceandacceptHi sl ove.He' sal r eady c has i ngaf t eryou. Heal r eadyl ovesyou andal lyouhavet odoi st aket hats t ep f orwar d. ”

I ' mr e c e i v i n gl o v eb e t t e r b e c a u s eI k n o wt h a tI ' ml o v e d . I a l s ok n o wWH o ' sI a m, a n dI k n o wwh oI a m.

Taket hes t epf orwar dt ot el ls omeone whati sgoi ngon.Godi st rul ywai t i ng onyouwi t hopenarmst owel comeyou bac k homeandof f eryou al i f ebet t er t hanyou’ veeverknown. Anal ys ei s now l i vi ng a l i f e gr owi ng cl os ert oGod,s t udyi ngHi swor d,and bui l di ng bet t er r el at i ons hi ps wi t h peopl e.Herl ovef ormus i chasl edher t obecomet hewor s hi pl eaderf orher yout hgr oupatc hur c h,ands he’ sbac k ats c hoolt hr i vi ngandpart i ci pat i ngi n t hes t ept eam!I ti ss oamazi ngt os ee God cr af ts uc h a beaut i f uls t ory of r edempt i on.Per hapsyou ar ef i ndi ng your s el fi nas i mi l ars i t uat i on,oryou can r el at ei ns omeway.A ver s et hat r eal l ydr oveAnal ys e’ sf ocushomewas Pr over s3: 56.“ Trus ti nt heLor dwi t h al lyourheart ,donotdependonyour ownunder s t andi ng,s eekHi swi l li nal l youdoandhewi l ls howyouwhi c hpat h t ot ake. ”“ Thatver s er eal l yhel pedme t omakemyvi s i oncl ear ,knowi ngt hat al lIhad t odowast rus ti n God and t rus ti nHi sf ormyl i f e. IknewHewoul d s etmypat hs t r ai ghtandHewoul dl ead met owhatwasnext . ”

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F i v e D A Y WRI TTEN BY:MORGAN KAWAKAMI

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Ther ear ef ours eas onsi nayear . Summer , f al l , wi nt er , ands pr i ng. I s n’ ti tamazi ngt ot hi nkt hateven t heeart hhass eas ons ?I tknowswhent ogethot ,cooldown,s hedi t s ’l eaves ,andr epl eni s hi t s el f .I s t udi edt hec hangi ngofl eavesonce.Buc kl eyours eat bel t sf oryours ci encel es s ont oday!Thet r ees ar egr een becaus et hey makef ood,c hl or ophyl l .Asf al ldr awsnear ,t hey s t op,and t hel os sof c hl or ophyl li swhatgi veswayt ot hecol orc hange.Notonl ydot heyc hangecol or ,butwher et hel eaf i sat t ac hedt oas t em, as peci all ayerofcel l sdevel opandgr adual l ys ever st het i s s uet hats upportt he l eaf . Thet r ees eal st hecuts ot hatwhent hel eaff i nal l yf al l s , i tl eavesbehi ndas car . Newgr owt ht hen begi nsi nt hes pr i ng.Thevi br ancyoft hecol oroft hel eavesort hedur at i onoff al li sdependenton t emper at ur e,l i ght ,r ai n,et c. I fyour eadEccl es i as t es3:18youwi l ls eet her ei sat i meands eas onf oreveryt hi ng.Godcr eat edus t ogot hr oughs eas ons .Wewi l lhavet i meswher ewel i veons pi r i t ualhi ghsofj us tr ecei vi ngs omuc h goodnes sandpr ovi s i onf r om God, yetwewi l lhaveot hert i meswher ewef eelours uppl yhasbeencut of f ,andas eas onofs heddi ngi suponours houl der s .Wecannotl i veal i f eofcons t antgoodwher e not hi ngbadeverhappens .Godcr eat edusf orgr owt h.I nor dert ohavenew gr owt h,s omet hi ngi nus hast odi eandc hange,j us tast hel eavesar oundus . Fal landwi nt erar eal waysagoodr emi nderf ormet os ear c hmys el fands eewher eIneedgr owt h. Somet i mess omuc hi sgoi ngoni nmyl i f et hatgr owt hhappensi nevi t abl y,t her ei snoneedt os ear c h f ori t . Thi ngsj us tbegi nhappeni ngandi t ’ sanaut omat i ct i mef ors heddi ngandal l owi ngt hi ngsi nmy l i f et odi e.God’ st i mi ngi sal waysperf ect .Heknowswhenwear er eady,andwhenwecanhandl e cert ai nt r i al sandhar ds hi p.Soar eyour eady?Ar eyour eadyt ot akeon2020al l owi ngs omet hi ngs i nyourl i f et odi eandbr i ngf ort hnew gr owt h?Iknow you’ vegott hi s .Oneday,wewi l lal ls i tar ound andbeabl et ol i s t ent oeac hot her ’ ss t or i esofl os s esandvi ct or i es ,buti nt hemeant i me,j us tknow I am c heer i ngyouonf r om af ar .

P r a y e r : J e s u s , I n e v e rk n e wt h e r ewa ss u c hs i g n i f i c a n c ei nt h es e a s o n st a k i n gf o r t ha r o u n dme . A f t e r r e a d i n gt o d a y ’ sv e r s e , I f e e lmu c hmo r en o r ma lj u s tk n o wi n gt h a te v e r y t h i n gI ’ v eb e e nf e e l i n g , a n de v e r g o n e t h r o u g h , y o ud e s i g n e dt h e p e r f e c t t i me f o r . T h a n kY o ut h a t Y o ua r e t h e c r e a t o ro f a l l , Y o ua r e wr i t i n g mys t o r y , a n dI c a nt r u s t Y o u . B r i n gs h e d d i n gwh e r e I n e e di t , a n db r i n gf o r t hn e wl i f e i nme i nt h e y e a r2 0 2 0 . I g i v eY o umya l l . THINK AND WRITE:Takeaf ew mi nut est or ef l ectovert heyear2019.Whats eas onshaveyou gonet hr ought hi syear ?Whats eas onar eyoui nnow?Whati sGods howi ngyouneedst odi e,and how doesHewantt obr i ngf ort hnew l i f ei nyou?Al l ow Hi mt os peakt oyou,andwr i t ewhatyouhear .

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We bel i eve t hat st ori es must be heard.We bel i eve we are made an overc omer by t he power of our t est i mony.Webel i evet hatt hework doneonusont hei nsi deshoul dpour overon t heout si de.Webel i evet hat t hrough God’ s hel p, we c an get t hrough every season.Webel i evei n bei ng f ashi oned f or suc h at i me as t hi s:t oenc ourageoneanot her,t obe aut hent i ci n everyt hi ng we do,and t o be a l i ght i n t hi s worl d. We bel i eve t hat mi st akes do not def i neusbutshapeus.Webel i evei n no ot her l abelexc ept ,“Daught er of t heKi ng. ”Webel i evewhenaseason has been t ough,i t ’ s shaped us f or what l i es ahead. We bel i eve t hat out ward beaut yi s notwhati s seen f i rst ,but t he heart .We bel i eve i n l ovi ng one anot her deepl y:prayi ng f or a f ri end or servi ng someone t hrough our ac t i ons.Att he end of t he day,we bel i eve i n wal ki ng out t hi sl i f et he bestwe c an so on t he ot hersi de we hear,“Wel ldone,my good and f ai t hf ul servant . ”

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