June 1, 2010 I published the last issue (at least for a while) of Girl Talk my teen girl magazine. Since this blog was originally designed for the purpose of publishing weekly devotions for the magazine and later the magazine itself I decided to create another blog that isn’t connected to Girl Talk.

I’ll probably still publish book reviews or other items here now and again but you’ll more often find me at Trusting Him with Today. I hope you’ll stop by

Sep 28, 2008

Prayer for My Guardian Angel

By LaChante Williams

I pray you see
Where I have not seen
I pray you straighten me
When I start to lean

I pray unconditional love
Into your ever-loving heart
I pray that when you are done with me
I'll be your priceless work of art.

My guardian angel sent to guard and protect
I pray that your job you will never neglect
I also pray blessings on you
Anointed by God and anointed brand new
I pray your beauty never to fade
Or your soul for money you never will trade

The love from my angel I cannot measure
The time spent together I'll forever treasure
I know there is a special place in heaven for you
And I pray that one day I'll shine just like you

(Dedicated to ALL my guardian angels...
especially my mummy and Auntie Bernie)

Sep 27, 2008

Giving God Your Best

I'm over here today

If you were ever going to make a promise to me about anything and my siblings were near, they’d probably whisper to you, “Don’t make Bernie a promise unless you’re pretty sure you’re gonna keep it because she’ll hold you to it.” And unless there’s a VERY good reason I expect promises made to me to be kept even those made by children… Stop by Laced With Grace to continue reading.

Sep 17, 2008

Spotlight on Chardonae Rose

Have you ever thought about what it would be like to leave your home, family, friends, everything you hold near and dear for one whole year? That sounds scary doesn’t it? What high school student does something like that? Well, this issue’s Spotlight Teen, eighteen year old, Miss Chardonae Rose did exactly that.

This former Jack Hayward High Head Girl after graduating in 2007 (with quite a few awards) spent a year in Ecuador as an exchange student, in essence doing twelfth grade a second time in a strange country.

Usted habla espaƱol? Well neither did Chadonae. In fact this daring young lady knew only basic Spanish going into this experience. But did she let a little thing like not being able to speak the language stop her? Not a chance. This former honor roll student was not going to let fear hold her back from the experience of a lifetime.

How were you selected for the exchange program? After going through the long application process, I had to wait to be called by Rotary for my interview which ended in "Chardonae you are a very impressive young lady."

How did your parents feel about you leaving home? At first they didn't want me to go until Mrs. Ward (my prefect advisor) convinced my mom to let me go since her daughter was recently on the same exchange program.

Were you studying Spanish before you went to Ecuador? I studied Spanish in Junior High but I only knew basic Spanish.

How long did it take you to become fluent in Spanish? It took about four months. (Only four months to become fluent in Spanish? WOW! You really are impressive)

What was your biggest fear going into this experience? Well, I didn't really fear anything I was just excited to get there and learn Spanish.

What was your most memorable moment? This question is so hard because my whole year was very memorable. I had many experiences with my Ecuadorian friends and family that it's so hard to say which one was my most memorable.

Was there a moment when you wanted to quit and return home? Well, in late November I got really homesick but I didn’t want to quit, I just wanted to go home for Christmas and return (even though I knew that wasn't allowed). After speaking to my Ecuadorian friends who kept encouraging me that I would be home in no time I felt better. Then on Christmas morning, I had a long talk with my mom and she made me feel better and I didn't feel home sick after that day.

How was the school environment different from that in the Bahamas? I went to a different type of school. In the Bahamas I went to a public school but in Ecuador, I went to a private military school. Every morning we had assembly and they revised our uniform. I loved my school a lot!!

How have you benefited from this experience? Well, I was given the opportunity to learn Spanish along with the opportunity to learn about Ecuador, its culture and its people. Now I have many homes that will welcome me whenever I decide to return. In fact, I would love to return in December. Also, I was given the opportunity to build close relationships with my exchange friends from all over the world.

What are some of your dreams/goals for the future now that you’re back home? I would like to study Environmental Science so that I can become an environmental specialist/research scientist. I am planning to go off to study in the USA or start here and go off later in January.

What advice do you have for young ladies who may be afraid to try new experiences? I would tell them that we only have 1 life to live so have fun and try it. Well, it all depends on what exactly it is. But, I do encourage young ladies as well as young guys to go out and get that international experience. I spoke to many people upon my return home and lots of people were like "Wow! I can't believe that you actually stayed in another country and lived with people that you don't know for a whole year." My whole experience was wonderful! I regret nothing about my exchange year thanks to the Rotary Club.

Girl Talk Magazine
Sept/Nov '08

Sep 16, 2008

Back to School

A Mother's Advice
By Cleora Williams

As a mother of two daughters (one a teenager), I try to give what I feel is practical advice. I am always mindful of the fact that parents, (mothers) are not always right (and all teenage girls say…..) and so every now and then I would welcome some response from readers who disagree or even those who agree with me. It would be all worth it to know that even the smallest bit of advice in the articles is making a difference. So ladies please let me hear from you.

With that said, once again a new school year has begun. As you begin the new school year, I cannot emphasize enough the need to study. I’m certain that each young lady is in a different place academically, so I encourage each of you to make every effort to maintain or improve your academic standard. Remember each new school year takes you closer to your ultimate career goal. So remember ladies. STUDY, STUDY, STUDY

Secondly, as you begin your new school year, do not focus solely on your outward appearance (I must say that you look great), but be mindful ladies that your inside should be as gorgeous as your outside. By this I mean that you should have a good attitude towards your school work, your classmates and of course your teachers. Remember the beauty within.

Finally, as a parent I want you to respect and care for your environment. I heard an education official asking parents to tell their children about respecting school property, as each year there were such costly repairs. So to reiterate, I say to you ladies remember that you spend six hours a day, five days a week in school so I am certain you want you surroundings to be as clean and comfortable as possible. How about this, you be that good example by keeping your surroundings clean. Further, I would say ladies respect yourselves, your fellow classmates, your teachers and of course your environment.

As always young ladies, I remind you of your worth. God’s word in Ephesians 2:10 states – “for we are His (Gods) workmanship, created in Christ Jesus. And then in Psalm 139:14 it says I will praise thee: for I am wonderfully made. Remember ladies you are priceless originals who cannot be purchased.

God bless you all.

Girl Talk Magazine
Sept/Nov '08

Sep 15, 2008

Bloggy Gifts

Thank you Denise for these lovely awards that brightened my day.

If you're reading this and you need your a little something to brighten your day, grab these awards. Don't have a blog... that's okay, print this out as a thank you from some of the people you've inspired along the way.

Sep 11, 2008

Achieving your Dream

A dream is a wish your heart makes… have faith in your dreams and someday your rainbow will come smiling through…,” sang Cinderella in the Walt Disney classic.

For most of us “girls” you don’t have to tell us twice. We love to dream about the future and what we think it should hold. The question is, how do we get beyond the dreaming and believing stage?

As many of you long time Girl Talk readers know I am an avid believer in the importance of having a dream. However, simply having a dream is not enough.

Believing in your dream is not enough.

By now you’re probably wondering, “What’s the point in having a dream?” Well, keep reading…

Achieving your dream is the ultimate goal but how do you get there? There are many steps between having, believing and achieving. There may be many different variations depending on who you talk to but here are a few I found useful.

Think about it often. Work your dream out in your mind. Think about exactly what you want to accomplish.

Talk about it. Dreams seem more real, more achievable when we share them with people we trust. Many times they encourage us to hold onto our dreams and not give up before we achieve them.

Plan for it. How are you going to accomplish this dream? What do you need to do to achieve it? Make a plan, write it down and refer to it often.

Act on it. Begin working your plans, doing those things necessary to help you to achieve your dream.

Finally, pray about it. Every step of the way, remember the most instrumental thing in helping you to achieve your dream, prayer.

Matthew 19:26 says “…but with God all things are possible." Therefore, talk to Him about your dreams and goals for the future. He wants to see you achieve them and He will give you the wisdom you need bring your dreams into reality.

Girl Talk Sept/Nov '08

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