Here@niNe. Expectations of New Issue

louYay, we finally made it! The first online issue of “niNe Magazine” is here! We, as the staff, have traveled a road that has been difficult at times, but it has been well worth it! We know because we feel so passionately that teen girls need this magazine! We hope that this magazine can give you a healthy outlook on relationships, beauty, entertainment and more. But most of all we want to show you how beautiful, valuable and precious you are!
In this upcoming year make sure you check out new fashion trends, and the feature on Beckah Shae and Kari Jobe! There are also some goodies in the “Body” section about how to have a fun, active weekend with your friends. Our “You” section will give you some great ideas on how to have a more worthwhile summer. The “Reality” section will give you some scary insights into how frightening drinking can be. Don’t miss anything!

So, since we’re a new magazine, we need your help. Friend us on Facebook, follow us on Instragram, retweet us on Twitter, pin us on Pinterest, sign up for our monthly newsletter, tell your friends, continue to visit us online. Please contact us to tell us how we’re doing. Tell us what you like, don’t like, what you want to see and share your own personal stories with us. Tell your friends to subscribe by visiting our website: www.ninemagazine.org.
We are so excited about the magazine and hope that you’ll continue to travel this road with us. We love you!

Louise Wo, Editor-in-Chief

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When Confidence Becomes Weak

I think we all have an Achilles heel.

Holes in BootsI started niNe. magazine because I saw a society of people, especially teenagers, who had little or no confidence in themselves and didn’t experience or understand their worth in this world and their meaning to others near them. God had helped me forge a sense of confidence in myself and I wanted to share how to gain this with others. God had shown me my worth and helped me build my confidence regardless of not being a 5 foot 8 inches, size 2 model. My confidence was established even though I couldn’t play sports and my ultimate dream career of being a Rockette wasn’t going to become a reality. God still gave me confidence even though a long-term relationship ended, crushing my heart, leaving me with few friends to turn to. Even though I could have tried harder in school to get better grades, God still provided and helped me understand that confidence didn’t lie in perfection, but on my worth… what I could offer other people through my character, through the personality instilled in me by God. I was confident because I knew that I was worthy of great things in the eyes of God and He would carry me through. My confidence was established in HIM, the Almighty.

Having this confidence presented me great opportunities to connect with young women who looked up to me and admired my ability and wanted it for themselves. Out of this relationship I was able to present true confidence to teen girls through niNe. magazine. I was living in the gifts God had given me which allowed me to strengthen this confidence.

It wasn’t long until the recession hit and niNe. magazine needed to take some time off. This dilemma didn’t shake my confidence. I didn’t waiver, I still stood strong. I knew I had value in God’s eyes and he would reveal the next steps I needed to take until we could get niNe. magazine up and running again. I found a temporary job at a company that saw and knew what I was capable of but didn’t utilize any of my skills. I walked lonely hallways not looking for assurance, but looking for a friend. People started hating me because of my confidence and became jealous of me because of the knowledge and experience I had gained. I was shuffled around, blame was put on me and no one saw me for who I was… a child of God.

Warn ShoesDuring this time of uncertainly and question, I protected my weaknesses knowing that Satan would attack me where it was easiest, but in this time I forgot to protect the precious gift God gave me, my greatest strength was not guarded and Satan took me down to my knees by picking away at my confidence.

Just like Achilles during the battle with the Trojans, while I was focusing on other distractions, I forgot to guard the one area that if destroyed could be the death of me. Satan certainly is conniving.

It is my prayer that we protect our vulnerabilities and understand that our greatest gifts still need guarding. It is in our distractions that we lose a sense of our identity and it is a long, arduous road to recovery. The road is worth the trek because on that journey we learn more about the God who has created us to be strong, powerful and loved. My journey in rebuilding my confidence is not yet over, but God continues to show me my worth in the darkest areas. I cling to that value with hope and assurance of a future rebuilt and strengthened by the God who defines who I am… his beautiful, loving daughter.

Does Your Testimony Fly or Fall?

One thing that Beckah Shae said that really spoke to me was, “I have to tell you that there is so much power in shining your light on a great testimony, on a great life.”

I remember a four hour layover in an airport where I had one of the most defining conversations of my relationship with the man I eventually married. In a terminal waiting for my plane, I shared my testimony and listened intently to his. Both of us expressed how we didn’t have an elaborate story, neither one of us came from broken households or were involved in the wrong crowd at school, but our testimony is true and whether we realized it at the time or not, is effective.

Does Your Testimony Travel?

So many of us believe that we need to have this elaborate story of how we were rescued from the pit in order to bring others closer to Christ. We feel like we need to be relatable to those who experience the deepest darkest moments life can offer. But the truth is, those straightforward and uncomplicated stories are amazing and they reach a wide range of people. There are people who desire to hear a simple, calm and grounded testimony to give them hope or to help them see that life doesn’t have to be a roller coaster ride if we are in need of peace and stability.

This is why it was so incredible to hear Beckah in her interview claim, “I’m being so real, my life is so awesomely blessed.  And that’s not to brag that I’m having a great life. It’s to brag on the glory of God and his goodness, and what awesome things he’s done…. I’m not saying that as a Christian and as a believer and a follower of Christ, that you’re going to have this perfect, wonderful life forever, there’s gonna be hard times, but it’s really important that people know I’m super blessed. Because I want people to know that they can be blessed too.”  When trials and tribulations come, no mater how compound your story is, when you know God, He will be known and His name will be praised for He deserves the glory!