You are Called

One-Piece Swimsuits for Barbie

When I was five years old, I was obsessed with Barbies. I mean, who wasn’t?! I’m guessing it was summer because at the time, Barbie was putting out dolls dressed in bikinis; and not just bikinis, but the cheeky swimsuit bottoms. My mom, being the great mom that she is, told me that I could not have one of those dolls. For me that was devastating. There was the blonde Barbie on the shelf that looked just like me, and it was even wearing a swimsuit in my favorite color!!! My mom and I talked, and we felt it would be appropriate for a five-year-old girl longing to have a modestly dressed Barbie, to write to the company encouraging them to make modestly dressed dolls. A couple weeks later, I got a letter in the mail from Barbie thanking me for my feedback and concern- and let me just say, I have seen many Barbie’s dressed in one-pieces and “full coverage” bikini bottoms. I’m still waiting for my portion of the profits, but oh well!!

            Why do I tell you this story? I tell you because we live in a society where the normal has changed. The expectation for girls is hardly the reality. The image of having fun has altered and is now associated with drinking, drugs, sex, and so on. The true reality of it all is that we do not have to live a life worthy of distraction and hurt. We don’t have to give in to the everyday “normal” that society has deemed right. Rather, we can stand up for what we know is true and honorable. We can be what God has called us to be, daughters that are in relationship with their heavenly Father. Yet we don’t see that plastered on a Peoples magazine…

 

Full of Faith, Burdened with Fear

            In the Bible, there is a whole book dedicated to one girl that saved an entire nation. An everyday girl like you and me that was obedient in the midst of chaos, and full of faith while also burdened with fear. Esther. ***Fun fact Esther’s original name was Hadassah, taken from the Hebrew word Hadas which refers to the Myrtle tree. The Myrtle tree is associated with the term “righteousness” throughout the Bible. When Hadassah was called into the King’s palace, she changed her name to Esther. In some cases, Esther can be translated to the word star. 

            For hundreds of years, people have followed the stars while in need of direction. God used Esther as the navigation source that ultimately lead to changing the direction of an entire nation; but Esther had to be willing. Am I willing? Am I willing to allow God to use me? He can only use us as much as we allow Him to. In Esther chapter 4, Mordecai, Esther’s uncle, talks to her about the danger that the Jewish people were in, including herself. He goes on to say in verse 14b, “…and but who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

Esther could have taken the opportunity that God gave her and used it for void, but she decided to be open and willing. I long and pray that as we step into this next journey together, you will begin to grasp the wonderful and amazing reality that you are called. We are called. In Matthew 28:19-20, we read about the famous Great Commission. “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” 

 

Pure and Perfect in His Image

            By now, you have most likely noticed the title of my blog, Simply She. That is the name that God put on my heart, and the name I was praying for. My hope is that as girls and women, we can become the beautiful “She” that God intended us to be. If you look at my logo, you will notice that it is made up of circles that are full of gaps. I did that on purpose. We will never be a perfect circle. We are going to fail day after day after day, but it’s okay because God has made us pure and perfect in His own image. Because of Jesus, we are able to be renewed daily, forgiven, loved, and called to a higher purpose. You are important and priceless. Called for a purpose and powerful.

You. Are. Called. 

 

Annelysse Zetterberg

Founder of Simply She

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