Rejoicing Regardless

Have you ever met those people who are just joyful? Nothing good has happened recently, no promotion, no achievements, and yet they’re still joyful. How much better would things be if we stopped looking at the severity of our situations like they’re the end of the world? What would it look like if we chose to be joyful no matter the circumstance? Instead of looking at a glass half empty, we look at if half full. This may seem super ridiculous, but I believe that we can be a generation that changes the trajectory of how our world is going. You always hear everyone say “choose joy.” It’s on shirts, coffee mugs, and journals, but what does choosing joy actually look like?

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The formula for a life full of joy

Ever wondered why some people just seem to have IT? That overflowing joy that carries them through the hardest of time? 

If you look to the word of God, you can find a lot of really great passages on rejoicing and joy and praising God. One of my favorites is this one below, because I believe God reveals a formula for life full of joy that everyone can and should live by.

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How to Relax Well this Summer

Oh, Summertime. Summer is supposed to be our savior from the sluggish tradition of school, right? You picture yourself glowing in the sun, wearing a swimsuit Audrey Hepburn would be proud to own. Your Instagram is littered with polaroid pictures of pineapples with a background of aqua waves. Perhaps Prince Harry comes splashing up out of the water to meet you! Then you vacation in Europe and spend your summer free of all work forever, Amen. Or not. Maybe your modest “swim gown” makes your grandma look flashy, your phone is an android, the neighborhood pool smells like pee, and Prince Harry is married. Maybe, you spent a whole morning stuck in traffic unable to reach your summer job. Maybe summer sucks!

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Why Guard Your Heart? | A [HE]art of Purity

If you break down the word heart in this verse, it's representing desires and affections. I believe that a person who is pure in heart is one who desires the things that Jesus desires and does things for Him not for what He can do in return, but for who He is. Where are your motives? Do my desires line up with His? Am I operating out of a heart that is striving to become like Him?  Why do you think God says above all, guard your heart? Because everything you do flows from it.

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Girl, Lose the Luggage

2,676.5 miles away from home, I find myself in the quaint, little Bavarian town of Leavenworth Washington. For this trip, for every trip, I pack literally everything. This includes and is not limited to make up, jewelry, clothes, shoes, hats, hair stuff, face products, those precious Young Living oils, your Bible you’ve had for over a decade, toiletries, a camera charger, retainers, you name it! Now, imagine getting to your final flight destination, going up to baggage claim and eagerly watching bag after bag come down the belt. Your bag must be last, right? It’s there, right? but it doesn’t ever come. The belt shuts off and the luggage-dropping port hole closes. You are immediately disheartened with an “oh no, this can’t be” stab in the gut kind of feeling.

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Creative Dates | Staying Creative This Summer

I know I’m not the only one when I say that inspiration can be hard to come by! I’m going to share about one of my favorite ways of finding inspiration: creative dates. Dates with other artists! I think we create some of our best work when we have someone to bounce ideas from, learn from, and grow with as a creative. Whether that means a writing challenge, trying a new recipe you made together, shooting the same subject, asking for perspective on a painting, or singing and playing instruments together, creating with another person can only grow your ability to create. 

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#TruthTalkThursday Episode | The Heart of Worship pt 2

If you're apart of our online Facebook community, you've probably seen #truthtalkthursday videos with Melanie in the group! She's a firecracker for speaking truth and we're so grateful to have her apart of our leadership and community. You can catch up with all her previous videos on youtube here and here's this week's episode! 

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From Anxiety to Freedom | Olivia's Story

It’s been a few weeks since I got back from the Delight Retreat and I still think about it every
day. It was one of the best experiences of my life, and I almost didn’t go. Not because I didn’t
think it would be fun, in fact, I thought it would be the trip of a lifetime. But, I struggle with an
anxiety disorder and the thought of flying across the country to spend the weekend with girls
I’d never met before was terrifying.

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New Video Episode | #truthtalkthursday

If you're apart of our online Facebook community, you've probably seen #truthtalkthursday videos with Melanie in the group! She's a firecracker for speaking truth and we're so grateful to have her apart of our leadership and community. You can catch up with all her previous videos on youtube here and here's this week's episode! 

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How to Worship - The 4 Levels of Worship

To live in a spirit of worship is to live in a spirit of surrender. It’s when you live wholeheartedly in obedience to the Lord. When we worship God in everything we do, it shows that we desire to draw closer to Him. It’s taking a background position and letting God have center stage. If worship is a desire to draw closer to something, then we can easily worship other things.

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Say hello to our Spring Magazine | PREORDER AVAILABLE NOW!

We cannot contain our excitement to have our first Spring volume in your hands! With one hundred pages of art and inspiration, volume two is better than ever. It features art created by Delight girls across the nation, along with photographs and articles from the rising industry leaders such as Emily Magers, Megan Kelsey, Callie Lindsey, and Sunny Golden. This magazine is a physical product of the essence of what Delight & Be is all about and the team here is thrilled to share it with you. 

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What is worship?

I was driving down the road a couple of weeks ago listening to podcasts, and I heard this phrase:  you become what you worship.

I felt the words sink deep into my chest, thick with conviction. I understood it before he even continued on. What was I spending the most time thinking about? What choices was I making every day that were cutting God out of my life? And when I panicked, who was I turning to first?

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Our Spring 2018 Retreat | Leavenworth, Washington

To try to encapsulate this year’s Delight and Be retreat is going to be a challenge, so bear with me. Being a first-timer, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but I knew God was going to be at work there. I just wasn’t prepared for how much He would be at work and how He would do it. All of us girls got there on Thursday evening, warmly greeted by everyone, skipping the handshake and going straight to hugs.

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What's in the Swag Bag | Meet the 2018 Retreat Vendor Team

There are countless people who worked behind the scenes to prepare and provide for our annual retreat, and it has not gone unnoticed! In particular, we are so incredibly grateful to all of our amazing vendors for their kindness and support. We want to give a massive ‘thank you’ to all of these brands & businesses who came alongside Delight to bless our attendees and fill their grab bags with incredible gifts. It is so humbling and heartwarming for us girls to arrive to the retreat and find these sweet gifts on our beds. Let's take a look at each of these beautiful gifts that were so graciously given!

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4 Ways to choose your words wisely.

I think we’ve gotten careless, friend. I mean, we just talk and talk and talk. We send memes and gifs with others’ words because they seem relevant, they make fun of life, and we value the ability to be funny in a sarcastic way. If you listen to how those around you speak, you’ll start to hear things that come up a lot, and these things reveal so much about what’s going on underneath all of the humor, the comment crafting, the culture we wear like a second skin.

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2018 Workshops at the Delight House are HERE!

THEY'RE ALL HERE! We're so excited to announce all SIX of our 2018 workshops at the Delight House! We like to refer to these workshops as the heartbeat of Delight because they really encapsulate what Delight is all about- community, discipleship, and creativity. Every single workshop in the line up has incredible women of God and creatives who are flying in from around the country to the little Delight House, tucked into the mountains and surrounded by cherry trees in Central Washington. 

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