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Hi friends. It's been a while since we posted and I appreciate the notes from some of you who've missed us! Wanted to let you know where we've been...

Paige just turned in her first book last Thursday and is neck deep in plans for her upcoming wedding to Chris (11/11/11) "Like" her on Facebook to get news about it all.

Margot has been busy writing blogs for Christianity Today (Her*meneutics), getting her new book Small Things with Great Love promoted (releases January '12), and locking in a new book deal on some more titles to come.

Sharon has been traveling and speaking and counseling, and is working on a new book idea that she'd love your "Salvation Stories" contributions for.

As for me, (Constance), I've been slammed hosting our first ever Celebrity Spelling Bee fundraiser for FINDINGbalance, with Tenth Avenue North, Jonny Diaz, Melissa from Superchick and others.

It's been a whirlwind, and a necessary time to press "pause" here in the name of balance. We miss being connected with you through our podcasts, though. Hopefully we can reconnect soon.

In the meantime, why not dig back to some of the past year's shows? I love how God can reveal new things all the time... even when it's not new to us...

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Today's guest is actress and "pro-responsibility" speaker Lauren Roman. In her second year of college she landed a dream job on TV's All My Children, only to find herself thrown into a binge/restrict eating disorder as a result of pressures to look thinner for the show. Following a season of deep depression, she found herself grappling with a choice she had made years earlier: abortion. Her story of pain, forgiveness and redemption is what we talk about today.

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Resources for anyone wrestling with abortion/post-abortion issues:

http://www.nationalhelpline.org or for their 24/7 helpline, call: 1-866-482-LIFE; http://www.silentnomoreawareness.org; http://www.abortionrecovery.org  

To connect with Lauren: Lauren@setfree4freedom.com; www.setfree4freedom.com; www.twitter.com/setfree4freedom

For information about FINDINGbalance Gatherings like the one Lauren leads for those struggling with eating and body image issues visit www.findingbalance.com/gathering.  

"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and submit not again to a yoke of slavery." - Gal. 5:1

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bridesmaids.jpgThe new Kristin Wiig movie Bridesmaids is a bit raunchy but has some redeeming qualities, all humor aside.

Do you ever live like a "victim," blaming everyone else for your problems? Have you given up your dreams because something - or someone - tore them apart? Constance, Margot and Sharon get real with their own stuff in these areas. It's good...

 PS: Coming next week, former All My Children actress Lauren Roman shares her story of abortion and redemption.

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Last week 20/20 covered the story of Tina Anderson (www.tinaandersonfoundation.org), who at fifteen was abused by a thirty-eight year-old church member and became pregnant. Her pastor's response? To send her away to keep things "quiet" while she dealt with her "sin." Not cool, but all too common.

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Turns out Tina's path crossed into people (and churches) that Sharon knew very well, which prompted Sharon's recent blog post "Shaking Like a Leaf." Today's conversation digs into Sharon's own story, the ways that shame is used as a tool to prevent embarrassment and control people, particularly people in the church, and a healthier way to deal, as modeled by Jesus.

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As reported on The Today Show last week, we are more likely to lie to our friends than anyone else. In today's podcast Sharon, Paige, Margot and Constance reveal some of our own lie-telling, and explore what it is that tempts us to be dishonest with those we care about most.

We also talk about how to have good hair. Cause that's pretty important too, ya know...

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This week we chat with Allie Marie Smith, founder of Wonderfully Made and author of HEAL (Healthy Eating, Abundant Living), about depression, eating disorders, and learning about God's great love for us.

Special Music: The tunes during our chat with Allie Marie are by her friend Jessica McLean. Check out Jessica's website at www.jessicamclean.com.

Wedding Dress Ideas? In this podcast, Paige announces her engagement to Chris! Don't forget to email me at constance@truesisterhood.com if you have any ideas for where she can get wedding dresses made for, um, littler gals...

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Today's call was proof that women can come up with things to talk about with little to no prompting. And when you throw in the fact that we all ask Jesus to be in our midst during the conversation, you end up with a completely unscripted, unplanned yet perfect journey into what we really "see" in life. In people. In ourselves.

A few links promised in the podcast...

The Cover Girl Culture video (and the angsty comment that got us talking), Sharon's blog post "What Are You Looking At?", our True:Shift Compassion Int'l effort, and the Team Hoyt video which gives us all a look at REAL love in action (see below):

The photos from our recent photoshoot (mentioned on today's show) are coming soon, I promise. I just need a little more time and didn't want to delay this posting, so you'll just have to come back!

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sharonhoddecropped.jpgToday's guest was Sharon Hodde-Miller, whose recent article for Christianity Today's Her.meneutics site stirred up some pretty charged - and opposite - reactions on the issue of makeup, and our ability (or need?) to sometimes try going without it, if only for our own awakening. Some of you might remember I went a month without makeup a couple years ago, so I'm particularly fond of the topic.

Read Hodde-Miller's article. Visit her blog.

Referenced this week: Sharon's blog on dating and relationship, our recent "Ornament vs. Instrument" podcast, Margot's book Unsqueezed, and the True Campaign blog that followed my own "month without makeup" journey (there are several separate posts on this in Feb '08).

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My friend Michelle Watson is doing a very cool thing. She is challenging dads to "kick it up a notch" in their relationships with their daughters through a very brave effort she's calling The Abba Project. abbaprojecthome.jpg

Michelle's intentional pursuit of this passion means a lot to me because, frankly, I have some wounds in that area; a longing to be pursued and affirmed by my dad. Turns out, it's not something we're supposed to grow out of. But hopefully we can grow into a deeper relationship with our dads as we make some effort to know them more too. We cover all this and more in this week's podcast.

NOTE: Michelle will be presenting on this at the Hungry for Hope conference I'm hosting in Colorado Springs, June 15 - 18. It's a GREAT thing to come to with your dad (or without), as the whole theme will be "A Family Affair". Slideshow and pics at www.findingbalance.com/hfh.

RECOMMENDED: Margot's book, The Girl in the Orange Dress: Searching for a Father Who Does Not Fail, is a great read on this subject.

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This past weekend Paige, Margot, Sharon and I all met together for the first time ever, here in Nashvegas! It was a short but productive time, during which we actually managed to fit in a photoshoot with my very talented friend Samantha Bean, and a lunch with Shawna Kirk from Compassion International. In today’s podcast, we talk about both, and explore what it means to actually make a difference in the world.

We also talk about Paige’s song “Never Forgotten,” which she wrote in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake last year. As promised, here is a link to Paige’s YouTube video for the tune.

And don’t forget to come out and see Constance on the Girls of Grace tour. I’m at World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro, TN (2/19), Greensboro, NC (3/5), and Allen, TX (4/9). Click the image for downloadable event posters. Posters… do we actually use those anymore??

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