The purpose of Spiritual Candy is to serve as an interactive platform for teen girls whose parents are divorced. The devotionals and blogs will target girls living in a single parent or blended home, however many of the issues will resonate with all young women. So stop by and be encouraged.
A little bit about me. My name is Sherry Bridges and I’m a divorced mom of two daughters, Somer and Hilary. They are grown women now, but their teen years were tougher than normal because of their parents’ divorce. One of the things I’ve learned from this journey is both girls harbored bitterness and anger because they didn’t want to hurt their parents’ feelings. Many years passed before I was aware of this.
Fast forward sixteen years and 50% of all marriages are divorced. God gave me the idea to offer a safe place where girls can express themselves. More important, it’s a place where you can find comfort and peace only our Heavenly Father can give.
Our bloggers will write about their challenges or concerns while living or growing up in a divorced or blended home and share how they keep a positive outlook. Please feel free to interact with them.
Kyara Smith currently resides in Atlanta GA. She works as a Girls’ Minister at First Baptist Church Atlanta where she serves girls in grades 7th-12th. She’s currently working on her Master’s Degree in Divinity and Counseling. Kyara was three years old when her parents divorced. She loves working with girls, getting to know them, drinking Starbucks coffee and watching good movies.
Aimee Lynch is a high school senior and a member of Covenant Life Church in the suburbs of Washington D.C. She is actively listening to where God wants to use her, and would like to pursue a future in scientific writing or editing. At her blog, allfilledup.wordpress.com, she seeks to encourage other girls who are living in broken homes from the comfort that God has brought to her in her own situation. During the week she works several part-time jobs, helps to lead a prayer group at school, participates in various youth projects, and writes.
Kristen Bouchillon is a junior at Clemson University studying Health Science. She went to Africa on mission trip over the Christmas holidays and is still amazed at all the incredible ways God used her. She is a member of CrossPoint Community Church in Clemson.
Brooke Cecil lives in Alpharetta GA with her fun and handsome husband, Jarrod. She is the Girls Minstry Associate at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta GA, where she ministers to girls in the 6th-12th grade. She and her husband grew up in blended families. The Lord was her strength through all the difficult times. She loves hanging out with her the students at JFBC, cooking, decorating, running and serving God in this crazy adventure called life.
Megan Maxwell recently graduated from Emory University and resides in Atlanta with her two dogs. After a childhood lined with difficulties which culminated in the past few years, Megan has decided to begin preparing for law school, specifically mental health law, so as to become better equipped to help children and women who have experienced some of the misfortunes associated with divorced families and/or parental issues. She is eager to use her life experiences to help guide young girls into lively and prosperous relationships with Jesus Christ as we all move to advance His glorious kingdom. Megan enjoys running, chai tea lattes, traveling, and listening to music.
Paige Pace attends Augusta State University and is majoring in early childhood education. She is a Georgia native and grew up with two brothers. Paige is passionate about young people and spends time volunteering at a literacy center and at local elementary schools. After she graduates school, Paige plans to be an elementary school teacher and publish children’s stories. When Paige is not working or studying for school she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, doing crossword puzzles and baking.
Judy Robbins is a 15 year old aspiring photographer/journalist. She is from Philadelphia and lives with her Christian family where she has been home schooled since first grade. She loves God and volunteers after school at her local library. Judy will be volunteering at Philabundance during Spring weekends. Her dream is to attend Temple University and she’s working very hard to achieve this goal. Her passion is for girls who struggle with self-esteem issues and plans to use this platform to encourage them.
Susan Berry is currently a student at a community college in Houston Texas. She is an aspiring journalist. She did not grow up in church and has had her share of setbacks and even suffered with depression. She accepted the Lord as her Savior and now can’t live without God and the people who brought her closest to Him.
She works part time and goes to school full time but still tries to serve God all the time. She’s involved in a youth group called Investors of Eternal Life. Nothing should ever stop anyone from their dreams, and that’s exactly how Susan tries to live her life. She says, “I am an average teenage girl with the same problems as most. I’m doing what I can to make it and still follow the path that is intended for me. My Savior Loves, My Savior Lives!” <3 4 U, Susan
Meghan Noga is seventeen year old aspiring journalist from Charlottesville, Virginia. She loves her family, her friends, and God. She volunteers at a local elementary school to help children who struggle with their learning. Listening to music, writing, and socializing with people are a few of the things Meghan loves to do.
Alexus Hensley is seventeen years old and lives in Denver, Colorado. She has a precious little baby girl named, Eliana, and has a heart for teen girls who live in difficult family situations or who have made bad choices in their life and wants them to see how God can transform any situation. She recently finished her GED and plans to go to college in the future. Right now she enjoys being a Mom, studying the Bible, and is excited to see what the Lord is going to do in her life.
At the young age of twelve Katelyn Darrow-Eystad started Angels of God Clothing Closet in Pittman NJ. They collect donated clothing, toys, baby needs including diapers, and offer these items free of charge to people recommended by local agencies and shelters. Now at age sixteen Kateyn’s business is thriving and she just received non-profit status and her first large donation from a national company. Her motivation breeds from her own experience living in a single parent home. Please check out more info at http://www.angelsofgod.org.
Arista Michelle has always done her best. She’s even been called a goody-two-shoes. She always earned good grades, had lots of friends, and excelled in sports, honor societies, musicals, and JROTC. She grew up in church but as she got older her family stopped going to church; first her dad, then her mom, and then her sister. Church soon became a very lonely place. So one day at church, she said to God, “This whole story about Jesus dying for me sounds very sweet but it doesn’t mean anything to me. Please make it mean something and I’ll come back.”
Three months later a friend invited her to a different church. A church where people lifted their hands and sang songs as if serenading the sky. The story of Jesus actually meant something to them and she wanted whatever they had. She learned her true identity wasn’t in being a good daughter, a good sister or a perfect student, rather her true identity was in Him.
Currently, she writes and sings music to encourage others in the Lord. God has used her voice all over the United States and in other countries as well; Canada, the Philippines, Belize, and Guatemala. You can check check out her songs out at www.youtube.com/aristamichelle. She has also written a children’s book about the gospel called Best News Ever. The book can be ordered at www.thebookpatch.com.
God has strategically placed each of these young ladies in my life for the purpose of this ministry. Thank you young ladies for your willingness to be transparent in an effort to encourage other girls!
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