Happy Birthday To Us! Happy Birthday To Us!

Erin Davis 01/01/13
Category: News & Updates ; 62 comments

cupcake with 5 candlesThe start of 2013 marks a pretty huge milestone for us here on the Lies Young Women Believe Blog. It's our fifth birthday! That's right, for five truth-speaking, post-writing, comment-reading, lie-busting, friend-making years, we've been coming into your lives through your computer screen with two missions in mind.
  1. We want to uncover the lies the enemy has told you.
  2. We want to replace them with God's truth.

It has been our great privilege to write to you day after day, week after week, and year after year for five great years.

To celebrate, we've set aside the rest of the month to re-publish the "best of" liesyoungwomenbelieve.com. We'll be featuring the posts that really got you talking about what it means to live out God's truth. If you've got a favorite post you'd like us to run again, simply leave us a comment (please include the link), and we will see what we can do.

Also, what's a birthday without presents? Since you're the reason why we do what we do, we've decided to pass the presents on to you. Here's what we're giving away.

  • five Lies Young Women Believe tote bags
  • five Lies Young Women Believe Companion Guides
  • five copies of one of our favorite worship CDs, "Hymns For the Christian Life" by the Gettys
  • five copies of the devotional, The Quiet Place

Yep. That's a lot of swag! But we want you to know how much we appreciate you reading and interacting on our blog. We hope to have another five years of exploring God's truth together with you.

I'll give free stuff to the first twenty of you to leave us a comment on this post. You can tell us how this blog has impacted you, what post from our archives you'd like to see again, or what milestone you're facing in your own life this year so we can celebrate with you.

We promise to read every word in between bites of birthday cake!

Comments

HEY, GIRLS! We love hearing from you, but feel limited in the ways we can help. For one thing, we池e not trained counselors. If you池e seeking counsel, we encourage you to talk to your pastor or a godly woman in your life as they値l know more details and can provide you with ongoing accountability and help. Also, the following comments do not necessarily reflect the views of Revive Our Hearts. We reserve the right to remove comments which might be unhelpful, unsuitable, or inappropriate.

    gracefulklutz
    New Year
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:05 am
    Happy birthday! I love the blog. It helps me know that I'm not standing alone. This year I'm going to focus on "keep your heart with all diligence." I would really like to have a Gettys' CD :)
    Sierra Haase
    This blog has been awesome!
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:07 am
    One day I was listening to 95.9 the Fish Christian radio station and Dannah was on as a guest talking about the LYWB book. My daddy was actually the one who told me to turn on the radio, and said "Sierra, this book would be awesome for you to read!" So I went online and bought it, and soon forgot I even did. Then, one day a few months later, a mysterious package arrived on my doorstep; it was the book! It was so unexpected but such perfect timing; I was in the middle of dealing with an eating disorder and slowly drawing away from God. This book helped me re-connect with Him and really focus on His Truth about who I am and the worth my soul actually carries. After I read the book, I logged onto the blog to check it out, and I was blown away even further. I love logging onto this site because it is one of the few places on the Internet where I can read inspiring posts that nurture my relationship with The Lord. I have literally Googled "sites like LYWB" to try to find more like it, and have not been able to! I just can't get enough of your words of wisdom. Thank you for inspiring & refreshing me, and happy birthday LYWB.com!!! :)
    Sarah
    Thank you!
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:18 am
    You have helped me learn more about God! I love your book and your blog! Thanks for your encouragement!
    angela
    happy new year
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:24 am
    Happy new year, thank you for all of your wonderful posts
    Shakira
    Thanks!
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:33 am
    I just wanted to say thank you for all you do! You have helped me grow stronger in my relationship with God and his Word! Can you please re post this http://www.liesyoungwomenbelieve.com/index.php?id=418
    Thanks again for all you do :)
    CherryBlossoms7
    Happy Birthday!!
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:33 am
    Happy New Year, and Happy Birthday!! Thanks to all of you wonderful ladies who cared enough to start this amazing outreach for us girls. I know you all have affected my life and many other lives just by reaching out to us in love, so I wanted to thank you all for that! May God bless you all in 2013!! =D
    Amanda
    Happy New Year (and birthday)
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:34 am
    I just started reading your posts . . . yesterday!!! But from what I have seen, it looks like I will be encouraged through what y'all have to write. Thank you for your service to other girls and most of all, to God.
    Hannah
    Happy Birthday !!!!
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:41 am
    Just wanted to say thanks so much . This year I've hard some hard times . So My friend suggested that i read this book . So I did and It helped a lot . Got me back on track with God :)
    Thanks :)
    albelina
    thank you!!
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:42 am
    this blog have been a blessing in my life, i started reading every post since 2012, and there are many habits, thoughts , and my relationship with God is different.

    i love every post about family relationship, because is the area that i really need to know, everything i read here about it, was a blessing during this year. thank you.

    God bless you
    albelina
    thank you!!
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:43 am
    this blog have been a blessing in my life, i started reading every post since 2012, and there are many habits, thoughts , and my relationship with God is different.

    i love every post about family relationship, because is the area that i really need to know, everything i read here about it, was a blessing during this year. thank you.

    God bless you
    Sarah Campbell
    Thank You
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:44 am
    Happy New Year to the liesyoungwomen team! I was introduced to this blog last summer and it has made such a huge impact in my life. I read the blog first thing in the morning when I wake up! I've learned so much about God and what it really means to be a woman. This blog has really got me thinking and that's something to talk about. I love you guys and I hope your new year is as wonderful as mine. Thank You!
    Elle
    2012
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:58 am
    2012 was a big year for me in changing the way I look at myself and think about how beautiful god has made me. I still have far to go but gods on it and we've already made so much progress together. Thankyou god and happy new year everyone! :) xxx
    mist
    happy birthday!
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:00 am
    You girls are a blessing to so many! Happy birthday and thank u from the bottom of my heart for all u do! Love u chicas! And love u Erin!
    Kelsey
    New Has Come!
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:07 am
    This blog has been really inspirational through my journey with Christ. It gives me good things to think about in quiet times and inspires me to make changes to further my relationship with Him. I love seeing not only the posts, but the encouraging comments from the other girls and how Christ is moving in them. This year is going to be a big one with graduating and going to college! I'm excited for the journey ahead.
    Caitlin
    Thanks for the 5 years!
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:07 am
    I just started on this blog about 5 months ago maybe and may I tell you... it's helped me a lot! Just the continual encouragement it gives me!!! Thankyou soooo much! One blog that I found in the archives that I really liked was the one about modesty from a guys perspective(don't remember the name) I loved it and it definitely encouraged me to be more modest! Thanks again! Love you guys!
    mist
    you all gave me hope!
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:14 am
    Hey I also wanted to say thank u for always taking ur time to reply to us girls. That has helped me more then u will ever know! I pray one day I'll be able to meet you all! i started on this blog almost three years ago and every single blog is uplifting. im even getting closer to getting a laptop so i can come on here more offen! :)
    i feel like i have a whole group of friends on here! like a mini family of chicas fighting to find the truth and to get rid of the lies that hold onto us.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND GOD BLESS YOU ALL!
    I<3 relientk morgan
    Happy Birthday!
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:23 am
    Thank you for writing this blog for all these years. I have found hope when my dysfunctional family is worse than usual; I found biblical guidance when I started to like boys; I found a God-centered community. Thank you, all of you, for always being there for me. Here's to five more years even better than the past!
    Meg
    Thanks!
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:39 am
    For the past year and a half, I've been following LYLB, and you guys have really helped o put purity and modesty in focus for me, so thanks! Keep the posts coming!
    -Meg
    Jane
    Thank you!!
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:39 am
    Thank you so much for always spending and taking the time to reach out to us. You have no idea how many lives are being impacted by LYWB- I know mine definitly is. I am so thankful for the chance to come on this web sight and get advice on about every topic! Thanks also to the girls who post its so incredibly nice to know that there really are nice and strong christian girls out there. Happy new year everyone. :)
    Emma
    Happy Birthday!!
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:45 am
    I love LYWB please know that there are so many girls out there that love you!! You have touched my heart so many times!!
    Annie
    Re:
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:59 am
    Thank you so much for all your wonderful posts! They have really been an encouragement for me in my walk with Christ! Thank you!
    Emma
    Quick Add On to Earlier Post
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 3:15 am
    I would really like a The Quiet Place devo or the LYWB companion guide. Thank you!! :)
    neema
    Happy Birthday
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 3:16 am
    Happy new year, your posts have been very encouraging to me and helpfull in so many ways. It has changed me.
    Kim
    happy birthday lywb!!!
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 3:42 am
    Happy Birthday!!! Thank you so much for all your posts to encourage, love on, and help us young girls out as we walk through our lives in this crazy fallen world. Many times your posts have encouraged me, as I am sure they have encouraged many others as well. You guys rock, and I look forward to the new year with great anticipation with what God will do in each one of our lives. :)
    Bree
    Happy Birthday & New Year!
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 4:23 am
    I've been following this blog for about six months. I love your encouragement! You help me keep my focus on Jesus. Thank you!
    Mary
    Hey
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 9:31 am
    Yay!! Free Stuff!!
    Katiesarah
    hurray!
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 9:37 am
    I'm excited for this new year!!
    Erin Davis
    Mist
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 11:22 am
    Love back atcha!

    Erin
    Abi
    New Year!
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 11:41 am
    Wow! its so crazy to think that it's 2013! I am sooo thankful to God for bringing me to this website. I love how it's like the posts are directed right to me! And God is alway talking to me.Thank you so much to the LYWB staff for the effort you put into the 5 years teaching us and helping us and always directing back to God in our times of need. I hope and pray that the Lord will continue to use you all for his glory in this new year!
    Lots of Love,
    Abi
    Abbie
    What Its All About
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 11:46 am
    First off, Happy Birthday LYWB! I am so thankful for the five years you've given to countless girls, including me! I want you to know that this blog carries on beyond just the readers. I am the oldest of 9 siblings, and I love reading/ turning the post into little devotionals with them. Especially my sisters, but sometimes the lil bros get an earful too! Haha I am even trying to get a group started at my church for preteen/teen girls, using the LYWB books and this blog as the basis to work on, centering it all on Christ of course! So that is what this blog has come to mean to me. Ministry. That is what it's all about; sharing God's love and message. Thank you for the open window you've created in helping that happen. God bless!
    Nim
    2013 is Here!!!!!
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 11:54 am
    Great year to start by reading in Genesis!!!
    Alyssa
    Happy New Year and Happy Birthday!
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 11:58 am
    Happy New Year and Happy Birthday to Lies Young Women Believe! I am so grateful for this ministry. It has impacted me so much. God has actually spoken through this blog many times throughout the year. Sometimes I would pray about a decision, and the next day I would get an email with the newest blog post about the topic I needed help with!!
    Also, this past year, I took the Bible Reading Challenge, where I was supposed to read the Bible every day of the year. I was sort of successful (sometimes I didn't read until after midnight or I just counted a verse that I had read either in my email or on my phone as the Bible reading for the day).
    It was a great experience, and I am going to strive to do it again this year! In fact, I received last year a journal for it, but saved it, but will start using it this year.

    Here is the link for a post that I really like and would love for it to be posted again.
    http://www.liesyoungwomenbelieve.com/index.php?id=792
    Ashley
    Thanks
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 12:02 pm
    I thank God for this website for five years. i have really been blessed by it!
    Hannah
    Thank You & Happy Birthday!
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 12:07 pm
    Thank you for the time you spend writing the blog posts. They encourage so many people! I started reading in September when I started reading the book with my mentor. I am looking forward to continuing the book in this new year!
    Happpy 2013!
    Hannah
    red13
    Thank You!
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 12:13 pm
    Thank you so much for all you do for us girls, in encouraging and helping us through our lives. This blog has been such a blessing for me this year! Love to all of you and blessings!
    Happy Birthday and thanks again!
    Happy New Year!
    Jenna
    Thanks!!
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 12:49 pm
    Thanks for all the God-driven encouragement, LYWB! Happy Birthday, and to many more years of exploring God's powerful love!
    Tina Carruth
    happy birthday!!
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:00 pm
    So grateful for your devotionals, I live away from my granddaughters, one 11yrs and the other 14 yrs. This is something that we share together and talk about. The devotionals lay the ground for MANY discussions that we have and may not have had if not for these devotionals. Our God is Good, we only need to rest and see His glory. Wonder, Joy and Gods presence!
    Brittany
    Re:
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:11 pm
    Thanks for the great post, and a Happy Birthday to you!
    Smile:)
    You all are such a blessing!
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:31 pm
    Thank you all so much for giving of yourselves to girls you don't even know. It is so nice to have a place to ask questions without getting weird looks (or atleast you can't see the weird looks :). God is using each and everyone of you at the LYWB team. I love you guys soo much and I don't even know you! lol:) May God continue to bless this ministry this year.
    C.Jazzy101
    How Lies Young Women Believe Impacted Me!
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:48 pm
    Thank-you for challenging me to be appropriate about what to say with my current struggles online. One of the biggest ways you guys have impacted me, is not to hang onto relationships that may never even happen.

    That you guys are kind enough to reply to my messages and give me scriptures to dwell on. Those gave me a lot to think about and things to dwell on. They've brought goot tears.
    I come here all the time, because I'm mostly impacted by what you guys say about when it comes to love, relationships with guys and what is appropraite to say on a blog!

    Thank-you!
    Happy New Year!
    Lydia
    Thank you so much!!
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:55 pm
    You guys really helped me with the truth of God's Word. I didn't know what I was supposted to do, but as soon as I was given the book (by my mom), I felt like I knew what I was doing, and what to do. I just had to do it.
    Mist
    I can't forget.........
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 2:28 pm
    Hey In me trying to use my sister's android to type out what i wanted to say.. :) I forgot to say a thank you to Carrie from the LYWB team! You have been a blessing in all the time you spend replying to girls like me! So thank youuuuu veryyy much!!!
    Jennifer
    Boys..
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 4:28 pm
    Could you do a repost on How to be friends with guys without romance involved?
    Christiana
    Boys...
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 7:16 pm
    I agree with @Jennifer I have had real trouble with just being friends with guys without seeing them as a dating possibility so a blog post about that would be great!!!! You all have helped me out so much this year with the advice you give :) I also need a little more advice about... What do you do when a close friend flirt with one of the boys in your group of friends in a very sexual way?
    Kaetlyn
    :D
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 7:24 pm
    Happy birthday you guys!!
    C.Jazzy101
    I agree! Boys...:)
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 8:15 pm
    I agree with you Jennifer!

    Could you all do a repost on friends with guys and how not to get emotionally involved?

    And allowing God to write your love story in His own timing? Knowing when it's God and when it's not?
    Squeaks
    365 Days
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 9:53 pm
    I think one of my favorite posts was last year's 365 day challenge post because it challenged me to dive into God's Word everyday. I am happy to say, I successfully completed it! I have learned a lot and grown closer to God through studying His word. Thanks so much for the wonderful work you do. Happy Birthday and may there be many more truth filled years for all of you ahead. God Bless! -Squeaks
    Emma
    A reply to Sierra Haase.....(and Happy BIRTHDAY BLOG!!)
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 10:01 pm
    Happy Birthday! I have been checking out this blog for less then half a year! it really is a help!

    reply sierra haase: SPEAKING OF THE FISH CHRISTIAN NET, WHAT EXACTLY IS THE CHANnEL?
    Cece
    Re:
    on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 10:38 pm
    Happy Birthday!!! Thanks for all that you do and I really Appreciate what you guys are doing here on liesyoungwomenbelieve.com! Thanks for carving out your precious daily lives and ministering to us!! I Appreciate you guys and Love you guys!! Have a Blessed year and I hope you guys Flourish more and more into God's image for your lives! :)
    Anonymous
    His Love Never Fails
    on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 12:54 am
    1st of all Happy Birthday! I believe God has and will use this blog to encourage and strengthen young women all over the world.

    Let me tell you a thing or two about myself.
    I was raised in a godly family by two wonderful happily married parents. I received Christ over and over again so many times since I was little that it is hard to know how old I was the first time. I am a tad introvert when I am in large crowds of people I know, yet when I am in public with strangers I have no trouble at all being outgoing. I am extremely blessed. I have friends that care about me, and God as the best friend I've ever had. He has brought me through many trials. But the trials I face are not like what you would expect from a teenager. My struggles are not drugs, depression, or sickness in the family. Instead I have faced fear, lack of purpose, and other spiritual battles, and been carried through it all by the seemingly small factor of faith. God has shown me that He won't ever leave my side, even when it seems like He has forsaken me. He will always rescue me from trouble, and save me when I am in distress. I haven't yet fathomed His love for me but I am seeing more and more each day as I ponder how I love the people around me. He has taught me about love, and how only to care what He thinks of me, because if do that, then I will want to obey Him always, and therefore desire to please my parents and serve others. I have come to realize that there is nothing sweeter than being close to the Creator of the Universe. I am no longer afraid of what is going to happen to me in the future because I know it will only make me a better person. I want all the women out there to know that God is the one to put your hope in, because sometimes things won't go your way, but that's okay because His ways are far better than ours. I, a mere high school student, have learned to fear The Lord and obey His commands. Talking to Him is one of my favorite things to do. He has told me who I am, because I was afraid I would not be the person I wanted to be, I am a child of God.
    And all of this is because of the precious blood of Jesus Christ.

    I wish I could put the rest of the things God has done for me, but I believe I have made this long enough.

    This is for everyone, whether male or female, young or old, God has a plan for you. There is nothing you can't talk to Him about, listen for His voice, you are made free by Jesus' blood, embrace that freedom and live your lives for Jesus, because there is nothing else worth living for!
    Sarah, with the LYWB team
    @Christiana...
    on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 9:41 am
    You might say to your friend, "I don't know if you realize how your actions toward ______ looked, but it wasn't becoming to you. I know you wouldn't want to have that reputation so I just thought I would tell you. You are a good friend to me and I care about you." Make sure you pray first and get your heart right, and also pray that God would prepare her heart to hear your words.
    Rae
    C.Jazzy101
    on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 1:33 pm
    I agree!
    But do you think it is even possible? Just to be friends? Or would our human nature mess everything up?

    A repost would be great!
    Mere N
    Happy Birthday
    on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 6:53 pm
    Shoot. I'm the 22nd commenter..

    But congrats to all the girls who won. :D

    ~Happy Birthday, LiesYoungWomenBelieveTeam!

    I want to say thanks to all of you. You've helped me and given me advice when I needed somewhere to turn.
    You all encouraged me and helped me when I faced surgery last fall.
    And you have truly been a wonderful blessing to me, and have inspired and helped me in my Christian walk with my beloved savior.

    ~ A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, WITH MANY MORE TO COME!!!!!! ~ *Tosses confetti at my computer*

    *~*~*~*~*~ Mere
    Starla
    Helpful
    on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 11:41 pm
    I only found this site today but am already relating to stories and girls' posts. Thanks LYWB!!!!
    Starla
    Anonymous (His love never fails)
    on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 11:48 pm
    You have a very beautiful story, and I can relate to you being saved many times.
    Mandie
    Happy, Happy Birthday!!
    on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 7:14 pm
    Praying for your team and praying that the Lord continues to use you guys in many more girls' lives!
    Love,
    Mandie
    Becka4Christ
    For Starla and Anonymous (His love never fails)
    on Friday, January 4, 2013 at 11:39 pm
    I believe salvation happens once and for all. Once God enters your heart, He doesn't leave the first or millionth time you become disinterested. So I think by "saved many times" you probably meant that you both were saved and then fell away and then regained a right standing with God. For the Christian, this is the result of being sinful rather than needing to get re-saved. If you believe differently then the assurance of salvation (which is very clear in the Bible) would be all over the place - hardly assurance at all.

    God bless you, girls, and I hope 2013 will bring many blessings. :)
    His Love Never Fails
    Becka4Christ
    on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 1:28 am
    Yes, I am sure you are right. In fact, that is exactly how it is with me. I agree with you on the forever salvation. Because even if a redeemed person turned away completely, God would pursue 'to get back what was once His' in a sort of fashion. By "saved many times" I meant that many times I have felt as if the Lord left my side (which i know would NEVER happen, usually it's because I turned from Him) yet it gives me peace when I ask Him, the same way I asked Him the very first time, to come into my heart again. And then i have assurance that He is near and I have a feeling of being made anew.

    Thank you for bringing this to my attention!

    May God bless you as well!
    Becka4Christ
    Re: His Love Never Fails
    on Sunday, January 6, 2013 at 1:27 am
    You're welcome! It's wise to think about facts vs. feelings, and do please remember than non-Christians (and young Christians) could get the wrong idea about God and salvation from a slip of the tongue. Just a friendly caution! God bless you, darling. :)
    miss.sorry
    who won
    on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 4:03 pm
    Hey just wondering who won?
    anon
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    on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 10:31 am
    thinking the same thing as miss.sorry.
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