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We’re writing a different story and here’s why

Sarah Dubbeldam, ceo of Darling a digital media company in the USA, says “media is one of the most formative aspects of culture on hearts and minds today, and especially for women” and I’m sure you’d agree. So what is media doing to our culture? You don’t have to look far to see its impact, again in the USA, the department for health surveyed 600,000 people aged 18-25 and of the women who answered 80 per cent dislike their bodies. And why is that? It’s because of what they’re being fed.

“Media is on of the most formative aspects of culture on hearts and minds today.”

Sarah Dubbeldam

Pick up a magazine, go online, get on social media and what you’ll see is content that pushes a message of perfection and more. Deep down we know, perfection is never obtainable. But young people are becoming more and more depressed and anxious (of those surveyed there was a 50 per cent increase in depression and a 71 per cent increase in anxiety), it’s a pandemic in itself.

So really there has never been a better time to launch a magazine with an alternative breath giving, soul lifting, spirit filling message. And that is why truth is here because it’s needed, but not only that we want to help to change the narrative, clear the air, breathe new life into tired and worn out souls and see these young women who once were anxious and depressed and hating their bodies find freedom and know their true worth, which is priceless. 

Because when we know exactly who God made us to be there ain’t nothing that can stop us. And isn’t that the point of it all. To walk in the purpose God intended? Yes, of course we know that, but let’s start really living it.

And beyond all of that I dream of a day when you pick up a newspaper or magazine or get on social media and what you see is an expression of God’s Kingdom Come right here on earth! Woo hoo!

By Jane Kirby, editor of truth magazine

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Hey Babe!

We are so EXCITED to reveal that the artist BEKA who just launched her debut EP I’ll Be There features in the SUMMER edition of truth magazine as our very own cover story, YESSSS

BEKA will be sharing HER STORY, what it was like touring with HONNE, her journey to becoming an artist and so so much more PURE GOLD…watch this space for OUR SUMMER ISSUE FRONT COVER REVEAL!

PRE-SALE starts Wednesday 12 May – with our special PROMO CODE to order (released on Wednesday). 

Honestly, you are GOING TO LOVE THIS EDITION!

Love Jane x

Editor truth magazine

@rebelheartsrebelgirls

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Do you have a vision for your future? Issue 2 of truth magazine out now

Here we are in issue 2, if it isn’t obvious already our vision is simple, to share truth.

So let’s get into this edition. I hope it gives you a good mix of life, joy, the odd knowing and nodding chuckle and cause you to ask the question (like it did me): “what does God want to say to me through this, right here right now?”.

A new hero of the faith is Maral Assadzadeh. In this issue she tells us about her life; growing up in Iran and how she used to hide her faith, being forced to seek asylum in the UK, and now working for Fusion reaching out to university students. She’s a total inspiration.

And finally our cover story features Caitlin Zick of Moral Revolution who talks about purpose and vision.

Love Jane

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No.2 Not just a girl on an adventure

Do I want adventure or not? Am I after safe secure and satisfying? I wonder. I want to wander. To open up my day. To let God have his say. Where would I go, what would I do? 

God, what would a day off spent with you be like?

I’m trying to think if there has ever been a time when I’ve said to God, “here’s my day, it’s all yours”.

Disappointingly no. Possibly parts of days, fractions or even minutes where I’ve said “Lord lead me, I’m open to you let’s go on an adventure” but no, not a whole day. Never.

I’ve got to ask myself why? Why the flipping heck not? I’m someone who wants God to lead me and he does, I know I’m walking in his purpose for my life, absolutely; but I’ve never thought to hand him my day and leave the agenda totally up to him. Ever.

I remember watching an interview of a guy who’d prayed for people in the supermarket after acting on a whisper from the Holy Spirit; and as a result someone who was deaf heard for the first time. I thought, “wow I’d love to do that”, but never acted on it. Never really been intentional about it. Never set aside time to pray or booked in a day.

Quite frankly, what am I waiting for???

“He told them, “You don’t get to know the time. Timing is the Father’s business. What you’ll get is the Holy Spirit. And when the Holy Spirit comes on you, you will be able to be my witnesses in Jerusalem, all over Judea and Samaria, even to the ends of the world.”

Acts 1:7-8 MSG

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NO. 1 adventure diary – a different kind of devotional.

Damned if we do, damned if we don’t.

But I won’t I won’t I won’t allow that to stop me from walking in my destiny. The path God has for me.

The straight and narrow is wide and free. The bumpy and rocky is all there for me. If the road was easy it wouldn’t be that pleasing. No ups no downs. No laughs no frowns.

Round and round would get you down.

The road less travelled is the one for me, written down in the book of life. Free to explore. Free to ignore the haters, the backbiters and the fighters.

Be mighty in the land, not standing on sinking sand.

What shall we do? Throw in the shoe that’s what. Put in our lot. Go all in because what have we gotta lose?

Diary entry:

ONE word that’s been on my mind recently is perseverance. To get to where I want to go will take determination, one-mindedness. The route most probably won’t be easy. There will be obstacles in the way and things to overcome.

But. That is part of the point. The point is the point. I need sharpening. Defining. The sharper the point, the more accurate it is.

The times when I have to really focus, really concentrate, just keep going no matter what. Those are the times that sharpen and define me.

So I’m going to keep going. Not slow up now. Not stop. Keep my focus. Fix my faith, fix my mind on the task ahead. It will be worth it.


“Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honour, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!”

Hebrews 12:1-3 MSG

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True Love – Lent Letter No.7

During Holy Week, on the lead to Good Friday, I wanted to finish these series of letters with; True Love.

I’m not referring to a Netflix film kind of love, a Taylor Swift “Love Story” kind of feeling.

But the love of Jesus.

Love is so much more complex than romance, so much deeper than attraction. It’s so complex that I’m not even sure I know what it really means; to love.

I simply wanted this letter to be an invitation to reflect this Easter on the truest love there has ever been. Jesus dying on a cross.

John 3:16 is the most quoted bible verse for a reason:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”.

It is everything about True Love that we ever need to know.

Love Georgia x
RHRG Family

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Lent Letter No.6 True Freedom

No boundaries, no limits, no rules! These are three things that came to mind when I thought of freedom.

In 2021 I think of not wearing a mask, hugging my family, sipping cocktails with friends. Freedom!

In all seriousness though, freedom really is a gift! Galatians 5:1 says “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” God wants to be liberated and free from things that hold us back. He wants us to dream big and do big. He wants the best for us.

To the world however, being “free” (I feel) is often to be without accountability. Like I said before; no boundaries, no limits and no rules. Leave home at 18 so we’re “free” to do whatever we want… have a certain status in society so we’re “free” to say whatever we want… earn a certain sum so we’re “free” to treat people however we want.

The problem is, the world’s freedom is false advertisement. We don’t get what we pay for. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction, a consequence if you like. In fact we often end up getting robbed; of joy, of relationships, of parts of ourselves.

In today’s society, right now, I feel as though we’re moving towards a “you do you boo!” kind of mentality regarding ourselves and others. I’ve been wondering how I as a Christian woman in her twenties is supposed to counter that culture. I think Paul says it quite well in his letter to the Corinthians, albeit a little blunt. “I have a right to do anything, you say – but not everything is beneficial.” (1 Corinthians 6:12)

He’s right! We have free will, we have free speech. But not everything that is available to us is beneficial. Not every relationship is beneficial, not every comeback in an argument is beneficial, not every Netflix show is beneficial. When I come against these things, I really need to know myself. What triggers me? What draws me away from who I really want to be? And I do my best to not succumb to them.

For example, I love a night out with the girls (come on Boris, let us out!) but I’m particular about who I “night out” with, because of who I want to be. But, in total transparency, there was a time when a night out, no matter who with, wasn’t beneficial to me, so I didn’t go. I was free to go, I Iived on my own under my own rules, but nights out were making me into someone I didn’t like.

All this is to say that for me, true freedom isn’t really about me doing what I want. It’s about God doing what he wants, and me being obedient to that. My (extremely wise) friend said recently: “What God gives us is soul freedom, He frees us from ourselves and everything we do/have done…” Like I said before, the world’s freedom is false advertisement. When I go ahead on my own and do one thing, I don’t always get what I bargained for. I’ve sometimes ended up alone, hurt or just not feeling great.

When we come to know Jesus and truly believe and say out loud that he is our Lord and Saviour, we become a new creation. The old has gone and the new is here. We are freed from our past self, our human “selfness” into what Peter describes as a “chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession..” (1 Peter 2:9)

Freedom in Christ does come with boundaries but they are not there to guilt trip us into goodness, they are there to make space. If we want to have open hands towards God and what he wants us to do, we need to let go of some things. If we want to say yes to what God is asking us, then by default we need to say no to something else. God, in his kindness, has laid out those boundaries, those guidelines for us in his word, the bible.

I’m figuring all this out at the minute, it’s a journey, but one I’m more than willing to embark on.

How about you?

Love Georgia X

RHRG family

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Lent Letter No.5 True Rest

The dawn of the new millennium and the birth of rapidly advancing technology has brought about an extension to the working week. With machines to do our washing, kitchen appliances doing half the work for us and having a service for pretty much anything, humanity rejoiced as we thought we had “more time”. This led us to focus more on “bossing it” at work, cramming in all the study hours and climbing to the top of our respective work ladders.

Generally, from what I read and hear discussed, it’s been like this for nigh on 30 years. The world is rushing, forgetting resting. Striving, forgetting sabbath. After a year of almost forced rest in the U.K, I think we’re waking up to just how important it really is. We’re redefining the work-life balance, we’re rediscovering what really matters to us and I’m not mad about it!

I don’t really think of the horizontal, sleep, lay on a beach kind of rest (although that is definitely part of it – I am SO ready for a holiday) because we can all come away from times like that still feeling unrested. I mean more, recalibrating, coming back to a sense of self and what makes us happy, reprioritising and then “going again” on Monday.

Rest is an active thing. It’s a choice we make about our week. John Mark Comer, a church teacher and writer from Bridgetown Church in Portland, Oregan puts it like this: “It’s about cultivating an environment, an atmosphere to enjoy your life, your world, and your God. It’s more of a mode of being than a twenty-four-hour time slot.”

Rest isn’t something we earn, it’s something we get to enjoy.

Living in the world, we work so we can rest. Living in Christ, it’s different, counter cultural, upside down. We rest so we can work. God rested in Genesis on the seventh day. In Jewish culture that seventh day is actually the beginning of the week. The week literally starts with rest. If I’m meant to follow God’s lead I think I can do it here too.

Reading the Gospels, I’m usually looking for the work Jesus is doing, the miracles he’s performing, the lives he’s changing. But if I look closer, interwoven throughout it all is rest. He eats with his friends, enjoying himself. He sleeps on the boat in the storm, regenerating his energy. He retreats to be alone and pray, coming back to his sense of self and purpose.

So why am I so worried that I’m not always working?

One thing I’ve really had to wrestle with is that rest is not laziness! When I was a teenager, my mum would often swing into my room when I was mid-movie, peak snack (junk food) time and tell me I was being lazy. That there was much to be done and I needed to “get a move on”. There was probably some truth in it, more than likely I had homework I was avoiding and chores I couldn’t bear to complete. But I’ve carried that into adulthood. Now, it’s like my mum is standing over my shoulder when I’m having a slow Saturday asking “What are you doing?!”

A few weeks ago I was reflecting on how I like to rest, when I realised that I actually use my days off to complete my to-do list. I clean the house, get my groceries, do as many loads of washing as humanly possible. Then it comes to Monday and I want to roll over and relive the past two days.

Now, I get it, the to-do list has got to be done! Your to-do list is probably even longer than mine. But our “to-do” shouldn’t interfere with our being.

As best I can in the season of life I find myself in, I work my to-do list into my working week. I work hard at my job and empty myself of energy during the day. Then my evenings I re-charge, I fill up my energy tank with rest. Currently that looks like: a meal at the dinner table with my housemate, a long hot shower or maybe a couple of episodes of One Tree Hill before my head hits the pillow and I go again tomorrow.

Then Saturday comes around and that is now my day with no agenda. Nothing to complete or create. Time spent refilling myself, celebrating God and how he has made me and is making my life. A long, slow walk, a flat white, seeing friends, reading, eating, doing things that bring me joy and not spending my day to please others or tick off my to-do’s.

In Matthew 11, Jesus asks: “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

The world says rest is sleep, and in some ways it is. But now I’m watching how Jesus rests and taking inspiration from him.

Love Georgia x
RHRG Family