1 Peter 3:3-4

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewellery or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight. - 1 Peter 3:3,4

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


Hello all readers and followers! I know there have been about three posts in the last week but I just wanted to announce that one year ago today, Meggie and I started Unfading Elegance. Time has flown by so quickly, and we couldn't have had any success without you. We are so glad that God has decided to use us to reach out to other teens around the world. Never did we imagine that we would get hits from the Ukraine, Canada, Germany, Russia, United States and these are just the countries I can think of off the top of my head, there are more. With the help of you all we have had over 2000 views and it's more then we could have hoped for.

We would love to hear what you want us to write about in the year to come. Comment on this post and tell us what topics you would like us to cover. We'd love to hear from our audience and what they think of the blog. If you have something you'd like to say or a suggestion to help improve our blog, please leave us a message in the comments. Your thoughts matter!

Thanks again and may God be with us all in the year to come.

~ Taleisha & Meggie

Monday, August 20, 2012

Not dry and empty, but passionate!

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I just had to add my two bobs worth on 'God wants you'.

Something I have been learning is that, being a Christian isnt supposed to be dry and empty. It isnt supposed to be lifeless. We are called to love God with all our hearts as the biggest commandment, and to love the people around us. We are supposed to do everything out of love.

When I read books, I dont read them because I think it will teach me something, I dont read because a friend said I should read it. When I read a book  I do it for the thrill of reading. I love stories, meeting new friends in different places and going on adventures, I read because I love it!

Instead of being dry and lifeless in my walk, why cant I do everything out of love to God? Why cant He be the only reason I get up in the morning? To read His word because I love it like David. To be generous because I want to. To pray because I have to let God know whats happening in my life.

God doesnt want us to do things just because we think we have to. He wants us to do it out of love for Him.

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains,
but have not love,
I am nothing.

And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor...but have not love,
it profits me nothing.

 - 1 Corinthians 13:2-3 NKJV (paraphrased).

~ Meggie

God Wants You!

I am going to be completely honest, not only because I want to but because I'm sure I'm not the only one out there who is feeling like this. I've been going through a rough patch in my walk with God for about the last month. I don't know what caused it but I just didn't feel excited about God anymore, and to be even more honest, I kind of wish my family would stop talking about Him. I knew that there was nothing wrong with God, and that it was 100 percent to do with me and my heart attitude. It was me who had drifted away, not God. He was still walking right beside me, waiting for me reach out to Him, acknowledge He was there and pour out my heart to Him with everything I was feeling and say I'm sorry. I have been praying at night, when I remember, but I can't help remembering how empty my words were. Did I even mean what I was praying for? Sure I want my friends to be safe and protected, but I wasn't praying sincerely. I knew something had to change, and that change would have to start with me.

While my dad was away for a few days my mum read to us from her devotion book, word4U2day. I really liked the idea that I didn't have to be spending hours by myself praying to God, but that I could start my relationship with Him again in a way I was comfortable. Sometime within the last week I decided to wake up twenty minutes earlier then usual and finally read the small devotion book that Meggie had given me when I visited Australia, word4U2day. So I woke up, and started reading, not just for that day, but for the 15th, 16th and 17th of August as well. And by the time I came out of my room, I was feeling a joy. A joy I had been lacking for a while now. But that seemed to only last a day because the weekend came.

My alarm went off this morning at 7:30am, but instead of getting up I turned it off and went back to sleep. Then I was woken up for our regular family devotions at 8am. We were reading in the second chapter in Mark. But afterward my mum picked up her devotion book and read the message for August 20 because we had finished prayer early. And immediately I was glad she did. I have been dealing with something (well a few things) in my life right now that have brought me to a place of asking lots of questions, mainly why. I've been talking to my mum and just cried because I didn't want to see the good in what was happening around me. I was super emotional and having trouble dealing with my situation. The devotion was about offloading what you feel. Yeah, okay, I've done that with my mum. But the devotion went on to talk about offloading to Jesus.

Even though I had chosen not to read my devotions this morning, God found a way to make sure I heard His message to me anyway. It made me smile and even laugh a little because I was just so happy and thankful that He played that little trick with me. I have no doubt that it was God speaking to me saying, "You can try and get rid of me, but I am your Father, I love you and I'm not going anywhere."

I just wanted to share that with you all. Hopefully it was an encouragement to someone out there as much as it was to me. I know there is someone out there who, through reading my little story, had God speak to them or convict them like He did me. Whoever you are and wherever you are, may God bless you and be with you today. I know He wants to be.

"Turning to God isn't about looking for an on/off switch turn off your pain. God gives us strength needed to push on through it, to get closer to the best He has for you...So talk to God, put your confidence in Him and look to Him for all your answers."
                                                                                                         - word4U2day, August 20

~ Taleisha

Thursday, August 16, 2012

What if I had given everything?

I know we have been posting a lot of video clips of late, but this sums up my heart cry at this very moment. I thought I would share if anyone else feels the same way and needs some encouraging. :)

This might hurt, it's not safe
But I know that I've gotta make a change
I don't care if I break,
At least I'll be feeling something
'Cause just okay is not enough
Help me fight through the nothingness of life

I don't wanna go through the motions
I don't wanna go one more day
without Your all consuming passion inside of me
I don't wanna spend my whole life asking,
"What if I had given everything,
instead of going through the motions?"

No regrets, not this time
I'm gonna let my heart defeat my mind
Let Your love make me whole
I think I'm finally feeling something
'Cause just okay is not enough
Help me fight through the nothingness of this life

'Cause I don't wanna go through the motions
I don't wanna go one more day
without Your all consuming passion inside of me
I don't wanna spend my whole life asking,
"What if I had given everything,
instead of going through the motions?"

take me all the way (take me all the way)
take me all the way ('cause I don't wanna go through the motions)
take me all the way (I know I'm finally feeling something real)
take me all the way


Monday, August 6, 2012

A Fun Finish To Our Modesty Articles...

Barlow Girl is a Christian girl band made up of 3 sisters - Alyssa, Becca and Lauren. They have been a favourite of mine for a few years now and I thought that because we've just finished covering all parts of modesty in our modesty series, we could top it off with a fun song about clothes and what the world around us is like these days. Enjoy!!

~ Meggie & Taleisha 

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Do I heed the Saviours Call?

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The Beauty Beneath has come to a close. And Taleisha and I just want to leave you with one last thing.
It doesn’t matter what we have said on this topic. It doesn’t matter. You need to read the bible yourself and decide what is right and what is wrong. You need to hear from God and obey what He tells you- yes, especially if it is different from what we have said!
Ask God what He would have you do.
Not what you want to do.
And Obey Him.

~ Meggie and Taleisha