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8 Tips to Avoid the Freshman 15

Freshman 15 When I was a freshman in college, I gained the dreaded freshman 15. Going into college I struggled with body image, and this new weight just made it worse. God wants us to love our bodies and take care of them. He does not want us to gain the freshman 15.

Since I’m no fitness expert, I’m having my friend Nikki, a Beachbody coach, share how to avoid the freshman 15. Check out her 8 tips below! (more…)

You Are NOT Defined by Your Past – From a Man’s Perspective


Today is an exciting day for Joy Pedrow Ministries. We have our first male guest blogger! Sam Eaton writes at Sam’s heart for Jesus is contagious. He’s a music teacher by day, and a youth ministry and worship musician by night and weekend. You can friend him on twitter @eatonbythemusic.

Sam and I both desire to help people know that God can redeem them from their past. Because of this passion, Sam and I will conquer the topic from the different perspectives of men and women. He will share his perspective on my blog and I will share mine on his. (Click here to read my post).

So drum roll please…….. Here is “You Are NOT Defined by Your Past – From a Man’s Perspective” by Sam Eaton. (more…)

Allison Flexer Blog Tour + Giveaway


Hello friends!

I’m excited today to be a part of the #SingleTruth blog tour and free book giveaway with Allison Flexer. Allison will be guest posting on my blog and listing 3 truths for single women in college. At the end of the post, I’ll be raffling off a free signed copy of her new book, Truth, Lies, and the Single Woman (Beacon Hill Press). Make sure you enter the giveaway and tell your friends!

Out of all the books for single ladies out there, I have to say that this one is my favorite. Allison is honest, relate-able, and spot on with truth. During the week, I will be tweeting some of my favorite quotes from the book and tweeting the giveaway. I hope you take away some encouragement!

xoxo Joy


How can we maintain an authentic relationship with Jesus in college?

Joy Pedrow Ministries

In college, it is easy to go through the motions and forget why we follow Jesus, but our walks with God do not have to dry out or become fake. We can constantly experience the love of Christ even during the busy days of college. In this series, Christian in College, guest bloggers will answer questions about faith and college. I’m very excited for you to read blogger Plylicia D. Masonheimer’s post answering, “How can we maintain an authentic relationship with Jesus in college?”  (more…)

She is Set Apart

Hola friends! I’m super excited that Tierraney Richardson is sharing her story today.
I love Tierraney’s passion for Jesus and the way she is trying to fulfill God’s purpose for her life daily. She just created a new ministry, She is Set Apart. I’m so excited to see all the fruit and life change from it. Be sure to subscribe to her blog.
Enjoy the post below!

       Many women have a story that goes something like, “I used to be in and out of relationships with men seeking validation until I realized that this isn’t working, so I sought the Lord and learned to base my identity in Christ.”  However, my story is quite the opposite.
       I had never been in a relationship and never had a boyfriend and for years I was ashamed of this. While I had high self-esteem, I never shared this information out of fear that someone would think something was wrong with me. I was the girl who was never asked to prom or dances.  None of the boys ever took interest in me, and the few that did I was not at all interested in.  I was ashamed of all of this.
       In June 2012, I found out about an amazing organization for women titled, Pinky Promise Movement.  One day I was randomly on twitter and I saw a re-tweet of something by Heather Lindsey.  I ended up finding Heather’s blog and was immediately hooked.  Heather would post things online to singles like, “You are set apart…. you’re hidden by Christ.”  Before that I never looked at my life of singleness in that way.
       Two years later, I read a book by Alyssa Joy Bethke and Robin Jones Gunn called Spoken For. In this book Alyssa talks about how she spent her life never dating until she met her now husband Jeff Bethke.  Hearing Alyssa’s story and reading Heather’s tweets liberated me knowing that others empathized with me and could relate.  I began to embrace that I am a rare and treasured jewel that God is saving for only His best.  I learned that I am wanted and that the God of this universe loves me and that I do not need another flawed human to love me or the title of someone’s girlfriend to make me feel valued and important.
If you can relate to my story here is some encouragement:
In Job 2:3 God says, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on Earth like him; he is blameless and upright who fears God and shuns evil.” Now if you read the book of Job in its entirety and this passage specifically you will know that God is actually saying this to Satan. God was telling Satan about Job’s character.  Job was a great man of God.
However, you can also apply this scripture to your current situation. If you feel discouraged in you current season of singleness know that you are God’s princess. As you continue to seek God daily you he will develop Christlike character within you. Keep striving to be a true Proverbs 31 woman one day he will open the eyes of your Ephesians 5 man. Just as he described the character of Job he will be revealing your character to your one day spouse saying, have you considered my servant, there is no one on Earth like her. She is blameless and upright and a women who fears God and shuns evil.
Satan wants you to feel unloved and unwanted but we must continue to remind ourselves of God’s truth – that we are fearfully and wonderfully made, we are a peculiar treasure, we are hidden and we are set apart.

Bio: My name is Tierraney. I am a Texas born & raised 20-something year old. While I am totally obsessed with the color pink I am even more so obsessed with Jesus Christ. I currently teach 3rd grade Math to underprivileged children in Houston. Learning how I have been set apart inspired me to create a ministry for other women to learn  how they are set apart. Visit my website: I am always looking for other women to share their story on how they are set apart. If you would like to please email: You can find me on the web here: Personal: Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Blog, YouTube – Ministry: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest

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