Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Maidens Of the Master Review & Giveaway!

This evening I am so excited to introduce y'all to this fabulous magazine called "Maidens of the Master", compiled and edited by my sweet friend Bethany. 

I actually met Bethany and her family through my brothers and parents who got to know them first through the National Bible Bee. I finally got to meet her in person the beginning of this year and have been so blessed by her love for the Lord and His Word, and her passion to encourage other young women in their call of set-apart living for Jesus Christ.
{Bethany}

1) Can you tell us a little about you and your family?
My name is Bethany, and I'm sixteen, with two brothers (Anthony, 22, and Joe, 14) and amazing parents. I'm so blessed to be raised in a Christian home and home-schooled all my life. :) Currently I'm in my junior year of high school, and besides school and editing MM, my days are filled to bursting with helping our family run the music ministry at church, teaching a few students in piano/violin, memorizing Scripture, practicing piano, working on recording projects, composing and arranging music, and (if I have time) craft or baking projects.

2) Why did you start Maidens of the Master magazine? What was your goal/vision?
I started Maidens of the Master in 2011 for a couple of reasons. I had a number of godly Christian young ladies as friends, and my desire was that we could each contribute in a joint effort to encourage one another as we serve God. I also loved writing and organizing, so this was a way in which I could use those hobbies to bless others and keep in touch with those who didn't live nearby. Additionally, I was inspired by other magazines published by other Christian young ladies, and thought this might be a medium we could use to encourage each other.


3) Can you give us a quick overview of some of the things each magazine includes?
Maidens of the Master is an e-magazine released quarterly. Each issue of MM usually includes a few articles written by various young ladies on a specific topic. Sometimes there will be an article written by a mom of one of the contributors, which gives a great perspective from a more experienced Christian woman. Each issue also includes a recipe section, and occasionally a craft tutorial. All these are submitted by contributors, so the magazine may be longer or shorter depending on the number of contributions submitted.

4) How have you seen God bless and work through this ministry?
I've received much encouragement from readers and contributors who have been blessed by a specific issue of MM. That makes it totally worth it for me, to know that God is using the content in the issues to encourage someone! :) My prayer is that, if God wills, many more people would be challenged and motivated to live for Christ through Maidens of the Master. It's also been a wonderful experience working with other sisters in the Lord who have such great insights to share in their articles.

5) What are some different skills/character qualities you have learned along the way?
Organizing the different issues of MM has taught me a lot; patience, perseverance, diligence, to name a few. It's so easy to get discouraged when things don't go exactly as planned, but I'm so grateful for God's strength and faithfulness. I've also learned that others (especially your family!) have lots of good ideas that you can pull from. Design skills is an area I grew in while working on the early issues of Maidens of the Master, and although my brother Joe does most of the design now, I can still help out and insert content, etc.

6) Any advice you would give other young ladies seeking to reach out + encourage others?
Go for it! I was thirteen when I started MM, and although it definitely wasn't perfect (I wasn't very organized with issue releases, and the design was...quite plain :D), God still used it in ways I'm so thankful for. Don't think you're too young (or too old) for the Lord to use you to encourage others. I'm looking for more contributors to MM as well, so if you enjoy writing, maybe God can use your gifts to bless others in that way, or in other ways!

7) Is there anything else you'd like to say in closing?
Visit our new website! MaidensoftheMaster.com On the site you can subscribe, see past issues, and find out more about contributing to MM.  
And just to say, I love reading Chelsy's blog, and have loved the chance to get to know her and the Bontragers over the past few years! :) Thanks so much Chelsy, for having me on here!
{Thank-you so much, Bethany, for your kind words + for your sweet guest post here!}

Bethany and her brother design the beautiful printed frames pictured above. Along with this post, Bethany offered to do a giveaway of one of their recent prints. 
All you need to do to enter to win the "Seek Me" print, above, is to comment in the comment box below with your name! Winner will be announced on Friday, December 5th!

I would HIGHLY encourage all my young women readers to head right over to the Maidens of the Master website and sign up for Bethany's magazine! This is a fabulous way for you to meet + get to know other young women who are seeking after the Lord and His ways. I promise you will be blessed + encouraged!

-Chels

22 comments:

  1. What a great ministry Bethany has and I a, sure you are blessed with her friendship. Beautiful saying on Photo. Mary Ann Mast

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  2. I would loooove to win this :)

    My name : Alisha Bonnell

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  3. I love that print.
    Ashley

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  4. Yay for the X family - love those people. :) So enjoyed this interview, Chelsy! ~elizabeth

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  5. I will visit and read! I'm looking forward to it! :) Plus, I'd like to enter the giveaway. That would be a beautiful thought to have on our future new living room (we're still working on getting the apartment up together!).

    Love to you and all the family!

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  6. Rosi Rodriguez :)

    I recently subscribed to this magazine & highly recommend to all, great & encouraging articles!

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  7. Morgan Roth

    What a nice post! Keep up your diligence, Bethany!!! Blessings!

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  8. Holly Ciampi

    Chelsy, Thank you for writing encouraging and inspiring posts! Keep up the great work!

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  9. I would love this! and. JUST in case you wonder..... my name is Hannah! ;)

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  10. Wow!
    Starting a magazine at thirteen - quite an accomplishment I'd say!
    Ruth Watson

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  11. Lovely post!
    ~Elizabeth Tuttle

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  12. That is really cool!!
    ~Allison Geckler

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  13. Jessica Horner =)

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  14. Thank you for this encouraging post!
    ~Priscilla Gerber

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  15. Love the way you pour yourself into life and ministry!
    thanks for the post!
    Krista Forry

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  16. is it too late Denise

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