And the same is still true today.
We see a mix on magazine shelves. The ranges vary between extremes and there is a publication for every subject and for every niche market. The industry continues to build on similar topics of the everyday woman. Thankfully, there are magazines that are healthy and thoroughly enjoyable as they walk us through different stages and seasons of our lives as women. Though the motives of many companies are positive and dedicated to enhancing our world, there are many (too many to count) that have a specific agenda. They know what sells. They know what pulls on our nature. They know what we just can’t resist.
As we scan pile after pile at the grocery store or even at our desperately needed hair appointment, reality sinks in. What sells in our world today is extremely heartbreaking. The topics that seem desirable to our flesh, the answers that feed our self-gratification. The endless amounts of information and visual depictions of what the world says we need is overwhelming. And sadly, the majority of what we see doesn’t honor the woman, but demeans her.
Their alluring covers and enticing opinions of the feminine existence sweep through almost every store imaginable. The hearts and minds of women are being polluted with superficial discussions instead of the depth and life our hearts long for. The power and psychological influence it holds upon us is subtle, but very present. Most women would probably not admit to it’s control and many probably don’t even realize it. But before we know it, the impurity, gossip and fantasies begin to alter our perspectives, attitudes and actions; the very way we choose to live our lives.
As women, everything connects to everything. And because of this, as we connect our eyes to their pages, their pages are connecting to our hearts and to the depths of our souls. William Shakespeare says it well, “The Eyes are the window to your soul.” How true this is. The more that our generation of women engages in unhealthy material we will continue to lose strength and the health of our character and originality as women.
Over the past few years, I have seen women begin rising up in their sphere of influence: their home, their family life, their workplace, in their coming and their going. Women rising up instead of lowering to the standards of the world. Courageous and brave women that say “Enough is enough.” Women full of vision and resolve. Women influencing the world by not conforming to it. Women around the world are bringing back the enjoyment of reading a magazine and I am thankful to be one of them. Their message is one of grace, not perfectionism. A healthy alternative to unwind or gain valuable wisdom to enhance our lives. Their spreads are filled with authenticity and depth, decency and class, wisdom and truth. Material that strengthens the heart of a women, deems her valuable and treasures the true essence of womanhood. This is the break in the clouds. A light shining so bright that it can’t help but penetrate everyone in it’s path. It’s touching a place that the worldly chain of magazines cannot reach and it’s a beautiful sight to behold.
As women, it’s so easy to get swayed by the waves of the “superficial” culture of this world. It’s everywhere and increasing. And the truth is, our values are being compromised and it’s a fight to stay anchored in what’s real, true and pure. I’ve learned that I can’t be passive as I live my life by allowing anything and everything to find a home in my mind and heart. I have to make a decision of what values I am going to stand on and keep standing on. To fill my life with wisdom that matters and enhance the beautiful creation God made me to be. I pray that the same is true for you. This is the very reason why I created Thryve Magazine. These convictions for my own life and frustrations as I looked around led me to do something about it. I couldn’t stand by as women settle for lies and fill their lives with information that does nothing but break down our truest design as women. The truth is, whether we realize it or not, these things actually do affect us. It is not the time to stay idle and just let things be as they are. We, created by God to bring forth light and truth, have something beautiful to give to the world. We have the ability, by the grace of God, to change the trajectory of the women that fill the spaces in this world. To help set them on a course towards truth and wholeness.
It’s very easy to allow the “world” to be your map in life. It’s easy for us to be encompassed by it’s ways.
Thought it’s grip may be strong, we have a mighty strength within us that is given to us by God that is much more powerful than anything in this world. Let us be women that value our heart’s and our minds. Because out of it flows the direction of our lives (Proverbs 4:23). Let us commit to soak in what's true and what enhances the beauty that comes from within so that we radiate and graciously influence our world. A world that so desperately needs it.
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About the Gracious Guest Author
Rachael Homcy is married to the love of her life and is a mom to a precious and joyful little girl. She currently works from home as a freelance graphic designer.
She recently took a leap of faith and launched a new women’s magazine called Thryve Magazine, which seeks to inspire and empower women to not just exist, but live fully alive. You can read more about it at thryvemag.com and stay connected through our instagram @thryvemagazine.