• General

    Plastic Diamond Faith

    Symbols are everywhere. Some we are taught from a young age, some later in life. A quick glance at a symbol can bring up distinct feelings for different people given various circumstances. For example, a symbol for birthdays is cake. For most, birthday cakes evoke happy emotions and drum up memories of fun parties with friends and family. This may not be the case for everyone, but you get the idea. For most contemporary American girls, diamonds represent glitz and glamour and love. And has been said that, “diamonds are a girls’ best friend”. As a teen, I didn’t have much of a fashion sense, I couldn’t tell you who…

  • General

    It’s Beautiful

    It happens in such a noninvasive way I barely realize it until I’m 20 minutes into scrolling…the moment my mind isn’t stimulated enough or wanders off looking for an escape, I find it processing the images that flood my Instagram feed. It feels noninvasive, but really it’s more invasive than anything. Because the images I see are the lives and stories I compare myself to, and because I find myself observing so often, it reaches beyond a normal environment of comparison and into the walls of my home. Comparison happens in my hands at the end of my fingertips. The apparent success that others are championing finds its way into…

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    ‘None Like Her: Awaken the Beauty Within You’ book now available!

    We are so excited to announce: United and TRU’s founder and CEO, Sandra Coates’ book is now available! https://www.amazon.com/dp/1664239626/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_QVSCKF10RP3K7BG5BS7K

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    United and TRU Core Values

    COMMITMENT:  We are a Christ-centered outreach organization and operate out of a Biblical framework. We are committed to proclaiming God’s message of beauty, worth, and identity to women and girls. From work, to home, relationships and ministry we commit to proclaim the freedom we have in Christ, and unity we have as a result.   UNIQUE:  We believe no two women are alike on purpose. We honor uniqueness and believe nothing compares to the internal beauty and purpose of each woman and girl.  CONFIDENCE:  We believe our confidence comes from Christ and we are already enough because of His power, love and the beauty within us. We choose to walk in…

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    No Limits, Be Brave by Kristi Anderson

    To all of us women in search of adventure…we got this! If you’re anything like me, I’m surethere’s been a time in your life that you had a craving for more. More what, you may ask? Moreadventure, more spontaneity, more road trips, more beach walks, more of all of life’s, “goodstuff”. It wasn’t until I was settled in life, finished with my Masters in Counseling, and anewlywed- happily married in a world of romance, that I began to have this feeling andyearning to find my own voice, and for a sense of self to be seen. I thought I was alreadykeenly aware of all of my passions and well attuned…

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    Getting Gritty With God – by Christine Mary

    Getting Gritty with God: 5 Mindsets That Matter When you are faced with difficulty and challenges, what is your mindset? How do you move from fear to freedom? In the last decade I have found myself faced with the decision to either give up and escape or persevere and put my hope in God. I found myself wondering if things would change, would life get better, was there a light at the end of the tunnel. My life did not look like I thought it would. I want to share with you how I have persevered during the most challenging time of my life. Walk through these 5 mindsets that matter when…

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  • Stronger Together
    Beauty,  General,  Hope

    Stronger Together

    It’s Not Black or White Since I can remember, I have had a deep love for my African American sisters. When I am with them something comes alive in me and I feel vibrant and full. There is a strength in their spirit that I just adore. I love their soulful spunk, their drive for success, their power and readiness to fight for what they believe in and their rhythm to the music.  They have a warrior strength about them and a unified legacy that cannot be broken. I admire the African American race. Is it their beautiful dark skin, their boldness and ability to stand up for themselves, their…

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  • Waiting
    General,  Hope

    In the Waiting

    Waiting Around: Ugg or Ahh! COVID-19 has changed our hustle-bustle world into waiting rooms and isolation chambers. Thankfully, most of us have smart phones, and virtual connections help a lot. Even more thankfully, most of us have families, and maybe we have’t spent this much face-time with them since we were little kids. Even so, the whole world seems to be waiting around. All of us are wondering: will life ever be “normal” again? More likely, we’re facing a new normal, so we need to look for the meaning and purpose in it. Being flexible is the name of the new normal game. But what do we do in the…

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  • Anxiety
    General,  Hope


    Ya’ll, let’s talk about a topic that most people do not necessarily like to talk about…Anxiety! I know that A LOT of us experience it on a daily basis but there are some that don’t or are new to the feeling. I guess, I can say that I am very familiar with Anxiety, I have battled with it for as long as I can remember. The worst part about Anxiety is that I don’t always know when it is going to hit, but when it hits me, it literally “HITS” me! It is that elephant sitting on my chest, can’t catch my breath, room shrinking around me feeling….. It is…

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  • The Angel of The Lord
    General,  Hope

    Fear: The Ultimate Solution

    I used to have nightly panic attacks. In the shadows, small worries became giant monsters. When I joined Jesus, He fought for me… and He taught me how to fight for myself and others. I’ve yet to master fear’s ultimate solution (fearing God)… but I’m getting closer. Because fearing God leaves no room to fear anything else. Only fear the Lord, and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you.1 Samuel 12:24 (NKJV) Do we remove fear by casting it out? Or possibly, we’re to move beyond it, as in rising rising to a big occasion… which might earn us…

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