Who We Are:
Beulah Girl is a non-denominational Christian site devoted to helping women find their sense of worth and purpose in Christ. We are a group of ordinary women aiming to help other ordinary women find fulfillment in their daily walk with Jesus Christ — women struggling with questions related to faith, Christian service, health, emotional well-being, identity, sexuality and relationships.
Our writers juggle families, careers and ministries outside of the blog, and contribute all writing and assistance to the blog on a volunteer basis. Many of the writers have received Hope ministry training or other types of Christian ministry training — and write from the perspective of having had some unique training in care and Christian ministry.
Our team of contributors write articles grounded in strong biblical principles that address real-life issues Christian women secretly struggle with but might be ashamed to admit: depression, anxiety, sexual sin, addiction, self-hatred, unhealthy relationships, etc. Our goal is to talk about those “taboo areas” with frankness and honesty — and impart the lessons God has given us in the places of our own journeys that we can in turn impart to you.
Founder Carol Whitaker felt called by God to leave the education field to embrace a calling in music ministry. However, soon after she left teaching, God revealed that there was something God wanted Carol to do first: dig back into a painful past and get healed. Through the process of facing her past, she quickly realized that she was called to share with other women how God was healing her from the rejection and pain of her childhood and young adulthood.
One night after God had been speaking to Carol’s heart about sharing her story, she went to a women’s retreat night where the keynote speaker was a blogger who explained her process of creating and running her blog. After that night, Carol felt that the first step in creating the women’s ministry that God had asked her to begin was to start a blog. Carol began researching the world of blogging and online writing. Armed with a scanty bit of knowledge of WordPress, Carol began crafting her first series of blog posts.
Beulah Girl started as a personal blog, and almost immediately after the blog was started, Carol felt she was to open up the site to include other regular contributors.
God was faithful in bringing names to mind of women who were eager to share their writing talents and real-world faith stories and help Carol in the vision God had given her of a creating a place for women to read about others’ faith and healing experiences.
What We Offer:
We offer free articles and resources. You can become a part of our online community and subscribe for free by following us on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or by email. Each of our articles is written with an emphasis on transparency and vulnerability — to hopefully take down some of the walls Christian women often erect in relationships and show that we are all in this journey together — all of us messy sinners in need of grace.
We offer articles in the following areas:
Ministry: We write about the process of launching into Christian ministry; the stresses of Christian ministry; the discovery and use of one’s spiritual gifts in ministry; the day-to-day grind of Christian ministry; and effective ways to minister and exist in the pressure-cooker of ministry using biblical principles.
Spiritual Life: We write articles related to the ups and downs of what it means to do life with Jesus Christ. We talk about topics such as faith, trust, obedience, and fear and use personal stories from our individual Christian walks to discuss how we are wrestling through the obstacles and trials we face on a daily basis.
Healing: A large focus of the site is on emotional and physical healing. Our writers write about personal struggles with depression, anxiety, self-hatred, unforgiveness and other emotional or mental issues. We also include articles that record our own healing experiences and the healing experiences we have witnessed in others.
Relationships: We include articles that navigate what relationships rooted in biblical principles look like in contrast to relationships rooted in unhealthy behavior patterns and sin cycles. We discuss topics such as perfectionism, co-dependent relationships, approval addiction, and other types of negative behavior and relationship patterns. We also talk about what it means to be a mom, a wife, a sister, a friend — as we navigate our own faith walks.
- Suzy Lolley: Graphic Designer, Technology Consultant, and Writer
- Rachel Howard: Writer
- Sheila Michael: Writer
- Carol Whitaker: Founder and Editor-in-Chief
- Jamie Wills: Editor and Writer
Why the Name?
Beulah (pronounced bew-lah) is a word taken from a passage in Isaiah that says this: “No longer will they call you Deserted, or name your land Desolate. But you will be called Hepzibah, and your land Beulah; for the LORD will take delight in you, and your land will be married” (62:4). “Beulah” means “married” in Hebrew, and as commentator Albert Barnes notes “the figure is taken from a female who had been divorced, and whose appropriate name was Forsaken.”
This verse is the central verse for the site because our focus is to remind women how much Jesus wants and pursues every woman. He wants the cast offs, the ones that haven’t been loved (or don’t feel loved) and proclaims them “married” to Himself. No matter what our past circumstances have been or our current circumstances are, God desires to restore us and rename us “Beulah” rather than “Deserted.”
Even if we have been labeled “worthless” by others or feel that way because of our own failures, God believes we have incredible value as women and wants to be our husband and fill up those cracks — those places in our souls — that we have tried to fill with everything else. Because when we find our identity in Him rather than relationships, careers, or other pursuits, we find the fulfillment and purpose we are longing for.
What Do We Believe?
- God is three persons: Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
- Jesus Christ is God incarnate — He came to earth as an infant born to the virgin Mary; He was crucified and rose again. He sits at the right hand of the Father and will come to earth again.
- Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation. Whoever believes in Him will gain everlasting life and will not perish (John 14:6).
- Jesus offers forgiveness of sin for all who come to Him. A personal relationship with Jesus Christ is possible for all who come to Him and want to be saved.
- Salvation is a gift from God and cannot be earned (Ephesians 2:8).
- The Holy Spirit as the counselor Jesus promised when He ascended to heaven after His crucifixion. We believe in the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the manifestation of those gifts in the body of Christ (His church).
- The Bible is the inspired Word of God — God-breathed and useful for instruction (2 Timothy 3:16). Nothing can be added or taken away from Scripture.
- Scripture is stronger than any “double-edged sword” and exists to help guide us to live as Christ did (Hebrews 4:12).
- Miracles can happen just as they did in Bible times. We believe that physical and emotional healing can take place in individuals. Though we don’t understand the reasons why some receive physical healing and some do not, we believe in the following:
- God can heal any way He wants to and can heal both believers and unbelievers.
- God wants Christians to ask for healing and receive prayer from fellow Christians or elders.
- Illness can be caused by many things — sickness and disease came into the world when Adam and Eve sinned. We can also be born with an illness or deformity — or we can at times develop an infirmity because of unconfessed sin. In all cases, God wants to be our healer and can heal us. In the case of sin, God’s desire is not to condemn us but to reveal to us the sin that needs to be confessed or taken care of to take a step towards healing.