Category Archives: True Beauty

A Girls’ Conference, Free Books, and Chick-Fil-A

This conference is a dream come true for me and I would love to see you there. Consider coming? We’ll unashamedly bribe you with free books (here, here, and here) and Chick-Fil-A. 

Bring some friends and let’s learn how to ditch the mask! Register today.

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Masquerade Conference 2016

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Masquerade is a conference for 8th-12th grade girls about identity, authenticity, and finding freedom to ditch the mask.

Oh my word, after dreaming about this for a while I’m so excited to announce it’s actually happening! Masquerade will be the second girls’ conference we’ve done in Paducah and I’m beyond excited to see what God is going to do in the lives of every attendee and volunteer. Praise for a God big enough to use us.

This one-day conference will cover the following questions and more:

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A Letter to My Small Group Girls: Five things I want you to be

Dear small group babies,

You probably hate it when I call you my babies. You’re too mature to be considered such, I understand that, but you will forever be my babies, so, sorry I’m not sorry.

If I haven’t made it clear: I’m crazy about you. I love you and I like you. In fact, I could not love you more if I tried. It is a joy and privilege to do life with you, to lead you, to hear your perspectives and views and opinions, to witness your depth and get glimpses of your heart. I cherish each moment I get to be with you.

But life isn’t always joy bubbles and cake pops, is it? These days are wonderful and beautiful but also hard and exhausting. Mixed into the magical moments are seasons of struggle, of mundane, of fighting the fear of failure and the dreaded, crippling concern of being considered “less than.”

You, my dear, are not less than.

But here’s the thing. The radio of the world is always blaring. Culture, people, parents, peers, teachers, magazines, music, movies—they’re always talking to you, informing you, and subconsciously shaping your character and person and telling you what you need to be. Voices are constantly bombarding you, saying you need to be thinner, fatter, taller, shorter, more athletic, more intelligent, less talkative, more talkative, more opinionated, less opinionated.

The enemy of our souls is skilled at preying on our insecurities and exploiting them for anything but God’s glory. He wants you paralyzed by fear and uncertainty, plagued with doubts and discouragement, and pestered by a self-focus that will destroy you. I want to fight against his lies, accusations and traps, so please let me add one more voice to your life, one that I pray is Scriptural and points to the Wise One who loves you more than anyone else, even me (which is hard for me to wrap my mind around).

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COMING SOON: Girl’s and Women’s Conferences

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PRAISE. I love conferences. I love going to them (shoutout to the two I’m going to with my bff in the next two months [this one] and [this one]), I love speaking at them, I love learning and absorbing “Gospel drippings” from others and I love getting to mix and mingle with amazing women (young and old alike) from all over the country (and/or world).

SO. If you live in the Paducah, Kentucky area and are a female, come to these conferences! I am SO excited to get to speak at both of them while also soaking in the Word with others. Would you join me?

 

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Monday Morning Munch No. 120 – Scattered Beams

Beach chairs on the evening sea coast.

Scattered beams.

If you follow me on social media, you’ll know I’m on a scattered beams kick. I don’t deny it. Read this quote and you’ll know why:

{ God is the highest good of the reasonable creature. The enjoyment of Him is our proper; and is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Better than fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, or children, or the company of any, or all earthly friends. These are but shadows; but the enjoyment of God is the substance. These are but scattered beams; but God is the sun. These are but streams; but God is the fountain. These are but drops, but God is the ocean. -Jonathan Edwards }

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A Plea for Parents and Youth Leaders Not to Compromise

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Let’s start this out by getting one thing straight: I am not an expert in youth ministry.

Furthermore, I am not an expert in parenting, especially since, you know, I don’t have children of my own.

What I do have is my Core Four.

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Wow, I love them. (P.S. I’m the one in the stripes, second from the right.)

Five years ago, God called me into youth ministry although, at the time, I had no idea He was doing that. (He is so sneaky sometimes.) All I thought I was doing was fulfilling an internship requirement for my second major (youth and nonprofit leadership) in college and spending a summer with the girls at my church, forming a “program” for them that would a) give them the Gospel and what it means to be a woman according to the One who designed womanhood and b) fulfill the aforementioned class requirements.

God had other plans.

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Dear Fathers, You Are So Important

My first picture (outside the belly) with dad.

To all the dads (and future dads) out there,

Do not underestimate the importance of your role—especially in the lives of your daughters. 

We need you. We value you. We appreciate and hunger for the heavenly calling with which you’ve been entrusted. And often we look to you to see God. You are our earthly example of a heavenly Reality.

Let me say it again: you are so needed.

As you cling to the best Father the world has ever known and make it your goal to lead your families deeper into His heart than your own, you will lead them well, the Gospel will be displayed and Jesus will be glorified.

Thank you for investing your heart and pouring the Gospel into your families.

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Admiring True Greatness, Part 2

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In the last blog we tried to define true greatness and presented some questions to ask ourselves, kids and youth group, to see if we can see through the hoopla of the celebrity image and into true greatness.

If you haven’t read that blog, you should do that before continuing this one.

True greatness may be closer than you think.

Have you noticed it living under the same roof as you?

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Admiring True Greatness, Part 1

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Athletes.
Actors.
Musicians.
Celebrities.

We casually toss the word greatness around when referring to these people (including Michael Jordan, who will always hold a special place in my heart), but what does true greatness look like?

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Dirty Dancing: High School Edition

As a youth leader and someone who deeply, deeply loves the girls God has entrusted to my leadership, I beg you to read this. 

People who should read the following blog:

  • Parents.
  • Youth leaders.
  • Girls.
  • Daughters.
  • Sisters.
  • Brothers.
  • High schoolers.
  • Moms.
  • Dads.
  • Females.
  • Aunts.
  • Uncles.

You get the point.

Parents, I earnestly implore you to read this and fight for the souls of your children.

Dad, Can I Go to the Homecoming Dance?

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