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This is one of my best friends’ babies. In her hands is a custom order from someone who’s friend lost her son to suicide last week. A son who was this age once. A son who was fiercely loved and valued and squeezed tight. A son who will always be their baby. My heart cannot fathom the overwhelming grief. Our only hope? To lift our eyes to the One who is our help in every season and situation. Jesus, come quickly.
It seems the Lord is teaching me a deeper (more experiential) meaning of what Paul talks about when he describes servants of God as “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10a). • You see, there is so much good happening. So much joy, provision, and depth of community. So many doors opening. So many opportunities to minister and be ministered to. So much love and humility and grace and kindness and care that it has made me—quite literally—cry into a plate of chicken and waffles from the mercy of it all. • These scattered beams can only be explained by the Lord, who is dropping joy bombs and grace explosions all around. • But it’s not all chicken and waffles. • (Link to blog post in profile ❤️)
“All in all, it was a never-to-be forgotten summer—one of those summers which comes seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going—one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends, and delightful doings, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” -L.M. Montgomery

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Dreams Becoming Reality

Four summers ago I never thought this would happen.

When I approached my pastor and told him I was assigned a summer internship to create a youth program for my second major (youth and nonprofit leadership), we knew the program we wanted.

But I never thought it would continue.

And I never thought it would turn into this.

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What began four summers ago is True Beauty,  the middle and high school (and some are still in elementary school) girls discipleship program of Oak Grove Baptist Church in Paducah, Ky.  The purpose of True Beauty is to teach girls what the Bible says about being a lady–what God intended womanhood to be–how to build biblical convictions in life, and above all else pour another layer of Gospel foundation in their lives. True Beauty is founded on 1 Peter 3:3-4, and I pray one day each of my girls surrenders their hearts to God’s magnificent love and plan for their lives, realizing that a new heart given only by the Lord at salvation is the way to true and lasting beauty.

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Two years ago a dream started taking root in my heart, one I was a little scared of verbalizing. I want to have a True Beauty Conference. 

Me? Lead a conference? Hahahahaha. Oh, that’s a good one.

How quickly I forget that God uses weak things to make much of Him (1 Corinthians 1:26-31).

So with a little trepidation and more excitement and anticipation than my heart can stand, I’m thrilled to announce (on this blog) that the first ever True Beauty Girls Conference will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Carson Center in Paducah.

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For more information or to register, check out the True Beauty Conference “website”, Twitter, or the following videos:

Please join us in prayer for this event, the speakers, the worship leader, and every single girl, mom or youth leader who will be in attendance on March 22. 

I hope to see some of you there!

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