Tag Archives: biblical womanhood

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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Monday Morning Munch No. 129 – Too long for Twitter

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Sometimes 140 characters just isn’t enough.

Take this ironic gem by Jonny Ox for example:

Don’t expect her
to paraphrase her life for you;
she was born to be a story.
And if you can’t understand that,
then perhaps she’s beyond your reading level.

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I love Jen Wilkin but I’m not a Stalker

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…or am I?

After posting the above photo with this caption:

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There were some fun comments, including my bff saying:

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Shadows, Singleness and a Greater Substance

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Things were so easy when you were 10.

Things were simple. Shoot, even at 16 it was easy. I remember sitting in a small Bible study at my sister’s house when I was asked the question everyone loves to ask to teenagers: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I don’t know how you answered that question when you were 15 or 16 but for me, I knew exactly how my life was going to turn out. The plan was set. I would grow up, graduate high school, go to college, compete in the Olympics, win a gold medal, find a husband, get married and have babies.

Eventually I would trade in the cool car (more like the clunker) for a mini van and life would unfold with grace, the Gospel, and the happily ever afters I always dreamed of.

Well, here I am. More than 10 years have passed and on my list of things I “knew” would happen by now, only three have actually come to pass. I grew up (maybe?), graduated high school and graduated college.

So what if life doesn’t happen the way we dreamed when we were teenagers?

What if you graduate high school and college and you still haven’t met the one? What if your story hasn’t quite played out the way you anticipated and you find yourself single when you thought for sure you would be married by now?

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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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Elisabeth Elliot’s Favorite Hymn

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(My full time job is the assistant editor over at RTM Magazine and the following is an excerpt from a full post on the Real Truth Matters blog. Head over there to read the full story and to find Elisabeth’s favorite hymn.


Elisabeth Elliot. So much class.

On June 15, 2015, Elisabeth Elliot-Gren died.

Ever since my roommate in college gave me a copy of Passion and Purity, Elisabeth has been one of my heroes. Through many of her books (all of which are on my list to read before I’m 30) she has walked with me on my journey to the Celestial City, helping me (along with my mom and other women in our church) navigate the waters of womanhood and how the Bible defines biblical femininity, masculinity and relationships, among other things.

Through the RTM Magazine, we became acquainted with her husband, Lars Gren, as he gave us permission to reprint some of Elisabeth’s articles first published in The Elisabeth Elliot NewsletterI will always treasure the phone calls and letters with him and his sweet and firm nature as we exchanged stories and life updates.

Read the rest at Real Truth Matters.

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Smorgasbord – A blog of blogs

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I love reading and lately, on top of some really awesome books, I’ve been digging into some awesome blogs.

You may have read one or all of them already, but if you need some reading material, I present you with the following.

What are you reading?

Redeem the Rejection of Singleness by Fabienne Harford

You will waste the rejection of singleness if you let the pain drive you to seek affirmation of worth from people instead of God. God has designed this beautiful gift of singleness to highlight your need to be chosen and to underline the inadequacy of people to fill that need. Don’t be ashamed by your hunger to be wanted and chosen. Don’t try to cover or conceal or fill it with positive thinking or encouragement from mortal men. Let it drive you to cling to the God who has chosen you at great cost.

Let no one except God have the power to determine your worth. Let no covenant, other than the New Covenant with Christ, satisfy your need to be chosen.

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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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Monday Morning Munch No. 114 – Fear and Faith

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“I have to trust and believe that if there was any other way for God to accomplish His will in my life (or in the people who will be affected by it through my life), He would. Look at Jesus in the Garden, ‘If there be any other way…’ but there wasn’t.” -Kristie Anyabwile

On Thursday one of my best friends and I attended the Fear and Faith panel discussion in Nashville where Kristie Anyabwile, Trillia Newbell, Jani Ortlund, Catherine Parks, Lindsay Swartz and Jen Wilkin gathered for a one night event to celebrate the release of Trillia’s new book Fear and Faith: Finding the peace your heart craves. 

It was awesome.

These women open their mouth and wisdom and grace and hilarity and authenticity comes out. It’s beautiful. Below are some of my favorite quotes of the night.

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Wimpy Women in a Wasting World, Part Two

Before you read, check out part one

REFLECTING GOD’S BEAUTY IN WOMANHOOD

How do we reflect God’s beauty in womanhood? By reflecting Beauty Himself.

If God calls someone to do something is that pretty significant?

This is the Creator of the universe, the holy, holy, holy God of all things calling you to do something.

This is life changing.

 

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