Tag Archives: Girl’s Ministry

Masquerade Conference 2016

masquerade promo photo

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



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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A Plea for Parents and Youth Leaders Not to Compromise

a plea for paretns and youth leaders

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.


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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Admiring True Greatness, Part 1



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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Mary Kassian on Feminism, God, and Hating the Color Pink

Screenshot 2014.01.21 14.56.37A carpenter’s daughter, Mary rewired the basement when she was just a teenager. Her hobbies included being a tomboy and hating the color pink.

The bottom line is this: Mary Kassian never expected to spend her adult life talking about embracing biblical womanhood.

“Talking womanhood in my younger years would have made me almost puke,” she said with a laugh. “But what I’ve discovered is that womanhood means becoming who God has created you to be, not following a list of what everyone else says. It’s a heart issue, not a list of rules.”

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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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Monday Morning Munch No. 54 – Word Study: Peace


Ahh, word studies. This post reminds me of the very first Monday Morning Munch published more than a year ago.

As I said then, are one of my favorite things to do. If there is a word burning in my mind or if I’m trying to better grasp what a word means in relation to the Bible (the real Word), I’ll look up the definition then every verse that has that particular word in it and try to gain a better understanding. Clearly you wouldn’t want to do a word study on the word theand, or so. 

This word study comes from having a tea party with my True Beauty girls and talking about peace (since some people drink hot tea for the calming affect).

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True Beauty Lesson Outline 5 – Respecting Authority Part Two

True Beauty, Wednesday June 29, 2011, Respecting Authority Part Two


Memory Verse- 1 Peter 2:18


What does it mean to respect your parents?

  • To love them enough to obey them, even when it’s hard.

We watched two videos- what were they?

Why did we watch them?

What team are our parents on?

When are we to obey them? When it’s fair?

Nemo video

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True Beauty Lesson Outline 4 – Respecting Authority

All True Beauty lessons on this blog are my unedited outlines. Feel free to ask questions regarding anything that may seem unclear, since some things are written down to jog my memory.   

True Beauty, Wednesday June 22, 2011, Respecting Authority Part One

Recap Modest Behavior
Memory Verse- Luke 9:23
Remind them to answer questions and give input

1 Timothy 4:12 – “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”

In that day, age and experience was a big deal. The older you were the more respect you were given, so Paul, writing this letter to Timothy who was in his thirties, told him he would have to earn respect from older people by the way he lived.

In what ways did Paul tell Timothy to be an example?

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