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Six Questions to Start the Summer

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I love questions.

Asking them, being asked, reading them—I love them all. That’s partially why I became a journalist; I could get paid to ask questions and learn. Hashtag what dreams are made of.

This morning kicked off summer classes with my high school and college discipleship group and we began by answering these six questions. They were challenging, exposing, and fun for us. Maybe they might be fun and beneficial for you?

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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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Monday Morning Munch No. 134 – Too long for Twitter, Part Two

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Read part one here.

Here are a handful of quotes exceeding 140 characters that have filled my drafts on Twitter for months.

Annie Proulx: You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.

Justin Holcomb: The cross is the great equalizer: at the foot of the cross, we are all humbled as we grasp the magnitude of our sin and guilt; yet at the cross, the offer of forgiveness is made without bias or favoritism. Because Jesus is Lord of all, His Gospel is available to all.

Yesterday at the True Beauty retreat, a 14 year old taught her peers on the hypostatic union, another taught on Jesus and the people of His day, saying, “He was the Messiah they needed but not the One they wanted.” My heart could burst with joy—these girls get theology. May they get the transformative, grace-induced application as well.

Jonny Ox:
It wasn’t
written
in the Bible
but I like
to imagine
that when God
created Eve
He whispered
into Adam’s ear
and said,
“Let there
be love.”

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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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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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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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True Love Thaws…

…a Frozen Heart

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The PRECIOUS snowman in Frozen says, “Hi, my name is Olaf and I like warm hugs.”

Well… Hi, my name is Sophie and I’m borderline-obsessed with this movie (and soundtrack).

love this movie. So much so that (as of tomorrow) I’ll have seen it six times.

Six times.

…and I cry every. single. time.

Yeah. I’ve never seen a movie that many times in the theater. Ever. But it’s that good. Here you go, Disney, take all my money. Just let me watch this movie again. And again. And again. Six times. Until the DVD comes out and I can watch it over and over again in the comfort of my own home. 

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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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