Whole Women Weekend is a unique intensive retreat for women who are seeking true and lasting inner healing from hurts & hang-ups, trauma, bad habits, addictions, and more and who wish to encounter God in a way they never have before. Presented by Dirty Girls Ministries. The theme for our September 2017 retreat is “Break Every Chain” based on Psalm 107:14, “He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away their chains.”

I’ll be joining some amazing speakers, including keynote speaker, Mary DeMuth. Workshop topics include trauma, singleness, mental illness, porn/sexual addiction, infertility/miscarriage, and with more to be added. Space is limited so we encourage early registration. Register by May 1, 2017 to receive our SUPER EARLY BIRD rate!

Date: September 28, 2017—September 30, 2017
Event: Whole Women Weekend
Topic: Pornography and Sexual Addiction
Sponsor: Dirty Girls Ministries
Venue: Way of Life Community (Church)
Location: 1705 Conowingo Rd
Bel Air, MD 21014
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

How to Fulfill Your Purpose with Community

The Harmony of the Humble

This is a guest post by Kristin L. Hanley. Kristin is a homeschool mom, an adjunct professor, and a Bible study leader. Her book, Navigating a Sea of Emotions was released in January. To learn more about Kristin, visit her blog. Kristin and her family live near Branson, Missouri.

My lungs panic, pumping faster than they should while still unable to fully expand. In similar fashion, my heart contributes the backbeat in rapid succession. I close my eyes and cross my arms over my chest, willing myself to calm down. Despite what my brain is trying to communicate, my body doesn’t comply. I’m having another panic attack.

The Harmony of the Humble

Despite numerous pleas with God, relaxing practices, and even a hot bath, my body still won’t release its anxious grip over me, and I want to scream. Maybe doing so would help me.

You are cordially invited to join for the First Annual Banquet for Hope at the Havener Center on 11th February, 2017 at 6 pm. Ms. Sundi Jo Graham will be the keynote speaker for the special evening. Complimentary dinner will be served and an opportunity to make a financial gift will be extended. Your participation will help towards tackling the problem of homeless Youth in the Phelps county.

Date: February 11, 2017
Time: 06:00-08:00
Event: H.O.P.E. Banquet 2017
Sponsor: H.O.P.E., Inc.
Venue: Havener Center
(573) 341-4564
Location: 1346 N Bishop Ave
Rolla, MO 65401
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

Why You Need a Why

Three Actions to Help You Stay Motivated

Have you ever asked yourself that question? “Why am I here? Why am I doing this? Why do I want to be married? Why do I want to have children? Why do I want to work from home? Why do I want to lead worship at the church?” (Insert your own idea here.)

Why You Need a Why

If you don’t know the why behind your biggest dreams and desires, then all they will ever be for you is a dream. Without the why it’s virtually impossible to stay motivated to reach your goals.

Gail Hyatt says, “People lose their way when they lose their why.” She’s so right.

Last year I set a goal to open Freedom Outreachthe day program portion of Esther’s House, by September 5, 2016. There was only one ginormous problem. I spent most of September confined to my bedroom thanks to the ugly attack of black mold, even living in a motel room until we could find another place to live.

It was hard for me to keep pushing through. I was too tired to think about getting the doors open. Too tired to think about the next step in front of me. Reaching the goal seemed too far out of my reach. I felt like I just couldn’t do it. Felt like I was letting everyone else around me down. People were waiting for me to make this happen. Failure screamed at me loudly.

But I realized something important in the midst of that trial. I’d forgotten my why. I wasn’t pursuing Esther’s House just because it was something fun to do.  Are you kidding? It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. In order to stay motivated to keep moving forward, despite the trials in my way, I had to dig deeper, but most importantly I needed reminded of why I was pursing this dream. I needed to be motivated again.

Did you know for less than $1/day, YOU can literally make a difference between life and death for each woman who walks through the doors of Esther’s HouseClick here to learn more.

So… I went back to my list of key motivations I’d written out when I set my goals for 2016, which I do every year through the 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever goal setting course with Michael Hyatt. Here they are:

  • To see women set free.
  • To offer the full experience of the program.
  • To teach women about God’s love for them.
  • To see women learn God’s plan for their lives.
  • To make disciples and share God’s Word.
  • To give women a safe place for healing.

It was so invigorating to see that list again, to be reminded that I wasn’t just doing this for me – I was doing this for other women desperate to understand freedom. It spurred me forward to keep fighting the battle.

If you’re struggling to push forward, don’t beat yourself up. You’re human. But let’s get back on track together and that starts with finding our why. Here are three actions to help you do just that.

  1. Identify your key motivations. Why is this goal important to you? What’s at stake if you achieve it? Or if you don’t? My goal of getting Freedom Outreach open was important to me, as you can see by the list above, but my number one motivation was to see women set free. What was at stake if I didn’t keep pushing forward? Women understanding the fullness of Christ and the freedom he offers.
  2. Record your motivations. It makes a difference when we write things down. When you’re feeling discouraged, going back to a list that’s right in front of you vs. in your heard is great inspiration for moving forward. I have my motivations written out in bulletproof from in Evernote, but maybe you just need them on your refrigerator door. Find what works for you.
  3. Prioritize your motivations. After you’ve written down your motivations, figure out which is your most compelling and move that to the top. My top motivation to see women set free wasn’t the first thing I’d written down, but after going over the list it was the most compelling to me. All the other motivations fall underneath that one.

Good news. We didn’t hit our goal of September 5, 2016, but we did open the doors to Freedom Outreach on November 15, 2016. We’d love for you to check us out… 

One of my goals for 2017 is to find a plastic surgeon to remove the extra skin from my 145 lb. weight loss. Perhaps during that search I might feel some discouragement. That’s normal. But keeping my list of motivations in front of me, remembering why I want to do it, that’s what will keep me going. A few of my motivations for achieving that goal is knowing it will increase my confidence, I’ll be able to fit into a pair of jeans easier, and it will inspire others to keep pushing forward in their health-related goals.

So.. what’s your why? What do you want to see happen in your life and 2017 and what will motivate you to keep pushing towards that goal?

Remember to review your motivations often, and even more when you’re feeling discouragement. Remember, you lose your way when you lose your why.

Question: Do you have a goal you want to achieve this year? What’s your key motivation for pursuing it? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

How to Resolve Your Past

4 Key Steps to the Resolution You Need

You’ve got some dirt in your past, right? Some of it was kicked up by your own poor choices and some was thrown in your face by others set out to hurt you.

HOW TO RESOLVE YOUR PAST

First of all, I’m sorry. I’m sorry you’ve ever been hurt. I’m sorry for the words he spoke over you that cause you to wake up everyday questioning your identity. I’m sorry that you’ve been using the same coping mechanisms over and over again trying to prevent yourself from feeling the despair of being abandoned by your mother all those years ago. For whatever has happened to you, I’m sorry.

But here’s some hope I want to share with you. You can overcome your past. You can come up out of the dirt and be victorious in today, tomorrow, and the rest of your life. I promise you it’s possible because I’m living proof.

How to Take Charge of Your Future

3 Truths to Help You Believe in the Possibility

You’re afraid. I get it. Staying stuck seems easier because it’s been your normal for years. You’re getting ready to celebrate another birthday and the negative voices whisper to you again. It’s just one more year you’re going to fail. It’s just one more year you’ll stay stuck in your past.

HOW TO TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR FUTURE

We’ve approached another new year and your resolution has already been tossed out the window. It’s just another year you have to survive until you make it to the next one.

But what if it’s not just another year? What if this is the year for a new normal? 

I’m afraid too sometimes, my friend. More than sometimes if we’re being honest. History tells us we haven’t gotten what we wanted out of life so there’s just no point to keep trying. It’s hard to keep dreaming when your dreams have been shattered. Or maybe you don’t even know how to start dreaming because you’ve just been walking through life trying to survive.

Do you realize that as a daughter of the King, you are a princess? As a princess of the one true King, what is your purpose? Come share in a weekend of fellowship, food, and fun with other sisters as we learn about what it means to be a Princess with Purpose.

Full registration includes overnight stay at the camp, 3 meals, sessions, and tons of fun and fellowship.

Day registration will include the meals and scheduled agenda for that day.

Date: March 3, 2017—March 4, 2017
Time: 04:00-02:00 p.m.
Event: High Hill Women's Weekend
Topic: Princesses With Purpose
Sponsor: High Hill Christian Camp
Venue: High Hill Christian Camp
Location: 20 Camp Lane
High Hill, MO 63350
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
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Shh. God loves you

Shhh.. God loves you. Will you get quiet enough to hear Him tell you?

Mastering the Art of Rest

How to Step Into a More Intimate Relationship with God

For the last six years I’ve chosen one word to be my anthem for the year and it’s amazing what’s happened as I have challenged myself to focus on one simple, yet powerful word.

Mastering the Art of Rest

I’ve been proactive walking in truth, living more radical thanks to David Platt, being more intentional in my relationships, learning to me more productive thanks to the mentorship of Michael Hyatt, and saying no to good things so I can say yes to even better things.

Last year I chose the most powerful word I’ve ever lived out: trust. Holy Smokes did God ever take me on a challenging ride of trust in 2016. I didn’t get everything right, but if God were giving a grade I’d say I got a B+. On December 28, 2016, as I signed the lease on the Farm House for Esther’s House, that word rolled off my lips with more fervor than I can describe. In 2015 I moved back to my hometown in the snow with the last $1000 to my name to open Esther’s House, and I thought that was trust… until my pen hit the paper last week.

The Evidence of Stepping Out in Faith

Why You're Playing a Vital Role in Offering Freedom

When we take a step of faith, God will ALWAYS show up. Always… Stepping out requires courage. It calls for doing things afraid. It requires obedience. But those three things always turn into something we could never imagine prior to taking that first faith step.

The Evidence of Stepping Out in Faith

“I’m starting to see myself as Christ sees me,” she said. I couldn’t help but smile and fight back the tears as I heard her confidently speak those words. June is falling in love with who she is in Christ and if you and I are smiling about it, imagine the smile on God’s face.

We opened the doors to Freedom Outreach, the day program offered by Esther’s House, in November, and WOW, has God been moving full speed ahead in getting his message of redemption into the hearts of hurting women. You, my friend, play a vital role in that miracle. Your prayers and support have helped us move mountains in discipling women, including June.

As we say goodbye to 2016 and prepare for 2017, I can’t wait to see what God has in store. He never ceases to amaze me. This last year has been full of trials, victories, and tests, but in the midst of it all, God has been ever present.