We just wanted to let you know what’s going on in the One Girl World.
First of all, the sad news. There will not be a One Girl Conference in 2016. Sherwood Oaks, where we host the event, is undergoing some renovation and construction that make the logistics of a conference of this size difficult. In addition, the leadership team of One Girl is undergoing some changes and want to prayerfully consider what is best for the conference, volunteers and attendees.
Now, the happy news! One Girl is coming back! Our current plan is to have an all-new conference for you in the spring of 2017. One Girl 2017 will be a time for you to connect to other girls, worship boldly, grow in faith, invite friends and truly change the world. We are excited about what is coming and what the all-new One Girl experience will look like, including some new, bold branding and a bigger vision for the future.
We’re also working on plans for a night of Worship this fall, so keep your eyes and ears open and keep following us on social media!
How can you help? Look for surveys and questions in the coming weeks about how One Girl has changed you and your dreams for the future of the conference. We’ll be writing blogs, telling your stories and helping the online community grow while we wait for the next conference to come around.
We truly love each of you and are committed to bringing the best possible conference for girls, moms and leaders who are changing the world.
The One Girl Team
I don’t know about you, but I can’t believe how quickly the time is flying! After conference was full of a ton of busy, wonderful things and I totally let time get away from me!
I hope you enjoyed and used your post-conference Devotional and were challenged to continue to live bravely in your day to day life! Whether you are a tween, teen or mom, we pray the conference was a time of renewal and refreshment for you.
If you have a moment, please take the quick survey linked below so we can continue to make One Girl a great conference for everyone!
2015 One Girl Conference Director
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Joshua told the people,
‘Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord
will do amazing things among you.’
This is one of my favorite scriptures. In just a few words, it says something deep and meaningful to my heart. Consecrate literally means “dedicated to a sacred purpose.”
In what ways is your life consecrated? How are you dedicating yourself to a sacred purpose in what you say, what you do, how you react to trials and tribulations? The reality is that your sacred purpose does not change from day to day. Your purpose is to be open to God’s will and leading in your life. You are set apart to be exactly the person God created you to be, regardless of how far away from ‘sacred’ you feel sometimes.
The second part of this verse deals with expectation – the promise that God has something amazing in store for your life. For tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you. A promise that He is always at work in your life, never ceasing, never resting.
The challenge today is to believe this! God has already planned something amazing for your tomorrow (and the tomorrow after that). You work on the consecrated part – the being dedicated to a sacred purpose part – and God will work on the amazing things He has in store for those who love Him.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And, over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Being a Christian doesn’t mean that life will always be easy. It doesn’t mean that you won’t have tough, intense conversations, painful experiences, loss of loved one, broken dreams, or never experience disappointment.
Girlfriends–the Lord knew we would most likely face all of these in our lifetime. He specifically chose the flogging of Christ, the suffering of Christ and the resurrection of Christ for us to model in our own life. The Lord instilled a strong sense of Bravery into Christ as he carried the cross (and our burdens) to the alter.
Being a Christian does mean that you will be honest in your dealings, truthful with your words, loving in your actions, and humble as you walk with grace and mercy extended around your neck as you daily forgive all the trespasses against you.
You, too, can be brave enough to be the Christian in which you are called to be. Who do you need to forgive? Do you need to make an apology to someone? How can you show love to those around you?
What are you carrying with you today that needs resolution? Commit it to prayer and see God work.
Therefore this is what the Lord says: “If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me;
if you utter worthy, not worthless, words, you will be my spokesman.”
Girlfriends, no one is perfect! Doesn’t it give you a sense of relief reading these words? We are all in the same boat!
We often fail each other and at times our family and our community. What we each need to understand is that ‘one poor decision’ can have a profound negative impact on our life. And, most of the time, the consequence of this poor decision involves >1 person.
However, its takes bravery to be bold enough to recognize that we need to make better choices and take responsibility for our actions; genuinely repent and move forward, so that you may live a life free of spiritual and physical bondage.
Find comfort in Jeremiah 15:19—the Lord will restore us! What a wonderful promise to claim. Always think before you choose your decision.
bring back (a previous right, practice, custom, or situation); reinstate.
repair or renovate (a building, work of art, vehicle, etc.) so as to return it to its original condition.
Is there a decision you are pondering? Commit it to prayer and ask for a discerning mind to choose the right decision.
God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
Take a minute to think about something that you have always wanted to do, but haven’t done. Maybe you want to try out for a school sports team, or learn to swim, or write a book. Why haven’t you done it yet? What is holding you back?
We all have dreams and aspirations, but sometimes making those dreams become a reality can be a scary thing! But you can do anything you dream of with God’s help!
Hebrews 13:6a says “So we say with confidence, The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.” If you are ever feeling afraid to reach your goals, just remember that God is with you and he will not let you fail. Pray when you are making decisions about reaching those goals, and God will guide you in the right direction.
If you put Him first, you never have to be afraid of failing. Now pray and start making those dreams into realities!
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
Read John 13:34-35. Sometimes being loving is more important than being right. We live in a time when some people see the term “Christian” as a bad word. Did you know that when people were first called Christians in the Bible it was intended to be a negative thing? Jesus didn’t refer to his followers as Christians, he referred to them as “disciples.” The word Christian can mean a lot of different things, but the term “disciple” is very narrow. It means that you follow Jesus. And if we follow Jesus, we are to be loving at all times. That is what should distinguish us from other people.
Do the Christians you know act loving? Do you grant grace to people who don’t believe like you do? Do you go out of your way to make other people feel accepted? Jesus was in the habit of making himself known to the people that were considered lowly in his society. Sometimes we forget that.
The Bible teaches us to carefully choose our friends and not hang out regularly with people who might corrupt our character. However, that doesn’t mean to live in a bubble and cut ourselves completely off from the rest of the world. We must be the light that points other people to Jesus that don’t know him. Do your best to love others well. God will do the rest.
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens.
Sometimes it’s best to just go to scripture. Remember these words from Ecclesiastes:
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.
His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful
servant! You have been faithful with a few things;
I will put you in charge of many things.
Come and share your master’s happiness!
It was my senior year of high school. The news was on as I was writing a paper in the middle of November. Although my family was now in ministry in southern Indiana, we still got the news channel that we saw when we had lived in southern Illinois. I saw on the news that a Paris, Illinois teen had been in an accident. No details were released. I went online because I had spent three years with those people, and I was wondering if it was somebody I had known. Little did I know it was Kaleb. Kaleb had been in my class and our mothers had worked together. We had spent quite a bit of time together.
It was weird looking in the coffin of a classmate. Even though it has been a couple years, he hadn’t changed much. Even though we drove 2 hours, stood 2 hours (in the rain for a while) and drove 2 hours home, it was so worth it to see Kaleb’s mom’s reaction when she saw my mom and hugged her and cried.
It was about relationships. It was about loving people. It was about the investment we spent on people’s lives. Are you faithful with the people, things, and skills God has given you? How will you be remembered? Will you be remembered for being faithful with the friendships God gave you? With the opportunities he gave you?
“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
Do you wonder sometimes if God is real? Do you sometimes find it really hard to believe God’s promises, or that what He says is true?
You are not alone. Mother Teresa, a Catholic nun, became famous for helping the poor in Calcutta, India. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts in 1979, and her name has become associated with compassion across the world. Yet, when people read her journals after she died, it became clear that Mother Teresa had worked for nearly fifty years without feeling like God was there. She faced numerous periods of doubt about her faith. For example, she wrote, “When I try to raise my thoughts to Heaven, there is such convicting emptiness that those very thoughts return like sharp knives and hurt my very soul.”
If you have doubts, or wonder if God really hears you, I urge you to take a few lessons from Mother Teresa. First, seek answers to your doubts. It is okay to have questions, but it is not okay to use questions as a reason for inaction. Read your Bible, find other books on the topic you have questions about, and ask wise people to help you find answers. Also, don’t let your doubts in one area stop you from doing other actions that you know are good. Mother Teresa kept going in her mission to help the poor, even when she wondered if God cared.
Second, keep praying to God anyway. Mother Teresa filled many journals with prayers expressing her sadness that she could not feel God’s presence. It’s okay to tell God that you have doubts, or to tell Him that you just aren’t sure that He’s there, or even to be mad at God. God is more than strong enough to handle it, and He loves you even when you aren’t sure that He is listening.