Whether it's students, youth workers who love students, parents, or girls wanting to let the world know they're a force to be reckoned with, my voice is used only to point others to the Voice that matters most.
So here's the thing...I handed out Skittles as a Middle School student thinking that was a GENIUS way to get friends. It was the first week of Middle School and because no one was talking to me, I thought something was wrong with me. "I must be damaged. I must not be good enough." Little did I know that I was developing a "truth" inside my precious Middle School mind that the words and actions of others defined who I was. The last 20+ years of my life have been spent understanding what God says about me matters the most, inviting students to understand that same truth with me.
BEAUTY SET APART
I have always been passionate about empowering girls to have a strong self image, to love themselves, and know their value and worth. Beauty Set Apart was born out of the broken and painful parts of my story that are messy and hard. A girl's worth is not defined by the voices of our world, but by the voice of the Father and He looks at us and says "you are good, you are mine."
We can all think of moments when we were left out. When we were the brunt of a joke in front of a large crowd. When we found out we were the only human not invited to a party. These moments can shape us and define us, especially when it comes to how we view ourselves and our world. What happens when this is ongoing in the life of a student? What does Jesus have to say to the victim of bullying? To the person who is bullying? To the bystander who is witnessing the bullying? Jesus shows us the way to tackle bullying-not the bully-in a way that brings hope and healing.