So I started writing in this blog a little over a year ago. Hardly any one read it. Maybe my dad and one or two people from my church. Maybe. But then, all of a sudden, there was this one follower, a stranger, out of the blue, who started liking all my posts.
Her name was Sophie.
And not only did she like them (even spam bots can do that!) but she also would comment sweet, encouraging, things on each of them! She would tell me specific phrases she loved, and specific encouragement it brought her. Let me tell you, I am pretty sure I would not still be blogging today if it wasn’t for the encouragement of Sophie McDonald.
Well naturally, I started snooping around her (incredible!) websites and found out that we were soul sisters. So many of our heartbeats echoed one another, and from there our mutually encouraging internet friendship blossomed.
Strangely enough we both happened to sign up and attend a missions conference in Kentucky at the beginning of this year! (And of course, by “happened to” I really mean “wonderfully-perfectly-sovereignly-planned-and-ordained-by-God”.) And we were able to meet up for coffee and share even more of our kindred hearts!
Sophie is gifted at and passionate about many things-and one of them is disciplining and investing in the lives of young girls to help show them what godly femininity is and how to find their identity in the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ. When we met, she asked me if I would partner with her in this missions, and speak at her first True Beauty Conference in her hometown of Paducah, Kentucky.
Long story short, God has been magnificently gracious and at work in every inch of this conference and I’m flying out tomorrow to meet Sophie once again for us to co-labor with a few other sisters, for the souls of 200 women, from 5th to 12 grade girls, their moms and church leaders.
So I covet your prayers. For the speakers, for the logistics, for the nerves, for the travels, for the attenders, for the hearts, for the minds, and most importantly for the gospel to be seen as beautiful and glorious, all-sufficient and all encompassing, and for every woman to walk away from this conference longing to know, love, and be more like Jesus Christ. Soli Deo Gloria.