Recently, I’ve received some inquiries about 2012 dates and locations for the You & Your Girl event (managed by LifeWay). After much thought and prayer, LifeWay and I have made the difficult decision not to continue the You & Your Girl event beyond this year. The last You & Your Girl event will be on October 15, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. I am grateful beyond words to LifeWay for their willingness to partner with me in offering the You & Your Girl event for the past six years. They took the management and administrative details off my plate at a much needed time in my life, which in turn, enabled me to devote more time to my family. (Not to mention, I stink at administrative and management related duties!) I look forward to speaking at other LifeWay sponsored events in the future, such as the upcoming .MOM event in September, 2011 and 2012 and the new Abundance event, which will debut in 2012.
For the last several years, I’ve felt a nudge in my spirit to move more in the direction of speaking primarily to the general audience of women. As I enter a new season of life (the empty nest years), it seems like a good time to begin this transition. My speaking ministry began to women, so in a sense, it’s not really a new direction for me, but rather, one that was put on a back burner while I dedicated myself for a season to being “a mom in the trenches.” In the future, I look forward to speaking about some of the life-changing passages of scripture that have shaped my life over the years, not just as a mother, but as the woman God created me to be — passages that I know will be an encouragement to you, as well. And as I’ve said many times before, but it bears repeating: I do not come to you as an expert, but rather, a fellow sojourner. (Translation: Apart from Christ, I have absolutely nothing of value to offer.)
This does not mean I am completely closing the door on doing mother/daughter and parenting-related events. It simply means that I plan to take fewer of these events in an attempt to reserve more weekends for events geared to a general audience of women. I will always be passionate about encouraging mothers with the truths I have written about in 5 Conversations You Must Have With Your Daughter and 5 Conversations You Must Have With Your Son. That said, I will be more drawn to doing the type of parenting events that allow me to expand on those truths.
Given the crazy pace of 2011 (two weddings, the youngest graduating from high school, and a grand-baby on the way), we put my 2012 calendar on hold until I could get a better grasp of what life might look like in 2012 and beyond. I’ve also used this time to seek God’s guidance about the future and confirm the nudge I’ve felt to make a transition of sorts in my speaking ministry. Now that the dust has begun to settle, I feel like I have a clearer picture of where God is leading me in the future. I currently have open weekends in the spring and the fall of ’12 and I’m wide open for ’13. If you have an upcoming event and feel I might be a good match, I would love to hear from you. For more information about inviting me to speak in 2012, please click here. And if you have a daughter in grades 5th-12th and live near the Dallas area, I would love to see you at the last You & Your Girl event on October 15, 2011!
(P.S. If you have a tween daughter and were hoping to attend a You & Your Girl event, I want to recommend Dannah Gresh’s Secret Keeper events to you. I’m a big fan of Dannah’s ministry and thankful for her commitment to our tween/teen girls.)