A slightly new direction in 2012

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.)

Comments

  1. serena coulter says:

    Your “You and Your Girl” events have meant the world to me as a mom. I actually don’t know where my daughter’s and my relationship would be today had we not had the wisdom you have shared over the years. Thanks for sacrificing these last several years to make events and books happen. My sweet girl is nearly 16 and we have been attending your events since she was 9 or 10. God has used them to bond our hearts and I am especially grateful for that at this time in her life. I personally wish you and your family all the best (it seems like I know you all from having read your blog for so long-weird) as you venture onto this new path and hope to hear you soon at a ladies conference. “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails”.
    Proverbs 19:21

  2. Laura says:

    Vicki, I am saddened to hear you won’t be doing your You and Your Girl events past October. My daughter isn’t quite old enough yet (she’s going into the 2nd grade this fall), and I was so looking forward to taking her to one of your events in the future. I do hope you’ll come to the Rockwall area again! And thanks for the referral to Dannah Gresh – I’ll check out her work.

  3. My eyes are tearing up as I read about your ministry transition. I am so thankful to have taken my daughter to one of your events the year she started middle school….I will pray for you and the ministry God leads you in.
    Blessings!
    Angela

  4. Oh Vicki!! Good for you for listening to God’s nudging in your life. I got a 2 x 4 upside the head from Him early this summer about changing my ministry focus, too. And I fought with Him like a child for about 36 hours. But as you know, nothing feels as good as obedience.

    Can’t wait to see where all of this takes you in the coming years! And I hope it’s to Washington state a time or two :-)

  5. While I completely support and bless the direction in which God is leading, I need to know who will be my “go to girl.” I have counted on you for the last 3 years as I began navigating adolescence with my three sons. I regularly check your blog for updates about what’s going on in the culture that I might not be aware. I am praying for you and for someone to fill the void you are leaving.
    Thank you for the blessing you have been in thousands of moms’ lives.

  6. admin says:

    Dana, thank you for your kind words, but I assure you I will still be blogging on cultural matters that impact our children. If something comes to my attention that negatively impacts our children, I am unable to remain silent! That said, I’m happy to still be on your “go to girl” team! It’s an honor…

  7. Leanna says:

    I would LOVE to see you with your “10 Conversations” (I need both for boys and girls!) at the MOPS Convention. As MOPS begins to attract moms of older kids with the addition of MOMSnext to their ministry, I think it would be a wonderful fit!

  8. admin says:

    Leanna, I would love to share the conversations at the MOPS Convention! Feel free to recommend me! :)