One of the impacts Inspired31.org has had on me has been the mentoring. Specifically, by being involved with the steering team I met incredible women who I grew close to. In relationships with other mothers and daughters I gained insight in addition to my own mom’s. During a break up I went through, they were there to comfort me and give me advice. When I am competing in a track meet they all encourage me. They will talk with me, pray with me, and laugh with me. Having this community of support is an inexplicably beautiful thing. Through a variety of trials it is such a comfort to have such a strong group of Christian women support me. Not only do I learn from the mothers, but I also learn from the daughters. Hearing wisdom from a younger girl’s perspective in such a mature manner is an inspiring thing. Even the youngest of the girls has something profound to contribute. One of the girls shared how she “sends texts to Jesus.” I had never though of this idea before, but I thought it was amazing. The girls have creative, thoughtful, and meaningful ideas that I can learn from despite our age differences. Mothers and daughters that I have connected with through Inspired have helped me strengthen my own beliefs and support me in times of need.
It is so refreshing to hear the stories of so many women following Christ’s plan for their life. This is what I got from the variety of speakers I heard through Inspired. I had the opportunity to meet women whose career ranged from model to mom and everything between. Each speaker had something unique to share, and I was able to take something away from each one. Hearing from so many women helped me to see all the ways God can use women for his purposes. I learned there isn’t just one cookie-cutter form of a Christian woman. Learning lessons these women gave me a wider perspective on my own life. Seeing the variety of possibilities helped me to understand how God works and can use me. Though I didn’t relate to every speaker, I found that each one had something to say that I could take to heart and apply to my own life. The words of the speakers have helped me deal with difficult situations in my life and the examples that they set have helped me figure out what I want to do with my life.
Another impactful part of Inspired 31 is the mother-daughter experience. Inspired 31 provided time for my mom and I to spend together, no matter how hectic life became. We even had the opportunity to pray together in the prayer room over the retreat weekend. This experience was very unique because we were able to grow spiritually as equals, not just as a mother and a daughter. I think that friendship is an important part of that relationship so it was a wonderful thing to build. Inspired 31 opened the doors for us to talk about topics like purity, body image, anxiety, stress, and so much more. Especially in conversation about anxiety my mom and I were able to talk about how to deal with stress through God’s word. This topic continually helps me in my everyday life with stress of athletics, tests, etc. Through Inspired 31 my mom and I grew closer to each other and to Christ. The bond strengthened with my mom, the lessons I learned from speakers, and the relationships I formed with other moms who mentored me have had a wonderful impact on my life through Inspired.
As a result of being involved with Inspired31.org, my life has been impacted in big ways. I am able to reach out to girls younger than me and encourage them in their walk with the Lord. My heart for younger girls grew and I longed to see them thrive in Jesus. When I was younger, I was blessed to have older girls in my life that I looked up to and who encouraged me in my faith. I long to be that person for girls younger than I as they go through the hardships I went through in junior high and high school. For instance, I formed a relationship with a younger girl where I was able to reach out to her and encourage her in her walk with the Lord. One day after school, we met in the quad and she was so blessed by me taking the time to hang out with her. I know how encouraging it is when someone takes the time to invest in your life. I love being a part of Inspired 31 because it gives me the opportunity to invest in young girls’ lives.
Another way I have been impacted by Inspired 31 was by being on the steering team. I had the opportunity to voice my opinion and be able to affect the direction of the ministry. It was so neat to see my ideas become a reality and to grow in boldness in expressing my opinions. In particular, one time that we teenage girls influenced the ministry was when we were choosing the speakers for our second year. Our mothers had us girls pick which speakers we would ask to come speak at Inspired 31. From there, we discussed the possibilities of different speakers and worked together on the logistics of the events.
What a blessing Inspired 31 has been to my daughter and me! In a world that is bombarding us with messages that can be confusing to girls, Inspired 31’s approach of speaking the truth, God’s truth, has been life giving. Inspired 31 has opened up a new and deeper level of communication between us with engaging and relevant speakers and this has not only strengthened our relationship with each other, but also deepened our relationship with the Lord. We have also been given the opportunity to learn and explore our gifts and encourage each other in these. As a mother, there is nothing more important to me than having open and honest communication with my daughter that is prayer-filled and God honoring and Inspired 31 events always bring us to that place. We are walking through life together side by side with our eyes focused on Him and Inspired 31 is an integral part of our journey. I am forever grateful.
Inspired 31 has impacted me in a variety of wonderful ways! Because of Inspired 31, I have been blessed with opportunities to spend quality time with my mom, meet new friends who share the same Christian values as I do, be mentored by older girls, and deepen my relationship with the Lord. I also have leadership and speaking opportunities that I truly enjoy. I love working alongside my mom and other members of the Steering Committee to bring special events to mothers and daughters. I am always excited to attend the events and when they are over, I immediately look forward to the next! I started Inspired 31’s Instagram account and would love if you follow us at @inspired31 to stay connected between events!