Days of Delight

All About Delight

“Overwhelmed. Dumbfounded truly. This is a ministry that God is fully fully present in. And it is my prayer that the weight of that may impact and become evident to each of you. Wow. The care the leaders have for us is not a human kind of love. It is a Jesus kind of love, and they love us like that because they are all in for Him and His purpose for them on this earth. How crazy. I sometimes think about Delight and I just think “what even is this??” Because I don’t know about the rest of you, but I honestly haven’t encountered anything like this in my life before. And not only that but I haven’t been loved by anyone (or been able to tell I am loved by anyone) in the way I am loved on by all of you and by the leaders. I am lifting my hands and praising God for this ministry. Amen amen amen. I’m not saying this is the only ministry God works through or is present in. Oh no, not at all am I saying that. I am just sharing with you all how much I can see God working here. And how precious that is. It has a ripple effect. Praise Jesus!” ~Delight Girl from Illinois

As I read this in our online group this week, I couldn’t stop the tears from rolling down my cheeks. I recently watched this amazing girl’s countenance change before our very eyes at the {Be Brave} workshop earlier in November. I know that this was life-changing for her, but it was for leaders as well. To see God so powerfully show up as we worshipped and spent time digging into the Word of God. . .how could you not be changed?

My heart’s desire is for every single young lady between the ages of 16-22 to be able to experience the same. We have over 600 young women in our online group. Each intensive and workshop only has room for seven! Each retreat there will be room for 17-30! So we know that if funds were provided by scholarships, we could have monthly events. But this can’t happen without prayer and financial support. Our goal is to have nine events a year and to provide as many scholarships as possible!

“The retreat in of itself changed my spiritual life forever. I feel like I grew in so many ways, and I look forward to continue growing in my path with Him. His plans for us are so great, and I think it’s safe to say that Delight is a big part of that for all of us. I am so thankful to be a part of this amazing community!!” ~Delight Girl from Washington

In order to maintain the Delight House, the non-profit insurance, property tax, monthly expenses, etc., it is approximately $1850 a month. We also have a few more bigger projects left at the Delight House: insulation, front porch, privacy fence & landscaping, roof repairs, kitchen backsplash, and completing the basement.

“Delight gives every young woman a chance to connect with other girls who will support them in their walk. The friendships created from this group are undeniably beautiful, unbreakable, and unforgettable. Getting to spend time just sitting and talking about the Lord with the girls was hands-down one of my favorite parts.”  ~Delight Girl from Washington

We need your help! It’s as simple as that. We can’t do this without financial support. During the month of December, we are going to be doing a year-end giving campaign: “Days of Delight.” We have watched God provide mightily for the non-profit & for the Delight House the past year. We are so grateful! It has been one of the greatest faith-building experiences of my life! Both exciting and sometimes nerve-wrecking as well! :)

How can you help?

#1—Scholarship fund! Help send a girl to a future workshop, intensive or retreat in 2016. Our dream is to provide every girl with a scholarship! Every dollar adds up! So whether you can give $5 or $500, you can make a difference in a girls life!

#2—Sponsor a Delight girl! For a commitment of $60 a month, you could send a girl to an intensive or workshop!

#3—The Delight House monthly expenses (including property tax, non-profit insurance, utilities, etc.) is approximately $1850 a month. Our family has been personally paying for this, but we can no longer continue as I have handed over Lifesong Photography to my daughter Emily in order to dedicate my time to Delight & Be.

#4—Delight House one time expenses: Insulation — $2500; Front Porch & landscaping — $3500; Roof repair—$1200; Privacy Fence–$2000;  Misc. expenses—$1000

“My favorite thing about intensives is its level of intimacy. We are able to connect one on one with each other either by sitting around the fireplace in blankets, staying up past dusk, or eating every meal together. No matter what we’re doing we’re building relationships, learning God’s promises, and seeking to know the heart of God just a little deeper. We are all from different backgrounds and lifestyles, but for that week we realize just how connected we are and the vital link that we share. When we leave it’s impossible to leave the same. After being changed and encouraged in the way that we were, it’s only natural that we come back home radiating joy. When we go home, we carry one another close to our hearts, and continue to build those relationships as we continue to do life together from afar. Life can be so ruthless sometimes, but in this time of centering ourselves and loving those around us, we find our calling, we find our bravery, and we find delight.” Delight girl from Florida

These are just snippets of what the girls have shared. I’ve always heard “it was life-changing” in regards to specific events, but these Delight workshops, intensives and retreats are TRULY life-changing! As leaders, we see their hearts being softened, we see their countenances become brighter & lighter. There are no words to adequately describe the beauty of this amazing community. I am humbled and blessed and honored to be part of these girls lives.

I ask as you get done reading this very long post, to stop and pray about supporting Delight & Be. We ask that you commit to pray over the leaders, the ministry, the girls. We ask that you pray about making a monthly commitment or a one-time year-end donation. Every dollar truly does help!!

The one comment I continually get when I share about Delight is: “I so wish that there would have been something like this when I was younger!” Well, God created something beautiful & extraordinary with Delight & Be! And you can be part! You can intentionally invest in a young girls life NOW! Please pray about coming alongside a young lady & helping make it possible for her to come to a future event!

“When I think of Delight I think of hope and healing and love and community and connections from across the country and acceptance. Delight means that I have a friend when I feel I am not worth being a friend to. Delight means that there are hundreds of girls and leaders and big sisters who will love, encourage, guide, and pray for me ANY TIME I need it! And boy have I needed it! Delight is virtual hugs from people you’ve never actually met, but love more than words can tell. Delight is a family that God set up for girls to be loved on.” ~Delight Girl from Washington

Please join us in praying over the upcoming end of the year fundraiser! We will launch our DAYS OF DELIGHT on Giving Tuesday on December 1st!  Last year, we were able to raise $13,000+ to help with the beginning of the non-profit & the Delight House. We are so grateful for the support and love! Look at how far we have come this year and we couldn’t have done it without you!!   This year, our prayer is to raise $15,000 to cover some immediate repairs on the Delight House, the $3600 for the non-profit insurance (yes, it is that much every single year & it is due the end of December!), the $1500 for property tax and to start a scholarship fund for girls to be able to attend without financial burden. Will you please share this need with others? Follow along here on the blog and on our instagram as we start to share daily the month of December!  We are going to have a fun & exciting upcoming month full of sharing stories and announcing upcoming 2016 events!



November 29, 2015

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