Bright Lights Leaders Encouragement Retreats

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We are very excited that Brights Lights Leaders Encouragement Retreats have been scheduled for six locations this fall and winter! If you are you a Bright Lights leader (past or present), or if you are you considering starting a Bright Lights group, I think you would be blessed and encouraged by the teaching and like-minded fellowship at these retreats.

Each one is hosted by a local Bright Lights leader. Registration is free.

Franklin, North Carolina (October 28-29th)
Hortonville, Wisconsin (September 30-October 1st)
Livingston, Montana (October 7th-8th )
St. Louis Park, Minnesota (November 4-5th)
Sumas, Washington (January 5-7, 2017)
Corona, California (January 20-21, 2017)

Earlier this year, Haley Skrnich (Bright Lights leader in Texas), and Emily Selander, (Bright Lights leader in Iowa), mentioned to us their burden to see Bright Lights leaders be refreshed and re-inspired. They shared their vision of these encouragement retreats and we really liked their ideas. We have increasingly excited as these plans have been coming together!

The retreats will be filled with times of Bible study, prayer, fellowship, sharing ideas, and time to get to know other Bright Lights leaders in your area. Unfortunately we will not be able to present at them, but Sarah recorded a 45 minute message that will be shown at each one.

“Speak Truth in Your Heart” Conference, Phoenix, AZ

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Click here to see full size PDF of flyer.

We’re excited to announce our next “Speak Truth in Your Heart Conference.” It will be happening in the Phoenix, AZ area, October 28-29.

For more information, see blog posts from when Sarah presented this material at a camp in Washington state, North Carolina or at a conference in Dallas.

See the Bright Lights Facebook / Twitter page for images to share if you’d like to help spread the word. Go here to register.

Speak Truth in Your Heart Conference, Dallas

img_0184 On June 7-8 we held the first official “Speak Truth in Your Heart” Bright Lights conference in Dallas, Texas. For many years we have been doing the same two conferences (the “Strong in the Lord” and “Radiant Purity” conference) so it was special to present totally NEW content.

The name of the conference (and Sarah’s soon-to-be-published book) comes from Psalm 15:1-2 “O Lord, who may abide in Your tent? Who may dwell on Your holy hill? He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, and speaks truth in his heart.”

We praise God for the way we clearly saw Him working that weekend. We hope to do many more “Speak Truth in Your Heart” conferences! The need is great for young ladies to be replacing faulty thinking with God’s Word. From the beginning, Satan’s strategy has been to use deception. Often struggles in our spiritual lives are intensified because we don’t know the Lord and His Word well enough! Trusting Him is a natural byproduct of truly knowing Him. Psalm 9:10 says “Those who know Your name will put their trust in You, for You, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.”

img_0190 Mothers and daughters, praying together in between sessions.

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For more information on the “Speak Truth” Curriculum, see this blog post from when Sarah presented it at a camp last September.

img_0206 This was a group activity / object lesson on discipleship.

img_0221 Since Stephen and my dad couldn’t be there, we were grateful for the extra help loading up afterward from Daniel Skrnich and Mr. Noland.

Wichita Mother/Daughter Dinner

This summer was filled with many back-to-back events. Sadly, I barely had any time to blog reports of what the Lord was doing! So I decided I would share some brief summer reports now at the end of the summer, starting back at the beginning of June. I pray they will be an encouragement to you, and bring praise to Him!

img_0160-2 A church group in Wichita asked if Sarah and I would speak for a mother-daughter dinner. Praise God, it worked out to come on our way to Texas. We were refreshed to see the many godly families at New Hope Bible Church and to observe the “outward” focus that their church has.

img_0145 Meeting for coffee with some of the girls who helped to plan the tea. It was encouraging to see their excitement for witnessing, and to hear of how the families at their church do a creation evangelism gospel booth together at the Kansas State Fair and other events.

img_0164 We stayed with Abby and Guy Spragg while we were there. Abby has been a part of Bright Lights for about a decade. Her husband Guy has been a lot of fun to get to know, as has her little girl, Ellianne.

img_0136 … I am posting this picture simply because Ellie is just so photogenic. 🙂

Next I will post about the “Speak Truth Conference” in Texas.