Do you have a teen daughter who you want to grow closer to? Do you and your daughter both need or want to get closer to Jesus and each other?

The Get Lost Tour, powered by Cedarville University, will help both mom and daughter study and apply the biblical concept of love. (Read: It’s time to get off the boy crazy train and get a little God crazy so our hearts will be satisfied!) I’m hitting the road for an eight-city tour with the husband and wife musical duo Copperlily to bring the hearts of teenage girls and their moms closer to each other and closer to Jesus.  You could win our Mother/Teen Daughter “Let’s Get Lost” Road Trip worth $218.00.

Learn more about how you can win this fantastic memory-building road trip below. It’s easy. But before I tell you how to enter for a chance to win, here’s a little more about the event.

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I’m crazy happy to be joined on tour by Stephanie Skipper (formerly solo artist Stephanie Smith) and her husband Tim (of House of Heroes) who create Copperlily together.

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We’ll also have a unique modest fashion show like none we’ve ever presented before. (Hint: We’re gonna pick models live out of the audience IN REAL TIME!) The interactive mother/teen daughter event targets 13-17 year olds and is appearing in the following cities in November 2014.

November 7 • Waynesboro, VA

November 8 • Richmond, VA

November 9th • Virginia Beach, VA

November 11th • Chester, WV

November 13th • Cadillac, MI

November 14th • Brighton, MI

November 15th • Lansing, MI

November 16th • Millersburg, OH

While we have general admission tickets, you might want to consider our VIP ticket so you and your daughter can join me for dinner and a bonus teaching. (Those tickets are limited so get them early.) See details below.

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The entire evening is fueled by worship, strong biblical teaching on the concept of love, and interactive mother/daughter games and connecting times. Cedarville University will be powering the night with lots of giveaways.

Best of all, you’re going to get closer to each other! It never ceases to amaze me how many moms say they bring teen daughters who did not want to attend, but when they leave they have their arms around each other in blessed connection!

The Grand Prize VIP admission ($40 each) includes advance seating, private autograph session with me and Copperlily, and dinner with either me or Copperlily. (And we’ll add an exclusive tour of our bus just for our grand prize winner.) I will have dinner with the mothers and present this can’t-be-missed bonus teaching: “How To Raise Sexually Pure Kids”, a workshop just for moms sponsored by Cedarville University. Copperlily will have dinner with the teen daughters and present an acoustic song to them and then answer Q&A’s. I know some girls will want to ask about their music, Nashville, and the industry but I’m going to be pushing the questions to be about their relationship. There’s no better example of a God-directed love than Tim and Stephanie Skipper. They are great role models for today’s teen girls!

 

HERE’S HOW TO ENTER TO WIN!

1.) From the list above, select which city you would like to road trip to in order to attend the Get Lost Tour.

2.) Share a link to this blog article on your Facebook page or Twitter feed with this sentence “Let’s Get Lost in (enter the name of the city you want to attend.)” We’d love it if you would tag friends with teen daughters who might want to attend!

3.) Leave a comment here in this blog stating that you’ve shared it on Facebook or Twitter. We’ll be selecting the winners from comments on this blog and then cross checking them to be sure you shared before we finalize winners.

Each DAY you can enter AGAIN! We will select one semi-finalist each day October 20-24. The four semi-finalists who do not win the grand prize will each receive two free GENERAL ADMISSION tickets to the event of their choice. (What? That’s so crazy! Even the losers win in this contest!!!)

The Grand Prize winner will receive the following worth approximately $218.00:

  • VIP Tickets (2) including dinner with myself and Copperlily, reserved seating, bonus teachings, and backstage tour.
  • Two copies of Get Lost: A Girl’s Guide To Finding True Love
  • One CD of the video series to Get Lost
  • One CD of Copperlily music
  • One hotel room for two booked for the night of the event near the event venue.

Hope to see you all as we GET LOST!

 

CONTEST RULES: No purchase necessary to enter.  See below for how to enter if you don’t have social media pages. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. No cash will be offered in lieu of prizes, including hotel. We will book your hotel for you in a moderate 3-star good quality hotel close to the venue of the church where you attend Get Lost.

If you do not have Facebook or Twitter, you can enter by sharing this blog with friends via email and mailing us a letter to Pure Freedom, 3006 Research Drive, State College, PA 16801 stating that you have done so. Must be postmarked by Wednesday October 15th to be included in grand prize drawing. Finalists from mailed in entrants will be assigned a number for the random finalist drawing on Friday October 24th.

Grand prize winner will be selected at 3:00pm, Friday October 24th. All finalists will be notified via email and have 72 hours to claim their prize. Prizes not claimed cannot be transferred to another winner.

 

 

I’m tickled silly pink to partner with Cedarville University to bring you an all-new event for teen girls and their moms who want to grow closer to each other and closer to Christ. It’s also going to be a great event for women who lead youth groups to bring girls to in an effort to reduce boy-craziness and facilitate God-crazy leaders in your church. (We have group rates just for you.)

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On-line dating is a $2.5 billion industry and with mediums like Seventeen magazine (largely read by middle school girls) introducing on-line dating to teens. That’s nuts!  It’s imperative that we talk to teen girls about delaying virtual dating. I, in fact, advocate delaying the real thing, too. As the creator of Secret Keeper Girl, (Hi, I’m Dannah Gresh if we haven’t met) I’m always encouraging girls not to be boy-crazy but to be God-crazy. Moms and youth leaders who agree will want to get their tickets to my eight-city tour this fall. The Get Lost Tour is based on this sentence from my latest book for teen girls: “A girl needs to get so lost in God that a guy has to seek Him to find her.”


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While I don’t think a lot of Christian teens and middle school girls are using eHarmony or Match.com, it’s a conversation parents need to begin to have. If you just let your daughter or mentee follow the normal pattern of dating, she’ll jump on the boy crazy train and get lost in the wrong kind of love. This tour is a call to parents, youth pastors, and godly teens to join forces to cultivate God-crazy young women who are lost in Christ’s love.

Copperlily_130926_620I’m crazy happy to be joined on tour by Stephanie Skipper (formerly solo artist Stephanie Smith) and her husband Tim (of House of Heroes) who create Copperlily together.

Stephanie Skipper grew up under my ministry. She toured as a part of the Secret Keeper Girl team prior to kicking off her solo career. Having her and Tim be a part of this tour is very meaningful me. She waited for Tim. It had its ups and downs, but getting lost in God’s love helped her have staying power. She’s a great role model for today’s teen girls—one I want my own daughters to follow—and today’s girls need good role models.

Here are a few details about the event. I hope you’ll join me!

LIVE WORSHIP

Your daughter will love the worship band we’ve put together to help her enter in the presence of God. Our worship team doesn’t just lead worship, it teaches teens to worship and invites them in with skill and interaction!

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MOTHER/DAUGHTER GAMES

We know that open hearts are a great place to plant biblical truth, so we use interactive contests and games to get the audience laughing. Charmaine Porter will even get some moms and daughters on stage to win prizes!

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SOLID BIBLE TEACHING ON GOD’S LOVE & PURITY

I will open the word of God and challenge your daughter to be God-crazy not boy-crazy. Your daughter will be invited in to an on-line ten-day love feast (through my blog or social media if she is old enough to be on Facebook) in which teen girls take guys off the table and enter in to an on-line international devotional experience with other God-crazy girls across the nation to grow in their love for Christ as they wait in faithful purity for his plan concerning earthly love to be revealed one day.

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FASHION SHOW

What’s one of my events without a modest fashion show? But this one is like none other! We’ve designed something special and fun to remind your daughter to work on her inner garments and to let nothing distract from the good works she does.

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The event targets 13-17 year olds and is appearing in the following cities in November 2014 and is powered by Cedarville University who will be offering multiple giveaways throughout the night!

November 7 • Waynesboro, VA

November 8 • Richmond, VA

November 9th • Virginia Beach, VA

November 11th • Chester, WV

November 13th • Cadillac, MI

November 14th • Brighton, MI

November 15th • Lansing, MI

November 16th • Millersburg, OH

Be sure to get a VIP ticket so you and your daughter can join me for dinner and a bonus teaching. (Those tickets are limited so get them early.) See details below.

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General admission provides general seating to live event with doors opening one hour in advance. The goal of the night will be to ask each attendee to join with me in a ten-day love feast in which guys are taken off the table and girls are invited to feast on God’s love together. I’ll will use the Internet to provide daily devotions and worship music videos to guide girls through the love feast.  We’re going to turn the Internet into a good tool, fostering love for Christ through daily spiritual meat and a call to love God. A bonus of the night is drawing moms and daughters closer to each other, too.

VIP admission includes a back stage tour featuring my team’s tour bus, advance seating, private autograph session with me and Copperlily, and dinner with either me or Copperlily. I will have dinner with the mothers and present this can’t-be-missed bonus teaching: “How To Raise Sexually Pure Kids”, a workshop sponsored by Cedarville University. Copperlily will have dinner with the teen daughters and present an acoustic song to them and then answer Q&A’s. I know some girls will want to ask about their music, Nashville, and the industry but I’m going to be pushing the questions to be about their relationship. There’s no better example of a God-directed love than Tim and Stephanie Skipper. They are great role models for today’s teen girls!

 

 

 

I said goodbye to my virginity when I was fifteen.

How old were you? If you had it to do over again, would you wait? I would. I knew none of the physical consequences of choosing to have sex early, but I was depressed. I felt like I’d given something precious away and could never have it back. That’s why I’ve devoted my life to spreading the idea that sex is worthy of something more than a casual hookup. Is that a message you want to share with your daughter? Little sister? A friend you’re trying to mentor? Read on, because the news today is better…and worse…than when you were a teenager and I have seven secrets that will reduce the risk in the teen girl you love.

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goodsex“Good sex comes to those who wait.” That was last week’s claim by Her•meneutics blogger Courtney Reissig. Only, I should clarify that she ended the sentence with a question mark: “Good sex comes to those who wait?” And then her words decried the efforts of the abstinence and purity movement—my efforts, really—charging that we are guilty of “incentivizing abstinence with personal pleasure.”

To her credit, Courtney—whose work I’ve examined rather thoroughly and I’m fairly certain that if we shared a cup of coffee I’d enjoy her and find more common ground that different thinking—cited last year’s  New York Times article “In Hookups, Inequality Still Reigns.” The article explained that women report having better sex in committed relationships than those having casual sex. Courtney argued that using studies like this to encourage virginal Christian singles to wait was akin to demanding a “cosmic exchange” with God. My purity now in exchange for great sex later, Ok God? “Promising great sex to those who wait for their wedding day is feeding off of our desire for self-fulfillment, not other-oriented service,” wrote Reissig.

Is it wrong to teach our children and young single adults that there are practical, pleasure-filled rewards in waiting for sex? Are we falling prey to using the world’s model of sex education when we use studies revealing that sex is better inside committed relationships? And—what you really want to know—is sex better if you wait?

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This week, I took on water (so to speak) when I suggested that we could use movies like Noah and Heaven is for Real as conversation starters with unbelievers. I expressed this opinion thinking it was rather common in a blog entitled “Hollywood’s Very Good Problem.” I had no idea how furious a handful of people would be with my opinion, and I want to confess that I learned a lot in listening to the hearts of those with other ideas. I even clarified some of my early blog statements and readjusted them as my heart was brought into alignment through confrontation.

Might I share a little more deeply with you what my experience with the Noah movie has led me to believe, and petition you to put your good energies of dissuading people from harmful messages to use? There are two things just bursting to get out of my mind today. 

I must begin with this confession: my husband and I invited a small group of friends to go see Noah with us last Saturday night.

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