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living head over heels


A community of women banded together in one mission: Pursuing Holiness

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living head over heels


A community of women banded together in one mission: Pursuing Holiness

WHAT ARE WE ALL ABOUT?

In the months leading up to 2017 God began to stir in our hearts a new direction for this ministry. Something that we had never expected, nor ever dreamed up before. It meant expanding our borders and letting go of what we had envisioned for an even greater calling.

All women.

For the last ten years we have devoted our hearts and lives to teen girl's ministry but as we look to the future God is asking us to venture in to new waters. At the heart of it we truly believe that the idea of "Living Head Over Heels" is a mantra to live our lives by. It is deciding beforehand not to be swayed by anything but the Word of God and what He requires of us, despite the many voices that try to creep into our minds. And this is not just for teen girls (even though we still love them with our whole hearts). This kind of living is for everybody and especially every female-body as we are women who believe in empowering other women.

So take the journey with us. We don't know what it will look like in the end but we can guarantee that it will be worth the leap of faith.

2017 is our year to get back to the basics and devote every part of our lives to what God wills. Our time, security, purpose, finances, emotions... everything. We are leaping into the Word like never before with a 365-Day Chronological Reading of the Bible accompanied with our thoughts and prayers on Facebook, along with holding true to girl's weekends for all ages, blogging, Leader Retreats (now open for women who serve in any ministry), and keeping up with one of our oldest tried-and-true habits of using What-The-What to combat all of the craziness life throws our way. 

It's going to be new, and it's going to be beautiful. 

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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO LIVE HEAD OVER HEELS?

I love the feeling of slipping on a comfortable pair of heels. Yes, you read that right. Comfortable and heels do not have to be an oxymoron. There is just something so feminine, so powerful, about adding a few extra inches (or five, who am I kidding) to your walk. There are few things quite like it. But while those pointy toed black stilettos have boosted my confidence and stature over the years, they have also stood for something far greater in our society. We live in a culture that doesn't just celebrate beauty but forces one to believe that it is all women were created for. To be looked at. Gawked at. Won as a trophy. And for awhile we believe this. We believe that all we are is what we look like and all of our drastic efforts to change our very DNA to be something different are never enough. They never will be enough. Because the problem is not our bodies, the problem is that we believed the lie that if we had beauty (whatever they decide that to be this year) we would have everything.

Romans 12:2 has a different message for us, it instructs us not to "copy the behavior and customs of this world" [you know the behaviors it's talking about; the ridiculous diets, scandalous photos, and temptation to rip each other to shreds] "but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think." We are not beauty, dear friends. Don't get me wrong, we are beautiful- we have beauty- but it is not all we are. That is what the world would want you to believe; to chase that, put all of your efforts into that. Be easy on the eyes and silent to the ears. But you were created for more. You were created to be extraordinary, special, original. And you can't find those things in the pages of a magazine or in a new pair of shoes.

Heels can take you where you need to go but they can never tell you where that is. Only God can. And they can be stood on for awhile but their strength will never last. Only God's can. By allowing Him to renew our minds we, in return, get everything. Love, joy, peace- and the greatest part- purpose. "Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect" (Romans 12:2). It's our promise. Our guarantee. By giving God control over our thought life, we get to know the very reason we were put on this earth. And that sounds a lot easier than trying to fit into a size zero! 

So you want God to do amazing things in your life? Me too!!! The answer isn't too hard; just start Living Head Over Heels!

HOW DID LHOH BEGIN?

As a newly graduated Master's Commission student, first time youth pastor, and newlywed all at the tender age of 20, Vanessa Shepherd continued a long time tradition of her home church in hosting a girl's only weekend in 2009 during the month of February. After much deliberation as to what this weekend could be called (trying to stay away from the typical "True Love Waits" titles), she stumbled upon the idea of "living head over heels". At the weekend conclusion she had awakened a sleeping giant of purpose and prayed for God to clearly speak how ministering to teen girls could be a part of her life story.

A small group was formed, "girl's only" events were held, and a few years later the official blog was created. When deciding upon what to call the beginning of this dream, Vanessa remembered back to that first weekend with the girls and thus LHOH was birthed. In March of 2013 the dream took on a new platform as the first official girl's conference was held in Stockton, CA. In the years following the Lord has added to the LHOH team that now consists of seven beautiful women all over California (and even one in Nevada!) and the dream continues to grow.

These past ten years have been incredible, but we have no doubt that they will not compare to what God still has in store for us all. We will keep dreaming and working to help resource and encourage women who lead, parents who raise, and teenagers who impact this generation for the truth only found in Christ until the Lord calls us all home. Would you like to help us in our mission? We could use your prayers and if you feel so led, send us an email via our "contact us" page and see how you can be apart!

Thank you for joining us in this journey!!!