Thursday, January 13, 2011


Happy New Year Girls! If you haven’t done so yet, be sure to check out the pictures from the Girls L.Y.L.A.S. ‘Sisterhood’ Lock-in on the FBC Girls Ministry Facebook page! It was SUCH a fun night full of making new friends and growing as sisters in Christ! We talked about the importance of sisterhood, accountability and having spiritual mentors in our life. I plan to post more on these topics soon, but for now I want to ring in this new year and this new decade!

The end of a decade beacons a necessary time to pause and reflect on all that has happened in one’s life. The past 10 years for me have been the most pivotal ones in my life! It was 10 years ago this past October that I surrendered my life to Christ. My life completely changed direction and nothing has been the same since. Every decision and every door opened and closed has all been for the glory of Christ! I can honestly contest to the freedom found in Christ and the joy that abounds in me because making much of Him truly consumes every ounce of my being.

In these 10 years following my salvation in 2000, I have graduated High School, taught golf at an all-girls summer camp in North Carolina and as an intern at LPGA International, studied abroad in London, England, worked as a nanny in Maine, graduated with my bachelors in advertising from the University of Georgia, served as a summer missionary in San Marcos, California, been an account manager in Public Relations for high-end resorts and destinations, graduated with my masters in theology in Biblical counseling, worked as a media buyer for an advertising firm, served as a missionary in north Africa, and reached my dream of serving middle school and high school girls as a Girls Minister (one of the best happenings ever)! Whew! It’s hard to believe all this life change has happened in just 10 brief years. And that’s just resume’s the little moments that have been so huge! The “ah-ha” moments when I’ve really understood God’s goodness, His call to glorify Him, choosing Him over what’s comfortable and so on. All in all, it definitely makes me excited of how the Lord can and will work in the next 10 years! It is my prayer that His work in me will be a vessel of work in you as well.

How has the Lord been at work in your life over this decade? Is testimony of salvation apart of it? For some middle schoolers, your decade began with learning to walk! At any rate will you comment below and share some of your story!? Let’s praise God through the telling of all that He’s done and continuing to do!

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  1. You have had an adventurous decade!! Can't wait to see what God has in store for the next 10!

  2. When I look back on 2010, I think growth! This past year has probably been one of the most sweet years in my walk with the Lord. He really taught me how to be solely dependent on Him and communicated to me that He IS more than enough. In 2010, I made new friends, missed others, and learned how to get out of my shell. I got to adventure into some of God's most beautiful creations out west, while learning to savor all we have here in TN as well. I'm excited to see what God has up His sleeve for 2011. :)
    -Payton Tipton

  3. Love it Payt!! :) Thanks for sharing! God is so good and is going to use you in ways you can't even dream of right now...get ready!!