Passionately pursuing the heart of God with our whole lives.
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We’d grown up in the church. We’d heard about purity. But it seemed to miss the mark. We knew that God’s good design for sexuality had to be about more than the physical standards of abstinence and virginity. So we set out to read God’s Word and reclaim what purity actually means for our lives. Now we are passionate about coming alongside churches and helping young women understand what saving sex for marriage, body image and womanhood has to do with the gospel.
1 : (Verb) Passionately pursuing the heart of God with your whole life
2: (Noun) A lifestyle; so much more than the physical
Our middle school and high school retreats are designed with activities to fit into overnight or one-day formats. Retreats are complete with workbooks and application for young women to walk away with biblical truths and a memorable experience.
From Father-daughter banquets to youth retreats and women’s conferences, Across My Heart Ministries provides a team of experienced speakers on the topics of purity, womanhood and sexuality.
COMMUNITY BIBLE STUDY
How can a young woman keep her way pure? By living according to His Word. So we are committed to studying His Word with our community through online Scripture Challenges and Scripture memorization! Join one of our online groups today!
We use this little corner of the blogging sphere to write about a grander vision for sexuality, a holistic purity that encompasses our whole self by passionately pursuing God with everything we have.
Writing His Word across our hearts is the only way it’s going to be lived out in our lives.
I believe we need to bring loving and faithful accountability back into the church. And it starts with ourselves. It starts with being willing to take a step of vulnerability towards the members of our church family instead of away. And I will be the first to admit I am not good at being vulnerable. It’s something that does not come naturally to me, and I find it hard and painful. But in addition to being those things, it is also necessary for healing, reconciliation, and sanctification.
I’ve heard so many speakers designed to hype me up about who I am and how that should draw me close to God as a result. You’re a princess, they’ll say. You’re a queen; God made you perfect; He made you beautiful, and so on. That’s all well and good until suddenly…I’m faced with my own sin and struggles. Sure, God did make me beautiful. He did make me perfect…but then I was born into sin, and I let “ugly” things in (Psalm 51:5). So a clichéd phrase about my being flawless does not help me when I look in the mirror, or when I’ve disappointed a friend who comes to me with hurt feelings from an unhealthy moment I didn’t speak from a place of love.
Lucy’s is just one of many stories author Abigail Shrier tells in her book Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters. Although not a Christian book, Shrier analyzes a problem facing a segment of our population Across My Heart Ministries cares deeply about: teenage girls. In her book, she unpacks the gender identity crisis seizing today’s adolescent girls like a viral contagion. For this reason, I read the book, and I am so glad I did!
As a single woman, though I’ve been passionate about the topics of sexuality and purity, I’ve had a hard time understanding where I fit in the puzzle. The church is so good at telling single Christians “no, don’t do that” and “wait.” At times it’s felt like I was in a holding area until meeting my future husband and starting our lives together. Through reading this book, I felt like my passions were reignited.
Intimacy in marriage reflects a powerful truth of the gospel – that we are fully known by God, yet deeply loved. Just as the woman caught in adultery in John 7 stands before the Savior fully exposed yet not condemned, each one of His daughters stands before God, fully known but free.
In her book, Love Thy Body, Nancy Pearcey argues that the Bible has a positive sexual ethic because all throughout the Bible, the body is treated as a good part of God’s creation.