Equipping young women to passionately pursue the heart of God with their whole lives.
1 : passionately pursuing the heart of God
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…. passionately pursuing Him with everything we have! We want young women to have a biblical sexual ethic… one that is truly holistic and focuses on more than just the physical boundaries but also encompasses positive body image, healthy relationships and mental health.
We want to see a generation of women who love God with their whole lives, who live lives of purity and see God clearly, who uphold God’s design for sexuality whether single or married and write His Word across their hearts.
Across My Heart began in 2010 when Ashley and her sister Amber hosted a “girl’s night” for their church. Ashley was still in high school at the time. But she wanted to find a way to invest in the next generation with all the confusing messages about body image, sexuality, and self-worth. With the help of friends, they started hosting retreats consistently and today hundreds of girls have gone through their purity retreat curriculum. In 2018 they expanded their ministry to include events for young women in their teens and twenties. New members joined the team and together, they began regularly blogging and hosting online bible studies for women of all ages. They’ve had the opportunity to speak at conferences, universities, and even go on tour with True Girl Ministries. We are excited to see what’s next!
What We Believe
WORD OF GOD
How can a young woman keep her way pure? By living according to His Word (Psalm 119:9) We believe the Bible is the unchangeable, infallible Word of God. We are committed to writing His Word across our hearts through Scripture study and memorization as we passionately pursue God with our whole lives. (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 2 Peter 1:19-21)
We believe in the triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1 , Deuteronomy 6:4). We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. His death and resurrection on our behalf guarantees new life for all who trust in Him. (John 1:1-18, Colossians 1:13-22). The Holy Spirit convicts, comforts, and equips us for ministry. (Genesis 1:2, Acts 1:8, Ephesians 1:13-14)
We recognize our sinful human nature and our need for redemption through Christ alone, not by good works but through faith in Jesus Christ. (Romans 3:23, Romans 10:9, Ephesians 2:8-9)
We believe that the church is made up of believers who live out the gospel and show the world who Jesus Christ is. (Matthew 28:19-20, Colossians 1:8, 1 Peter 5:1-5)
We believe that we were created as sexual beings. That God purposefully designed men and women uniquely to reflect His very nature and that our sexuality is a physical reality of a greater spiritual reality. We believe God designed sex to be pleasurable as well as purposeful, that sex is to be honored and enjoyed in marriage and the marriage bed kept pure. (Hebrews 13:4)
We believe that marriage is a covenant between one man and one woman (Hebrews 13:4, Genesis 2:24, 1 Corinthians 5:9-11), reflecting Christ’s faithful love for the church. God created unique roles for the husband and wife within a marriage (Ephesians 5:22-23). Our earthly marriages serve as a symbol of a much greater spiritual reality that we as the church are the bride of Christ and we are making ourselves ready for the marriage of the Lamb (Revelations 19:7).
Biblical womanhood reflects the gospel as a whole and is not restricted to passages on women alone. But those passages do give us specific instructions such as Titus 2:3-5, 1 Timothy 2:9-11, and 1 Peter 3:3-4. It is our hope that women of the Lord will live out their womanhood according to Scripture, submitting not to the fear of man but unto the Lord.
WHAT WE OFFER
Our middle school and high school retreats are designed with Bible studies and activities to fit into overnight or one-day schedules. Retreats are complete with workbooks and application for young women to walk away with a memorable experience that cheers them on to lives of purity.
We will tailor messages for teens, college students, youth leaders, or parents about God’s truths for holistic purity in our lives. 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 Biblical womanhood and sexuality.
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.
COMMUNITY BIBLE STUDY
Knowing His Word is the only way to keep your way pure, so we are committed to studying His Word with our community through online Scripture Challenges and Scripture memorization!
Because we cannot be everywhere (nor do we want to be), we are also in the process of creating printable curriculum for churches outside West Michigan to lead their own purity retreats