Saturday, July 21, 2012
Distinguished Young Woman
Last night I had the privilege of attending Tennessee's Distinguished Young Women of 2013's Flashback: One Moment in Time. Tonight they will crown the DYW for 2013. This has been a new experience for me. I attended the Bradley County event a few months ago. Many young ladies I knew were competing for the local title. A young lady I have had the privilege to know for the past 8 years won. Miss Ashley Heald holds the title for our community. She is competing against 19 other young ladies from across the state of Tennessee. Last night she did quite well. I am so very proud of her. No matter what happens tonight - win or lose- Ashley is my DYW!
Ashley's heart has always been to follow after Jesus. I can remember when she attended Kid's Evangelism Explosion. She memorized her verses and the stories to aid her in sharing Jesus with her friends quickly. She was able to assist me in helping others in this memorization. The same was true in AWANA and her desire to commit God's word in her heart. She feels God calling her to be a Children's Minister. I know God is going to use her to impact many for His kingdom. He is already doing that through her life and it has been exciting to watch.
I am also so proud of our community. This is the headquarters for this organization (on the state level), so we serve as the host for the state event. Reading the paper all week on the activities the contestants have participated in has been amazing. I realize this would not have been possible if so many organizations and businesses had not opened their door.
I look forward to attending tonight. However, most of all I look forward to watching Ashley as she follows the path God has for her life.