Standing in the Gap

Here’s a post from 11/20/11

Just getting home from picking my son up from work and have him watching a show on black men in prison-yes, at midnight. It’s sad how the world and so much foolishness seem to have greater influence than parents.  However, this parent won’t surrender. I’m a single mom like so many others, and we all have a responsibility to help all parents and all children. We all need to Stand in the Gap.


This evening I made it home from Columbia, TN where I was a speaker at the Standing in the Gap Young Female Empowerement Conference.   The wonderful leaders of the …But I Do Outreach ministry put on a life-changing conference full of great speakers on topics such as health, self-esteem, relationships, teen pregnancy, and single parenting.  The event culminated with a What Not to Wear Fashion Show.  All 175 girls in attendance received a copy of my book, and the …But I Do leaders will be following up with the girls to make sure they read it. All girls were attentive to each speaker as women shared their testimonies that will change the girls lives if they heed warnings and follow advice. The highlight of the event for me was when a 14 year old girl approached me after my speech. She said she didn’t want to come and that her mom had made her attend. Then she hugged me and said she was so glad her mom did.  After the fashion show, her mom came to pick her up.  She came inside and said, “My daughter said I just had to meet you. She’s so excited about reading your book! I don’t know what you said, but thank you!”


About Summer Owens

When I started writing my first book, Life After Birth: A Memoir of Survival and Success as a Teenage Mother, I just wanted to tell my story. Today, I am a best-selling author, inspirational speaker, life coach, and college professor with own course that I created. Everything I do about helping people have success over obstacles and live their best lives no matter what. This blog is dedicated to sharing and expounding upon the lessons I learned and share in my book and that we all can use to say, "S.O. What!" to all the challenges life will throw our way...every day.
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