At KML Ministries we applaud Erin and her tenacity to get at it!
She is one of the biggest dreamers we know as she dreams BIG not small. Erin has a passion to empower women to discover their gifts and talents. Erin helps women take their failures and insecurities, turn them around to be able to move forward standing on a firm foundation of love.
Around the KML office, we are crazy about one of her favorite quotes, “Be the girl who decided to go for it!” This is our friend Erin!
Tell us about yourself and your heart for women?
I have been married to my wonderful husband, Roger, for almost 17 years. I am blessed to be the mom of two amazing kids, Grace (almost 20), Luke (14), and I am the incredibly proud mother in law of Ryan, who serves our great country in the Army. I was born and raised, and have lived in Spokane my whole life, and have also been blessed with a “dual citizenship” at Priest Lake, “the one spot in all God’s world where I belong”, where I had the best childhood and still love to spend time at our family cabin.
I am the founder and executive director of Whatever Girls, a non-profit, worldwide ministry dedicated to “empowering girls, supporting moms, and inspiring dads”.
I’m an entrepreneur, a dreamer and a visionary, and am so grateful to God for the opportunities He has given me to partner with Him in ministry.
For many years my life was meaningless to me. I was so wounded by other girls and then as I got older, by other women. I didn’t believe I had any value. I was used, abused, passed around, not valued, without a voice, and without a lot of choices or options, suffocating in major depression and anxiety, and lived in a nightmare for a season. I was pregnant at 21, married at 22, and divorced at 23. Not the life I had imagined for myself, that’s for sure.
But God. He had a plan and He took my failures and insecurities and called me to encourage and empower those who have hurt me the most: girls and women. This mission field started with my own daughter, Grace, and when I started Whatever Girls for her before she entered middle school.
I’m very passionate about empowering women, but believe our true empowerment comes from Jesus Christ-not the culture or the things the world has to offer. We need to give our girls and women a place where they can celebrate who they are in Christ and give them opportunities to discover their gifts and talents and use them to empower each other. There are a lot of women’s empowerment events, but none I fully identify with or relate to, so I decided to create one!
Whatever Girls is hosting their 3rd annual “Empowering Women Tea and Awards” on Saturday, April 28 and I’m excited for this opportunity to share about the importance of true empowerment and to celebrate the six women who will receive our “Empowering Women Award” for making a measurable difference in our community by living, serving, and leading with strength, dignity and virtue, while exemplifying “whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy,” and who empower other women of all ages. I am confident that through our event and movement we will provide an empowering community for women of all ages and generations for years to come.
Why is it important for every women to feel valued and worthy of love?
I think of shame, and how it sneaks in and tries to rob us of our worth and paralyze us from walking in our purpose and calling. Women need to be set free by the truth of who they are in Christ so that they can live the life He created them for.
How do you cultivate a sense of worthiness and value in your own life?
Spending quality time with God is a must. Staying connected to Him and in His Word, renewing my mind (Romans 12:2) on the pillars of Philippians 4:8, and holding everything up against the knowledge of God and taking my thoughts captive and making them obedient to Christ is critical for me (2 Corinthians 10:5). I get in my own head too much and the battlefield rages when I get busy and think I can sustain myself on yesterday’s time with God.
I also try to be intentional about making time for doing things I enjoy and make me feel alive, invigorated, and purposeful, as well as challenge myself to learn how to do new things.
Why do women need community and a place to belong?
Women need each other. There is a synergy that occurs when women’s hearts and minds are knitted together for the greater good. When we support and encourage each other, we provide opportunities for ourselves and others to use the gifts and talents God designed us with. I can’t think of a better way to spend our time than operating in that space.
If you could give your 20 year old self any advice - what would it be?
This is often the part where some would say “don’t date that guy”, or issue other warnings to prevent themselves from making big mistakes. If I was to offer 20-year-old self advice, it could cause a major course correction in my life, and I wouldn’t change a thing because if I have learned anything it is that redemption is in the suffering, and I wouldn’t have the people in my life that I do, or be who I am if I had done things differently. I might, though, share Romans 8:28 with myself, which has become a life verse, so that I would know through the hard times that everything I was going through would work out for good, and have a purpose once I gave my life to God.
How do you enjoy spending your free time?
With my family, preferably at Priest Lake. I also enjoy reading, writing, boating, and exploring the great outdoors underneath the blue sky and sun on my face.
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