When 20,000 women get together and worship, it is a beautiul thing!
This past weekend my daughter and I traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend the Women of Faith Conference at the Verizon Center for two days. Not only did we enjoy the music, but we listened, learned, and came away with many insights from such speakers as Sheila Walsh, Priscilla Shirer, Liz Higgs, Angie Smith, Judah Smith, and Mark Lowery. Everyone shared valuable lessons and their voices were definitely heard.
Believe God can do anything was this year’s theme, and I truly felt blessed as I talked with numerous women who attended the conference. The highlight and perfect ending to the conference was when I was able to share one of my stories with Liz Higgs. The night before she spoke about Sarah and how the angel had told her she would have a child (at the age of 90). I shared how I struggled with trying to get pregnant and then after 18-1/2 years of married bliss, God blessed us with a daughter. There were so many times that I wanted to give up, but throughout my journey, I believed that God could do anything–but it would be in His timing and not mine. As I continued to share my story and enthusiastically spoke of all the amazing details of how God spoke to my heart that I would get pregnant one year before my daughter was born, and that I wrote down her name and date in my journal, Liz and I rejoiced together. She patiently listened to my voice, and I felt honored that she was willing to listen.
As women of God, He has a plan for all of us and He wants us to use our voices for Him. You don’t have to be an eloquent speaker or an author, He just wants us to share our stories (the good, the bad, and the ugly) and voices with others as He gives us the opportunities. It could simply be a kind word to a stranger, a smile, asking a friend to go to lunch, calling someone you haven’t spoken to in a while, or praying for friends, family, and co-workers. If you hurting from disappointments, remember God can heal the broken-hearted.
I know that my weekend was incredible, and I have been challenged in His word.
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May God richly bless and use you for His glory!
Blessings on you,
Reading for the month of August: “The Crossroads” and “Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen”