Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Living Proof {Women of God}

Oh friends, my heart is so full this morning to share with you what I learned over the weekend the Beth Moore Living Proof conference!

Lately God has been teaching me so much about marriage & my role as a wife through our ladies small group. He has me in this role to serve my husband as Christ served the church, but that's not the only place God has me. Through this weekend, I learned that I am not just a wife. I am a woman of God & he has such a huge plan for me!


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I am going to share the seven points Beth walked through on Saturday with a bit of my own commentary & what it means to me.


1. We are one gathering of women yearning for God to speak.
As you can see from the photo above, this is stating the obvious a bit. With a packed house of 11,000 women in Fort Wayne + thousands of women in churches, living rooms, coffee shops, & military bases, this was most definitely a gathering of women to seek the Lord. Over 190,000 women joined in on Saturday & there's no telling how many will download a copy within the next 30 days. (more info here!) To know that God has the ability to speak individually to the heart of each woman there is absolutely incredible. 

Beth began the weekend with a few words I can't get out of my head - "Being female well." I absolutely loved that & through the next few points you'll see how she really tied that together.


2. Jesus changed the story of every woman he meets.
As I mentioned before, Jesus has the ability to speak and know EACH and EVERY heart of women & men around the world. He pursues us and life that he encounters will never be the same. This weekend was specifically focused on women & how Jesus sought after women in the Bible. To know our God is loving & compassionate about his daughters is simply awesome.

Blessed is SHE who believed. Luke 1:45
One story that really stuck out to me was when Beth told us that she's always praying for God to reveal himself to her. I am sure that like me, most of you can relate to that too. She went on to say that this weekend - and every encounter we have with Jesus - should not just be about him revealing himself to us, but us also responding to him.  A question we should ask - and answer - daily is "What will I do with what God says to me today?"


3. Jesus wants a women to know who she is & what she's not.
On Monday I shared with you the Identity Declaration that we recited to one another on Saturday. If you missed it, it goes a little like this:

I am a woman of God.Redeemed by Jesus ChristLoved, Pursued, & ChosenEquipped with words of lifeClothed in strength & dignityCommissioned here & nowGifted by the spirtForgiven & Unbound---Blessed is she who believes--

Ladies, God clearly spells out in his word what we are & are not supposed to be. So often I find myself praying that God would teach me what & who I am supposed to be in him. But fiends, it's totally spelled out for us! We are redeemed, loved, pursued, chose, equipped, clothed, gifted, forgiven, & unbound. We are not weak, ugly, rejected, forgotten, lost, deserted. We are HIS!


4. Sometimes a woman needs a clean sweep to find what she's missing.
I am not sure about y'all, but I am always missing something - my keys, my phone, my pen, my purse, the list could go for days. But what about that $5 you never even realized you were missing? How often do we get so preoccupied with our own little plans that we miss what was right in front of us?! This day in age we are considering so many things - work, school, family, blog, church - that we often give God the time that is left after all those things clear our mind....but do they ever really? WHAT IF we considered God FIRST? What if before work, before school, before extracurriculars, we truly considered what our God had to say? We would probably realize we were missing something all along.


5. A woman's joy is not the same without girlfriends to share it with.
Oh Friends! This is one I get excited about! I thrive off of my girlfriends! I am blessed beyond measure that so many of YOU actually feel like real life friends despite the fact that we have never met. And I am SO thankful for that! God provides us with special people in our lives to share our joy with & encourage. It's so biblical to share life with one another & I am grateful for a God who wants that for us!

One more thought on this girlfriend idea - we see thousands of faces everyday. We have hundreds of connections from all different places - but those are not the friends I am talking about here. Beth made a very clear point that today we have SO many of those connections, but not so many comrades. Let's be comrades ladies! Let's be the friend we want to be. Let's share true joy & not seek to steal others. Let's put away our insecurities, the competition & the comparison. Let's be excited for our sisters!! 


6. All of heaven rejoices over a lost woman found.
Sisters, our goal on earth is to bring glory to our Heavenly Father. And nothing brings him more joy or more glory than when a friend becomes our sister! Let's be women who seek after other women - to genuinely care for each other's salvation. It's such a simple point - but it's also our life's calling.

If our calling doesn't test our faith, we haven't stepped far enough into our calling.-Beth Moore



7. Every woman is well able to share how Jesus is changing her story.
It's fascinating to know that the Lord has a plan for us, isnt it? To top it off, his plan is so much better than we could imagine - if we let him. The story that he is writing with our life is so beautiful & something that should be shared!

Will you let God be the author of your life? Will you be willing to share it with others?




LORD,
Thank you for loving us. Thank you for Jesus' finished work on the cross. Thank you for your word & how you provide instruction for our lives. My prayer for the women reading this post is that their heart will grow deeper in love with you. That they would see how much women mean to you & your kingdom's work. Let them not just seek you, but also to respond. I praise you for the work you have, are, & will do in my life. Thank you for using me. Please continue to use this space for your glory!
Amen




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Frankly my dear...I am a woman of God!

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5 comments :

  1. I seriously love all of this and I'll be back because I have to digest it all. Right now, I am just thinking about how God DID change the life of EVERY woman he met. WOW. HUGE.

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  2. I adore this entire post. Beth Moore was in Memphis a few weeks ago, but I was tied up and could not attend. I'm STILL so sad. Love this post!

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  3. Loving this so much! The comrades part is just too true!

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  4. Oh friend I needed all of this today. I love Beth Moore and am so sad I missed this, but can't wait to watch online. I love "What will I do what with what God says to me today?" This is so something I need to be reminded of daily. Thank you for your words and for sharing such an encouraging post!

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  5. LOVE!! Beth Moore does such a great job explaining things in an applicable way - her analogies are always my favorite!

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