Last weekend I had the privilege of serving alongside some amazing women of God. Amy Carrol and I traveled to Hixson, Tn to speak at a women’s conference at Dallas Bay Baptist Church. The women’s ministry directors, Amy and Angela had a wonderful vision for the weekend. The theme was Live, Love, and Laugh—and that’s just what we did! Their hearts for God and women to have an on-going relationship with Him was evident in all their hard work. Angela, out of obedience to God, challenged us by sharing a personal struggle she and her husband are going through. Then, she worshiped God by singing the most beautiful song. Angela reminded us that whatever we go through in this lifetime is only temporal. But God is eternal. He should be all we long for.
Stephanie Parson from GA was our worship leader. Usually Stephanie sings with a group called, Freedom’s Call ,but last weekend she sang alongside of a group of women from Dallas Bay. Stephanie has an amazing gift. Even though she was center stage, all eyes were on God. I’ve served with Stephanie before in GA and it was such a joy and privilege to have that opportunity again this past weekend. She is a precious lover of God.
The best way I can think of to describe the weekend is that God showed up and out. We had a great time. We laughed and we cried but most of all we were changed. After sharing about the fears we have as women that prevent us from truly living as He intends, Amy spoke about finding rest in God—both physically and spiritually. Then, I closed the weekend challenging the women to lay all the pieces of their lives at the feet of Jesus so that He can make our lives complete in Him.
I strongly believe that when God’s Word is shared, it deserves a time of response. The truth is God is the true communicator—is He not?! I asked the women at the end to come forward in response to what God has been speaking to their hearts. 56 women responded. Several surrendered their lives fully to God. They confessed sin, asked for rest, cast off their fears, confessed that God was enough, and longed to fly above their circumstances on the wings of the Most High God! From this response, I have no doubt that God truly communicated to the women and brought hope, healing, and change.
Sometimes I have to pinch myself. It’s hard to believe that God allows me to be a part of His work let alone speak His Name. But then, I recall his disciples were but simple men just like me. (Except I’m a woman of course!) Serving God often feels to me like it must have felt to the disciples. As Jesus moved through town to town, he invited his followers to go with Him. They ate with Christ, slept with Him, and watched Him minister to many. So for me, I’m just hanging out with Christ like they did. I go where He goes. I sleep where he sleeps, and I watch Him minister to the needs of women today. And in every place we go, I stand in awe and wonder of my God; my Savior; and my King.