Ministry is the person standing in front of you.
Hearing those words from Jill Savage at She Speaks 2016, was an eye opener for me. The phrase resonated in my heart because I want to do big things for God and make his name famous. However if I am honest, I do not always minister in a godly way to my family 100 % of the time. My husband reminded me of this shortcoming just last week and I had to ask forgiveness of the Lord and my family. Life is sweetly challenging and add in ministry – whether it is worship leading, teaching, writing or speaking and the enemy of our souls comes in full force to wear our resolve thin. He wants you and I to just throw in throw towel and say I am not cut out for this ministry thing. When we act or serve or mission in our own strength we get worn out and overwhelmed easily.
Jill’s Session on ” First Things First” was amazing. Jill referenced Duet 30: 19 “This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” I want to be a life choosing wife, mama and writer. I want to choose God over Goals, Mission over Money and Calling over Counting. It was a breath of fresh air knowing God has designed both ministry and the family. He is pleased with me when I attend church, when I write of his work in my life and share the Gospel with others. Yet he also smiles when I go on date night with my husband, jump on the trampoline with my baby girl, bake cookies with my middle daughter and build Lego’s with my son.
I also loved what Lysa TerKeurst said in Session two, ” God is good, God is good to me and God is good at being God”. There is so much impact in those fifteen words. It plays to the three levels where we doubt God. We doubt his goodness in general, his love for us personally and his sovereignty over the details of our lives and the world around us. I know this to be true because in my past, I would get anxiety attacks from my worries and fears. Those fears and worries where often from circumstances beyond my control or when the enemy whispered lies into my head. I am very glad to have this phrase to remind myself of his goodness when those attacks come.
This was my first time attending She Speaks so I was thrilled to take the Bonus Session: Discovering God’s Power for your Life and Ministry with Micca Campbell and Wendy Blight. Micca taught on the person of the Holy Spirit and I know there are some who may read this story and doubt the Holy Spirit. But the truth is scripture talks about him from the very first chapter of the very first book of the bible. Genesis 1:2 says, ” the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters”. It is so profound to me that the second verse of the whole Bible talks of the Holy Spirit. He was here since the beginning of all creation. She went on to teach of the imagery and characteristics and personality of the Holy Spirit. He is depicted through scripture as rain, wind, wine , oil and the dove descending on Jesus when he was baptized. His character as our Teacher, Enabler, Comforter, Strength, he gives life to our gospel bearing messages. I learned so much and Acts 1:8 was very evident to me in this session” But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth”. My biggest takeaway from She Speaks was: We receive our power from the Holy Spirit and not from ourselves to do this thing called Ministry.
I completely loved EVERYTHING at #SheSpeaks16, I can’t pick just one so here some favorites:
WORSHIP !!! – Truly gifted singers and musicians lead us to the Throne in amazing worship to our King.
Fellowship – Making new friends from other states and hearing their God stories.
Anointing – Micca and Wendy ended their session in praying on the armor of God, praying for our ministries and anointing our heads with oil.
My Favorite Sessions for Writing Newbies:
Bloging with a Purpose – Cindy Bultema
Build an Enduring platform in 30 Minutes – Kathi Lipp
How to Write a Chapter – Karen Ehman
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