Women of Faith is celebrating 20 years of sharing the Gospel of Jesus. That’s 20 years of empowering women to boldly live out their faith through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ!
Thirteen years ago, I moved halfway across country to begin a new career. I was in a new state, trying to make new friends, and trying to find a new church. Unfortunately, I wasn’t having luck with any of them. The odds were stacked against me. Shortly after settling in, I became pregnant with my oldest. After much fanfare, I decided to move back to West Virginia and into my grandparent’s house. Although I never really left church, I just hadn’t found the church God was leading me to during my brief stay in the new state. I was longing for a connection to God that felt impossible to find. I had feelings of despair. I felt undesired, unappreciated and unloved. How could I walk into a church in my condition as a single pregnant lady without being banished or judged? I decided to swallow my pride and walk through the doors of the church in my hometown. I was overwhelmed by the outpouring of affection and love from the members I had known since I could remember and from those who were strangers to me. I was embraced with open arms. I felt desired, appreciated and loved. It was there I first learned about Women of Faith.
(2003 when my oldest was still inside the womb :))
Everyone in my Bible study was talking about how wonderful Women of Faith conferences were. “If you get a chance,” they said, “you must go and see for yourself!” Shortly after giving birth to my bouncing baby boy, my mom and I bought tickets for the Women of Faith conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. We strapped my son into his car seat and began our 3-1/2 hour trip. Apparently, this was a BAD day for my little bundle of joy. We stopped within 30 minutes of departure because he was screaming. I fed him again and strapped him back in his car seat and continued our journey. Fifteen minutes later and he’s screaming again. Stop. Go. Stop. Go. Feed the baby. Change his diaper. Cuddle the baby. Love the baby. SCREAM. SCREAM. SCREAM. This continued the entire trip. Our three and a half our road trip turned into an 8-1/2 hour journey. “Why did I even think this was a good idea? Why did I leave my house?!” Those were the thoughts racing through my head.
We finally make it to the hotel, get checked in, set up the pack and play and lay my little fellow down. Moments later, he’s fast asleep. ARE YOU KIDDING ME!? Why couldn’t have you went to sleep at ANY point in car?! I wanted to pull my hair out and scream to the top of my lungs. Can I get an Amen moms? Oh yes, I was stressed. Yet, it was also peaceful because HE WAS FINALLY ASLEEP!
That was the intro to my Women of Faith experience. My husband once preached a sermon a couple years ago. In his notes, he said, “The devil didn’t wait until Jesus began his ministry; he tried to kill Jesus when He was just a baby. The devil doesn’t wait until you get to where you’re going; he tries to stop you before you even start.” That was the devil – not my baby (although…..), but the situation – that was trying to stop me from where I was going. The devil knew I was about to receive a blessing from this conference that only God can provide.
(Who could resist that absolute adorable baby face! To bad he has nearly grown since!)
I was so relieved just to be there at this conference, with all these courageous women, in the midst of all these wonderful ministries, head held high and heart open ready to receive blessings that would never leave me. I was truly amazed by the talent and speakers that were on stage. It was wonderful!
Here we are, over a decade after my first Women of Faith experience, continuing to be blessed by this wonderful ministry. I just found out that I, along with a few friends, will be attending the Women of Faith movie! I am unable to express in words how excited I am! I cannot tell you how much Women of Faith has helped me during my growth in the Lord. I have attended numerous Bible studies presented through Women of Faith. My bookshelves are lined with books from the likes of Chonda Pierce and Thelma Wells to Jen Hatmaker and Korie Robertson. I have enjoyed the music and arts from many of the singers and entertainers like Nashville’s own Alison Allen!
As I write this, tears are forming into the wells of my eyes. I have been incredibly blessed by so many who have contributed to this ministry. I am honored and humbled to be afforded one of the last opportunities to share in the last moments of Women of Faith. I am forever thankful for such wonderful Godly influences for so many years!
(Korie and I. Korie Robertson is new to the WOF circle)
Thank you Propeller Entertainment for sending me and three friends to see the Women of Faith movie! Thank you to all who have been involved with Women of Faith, giving so much of your time for the blessing of others. You will ALL be cherished and missed!
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