When I was invited to Women of Joy‘s 2013 conference on Absolute Surrender in San Antonio this past weekend, I was honored to say yes! It has been some time now since I have been to a women’s conference or retreat, so I was looking forward to hearing God’s word preached by my fellow sisters.
I met the above ladies throughout the weekend and each one brought such a deep message about love, grace and total surrender to God and His plans for your life.
Liz Cutis Higgs (top right above), who is probably best known for her Bad Girls of the Bible books, spoke on the story of Ruth and trusting God in all circumstances – past, present and future. She reminds us that we are forgiven and so we must acknowledge it, accept it and embrace it! Leave self-condemnation behind – ask for forgiveness and accept it. “There is then no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus.”
Lisa Welchel (middle right above) sat down for a one-on-one chat with some of us and told us about growing up as a Christian in an industry infamously pagan. If you aren’t familiar with her, she’s a former child star from the 80′s show The Facts of Life and also a mother of 3 who has written several books on parenting, homeschooling and friendships. Lisa also competed on Survivor in 2012 and recently has gotten back in to acting (look for her in Tyler’s Perry’s newest installment of Madea this December). She said one of her best life lessons has been to get involved in small groups – the sharpening that happens when we are around a small group of believers (and even non-believers) is crucial to growing in your walk with Christ and staying strong. She talked about being legalistic and the blessing that comes from failing at that; my favorite quote she said was, “Obeying the law doesn’t bring us to grace (faith). Failing the law does.” Amen!
Also speaking at the conference was Jill Kelly, wife of former NFL quarterback Jim Kelly of NY’s Buffalo Bills, who has an amazing story of finding God and how he is working through her for his glory. Jill has written numerous books on grace, hope and love and she continues to encourage mom’s via Every Sister to pray for their children and the next generation right now! Then, we heard from Miss Kay Robertson (of the famous Duck Dynasty clan) and she shared the powerful testimony of God pursuing her in her darkest hour and finding her everlasting hope in him. We also had the joy of singing praise and worship with Chris Tomlin on Saturday night. Wow! Talk about an amazing way to end a long day of testimony after testimony of God’s goodness!
Have you ever been to a Christian women’s conference?