30 September 2011

Women of Faith

"Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace."
- Proverbs 3:17

What do you get when you put over 18,000 women in one space? Two days packed full of worship time, inspiring and encouraging speakers.... plus laughter, tears, and fellowship.

“God loves us more than we know. He gives us more than we can ask or dream. He's unrestrained ... excessive ... outrageous ... Over the Top” ... that is the theme for the Women of Faith Conference which will be held the next two days in downtown Denver.

In case you’ve never heard of Women of Faith, it is a faith-based women’s organization encouraging women of all ages and stages in life to grow in faith and spiritual maturity through a relationship with Jesus Christ and an understanding of God’s love and grace. Each conference offers an amazing schedule of special guest speakers, and musical guests.

I will be attending the conference with a group of my “Sisters in Christ” from church, and we are so excited because the line up for the weekend includes: Amy Grant, Mandisa, Sandi Patty, Patsy Clairmont, Marilyn Meberg, Lisa Whelchel, Brenda Warner, Katharine Everett, and my favorite Christian fiction writer, Karen Kingsbury. What an amazing group of women ... lovin’ the Lord and sharing their faith!

This week I was reading an article and came across the following question, “Can you imagine your name being listed along with Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Joseph, and Moses in God’s list of the faithful?” 
I thought to myself, “What about Sarah, Rahab, Deborah, Mary and Martha?”

Despite the customs of biblical times, Jesus frequently surprised his followers by the way he ministered to women. They were real people to Jesus.

God expects both men and women to be faithful, to be in relationship with Him, and to live according to His word.  Colossians 2:7 tells us, "Let your roots grow down into him and draw up nourishment from him, so you will grow in faith."

What does being a “woman of faith” mean to you? I’m not going to answer that question today, but be sure to check back next week for my “after conference” blog ... including photos and updates from this weekend’s event.

It’s Friday, Let’s Sparkle ... action required ... Why not find a few minutes this weekend to share your faith with other women? Here are a few suggestions to get you started...

• Gather some women together and listen to some of your favorite Christian music.
• Meet at a coffee shop to discuss your favorite scripture verses.
• Invite some friends over for lunch and share how God is working in your lives.
• Organize a prayer walk with other women from your neighborhood.

I’d love to hear other creative ideas that you come up with to share your faith with other women.

By the way, don’t forget that Courageous opens in theaters today. From the creators of Fireproof.... another amazing movie!

HONOR BEGINS AT HOME ... Four men, one calling: To serve and protect. Law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, David Thomson, and Shane Fuller are confident and focused. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood.

Hope you have an unrestrained, excessive and outrageous weekend.
God’s Peace, Donna Weaver

Walk the Walk of Faith- author unkown

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