I am so grateful I was able to attend Thrift Shop: A Conference for Women. At the beginning of the week, my work schedule wouldn’t allow me to attend, then, it all changed and I suddenly was off the entire weekend! God knew what I needed. Not only did I meet ladies from my church campus, but I got to know a sweet woman even better.
1. BE a dangerous woman.
“I don’t like women’s conferences. It’s where nice girls come to become nicer. We need to become dangerous women.”
The director of women’s discipleship at my church was one of the speakers at the conference for women and said the above quote. Dangerous women? What does that mean?
a) We need to get off the fence. Pick a side and stand up for it!
b) We need audacious faith. Be bold, be brave, be daring.
c) We need to get our hands dirty for the sake of the gospel.
Let’s all be more than a nice girl.
“And Elijah came near to all the people and said, “How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.” 1 Kings 18:21
2. EMBRACE the grace. (God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense)
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” Romans 3:23-24
a) Putting grace up in display. We are the display case of God’s grace. Stop trying to earn the grace; stop trying to get more grace; we have enough.
b) Sometimes your past follows you, along with shame and guilt. Why would Jesus use me as His display case? The affliction can work for us.
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed” 2 Corinthians 4:7-9
c) Actively declare God’s course. God saves through grace.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.” Ephesian 2:8
d) Spirit of gratitude. I’m amazed how much I take advantage of God’s grace. I say prayers and ask people to pray for me when I am in need, but I do not give praise after God has answered my prayers. Everything I do is for God’s glory, not comparison. I can’t be jealous when another person gets grace.
3. LEAD a mission only you can live.
Be the vessel and God will do the work. God pours in us –> we pour ourselves out –> And He refills us. We just have to move.
4. He sees me. He knows me.
“We love because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19
“O Lord, you have searched me and known me!” Psalm 139:1
I had a great time during the conference. It was soul-moving. At church we are going through the book of Judges. The story of Deborah in Judges should be empowering to every woman. She is the only female judge. God gives to women the same gifts as he gives to men. All God requires of us is simple obedience. God does not need your ability, but needs your availability.
Take some time today to talk to God. What is the mission He has crafted for you?