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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Becoming a Woman of Influence!

What a blessing I have had this weekend.  Friday night and Saturday I was attended a women's spiritual life retreat sponsored by one of our local churches.  I had the privilege of attending this with my mom, 2 sisters, daughter-in-law and one of my nieces along with several friends.  The theme of this retreat was "Becoming A Woman of Influence." Let me just say ---- wow! God showed up and He spoke directly to my heart. 

On Friday night, it was a room full of sisters laughing hysterically and learning all about how to be a woman of influence from the outside by being fashionably modest from fashion expert, Shari Braendel. (Our physical appearance is the first gate post to others seeing us and wanting to know what makes us different.) Then on Saturday - -we dug into the word with MaryBeth Whalen,  and then Shari shared her amazing testimony with us.

Here are a few of the notes I took from the messages today:  

This set of notes is from MaryBeth's 1st message: 
We are women of influence and we need to be mirrors for God! In order to do that God must be our mirror. 

Ecclesiastes 3:11 He hath made everything beautiful in its time: also he hath set eternity in their heart, yet so that man cannot find out the work that God hath done from the beginning even to the end.

There are 6 points of intersection that we can learn from David & Moses

1. They were something special & God set them apart for a very specific reason - Ex 2:2 / 1 Sam 16:12 (God loves to pick the least likely); God has a plan and has a purpose for us to be set apart for Him.
I need to ask myself,  "What has He set me apart for?"

2. A time of preparation - a desert time & a time in the king's court - 1 Sam 17 --- During David's desert time he killed a bear and a lion with his bare hands and this allowed him to trust God completely when he faced Goliath. God is always right there when we are in the desert preparing us for something else. 1 Sam 17:39 Then there are times we are in the King's court and this is where we bask in His presence and allow Him to use us! 

3. They both fought giants - We all have some kind of giant that we will have to fight. When we fight our giants we must remember that He is right there to fight them with us. Ex 38:11 - God let's us face giants at times so His purpose can be seen!!! Our giants help us to encourage others!

4. Experience grace & forgiveness - God does not edit the ugly parts of the Bible - they are there to encourage and help us. 

5. They lived out the calling God placed on their hearts. We can live our calling but we must truly tune into Him in order to know that plan. 

6. They experienced the truth we all need to learn. This is the same truth we all need to learn - God is enough!!!!!!!

These are from MaryBeth's second message:

1 Corinthians 3:6 I planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.

In the New Testament, God used 2 men to grow His church - they were seeds of influence - Saul & Simon - they didn't start out that way but God brought them there. 

Simon denied Christ 3 times and was restored 3 times!  (Matt 26:30-35 / Matt 16:15-23) Simon was later called Peter --- Simon means shifty but Peter means rock! Peter became an influential man of God because he truly embraced the truth that Jesus is the Son of the living God (v. 15-16)

Saul - Acts 7:58. Saul was a decision maker in the stoning of Stephen - Saul gave approval. However, before he was stoned, Stephen gave a great sermon of how great Christ is. Then God used these words on the road to Damascus to bring Saul to his knees - - Saul met Jesus!!! 
Saul means tall but Paul means small - Jesus changed him drastically. He was no longer 'tall' being in charge but now he was 'small' letting God be in charge! He realized he was nothing without God!!!

These men had a dramatic encounter with God!  We all must have an encounter with God that makes us realize and trust that GOD is enough!!!!! 

I am so thankful for this retreat and for God showing up and ministering to my heart this weekend.  I hope you can make some sense out of my notes. Thank you for letting me share this with you! 

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