I attended the Women of Faith Conference in Anaheim this past weekend with my Family Ministry Team. I had not attended Women of Faith since before Luke was born, but remembered how impactful it was on my life at the time so I really wanted to share that experience with my team. The theme of this year’s conference was “From Survival to Revival” and all of the speakers shared how God had brought them through so much pain into lives of such promise. It felt like God was using these women to speak directly to me. I have been wrestling with fear a lot this year and overcoming many of my fears in the process but there are still a few I am holding onto. Lisa Bevere, author of [Girls with Swords], had this to say “He wants you to face what you fear so you can rise up fearless” and also “our children inherit one of two things from us- God’s promises or our fears”. When I heard that I thought of how Luke was afraid to go in the elevator at Target one day and I realized that he was inheriting my fears. I am determined to change that.
Patsy Clairmont at one time could not even get out of her bed, she was so agoraphobic, and she reminded us that “God has not given us the Spirit of Fear, but a Spirit of power, a Spirit of love and a sound mind” 2 Timothy 1:7
Christine Caine said “Do not fear dying. Fear never having lived”. And I do fear that, I think I fear never having lived more than I probably fear anything else. My team gifted me Christine’s book, [Undaunted], and I caution you not to read this book unless you are really ready to have your world shaken because no one will shake you up quite like Christine Cain. She is a survivor, a thriver in a world that didn’t want her. She now rescues girls from human trafficking as her full time job. In reading this book, I am becoming dauntless. My prayer is that I will not be satisfied with the life I have planned for myself, but that I would be brave enough to embrace whatever life God intends for me. I will remember that where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Freedom.