Often my unexpected interruptions have been the other sort – issues with children, family, health, others’ needs, financial issues, etc. that interrupt ‘my plans’ for the day, or week, or longer.
Last weekend I had a sometimes pleasant and sometimes painful, but all in all a very personal and precious unexpected interruption in Indianapolis, IN.
I’ve been to women’s conferences before and been blessed and taught and inspired to a closer walk with God. But boy oh boy (funny I should use that expression) the True Woman conference was far more than I’d expected.
Expected: Good spiritually-based music
Unexpected: every one of the Getty’s performances were understandable. Imagine – worshipful and fun music that includes understandable words and wasn’t so loud it hurt.
Unexpected: The personal connection of the woman prisoners who prayed for each of us individually, the challenge to pray personally and honestly with not only friends but strangers, and the growing burden to pray for revival in our country
Unexpected: Personal videos of women’s stories showing the devastating effects of unforgiveness, bitterness, fierceness (living out Eve’s curse of a desire to dominate the spouse), and lack of repentance. Personal testimony from their spouses and family members recounting the life-changing relationships when God was put first. Incredibly powerful.
Expected: Women with hair and clothes and figures that I would long for.
Unexpected: Atmosphere so charged with worship, prayer and modesty, that I honestly cannot recall any of my usual tendency to gawk or wish for whatever I don’t have
Well Known Female Speakers: Joni Tada, Janet Parshall, Nancy Lee DeMoss, Priscella Schirer, Mary Kassian and more.
Unexpected: Every speaker focused on aspects of God’s divine plan and design for womanhood
Unexpected: Byron Paulus of One Cry – with a tender, thought provoking, and powerful illustrative message that all revival begins with repentance, and the circle story of Gypsy Smith, the English evangelist, was once asked the secret of revival. His reply: “Go home. Take a piece of chalk. Draw a circle around yourself. Then pray, ‘O Lord, revive everything inside this circle.’” In other words, let it begin with me.
One Cry – A Nationwide call for Revival and Spiritual Awakening
Seeking Him – Experiencing the Joy of Personal Revival – by Nancy Leigh DeMoss at Amazon.com
Expected: To be blessed
Unexpected: To be validated and empowered as a woman. Being humbled, affirmed, and encouraged by the Holy Spirit and God’s Word to know that I have been blessed to be created a woman, called of God and enabled by God to live out the calling of a True Woman without diminishing my husband, thereby enabling him to also fulfill his God-given role.
Unexpected: Follow-up resources to encourage and enable accountability in fulfilling spiritual and other commitments
What’s Next? – Resources and links whether or not you were one of the 8000+ women who attended the conference in person or via live-stream