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The “Unglued” Women’s Conference with Lysa Terkeurst

I used to cringe at the thought of a Women’s Conference. Too much girl in one room. I mean, the girl talk, crying, and photo booth featuring oversized glasses and feather boas used to really freak me out. 

Now, I embrace them.

For the record, I’m not quite up to the photo-booth thing yet but Calvary Chapel of Melbourne’s annual Women’s Conference was this past weekend featuring speaker and author Lysa Terkeurst, based off her recent book, “Unglued“, and I must say, it was amazing.

**First of all, I don’t know how someone like me got to do a brief Meet ‘n Greet with her in a side room before the conference. I don’t think Lysa saw it coming either. She didn’t have much time to meet the leadership women of the church, so what’s a girl like me gonna do? Start directing traffic…

“Yes, women and children first, please. You, with Lysa over there, that hug was too long; Let her sign the book and y’know what? I’ll take your photo and text it to you later, NEXT!”

photobombed by MinaMinaMassahina

Making things happen with Lysa T.

They probably should’ve called security on me. But one thing I’ve always known at a very young age: GET IN GOOD WITH SECURITY.Problem solved.

Ok, let’s get to the Conference already.

Friday night, Lysa was very honest about her upbringing and the things she struggled with. Her past was littered with neglect, abuse, death, broken-heartedness and an abortion that left her numb. What could fix the pain? She had tried everything else and eventually came up empty. She had heard that God could use the destruction of her past and make it into something good. But how?

Through a series of quite interesting events (like a car accident with a blonde “angel”), she came to trust that God not only had a plan for her life, but understood He was indeed, so very close and aware of every detail of her life. All she had to do was say,”yes” to Him.

The phrase she used that night was, “Let nothing disqualify you from the promises and grace of God. No bad attitude, no messy house or ugly past can disqualify you from all that God has in store.” Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the LoRd, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you; Plans to give you a hope and a future.” You might not always know what you are saying ‘yes’ to but you can know Who and trust Him with the outcome.

“Blessed is the woman who realizes her desperate need for God for she will see rich evidence of Him.” -Lysa Terkeurst

Saturday morning, Lysa spoke on intelligent and wise women in the Bible and how we could learn from their approach, assurance and advice. She had the room gut-laughing with “No man is gonna come towards a woman if she’s freaking out, demanding to be heard, wagging her finger and pulling her earrings out! But a servant hearted woman who handles a situation with respect and honor will be listened to.”

And as her pastor once stated in his Mr.and Mrs Betterhalf series,

“In every man, there is a prince and a punk. Which one rises up depends on which one you speak to.”

Lysa encouraged the women address the situation, not attack the person and to tuck away wisdom, go where it “gathers” not “scatters”, establish wise patterns so when a pivotal moment comes (just like it did in these two Biblical accounts of a bold woman as well as the story of Abigail )the wisdom you offer will be greatly needed.

“The fear of the LoRd is the beginning of wisdom.”
Proverbs 1:7 

One of the statements that impacted me the most from this weekend was from my sweet friend and mentor, Cindi Killen who is head of Women’s Ministry at Calvary Chapel. She briefly told a story of how she and her husband fostered a child who ran away from home. They couldn’t find her for over 4 years. Then out of no where, this runaway calls her on the phone,”Hi, Mom”. She felt that the LoRd said to her in that moment:

“Your response will determine the outcome.”

What a great weekend! I hope in these little snippets of the notes I took you can find something to chew on.

In His Grip,

Amy Schroer

 

 

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