Awestruck. Last week something that looks so simple, like shapes we learned in math class, took our breaths away. Wonder. The science behind what we were seeing became visible as understanding dawned about how fast and far and huge and powerful our earth, moon and sun really are.
As I waited for the eclipse, I had hopes of seeing a darkness that would remind me of the day over 2000 years ago when God suffered the greatest loss ever. A loss that was in of itself the greatest gift of love.
Here in Cincinnati we only saw 91% coverage of the sun by the moon’s shadow. It didn’t seem to even dim the power of the orb that provides our planet light and warmth. I pushed the disappointment of not seeing the sky darken away, and I dove onto the power of God’s creation shifting back to wonder and then to gratitude.
Gratitude in this season of my life, is for the privilege to be part of His stories woven into your stories through Bridge to Thrive Women’s Fall Conference. Here is a sneak peek, from my heart to yours, into the beauty that God is weaving together as He answers our prayers throughout the conference planning process. It is a beautiful journey I will remember always.
Lives, Love, Stories. They are separate yet intertwined.
God started them all with just his spoken word – You Are CREATED
The earth is filled with His love in human form. For each of the over 7 billion humans living on this earth today, there are that many unique stories. Stories of lives filled with sparkling moments of joy, love and greatness placed uniquely within each of us as His plan for our lives.
Many of the women we have had the privilege of speaking with over the past several months share their stories of struggle, abuse, neglect, pain, disease. But through those shards of brokenness, they have found hope and healing. Their prayer remains that God use them and their story to bring someone closer in relationship to Christ. To take one more step, hold on for one more day. For in His timing He uses all things, even our tears and darkest days.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
Pride. Shame. Fear. These are the words that we weave into our stories when we forget the hope that comes with the truth. The truth that each of us are created by a loving God who desires us to be in relationship with Him. A creator that gave more than can be measured for our eternal future with Him. You are REDEEMED.
He creates. When we go astray, in His love He redeems. An eternal purpose, a calling, behind every single creation and redemption story. These ladies we have met, and each of you reading this now, has a purpose for which He created you. It is woven in from the beginning and strengthened as you walk through your story with Jesus and others. We were not created to walk alone. Through brave steps of vulnerability, humility, trust and love we step out in faith to share our stories. To connect to and point others to God, for each other and for His Kingdom. You are CALLED.
Last week, when I was outside my workplace with about a hundred others watching the sky, I thought again about that day the Earth was plunged into darkness. The Bible tells us that the Earth shook and that a curtain, the great divide, was opened wide. What Jesus' believers thought was the end of His story, was only the beginning. So too it happens that way in our own lives and stories of faith.
No matter where you are at in your faith walk right now, whether you are on fire for the Lord or wondering if He really exists or loves you at all, if you know whose you are but can’t seem to fully embrace or move forward to the next step He has called you --- you are not alone. Join us at the Fall Conference “You Are Mine” and weave another step of faith into your story.
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