I have been bringing my oldest daughter to Women of Faith for a few years now. She is now 12. As a Group Leader this year, I had two tickets that became available at the last minute to the 2012 San Antonio event. As much as I tried, I could not find anyone who could use them. So, I invited my eight-year-old twins along, though it wasn’t my first choice. Frankly, I did not want to be responsible for a group of 24 other women along with also being responsible for my three daughters. However, I felt strongly that perhaps this was part of God’s plan to bring the twins.
I thoroughly enjoyed the event. I also enjoyed watching my daughters’ worship and listen intently to the speakers. I had developed my own survey to find out how our group liked the particulars of our trip (hotel accommodations, etc). One question on the survey was: What did the experience mean to you? Originally, I did not give the survey to my daughters. But, I was pressed upon by the Holy Spirit not to discount their experience because they were younger. So, I handed them each a survey and asked the girls to complete it.
One of the eight-year-old twins, Ashleigh Grace, wrote, “I thought that the experience for me, at Women of Faith, was life changing—it brought me much closer to God.”
The very next morning at church, I watched her in worship. Even at our contemporary service, you may find one person comfortable enough to raise her hands during worship. I looked over at Ashleigh and saw her hands raised high, her voice singing out, and her feet moving to the beat of the music. It was so precious to see her uninhibited worship. I cannot describe in words how my heart felt to see this little girl unafraid to worship her Savior with all of her being.
I have no doubt that the Lord had a divine appointment with the twins. I am so glad I listened to the Holy Spirit who pressed upon me to bring them rather than my own mind, which did not want the extra hassle. (As it turned out, they were on their best behavior and not one bit of a hassle.)