January 9, 2013
Songwriter, artist, and worship leader Shannon Wexelberg will be joining us for the first time at Celebrate What Matters: Up Close next month in Colorado Springs. Seats are still available…and even if you’re not from Colorado, after reading her letter below, you may want to plan a trip so you can be part of what promises to be a profoundly life-changing event. Dear Sweet Ladies! I can hardly express how excited I am to worship the Lord together at Celebrate What Matters: Up Close in Colorado Springs on February 16th. I have had such a strong sense the Lord wants to meet each of us in profound, life-changing ways and not just have this be simply a nice way to spend a Saturday. I’ll be very honest with you; the last several weeks I have found myself spiritually under attack by the enemy big time! I’m sure you’ve been there at some point or other in your walk with the Lord too. It often starts with just a sliver of a thought or a painful situation, progressing into a full-blown torrent of lies. And then, before you know it, such a tumultuous onslaught begins to rivet your soul that all you want to do is run for cover and retreat from the battle. And that’s exactly what the enemy would love us to do. Run away, retreat into fear, surrender to the lies and lay down in utter defeat. I’ve been tempted to do that many times—as recently as this last week—when the weight of the world seemed crushing and the battle exhaustingly fierce. Maybe that’s exactly where some of you are today as you read this. You are excited about coming to Women of Faith, but not very confident that anything will really change in your life. Maybe you’ve resigned yourself to the fact that God speaks to everyone else or does miracles for everyone else but YOU. Maybe you’re so discouraged that the thought of being around a couple thousand chatty, happy women makes you want to stay home and work on your income taxes instead! I don’t know your situation, but I do know two things for sure. First, God wants to meet us exactly at our point of need. And second, worship is a weapon. I don’t mean worship as in just singing songs, but declaring Who He is, what He has done, and what He says about us—out loud!—declaring His Word over our lives and lifting up His name. In Second Chronicles, King Jehoshaphat faced a vast army of overwhelming proportions. It was really a joke, in the natural, to think that the armies of Judah had any chance of victory whatsoever. Alarmed, and in the face of certain defeat, King Jehoshaphat sought the Lord and presented his pitiful case. At the end of his prayer, he said these words, “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.” The Lord proceeded to give him instructions for the impending battle. The battle instructions were a little unusual, however. They were to “stand firm, take your positions, and see the deliverance of the Lord.” After that, Jehoshaphat bowed down in worship and then he appointed men to the front lines of battle, not with sword and spear . . . but with WORSHIP and THANKSGIVING. As they began to praise, the Lord set ambushes against their enemies and the enemy was entirely defeated! Ladies, that’s what the Lord wants to do for us today, every day and on February 16th as we gather together. As we rise up and praise Him, He will come and work powerfully on our behalf. So, let nothing stop you from coming, from inviting a battle-weary friend, and from raising your weapon of praise. Our God is mighty to SAVE! Can’t wait to lift up His name together! With Love & Great Confidence in Him, Shannon Wexelberg Join Shannon—along with Lysa TerKeurst, Sheila Walsh, and Lisa Harper—at Celebrate What Matters: Up Close on Saturday, February 16 at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, CO. Register Here or register by phone at 1.888.493.2484.