To be honest, when I first heard of Women of Faith, I thought it was for “those women.” Those “super-spiritual” women like pastor’s wives and Bible study teachers. Not everyday Christian women like me. I was first invited through the women’s ministry at my church. We went as a big group. There was some comfort in traveling as a pack. As the years went on, God would lead me to invite a few women and make it a more intimate weekend. He would lead me for months to pray over who to invite, where to stay, all the details. He’s been so gracious. It always surprised me who ended up on the journey for that year and it always seemed to include at least one new woman because remember: God made Women of Faith for every woman.
After my first experience at Women of Faith and being absolutely blown-away by the speakers and performers on the platform with their eloquence yet heart-wrenching honesty, I haven’t paid too much attention to who is speaking each year, who is singing, who is doing the drama, who is dancing because it really hasn’t mattered. God has always used Women of Faith as a unique opportunity for learning and fellowship.
Recently, God has put on my heart that I am not only a “learner”, but I also like to be around other women that enjoy learning. I love to sit with other women and hear what God is teaching them. What they are reading. What they are studying. What their life lessons are for this season. I want to sit close enough to them so that the blessings of their witness and testimony will spill over onto me too. Again, God has always revealed to me exactly what I need for my present lot in life.
Please know that this precious learning and fellowship does not just occur in the Women of Faith arena. It happens in the months and weeks of planning. During all our car-chat times. In our hotels for the weekend (we do go early and stay late, but please do not tell our husbands!). Over coffee and meals. Late at nights in our pajamas. Early in the mornings during our quiet times. Maybe that has been what has been so very special to me is how God has created such a tender covering over me and my friends whenever and wherever we attend Women of Faith.
“Let me understand the teaching of your precepts; then I will meditate on your wonders.” Psalm 119:27 What will you show us this year, oh gracious and loving God?