What delights you as you speak at Women of Faith each year?
I find that the more I grow in my relationship with Christ each year, the more I want to share what I’m learning with other women. Of course I can write it in a book, but there’s nothing like being able to share face-to-face with thousands of women, and say, “You matter to God; your life matters. His love will transform how you see yourself. You are brave . . . strong . . . but most of all, you are loved!”
What would you say to the woman who wonders if there will be something new for her at From Survival to Revival?
This year feels very different than anything I have experienced in the last 19 years. God is alive and moving in the lives of His daughters. The music is new, the messages are new—in fact, I’m on the team and there is something fresh for me every single weekend! This year our messages are specifically tailored to our hunger for revival, first in our own lives, and then in our nation.
Which is your favorite stop on the Women of Faith tour?
That’s like asking which is my favorite dog—I love them all! Each city has its own unique flavor and feel. The cities in the South are warm and welcoming and the women in the Mid-West are the salt of the earth. I love the East Coast as the women are direct and real and the West Coast is where our son was born, so those cities will always hold a special place in my heart. The Pacific Northwest is raw and beautiful and then you have cities like Boston and farther north—rock solid, good people!
In the 19 years that Women of Faith has been connecting with women across the country, what changes have you noticed?
One of the ways that the world has changed the most is in the realm of media and technology. Just check out the “selfies” coming from all of our events! While [technology] is great for the convenience it gives us, it can also be hard to get away; we are always “on.” I think that has led to many women trying to do even more and being bombarded with more messages that they have to sort through and filter, so it can seem pretty overwhelming.
However, I also think we, as women, have learned some valuable lessons about how we don’t need to do it all, to take care of everyone and everything. I believe we’re learning that it’s OK to ask for help.
Any final thoughts?
I believe that a ragtag band of women is rising up all across our nation who are sold out to Christ and His calling. Whether you are a size 2 or a 2X, age 18 or 82, the time is now. Come join the army of God’s beautiful daughters!
See Sheila in person at From Survival to Revival this fall. The tour is coming to 16 cities across the U.S. Find one near you.