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Waiting for …. “What’s next?”
When all three little girls sandbag themselves around me while we watch a movie on the well-worn couch. The lanky one on my left, already a verbal giant, narrating constantly. Clutching tightly to my hand. An official princess. Days away from kindergarten. I’m smiling to myself, thankful for her spunk, thinking she probably expects to be in the third grade by Christmas.
The much more silent middle one, all things pink or purple. Stealthy and 100% ninja in pursuit of a snack. Physical obstacles disregarded, verbal “no’s” ignored. Focused and beyond determined. At almost 4 yo, she is tucked in tightly on my right, keeping me aware through the warmth of this physical touch that in her beautiful little body, one imperfect gene contains a ticking time bomb. I’m thanking God for her determination, praying she won’t need it.
The certified 2 yo copycat, born with an irresistible smile. Already a champion snuggle-r. Exuding her own uniqueness. Innocently unaware. Constantly learning. Absorbing life on the run. Beautifully sleepy-eyed, claiming my lap as part of her blanket. Together we are an unmistakable loving lumpiness.
What joy. What a gift. I am enjoying the quiet before the storm, when the switch shall be flipped, and it’s time for … what’s next!
Does God see us this way? Coming to Him because we want His loving presence? Being quiet all too briefly in His loving arms before we shoot off to what’s next? And surely, He lets us go, still feeling the warmth of our presence in our surrendered repose, praying that we will keep
ourselves safe in our choices.
When we are no longer so snuggle-worthy. When our expectations are reality-checked by life. When we need strength beyond our own, may we hear the God who created and formed us say,
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you. I have summoned you. I have called you by name. You are mine….. I will be with you…. You are precious …in my sight. Do not be afraid because I love you.”
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing. See, it springs up. Do you not perceive it?”
(Isaiah 43: 1, 4-5, 18-19)
WWC, a yearly must do on the calendar! It is good to come “home” to the welcoming arms of sisters in Christ. Celebrating the good from the last year and getting support and love for the dark times. A great time of reflection, examination, and recommitment to purpose. New sisters are gained and old ones reconnected. Come share in the experience!
I was able to attend the Whole Woman Conference in Clarksville, VA. The one word that keeps coming to my mind is “Refreshing.” This year’s theme was “Broken Hallelujah” and it was one that I needed to hear. The speakers were amazing! Worship was awesome! Catching up with old friends and meeting new ones is always fun. More importantly, God was there in the midst of all who gathered, speaking to hearts and minds which created an experience. Walking through the doors to my car, I could only think of one word to describe my experience. That word is “Refreshing!”
I always learn something
WWC is a special time because we study the word of God and apply it to our lives. I always learn something new about our Father and my relationship to Him through Jesus my Savior. Studying God’s word is a sacred time for me.
George Ann Neas
I need to forgive myself
The best thing for me was hearing we get caught up in our own brokenness. I have not forgiven myself. I know God forgives me, so I now must forgive myself.
The conference was an eye opener for me…I’m not the only one living with brokenness, it could be family, or job related, as an example.
Coming together at the Conference , hearing this from a woman’s perspective and how it related to women in the Bible was wonderful.
I had the opportunity to learn and get more insight about how I can receive spiritual growth. Doing this with women that I would never have had the opportunity to meet was a blessing.
WWC opened my heart
Before I attended WWC I was not as active in my faith as I had wished to be. I rarely prayed, I worked on Sundays, and I didn’t even know where to find my bible. It’s in my experience at WWC and the months that have followed that I have realized that exposure to something that will in no doubt change your life forever is not always something that you realize immediately, especially if God is writing the script.
As a gift to my mother for her birthday this past March, I attended the WWC here in Mooresville. Not only a gift to my mother, attending turned out to be one of the most contributing factors in the growth of my relationship with Christ. I got to spend time with familiar faces and I was given the opportunity to meet and connect with so many different women in my community. The combination of testimonies, music, the overall message overwhelmed my heart with love from Jesus that I had never been able to acknowledge before.
I prayed harder than I have ever prayed in my 21 years of life in the months after I attended the Whole Women’s Conference. I prayed to God to use me, I prayed to him that I was his and that I wanted to serve him in anyways he deemed necessary because I wished to be able to touch other hearts with his love the way mine was touched at WWC.
It has been roughly 7 months since attending WWC and I am amazed every day when I think about the changes God has made in my life. Over the summer I was given the opportunity to be a part of worship at Rocky Mount UMC. I have conversations with God multiple times every day, he is one of my best friends. Church is one of my favorite places to be and the bible is my direct line to Jesus. As often as I can, I read the word of god and pray that he continues use me to spread his word and show others how great he truly is.
The Whole Women’s Conference opened my heart in ways that I didn’t know were possible and gave me the strength to trust and have faith in our amazing God.
In an attempt to be more involved in Rocky Mount’s ministry, I volunteered early in the planning stages of last year’s Whole Woman Conference. I wanted to be on the door prize committee. My offer to help was graciously accepted and I got to work right away lining up my door prize donors. In the months following, I only attended the last planning meeting so that I could deliver my door prizes. Actually, as of 2 weeks before the conference, I hadn’t even registered.
I will go every year
I went to the Woman’s Conference last year for the first time. I was hesitant to go, not knowing what to expect. Well, I will go every year for as long as they have it! It was an amazing experience! The people and speakers were wonderful! My heart was touched and it made me look at life in a different way. I can’t wait to go again. I only wish it would be a monthly conference!
What a blessing to have
What a blessing to have attended my first Whole Woman Conference! To reconnect with friends and make new ones-wow…From the moment I walked in, I felt the Holy Spirit wrap around me.
Jane’s delivery of the Word, allowed me to see things in scripture that I had never noticed-I know now that I can walk like Elijah in the wilderness and everything will be ok-because at least I am not in the well, with no way to get out!
Kristen made me feel that through our lowest, our brightest and best is ahead-and we need to share our story!
Christy renewed my faith in “The Womanhood” and that being a Proverbs Woman, well it’s not a bad thing-life is what you make it and we can learn from those who “do life” differently than us. Oh, and it ok to think about ourselves once in awhile…
The ladies that brought forth their testimonies, proved that with God, all things are possible! We need to remind ourself that Faith and Doubt, nor Worry and Trust can reside in the same house. Yet through Him our Mess becomes a Message, our Test is a living Testimony and our TRIals become TRIUMPHS…
It was an honor to work with Teresa, Roxanne and Dorie in providing the music for the weekend and I pray that everyone’s takeaway to giveaway is We serve a Mighty, Life Transforming and Loving God….we simply need to Stop, Listen and every once in while get Refreshed, Restored and Renewed.
We are no good to anyone, if we don’t take care of ourselves-
May God continue to bless you and those you share your story with
My first WWC
My first WWC was one that I will never forget as it was when I first shared my testimony with anyone of my journey of “finding a new normal” after the loss of my baby sister to suicide. I felt I was called by HIM to share what I needed to let go of in order to truly heal. That day, what I thought was a room full of strangers became sisters as I laughed, cried, learned and shared. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity as well as the hope I regained from this experience. This is more than a conference it’s a girl’s day filled with faith, hope and love from an unforgettable group of women.