This past weekend our church hosted the Beth Moore Simulcast of 2014. Women from around the world gathered together in different venues, homes, etc as Beth communicated the following truths to each woman in attendance:
- Blessed is SHE who believed. Luke 1:45
- You ARE a woman of God.
- YOU have the greatest story!
- You are woman enough because of Him!
- ALL of Heaven rejoices over just one lost woman found!
- Every woman is well able/equipped to share how Jesus is changing her story!
- Lesson in friendship
First, let me say that if you are reading “Beth Moore” and going “who is that”, I want to encourage you to do a simple Google You Tube search and just watch some of her clips. Beth has a God given gift on how to communicate to women in Biblical truth. She is a true scholar of the Bible, but she is real-you will identify with her as a woman. She’s just like the woman you would love to have coffee with at Starbucks.
Our church had almost three-hundred women in attendance. It started at about 8:30 AM on a Saturday and on a Razorback game day, so that attendance folks-well, that’s a God thing! Women of all ages, all backgrounds gathered to worship and hear Beth communicate the message God had given her for this event. Across the globe, on that one day, over 190,000 women were listening.
One thing about Beth is this-she is FUNNY! She can be leading you into a deep passage of scripture and how it applies to your life and then suddenly…it’s a funny story or life event that she had to share at that very moment. Again-real.
Three sessions, each with a different message but with one overwhelming theme-Blessed is she who believes.
I mostly want to just share with you today some of my notes-my little tidbits from the day. Every woman there probably has totally different notes-as the message spoke to each of us in a very unique way.
Not part of the message, but one thing that stood out to me that day was her telling us how her foundation they used for the broadcast lighting smelled like dough-nuts. I now have this compelling desire to figure out the brand just so I can smell for myself…..ok…now back to the meat of the day!
All across the world, we were ONE gathering of many women yearning for God to speak.
Jesus changes the story of every woman He meets.
God is not only wanting us to hear what He has to say, He wants us to RESPOND!
Sometimes to heal a hurt/broken heart, you have to take off the binding and open it back up. (She used an awesome illustration of wrapping her hand in an ace bandage.) Ya’ll this is a hard one for me….I don’t know about you, but I don’t like that feeling of your hurt/broken heart being exposed to the air. I want to protect it…BUT…I also heard the TRUTH in her message that I can’t keep it hidden forever.
Jesus so deeply desire to know who I am…NOT who I am not!
Here and now, based upon what I know, start meeting needs! Don’t keep waiting for some big sign. Just like Lisa Harper said at WOF, folks, sometimes we have to simply act and not go home and pray about what to do-ACT!
Satan is out there every single day…every moment of the day trying to put tags on us as women. Other people are in this world doing the same thing, because of Satan. Oh he is a crafty one. He knows our weak spots and knows how to rip off that scab and make the wound bleed again.
Your dignity is NOT for ANYONE to take from you!!!! YOU ARE HIS!!!!!
Sometimes we need a clean sweep to remove the yuck around us so we can see/hear our direction. (Another great illustration as Beth swept with a broom across the stage.)
A women’s joy is not the same without girlfriends to share it with. (Ain’t that the truth) But ya’ll, this is where Beth communicated a truth that WE ALL need to apply and really absorb-We have TONS of contacts, but FEW connections!!!!! OUCH! So, let’s get this one down now. Our 1200 Facebook friends or twitter followers are NOT our friends/connections. It’s the people we make time for-the people we have face to face interaction with. Those are the ones we must have in our lives as women for joy! Joy is meant to be shared. We, as women, are having a hard time connecting the dots between joy and our girlfriend deficit. We are to make our joy complete-share it!
Ya’ll now this is when Beth started getting to some tough stuff!
- Can you rejoice with other women when they have gains???
- You can’t out-love someone’s insecurity.
- Insecurity pokes a hole in your heart.
- Competition and Comparison breed insecurity. We have head this ten thousand times, so why are we as women still doing it! STOP-Don’t do it! No more-what if we all said NO MORE! No more Mommy-competitions. No more one-upping. Proverbs 24:17-Do not gloat when your enemies fall.
I have said this before…I could NOT be a young mom in today’s world. Social media and the constant barrage of pictures/status updates about my child is better/my party for my child was better/oh look at such and such….I would have walked around with FAILURE across my chest if I had to walk in that muck daily! Ok…back to topic!
We need to fight for one another-not against one another.
Beth wanted to give us three items to help us identify “bad friendships”…not that these can’t be fixed, just some red flags for us to watch for as women.
(Her illustration here was do you have that friend you have to hide your activity with other friends from? Ya know-keep a picture off of Facebook, go to movies in secret…etc..)
So, let’s add friends, set boundaries, and learn that we can have healthy conflict if we have healthy resolve!
At the end of the day, it was still about turning to Jesus for our hope, our joy, our identity. Some days, we will simply take a step and breathe….but we are working towards progress. Stop the Mommy competition, stop the Woman Wars….gather in unity and say no more-I am a woman of God!
2014 Final Commissioning:
My Beloved Sister,
Jesus drew you to this day
To call you to respond.
What will you do
With what He has said?
God chose you and gifted you
For this very generation.
You are the exact woman
Jesus came looking for today.
Stop telling yourself
This is about someone else
You are the one He wants.
You’re not too young.
You’re not too old.
You haven’t strayed too far
Or waited too long.
Let Jesus step fully into your story
And write a narrative for your life
That does the world good
And gives God glory.
People out there need what you have to offer.
Quit listening to your fears and insecurities.
Stand up and step out and meet some needs.
You are my sister.
I’ll cheer you on.
I will support you and love you
I’ll stop competing and comparing.
I want to be a woman women can trust.
Let’s do this thing side by side.
We’re so much stronger together.
Sister, stay in His Word
Fight for love and keep your faith.
Follow hard after Jesus
All the rest of your days.
He will never do you wrong.
He will never reject or betray you.
He will make something beautiful
Out of all your pain.
In every loss
He will be your gain.
A lost world is waiting out there.
The darkness is aching for light.
Get out there and serve with all your might.
Because, my beloved sister.
Go show somebody what she looks like.
So, let’s be better women….we ARE all WOMEN of GOD!