Have you ever had one of those weekends where you look back and think, “I’ll never be the same?” Even typing that sounds really dramatic but it couldn’t be more true.
This past weekend I had the honor of spending the day with my ultimate girl crush – Beth Moore. A few of my other girl crushes were there too – Christine Caine, Priscilla Shirer, Christy Nockels, and Jennie Allen.
Looking back I think I still haven’t fully processed the tiny 12 hours I spent with these women, but what I do know is that those 12 hours transformed the way I approach Scripture and my own heart after Jesus.
The LIT Conference was designed for women in their 20’s and 30’s who feel called by God to write, teach, or speak. The goal of the conference was to further ignite that calling with practical and inspiring techniques and to straight up encourage and empower. And goodness it did that and so much more. Also, hearing Beth Moore shout, “We’re gonna get LIT!” is something I’ll never forget.
Each of the women listed above gave stories of encouragement and practical ways to bring life into your ministry. Below are some of my favorite takeaways from the day – I couldn’t help but share them with you!
1.We all have a ministry to nurture.
Ephesians 4: 12 – 16 talks about “the saints being equipped,” meaning that if you’re a Christian then God wants you to make disciples wherever He’s placed you. This is true if your occupation is in full-time ministry or not. So don’t feel like you’re stuck in a place where you can’t serve. You can serve God and love people in any job, organization, kid’s sporting event, book club, etc. We all have different gifts and skills that make the body of Christ beautifully unique but also whole – so go ahead and shine exactly where you are!
2. What happens in secret drives everything else in our life.
Luke 8:16 -18 uses the parable of the lamp to emphasize this.
“No one lights a lamp and then covers it with a bowl or hides it under a bed. A lamp is placed on a stand, where its light can be seen by all who enter the house. For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known to all.”
Beth talked about how what happens between you and God will eventually manifest. The time you spend with God – just you and Him – will be fruitful in some way or another. The results may be immediate or seen years later. They may be known by one person or many, but they will be seen eventually. The more time you devote to God, the more people will see Him in you. How sweet is that? Likewise, secrets manifest. The things you do, say, or view in private will manifest in you. It’s like what we talked about last week – positive input creates positive output.
3. Come to your sisters.
Beth stirred every heart in the room with this one. She discussed the power of having a tight-knit community of women to love you and chase after Jesus with you. This group should be an intimate inner circle that you fully trust to both bear your burdens and celebrate your victories. She gave us this list.
- Authenticity with all.
- Transparency with most.
- Intimacy with some.
In order to discern who falls into which group – trust the Holy Spirit to let you know. If you’re seeking women like this in your life, the local church is a great place to start and a great place to plant your roots.
4. Claim your education of scripture.
Beth’s daughter, Melissa Moore spoke about how it’s such a phenomenon in the modern church to think that having an intimate relationship with Jesus doesn’t require actually reading the bible. Don’t get me wrong and think that I’m saying you have to open the bible to become a Christian – I definitely don’t think that. What I do think is that if you want to seek God’s heart to the best of your ability and know Him as intimately as possible – it’s required to read and study scripture. God desires us to know Him more through His word. Scripture is our entryway into His heart and his plan for our lives. So why is it so challenging to do this everyday? It’s hard because it’s a discipline. Just like any relationship, you’ve got to put in the work! Admittedly, just in the past year is when this finally clicked for me – after knowing Jesus the majority of my life. As women, it’s easy to think that we can best love Jesus through our hearts and our feelings, but Jesus himself tells us in Matthew 22:37 to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.” So let’s take ownership of that. Let’s claim our personal education through study.
Jesus was there. He was with us in Houston, Texas at the Galleria Westin Oaks. His presence was so known in that room. Hanging out in this intimate setting with other women who feel called to communication in ministry was so empowering. I left that day feeling more challenged than I’ve ever been. I left that day knowing that I was exactly where God wanted me to be.
If you feel that flame in your bones towards your calling, don’t ignore it. Find people who will help you further ignite it. You can do such big and amazing things right where you are.
Thank you so much for reading + props to you for getting through that whole thing! It truly means the world.
– Caitlin –