This is a guest post by Michelle Harris Suter. Wife, Mother of three and Follower of Christ.
This weekend I enjoyed the opportunity to road trip to Houston with some excellent young women to attend a Women of Faith Conference. These conferences usually feature someone amazing like Beth Moore and other great speakers. This event certainly did not disappoint. Heading into the evening I thought about and shared with the girls in my car about my last experience at the same conference years ago.
Ten years ago, just before I got married, a dear friend offered me a free ticket to join her church ladies group. I was skeptical at first, even pessimistic, expecting an over the top cheesy girly show. Before I even entered the building, the Holy Spirit turned me up side down. I waited for my friend and her group to arrive at the entrance to their Marta stop in Atlanta. Standing at the top of the escalator with just enough room for hundreds of women to walk by me on their way to the conference. Hundreds of women y’all –– 10,000 all together. They kept coming and my friend arrived as well, but in those moments watching all those ladies approach their final destination I was undone. So many beautiful women of all backgrounds and stories, shapes and sizes, great hair and no hair, put together and just glad to be there. I was overwhelmed. Of course God wanted to spend time with His girls at this kind of event. He had spoken to the hearts of our speakers and couldn’t wait to share with us some good news, expose some untruth, offer healing and then send us out again with a renewed spirit.
The same was true of this weekend. I felt so grateful to be with so many people who have walked with God, fought battles for their children, marriages or their health and were there like me for a boost. Our waiter serving our group dinner before the first session, challenged our need to hear from women as he learned about our plans. He wanted to hear why we couldn’t benefit from a godly man speaking to us or whether gender mattered at all when it comes to the human heart and faith. Interesting question and while we were caught off guard I don’t think any of us were offended.
The first session began shortly after this stranger’s challenge was issued and it became clear as the moments unfolded in the stadium full of women that God had something special for his daughters. For 8 hours we poured over scriptures, worshipped our Creator, cried through stories of hearts broken and healed. These incredible women of God speaking to us had prayed, researched, studied, heard from God and we benefitted greatly from the time they invested and from their insight into the heart of God. Women, studying women in the Bible, sharing challenges unique to women, hearing more of God’s heart for his women –– I think there’s a place for that, Mr. man from the Italian restaurant.
Women of Faith: Revive your faith, awaken your spirit, transform your life. Now, off to try to process all this good stuff and make it work for me. Transformation, here I come.
What do you do in your life to revive your faith, awaken your spirit and transform your life? Please share in the comments section.