Have any of ya'll been to the Sword of the Lord's Ladies Jubilees?? If you haven't I want to STRONGLY encourage you to go! It is worth every penny. I have been blessed to have the East Coast Sword Ladies Jubilee just about an hour away for the last 4 years. I couldn't go last year because of work, and this year was largely hit and miss, but it is worth it! I came away so encouraged.
Dr. Smith preached a message out of 2 Timothy 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
So I'm going to pass along some of what encouraged and blessed me!
First, Thanks to Kay Chandler who taught a workshop on "True Friendship Makes a Difference" and probably made me laugh harder than I have in a long time! We can make a difference by the things we say- Encouraging Words, Be Complimentary, Words of Wisdom from God's Word, Intercessory Prayer, Tame Your Tongue. We can make a difference by the things we do-Smile, Treat everyone the way you would want to be treated, Be a compassionate listener, Give a hug or a pat on the back, Share in other's joys and hurts. "A smile happens in a flash-but it's effect can last forever!"
Second, Sonya Williams who taught "Finding Balance in a Too-Busy Life" and "Standing Strong in Your Christian Life". "Pray believing-then leave it alone!" "If God can use a stick-He can use you!" Exodus 7:8-12 In the finding balance class she must have said "Learn to say no!" about 15 times. :) (maybe it just seemed that way to me, it's been my struggle lately and I needed to hear it!) She also said "Don't over-load yourself with ministry" and "Don't allow your ministry to become a burden"
Third, Samantha Jeffcoat "Don't wish for what isn't-embrace what is!"
Fourth, Susan Smith taught on "Spiritual Drought" and I really needed this one! "You can be in a spiritual drought and not be backslidden! Backsliding is a wrong response to spiritual drought." Psalm 42:1, Psalm 63:1
D raw Nigh to God Psalm 34:4, 40:1-3, 57:2 Don't give up because of feelings, keep going because of facts.
R emember God's Promises Psalm 71:20 Remember past victories.
O ffer Praise Psalm 68:19 For blessings and in trials.
U se Available Resources Gather in times of plenty-sermons,verses,truths proven, prayers, hymns, lessons learned, friendships.
G rasp Moments and G ather Lessons 1Timothy 6:17, James 1:17 Drink in positive moments.
H old onto Hope Lamentations 3:22-24
T rust God Jeremiah 29:11, Psalm 58:11, Psalm 71
Hope you were encouraged! And please, next time, come with! :)