Here are just some brief things the Lord taught me.
- Challenged to love and serve my husband. This is something that I seek to do, but I was reminded once again why it is so important. So often I become critical and instead of affirming him, I am negative and remind him of what he isn't doing. We are both sinners and I need to give grace to him as I expect him to give grace to me. On Saturday, there was a panel discussion and one of the speakers on the panel said, "Keep short accounts with your expectations. Give your husband room to grow and give him grace." Josh needs my affirmation, not my condemnation.
- Challenged to teach and pray for my children. My time really is short with my children, even though sometimes the days are very long. I was challenged to make the most of my time with my boys. The Lord has given me such a wonderful opportunity to teach my children and I need to not be so distracted with the unnecessary things: the internet, a spotless house, "me" time. On Friday morning, Fern Nichols of Moms in Touch led us in a wonderful time of prayer for our children. I do fervently pray for me children, but I was reminded to be in constant prayer for them and to model for them a life or unceasing prayer.
- Challenged to teach and model biblical womanhood in my church. I have taught Bible studies to the women in my church, but I know that I need to do more. Why? Because I want the ladies in our church to embrace biblical womanhood and not what the world calls womanhood. Unfortunately, our culture and our churches have been so influenced by feminism that we don't even realize that every area of our lives has been touched by feminism. I want to live a counter-cultural womanhood and teach it as well so that women will live for the glory of God.
- Refreshed by the worship through singing. If you have ever had the opportunity to be led in worship by Keith and Kristyn Getty then you know why I was refreshed! Their passion for the Lord spills over into their worship and their songs bring you to closer fellowship with the Lord. If you don't know who they are, check them out at http://www.gettymusic.com/
Also, if any of my readers live near Indianapolis, IN, or Ft. Worth, TX, make plans to attend! I promise it will be worth your time and expense.