Monday, October 13, 2008

A heart revived

Hey, sorry for the long absence from the blogging world. I am back from one of the most thought provoking, emotion-stirring, and spiritually challenging weekends I've ever experienced. My dad sent my sister and I to a conference in Chicago put on by the women's ministry called Revive Our Hearts. I am honestly going to take weeks, months, and hopefully actually my whole life recalling the events that took place, so be patient with me as I sort through the impact this weekend has had on my life as a daughter, sister, friend, wife and mother.

I'm already going to promise at least two other blogs about this weekend, but let me just start by admitting that I was a little skeptical about going to a woman's conference. After all, I'm the girl who will always choose Batman over Sense and Sensibility. I wrestle with my boys instead of crafting with them. I firmly believe that needles are for vaccinations, not knitting. The thought of Martha Stewart makes me nauseous. You get the point. I told my sister at the beginning of the weekend that I wasn't quite sure what God had planned for me. I got three answers. I'll tell you one now, and you'll have to stay tuned for the next ones.

#1 reason God brought me to the conference: To show me that I'm often a wimp. John Piper was the only man to speak at the conference and he reminded us that "wimpy theology leads to wimpy women." I don't want to be a wimp. I want my theology, my belief about who God is and what He has purposed for me (specifically as a woman), to be based on what the Bible says not on simply what I feel like at the moment. I'm unreliable and inconsistent. God is not. The foundation of biblical womanhood...not.

It was amazing to me that each speaker was so different and came from a huge variety of walks of life, but each conclusion was the same: God teaches us through the Bible that He has a unique and wonderful purpose for women, and that we will never be truly satisfied until we embrace His calling on our lives.

I could share ten thousand incomplete thoughts on what was said and what I learned, but the conference is summed up quite beautifully in this "True Woman Manifesto" that we had the opportunity to sign at the end of the conference. If you're like me, I often don't even take the time to click on people's links, but I promise you, this one is worth it. It's a high calling we women have. Some of this stuff is hard to swallow from our society's perspective today, but I'm choosing to believe that my all-powerful and all-knowing God knows better than me. His plan will always be better than my plan, whether I understand it or not. Hopefully these excerpts will encourage you to read the whole thing, and (to all you ladies out there) possibly even sign it yourself.

We affirm that:
  • Scripture is God's authoritative means of instructing us in His ways and it reveals His holy pattern for our womanhood, our character, our priorities, and our various roles, responsibilities, and relationships.
  • We glorify God and experience His blessing when we accept and joyfully embrace His created design, function, and order for our lives.
  • Selfish insistence on personal rights is contrary to the spirit of Christ who humbled himself, took on the form of a servant, and laid down His life for us.


Faith said...

Wow Ang. That is awesome. It sounds powerful and I look forward to hearing more about the whole weekend. I am so glad you got to experience such a life changing weekend. I am going to read your link later during my quiet time. Thanks for sharing your heart.

Zona Wilson said...

I followed the link but couldn't find the Manifesto to read without signing it first. Is there a place I can read it and think about it wihout first signing it? Thanks for your input.

Megan said...

Good stuff Ang. I am really looking forward to hearing more about the conference, and I hope what you learned will overflow and rub off on me too. What a blessing for you and your sis to experience such an amazing, Christ centered, Biblical weekend. See you soon.

ang said...

Thanks, Zona. I forgot to mention that I couldn't link directly to the manifesto because it's in a pdf file. When you go to the link on the right of the page is a box that says, "True Woman Manifesto" and under that it says "Read" so just click on that to get to the pdf file. If you have troubles, anybody can email me and I'll send you the pdf file as an attachment.

Marla Taviano said...

Clicked, read, signed. Woohoo!!

Can't wait to hear your thoughts!

Stephanie Anderson said...

It's been so fun to hear what take aways every one had from the conference. I think it'll take me a long time to work through everything I heard.

It was fun to get to talk with you and your sister. :)

Brandy said...

Thanks for sharing Ang. I am looking forward to more posts and I want to try to listen online to the conference....Karina thought you could so I am going to check it out. Love ya.