“I will build my life upon Your love
It is a firm foundation
I will put my trust in You alone
And I will not be shaken”
The tables were adorned, the journals and pens set out, the fabulous breakfast prepared. Now the real treasures were to come: the women of Grace Chapel. If you weren’t able to make it, you were missed! And to those who attended, may you have been encouraged, equipped, and empowered.
While women finished breakfast, the conference opened with Jen McCourt inviting Kara Cox and Hannah Smucker to share a little bit about why they loved to worship. Both women shared that it was an exchange. We were giving something to God and He was giving Himself back. And it was about bringing all of ourselves to God. It should be at the heart and center of our relationship with Him – at the foundation, of it. Then Kara, her mom, and a few of our awesome worship team men led us in some incredible worship!
// To hear more from Kara’s heart, you can read what she wrote about worship for the blog here //
Jen McCourt spoke to the women about how Our Good God is: Intentional, Immanuel, and Intimate. Ultimately, having us ask the question, “Can I believe what I see in His Word in the midst of my circumstances?” She stated that even in Creation, it was intentional as well as good and that God gave us His heart in the black and white of His Scriptures.
God is with us. Jesus knows us because of His “with-us-ness”. That is what Immanuel means to us. We can ask the question, “If God was really with me then ____________?” Some of the foundational knowledge of our faith is that He is TRULY with us. Through it all.
Lastly, Jen talked about how God is Intimate. God is still able to go deep with us – even if we don’t give Him anything. He should be the ONE safest place to bring it all. Together, we read Psalm 139 and focused on its various points of intimate meanings.
We were invited to attend 3 Breakout Sessions led by: Donna Buhrow, Danae Allen, and Kiesha Brainard.
Donna spoke about Infusing Scripture into Prayer and that ALL scripture will point us back to Jesus. Infusing prayer allows us to realign our expectations, to increase our faith, and to invite us into a relationship. We shouldn’t just be satisfied with what is on the page. This relationship with scripture and prayer will change us by causing us to see, feel, and act on things differently. Ultimately, this relationship will lead us to intimacy with Jesus.
Danae talked about Hearing the Voice of God. She recounted her journey with this Spiritual Discipline and explained the four keys to its practice: Stillness, Vision, Spontaneity, and Journaling. Danae shared about how over time, you will begin to hear from God as He speaks, even if it’s just in one word. Also with practice, you will learn not to rationalize the spontaneous thoughts but to greet each one with purpose and clarity. This is a beautiful way to communicate and to hear what God is saying; enriching your relationship.
Kiesha tackled the topic of Hearing the Truth About Ourselves. She spoke words of truth over us: That we were Worthy, Chosen, Whole, Clean, and Desperately Loved. Kiesha reminded us that we have access to the thoughts of Christ and that we need to hold up our own thoughts about ourselves to Jesus and what He says about us. The Enemy wants to steal, kill, and destroy us, even if that is through the lies we believe. Not all our thoughts are our own! The Enemy does NOT have the authority to deceive us unless we give it to him. WE HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST. There is power in the words of truth. We MUST not look only to the circumstances in front of us, but to the truth of what we know to be true.
The conference ended with more encouraging words from Jen and worship from Kara and the worship team. Our bellies were full from a fabulous breakfast and an even better lunch with more than enough sweets!!
Our Christianity requires a good foundation. It requires something solid, sure, and straight. Our Rock is Jesus. We MUST spend time with Him in order to have a foundation that will last. The FOUNDATIONS Conference helped women discover ways to do just that. Hopefully, you too can be encouraged, equipped, and empowered to be even more captivated by our Savior.
“Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.” Luke 6:47 & 48 ESV