by Julia Taylor
14 September 2016 at Key Women Bedfordview
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To all you remarkable women out there…
There are certain things we experience in life that provide thought provoking encounters and get those creative juices flowing. The Kaleidoscope Women’s Conference this year was one of those encounters.
I was in the wonderful position that I had nothing to compare it with, as it is my first conference of this kind, and as such I ventured in with an open mind and open heart.
Since I came to Cornerstone just over two years ago now, I have met nothing but kind, genuine women and in fact this is one of the things that I love the most about Cornerstone – the people are welcoming and have a genuine kindness that is so often not prevalent in our friends out there in the world around us. I am not saying that they do not care; it is just that there is an integral difference in the level of honest to goodness kindness that you experience. It is what makes Cornerstone a very special place.
Listening to remarkable women speaking is not only inspiring but it allows for reflection and when one does this in the presence of the Lord, the Holy Spirit moves within us in an incredible way that He has you yearning for more of Him. On Saturday morning of the conference, me – a Christian who is not very good at public display – was guided to the front of the church where I sunk to my knees enveloped with the infilling of the Holy Spirit. It was a beautiful time!
I would like to suggest to all of the women who did not attend Kaleidoscope 2012 to download the messages and listen to their testimonies and their encouraging stories and use this as an exercise to share your own story. Not all of us can stand up and give our testimonies and some like mine are way too long and others of us may not be quite ready to share. Writing has a profound and healing effect and writing it and sharing it on the Cornerstone blog will not only allow you to unleash all the things you may have bottled inside you, but it will also allow others to receive Hope and Faith through the words of your story.
I have written down the pertinent bible verses that were mentioned during the conference and my first exercise in the weeks ahead is to look them all up, read, listen and hear God’s messages for me. I encourage you all to do the same.
As Lydia said in her opening talk, we must know what is written.
This month’s remarkable woman of the Bible was Rahab, and she proves to us that no one is beyond the reach of God. Colette Meeske emphasised that if God can use a women like Rahab they way He did, how much more then can He use us.
Rahab had hope and much love for her family, even under her circumstances and lifestyle choices. Her life teaches us to have faith. Faith comes from hearing and all we need is the word of God.
Rahab also teaches us to fear God more than man. She took a great risk, but she had great faith. James 2: 17 tells us that faith not accompanied by action is dead.
Rahab committed herself, she made a choice, and she chose God. She helped them with fear and trembling. Philippians 2:12 –continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.
The story of Rahab encourages us to not let the past dictate our futures.
Do not miss Key Women on the 7th June 2012, for encouragement from Deborah, another remarkable woman of the Bible.
This is a wonderful time of fellowship for women and an opportunity to take two hours out of the month to hear and understand the word of God! Bring friends!