Over the course of the next 8 weeks I’ll be sharing clips from the sessions at the 2018 You Are Stronger Than You Think Women’s Event. “You Are Stronger Than You Think” is a lifestyle and leadership event for go-getter women and teen girls. Our yearly event is practical and inspirational. It’s a leadership event with the soul of a Christian women’s conference. We laugh. We cry, but we also provide incredible leadership advice for women and girls.
(photo credit: Crystal Clear Photography)
In 2018 I wanted to teach a simple framework that would help women begin to connect the dots of the different areas of their life to the greater story God was telling with their life. For lasting transformation you need an appreciation of how God has wired you and why it matters.
The message of “you are stronger than you think” came to the surface near the end of a season of anger, fear, shame, guilt, anxiety, resentment and disappointment. I realize now, only in hindsight, that I was grieving. I was grieving the loss of reputation and relationships and dreams that didn’t unfold quite how I imagined. I felt like a victim in my own life. I wasn’t a victim, but I was overwhelmed with self pity.
The Holy Spirit’s response to my weak state, my state of begging to be rescued from the consequences of our costly mistakes: “my grace is sufficient. My strength is made perfect in weakness…I have plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope. ”
You are stronger than you think.
I first remember hearing “you are stronger than you think” in an aerobics class. Then, I would see it on the signs of the crowds who cheer runners on at races. It was repeatedly confirmed in scripture and I started to believe, again. When I started to thank God for who He is and His faithfulness in my life, I started to get my joy back. When I started to get my joy back, my strength was renewed and my confidence in the power of prayer and God’s power to answer were restored. I was admonished and assured that I was not a victim. I want to remind you of the same thing:You are not a victim. You are victorious. You’ve made mistakes. You are still loved and valuable. God is for you. His grace is sufficient. He has plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope. in Jesus name, Amen.
Listen to this brief excerpt from my talk at the event. Then, consider a trial in your life that has matured you and shaped how you view God and your life. What lessons have you learned from that experience that might help someone else? Please, share your response with me on instagram or on the post on the blog:
This series is going to benefit you if…
- you’re stuck and you aren’t moving forward with the plans you sense are from God, because you fear making mistakes or failing in front of others.
- you struggle with identifying your strengths and how to use them to make a contribution to yourself, your family and others.
- you need a plan of simple actions you can take to start dreaming and living again.
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