Wednesday, August 27, 2008

It's Time to Live it Out

Okay...so as much as I LOVE all the pictures of the Fiesta weekend, I need to share some of the meat. After all, the first reason I went to this conference was to get away with God, the Siesta's were an extra special gift. (A gift that far exceeded my imagination!)

I'm going to post the theme verses here, they are from Psalm 16 and Beth had us write the ESV translation:

Verses 5 & 6 "The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance."

I was overcome this weekend with the teaching, but also what God was doing in my head and heart AFTER the teaching! Rather than list the 8 points today, I feel like sharing what was going on in my heart.

Our word of the weekend was "INHERITANCE". We were challenged to take on this attitude: "I am an heiress".

In my notes I jotted down this note to self: "act like the heiress God died to save."

Oh boy did this convict me. I think we all struggle with our external appearance. We want to drop a few pounds...change our hair....wish we were taller, well maybe that's just me. I've seen some of you in person and some of you are T.A.L.L.!!!!
Anyway..you probably know where I'm going. We don't like what we see in the mirror and often times take drastic measures to change that.

This was made very clear to me in the strangest of ways Saturday morning. There were 5 godly women in my hotel room. Each one crazy about Jesus, and some of us just plain crazy! Anyway...on the way out the door Friday night and then again on Saturday morning...we all laughed out loud at the amount of "product" in our bathroom. There were 4 flat irons, 1 curling iron, tons of anit-friz and other hairsprays, several make-up bags.....get the picture. It was so funny and we got a kick out of each other. :) Here's the thing God impressed on my heart...

Each one of us in that hotel room believe with all our hearts that our identity is found in Jesus Christ alone. We get that. BUT. What about those women that don't? They are all around us. We sit next to them at PTA meetings, we cheer with them watching at our children's sporting events, and all too often we worship next to them in church on Sunday.

My heart hurts for them. I'm burdened for women to find their worth in Jesus alone. Part of this weekend just brought that burden back to the front of my mind and heart.

God also did some convicting. Far too often I do not act like the heiress He died to save. And have no doubt, He brought those areas to my mind. In particular there was one area that I did not even realize was an issue until I asked God if there was anything that needed to change. Oh.My. IT was the first thing on my mind and as hard as I tried...it just wouldn't go away! So that was settled on the floor of the Alamadome on Saturday August 23, 2008. That's all I'm going to say about that.

Romans 8: 15-18 " For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, Abba Father. The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. Now if we are children then we are heirs - heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us."

I am an heiress of God. A co-heir with Jesus Christ. Does my life testify to that? Do my actions and my attitude line up with that of my co-heir Jesus Christ? These were just a few of the questions I wrote down over the weekend.

And THAT was BEFORE Mama Beth really got into her 8 points.

Do you see why it's taking me awhile to process!!!!

11 comments:

jennyhope said...

Hey I miss you girl!! We have all got to get together again soon!! I was also going to ask you to link to me for the painting I am trying to sale for Debra's adoption. =)

Angela @ Refresh My Soul Blog said...

Oh girl this is great! Love it.
Wish I was there. Love your pics and everything. It looks like you had such fun with that great gift God gave you.
Love you!
Ang

colorfulwoman said...

Hey Stephanie! So So good here...it is so great to hear what was going on in others hearts during the weekend. True freedom is found only in Christ..., I enjoyed getting to know you this weekend also:)

Fran said...

Honey....we are seriously having to unpack a glorious teaching aren't we??? There are so many things to say.

I'm trying my derndest to be the real deal....everywhere and with all people.

Living it out with ya,
Fran

Way More Homemade said...

Great post Stephanie. I'm still finding myself making sense of it all and figuring out how it's going to flesh out.

~Donna

Profbaugh said...

Oh my is right, Stephanie. There was just so much truth in the message this weekend. I'm not sure I have a handle on it yet. That I can be a co-heir with Jesus is just too much for me to take in. I've got to say I'm still chewing on this one. In the meantime, thanks so much for this recap. I'm going to hold my head just a little higher, since I am an heiress. Who knows, I might just have to pull out my tiara and put it on. Now, that would certainly raise some questions, wouldn't it??? And I could simply say, I'm an heiress, a co-heir with Christ!!!!

Crazy for Christ,
~Cheryl

Leah said...

Stephanie,

I have not even begun to process the weekend, but I plan to spend some time this weekend doing just that. Soooo much was going on in my teeny little mind and God was speaking and clarifying so many things. I'll blog about it soon, though.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend. We are heading out camping for the weekend. Take care

Luv ya,

leah

Nesha said...

I am still working on the convictions from the simulcast with being a woman of substance and His message to me. My mind is spinning with all the gifts and grace of God that will be put to use in my life. I am slowing going over the messages with prayer from this weekend so I can absorb them. I so loved hugging your neck and sharing this experience.

Still Learning said...

Wow, I wish I could have been there. It's funny because that's what God has been showing me. He wants me to act like his daughter & be full of His joy no matter what is spinning around me. We are heirs with Christ & who we are in Him & how we show that to others means so much.
Awesome post. What a beautiful reminder to be full of the joy of the Lord & rejoice in Him always & to share that joy with others.

Deidra said...

Hi, I am one of the siestas that did not get to attend, but I appreciate your heart. It wasn't until after my divorce which was seventeen years ago that the Lord really impressed on my heart that I am accepted in the Beloved, Eph. 1:6. This is a verse that I claim often. My melancholic personality is easy prey for the enemy, so I am so grateful for God's assurance of my acceptance by Him. Over and over through the years I have had opportunity to share this verse with other hurting women who needed affirmation of their worth. Thank you for sharing. Dee

Carol said...

Good stuff. I know it was awesome!