In 2008 I attended my first True Woman conference. I was excited because of the speakers, but I had no idea how God would use that weekend to set me on a new path in my walk with Christ.
October 9, 2008, my 34th birthday, and the first night of the conference. If you would have asked me before I went, I would have told you that I wasn’t a feminist. I would have said that I’ve embraced biblical womanhood…but when Mary Kassian spoke on Friday morning it rocked my thinking!
I was a feminist! The culture had infiltrated my mind way more that I cared to admit. God had some foundational repair to do in my thinking.
At the end of the weekend I was more than thrilled to sign the True Woman Manifesto and with gusto I took this message back to my church and girlfriends. (I even laminated my manifesto and it still is hung next to my kitchen sink!)
But I found out that most my friends weren’t interested in my approach. I felt like I was hitting brick walls and eventually just got frustrated with even trying to talk about biblical womanhood. (Insert Heather not following the Holy Spirit!!)
By the time True Woman 2010 rolled around I was beyond excited to meet with other like minded women. I was longing for deep fellowship with other sisters, and that’s just what I got.
But that weekend God had plans to take what He was doing even deeper in my life. He was ready to peel back another layer and dig even deeper into my heart and attitude.
Nancy Leigh DeMoss had just come from her cousin’s funeral. Nancy showed a picture of her cousin and shared that at the funeral the line to visit the family was hours long. She explained that her cousin didn’t have a big platform, but lived out biblical womanhood with her husband and sons. That impacted me greatly!
Then Holly Elliff said, during the panel, that we’re busy doing things, but are we busy doing the things God has called us to do?
Those were two of the most impactful moments at True Woman 2010.
I walked away knowing just want God wanted me to do: just do it. Just live out biblical womanhood with my husband and sons. To be a true woman in my home for an audience of one, the One that really matters.
A couple of weeks later I was listening to a podcast with Mary Kassian talking to Bob Lapine about The Art of Marriage (a do-it-yourself DVD marriage conference by FamilyLife Today).
After looking over the website, praying about it, and talking to our pastors, my husband and I hosted an Art of Marriage conference. That stirred in us a desire to do marriage ministry.
Here a year later we have a newlywed ministry at our church were God has asked us to pour into the lives of 5 newlywed couples. These couples are watching our life, our marriage, and our family. They are watching us live out biblical manhood and womanhood.
I smile as I think how God had to rearrange my heart, my attitude, and my ideas. He was so tender and gracious with me. His patience is priceless! What a mighty God we serve!
So this is why I am beyond excited to talk about True Woman 2012. If you want God to pick you up, put you on a new path, and do a new work in your heart, then plan on joining me in Indianapolis in September of 2012 for True Woman 2012! I can’t wait to see what God has for me next!