Reflections of an 'Everywoman' Journey
I must admit to always having been just a little bit of a conference junky at heart. So, I was super excited, when I landed a role on our C3 Events Team. Now my world hurtles along from one conference to another! My ultimate dream job! And a little secret just between us, my favourite conference would have to be Everywoman!
Something special happens when All the Kings Daughters come together to worship, to cry, to hope, to dream...
Everywoman’s 20th Anniversary has given me pause to stop and reflect upon my own 30+ years journey with Jesus, and I have to concede, for someone who likes to strategise a fast 5 step plan to reach her desired destination, I seem to have chosen a rather scenic route, stopped off for a number of unscheduled pits stops and completely missed a few destiny stops along the way!
The Scenic Route
Of course, there have been treasured moments, with the birth of each of my 5 children (yes, I did say 5!), recommitting my life to Christ in my mid 20’s and graduating Bible College in my late 20’s with 3 young children on my hip (I did get it right sometimes).
Then there have been dark times, when I wished for an early exit, as I trudged through battles plagued with anxiety and depression, paralysed with fear in the midst of a domestically violent marriage … pleading with God to deliver me but being too terrified and confused to know what to do, how to leave or where to go.
But through the happy, the sad and the downright ugly, there was God! In the midst of brokenness and sobbed prayers on the bathroom floor, He gently reminded me overtime, who I was and who He created me to be. He kept calling me to ‘Stand Up, Get Up!’ …and eventually I could and I did. He brought me through and today I’m free, I’m here, I’m standing, my children are safe, I have Hope and I’m forever thankful. For all my poor choices and mistakes, His Grace has been sufficient.
For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and a sound mind.
2 Tim 1:7 NKJV
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.
Heb 6:19 NLT
As a Kingdom Girl who was fighting a hidden war behind my smile, I’m so thankful for Everywoman Gathering. Across the 20 years, I may have gone MIA for a few Gatherings, but I’ve Dreamed and I’ve Dreamed again.
Each year, I entered the doors of Everywoman, battle weary, often with a dark cloud looming overhead and I have always been led straight into the arms of the Lover of my soul, with time to stop, breathe, press into the hidden place where Jesus has held me tight.
The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. Ps 18:2 KJV
I’ve been inspired by brave Kingdom women who have openly shared their stories with transparent authenticity.
…. Ps Chris’ heart break at losing a child and the hope she found through her vision of her son Jesse being raised in Heaven,
…. Leanne Mattesius’ agonising fight in her prayer closet for the life of her son with addiction and her courage to still walk out the call to ministry on her life.
…. Sheila Walsh’s road of brokenness through depression and mental illness and the healing power of God to gently restore us from the inside out.
…. Lisa Bevere’s story of having been raised, abused and rejected by an alcoholic father and her journey to forgive and allow restoration within her family, including with her own children and
….. Stories from Ugandan women from Padeer Academy who were captured, imprisoned & raped, gave birth to their captures children and the power and freedom they have found in forgiveness!
Incredible stories, of brave Royal Women that reminded me each year, I too can be brave. I am not in this alone and neither are you! We all have our struggles. It’s not how many times we get knocked down that defines us, it’s how many times we get back up!
There is an army of Kingdom Warrior Women who are standing shoulder to shoulder fighting alongside us and if we lift our eyes, we will see King Jesus riding into the midst of our battle victorious.
And be not grieved and depressed, for the joy of the Lord is your strength and stronghold.
Neh 8:10 AMP
Counting down the days until we are all together to celebrate Everywoman’s big 20!