‘From where I stand’ was the title of the women’s conference hosted by King’s Church in Bangor this weekend. We were encouraged by guest speaker Sarah Bessey to love Jesus and love his Church, to stand fearlessly as women where we are and to dare to make a difference for the kingdom.
We also heard the stories of women who had lived through abuse; women who had followed God’s promptings in their lives, whether to start a drop-in coffee shop in Bangor where all are welcome or to live in a country where it is dangerous to be a Christian; women who fight for social justice; women who foster unwanted or neglected children. We heard from women who are on the frontline for Jesus right now; and we also shared stories about mental health issues.
The common thread throughout all of these stories was that each of us can dare to stand today, wherever we are, and bring Jesus into our lives and into the lives others – even those of us who are broken and struggling and not sure what the future holds. Jesus comes to where we are, he makes a difference in our lives and he uses us to make a difference in the lives of others.
So today I am sitting at home and I’m thankful:
- thankful for what I heard over the weekend from so many women and for the reminder that we can all bring Jesus into our lives from where we stand.
- thankful also for International Women’s Day last week when we were reminded of women who have made a difference in our lives. I am grateful for the many women who have influenced me throughout my life, mentoring me before mentoring was a buzz word, just pouring their love into me and believing in me.
- thankful for Mother’s Day today and the privilege-beyond-belief of being a mum to two young women who are bringing Jesus to where they stand and also embracing motherhood at the same time – one has just become a mum and the other is about to become a mum. It has been such a joy to mother them and it is such an incredible privilege to become a grandmother to their children.
So, wherever you stand today – whether you are standing fearlessly as a dangerous woman of God; whether you are feeling broken because of abuse or mental health issues or other challenges; whether you are a mum or not – know this:
God has created you in the image of God, as a beloved child of God, with a unique set of gifts and skills. He delights in you and sings love songs over you. He whispers courage in your ear and asks you to dare to stand where you are, for him.