A Day with Jackie Hill Perry

On Saturday, March 3, nearly 600 women gathered together in Ames, Iowa to hear from Jackie Hill Perry.  It was a day full of worship and encouragement and much challenge from God's Word. Jackie has been given such a gift and we are beyond grateful that she chose to spend her day with us.

Many of you have asked for the recordings from the day. And we are just like you . . . we need to hear it again and again and again. Great news! We were able to capture the second session. Technology can be tricky, and the first session capture was corrupted. We are bummed, but hopefully one day Jackie's Hannah teaching will be captured by another venue and she'll gladly share it with us!

Until then . . . enjoy a "re-listen" to Jackie Hill Perry teaching on Spiritual Warfare.

 

 

Valentine's Day Special

Want to bless a sweet gal in your life on Valentine's Day? Give her a weekend away with a room full of women worshipping God and digging deep to pursue hard after Him.

Read more about the event here.

Email info@theoneconference.org to receive a code for $14 off ONE registration. Once you complete your purchase, we will send you a printable certificate to present to your loved one on Valentine's Day!

 

ONE Life

Wife. Mom. Daughter. Daughter-in-law. Sister. Sister-in-law. Aunt. Employee. Employer. Coach. Friend. Neighbor. Customer. Child Of God.

We all wear many hats, each with its own set of responsibilities and defined roles. Your list may be longer or shorter than the one above, but in any case, you find yourself in many different roles day to day.

In my own life, those roles certainly change day to day, and if I'm honest minute by minute. But am I the same person in whatever situation I find myself? Do my sweet sons know the same Mandy that the neighbors know? Sadly y'all that's not always the case. Why do we save our best for others?

Do my co-workers know the same Mandy that my parents know, inside and out? How quick are we to put on the million watt smile and answer "I'm great!" to the everyday chit chat question of "How are you?" when the reality of the storm brewing inside is overwhelming?

But God . . . 
He's the same "yesterday, today and forever." He never changes. He is faithful and true. And I believe that's just what we need to hang on to for our ONE life. When doubts and lies about your own identity and worth creep in, choose to trust the ONE who knows you by name, who loves you and delights in you. 

"O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I am far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord." 
Proverbs 139:1-4 (New Living Translation)

If you keep reading that Proverb, you will see more about what God knows about us and how He is always with us. I believe he calls us to ONE everlasting life - one that glorifies Him alone. Let the writer's words be a prayer for us today: "Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life." Proverbs 139:24
 

The ONE Conference 2016 Recap (Session 4)

(this post is a recap of session #4 from the ONE Conference)

Being transformed in the image of God by renewing our minds is a goal as we follow Christ.  

Most of us would firmly agree we desire this to happen in our hearts and minds, but there are often things keeping us from actually allowing God to renew our minds.

 

 

It's difficult to transform or renew when our focus is on self instead of on the incredible God we serve.

And let’s face it, we all need to be reminded we aren’t God!  We may have power in our home, at work, have incredible skills, have strong opinions, and get things done, but we need to be continually humbled by remembering God's authority and our lack of authority in this world.  

As we seek to be transformed by the renewing of our mind, it's not just important to remind ourselves of God’s authority, it's also important to remember the character of God.  You don’t want to just view God as this big God with all the authority, and we are his little puppets.  

We need to balance the view of His authority with His character and how He works out His authority.  

God is faithful, possesses a steadfast love, delights in you, gives you refuge, is your salvation, delivers you, provides for you, is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, abounding in love, is in your midst, rejoices over you with gladness, exults over you with loud singing, is for you, gave himself for you, is holy, is just, is love, and we are His children.

The list of His characteristics could go on forever! For some reason, His authority over all things tends to be pretty easy to believe, but certain aspects of his character, if we are honest, are a little bit more difficult to truly believe as we walk through our day.  

Your life will reflect which characteristics of God you truly believe and which ones you don’t.  

Do you stress when your kids are out of your sight?  Maybe believing God is their protector and truly loves them is difficult for you.  

Do you get worried or anxious about finances?  Maybe your heart is struggling to believe God will provide and take care of you.  

Are you waiting for God to punish you for past sins?  Maybe you are only focusing on God’s judgment and not truly understanding how much God loves you and forgives you.  

Our behavior can reveal to us which characteristics of God are difficult for us to  believe.

We see an example of why we continue to have difficulty believing in God’s character in the example of the rich young ruler in Matthew 19.

This wealthy religious man who loved God and did everything God asked of him approached Jesus and said in vs 16  “What good thing must I do to get eternal life”.

This man is asking about salvation, but for those of us that have accepted Christ as our savior, we tend to ask a similar question of Jesus all the time.  Only instead of eternal life, we substitute “what good thing must I do to gain peace, financial stability, contentment, joy, unconditional love, forgiveness, self-control?”

We forget there is nothing good except God. Only in understanding that God is good can you discover that your deeds will never be enough.  

Instead of choosing to BELIEVE God is peace, we try to figure out the good thing we must do to possess peace.  We look for hoops to jump through, for outward activities, for anything “good” that may help us find the peace we need.  But there is nothing good except God.  God’s character IS peace, and so He alone gives us peace.

In Matthew 19:20, this rich young ruler struggled the same way we do.  He’s looking for more and so Jesus tells him to obey all the outward commands.  The man responds, “All these (the commandments) I have kept...what do I still lack?” This young man tells Jesus he has perfectly followed all the commands in order to follow God, but yet he still feels something is lacking.

Can you relate?  Are you following God as well as you know how but something appears to still be lacking?  The adventure, the fun, the abundant life promised?

When there are parts of God’s character we don’t really believe, we can feel that lacking.

In Mark 10:20, we see Jesus look at this man, saw his striving and the desperation to figure out why it wasn’t good enough, and Jesus looked at him and LOVED HIM.  

Because Jesus loved this man, He revealed to the man what was lacking, what was keeping him from experiencing true relationship with God. On the outside it did not look bad.  He was a great guy. But personal wealth had become his identity, his power, his sense of meaning in life.

He made wealth the god of his life, and Jesus, looking on him with love, tells him what the man lacks is true relationship with Jesus.  Jesus asks the man to believe he alone would provide. Not the man’s wealth.  Not his power.  Not his money.  Jesus asked him to not allow his wealth to be his god, and believe Jesus is who He says He is.  

Many of us are like this man. The rich young ruler went away sorrowful because he couldn't stop worshipping the god of his heart. His behavior demonstrated what he believed. This man did not believe God was going to provide the way his own personal wealth would.  He did not believe the characteristic of God as a provider was going to play out favorably in his own life.  

Do you believe the same way?  Does your behavior demonstrate that you don’t truly believe certain characteristics of God?  

There is hope.  With God, you can identify where you are struggling to believe parts of God's character, renew your mind, and be transformed.  


Take time today to really think through your behavior and ask God to reveal to you what aspects of his character you are struggling to believe.  Confess those struggles to the Lord and ask Him to enable you to believe He is who He says he is.  

 

About the author:
Kari Minter is a great friend of 1229Ministries. She's been a vital part of the leadership for the ONE Conference. She's wife to Brent, mom to 3 great kids, and is one of the most gifted investors in the lives of women we've ever known. The Minters currently reside in Ankeny, IA. You can read more from Kari on her blog . . . MinterLife.

 

 

When God does the unexpected

Last year, I was so excited when I heard a few ladies from my local community talking about securing JEN WILKIN as a speaker for a women’s conference in Des Moines.  I am one of those ladies that has traveled the nation to gather with other women for events like the ONE Conference, and I could not believe that such an event was going to be so close to my home! 

I love pretty much everything about conferences.  The learning and growing that happens during a time that is devoted to gathering with others for the sake hearing and studying God’s word always challenges and encourages me!  I love the relationships that are built as I get to stay up way too late with my hotel mates, but the icing on the cake for me is always a room full of women singing praises to our Lord and King.  I always long for Christ return when I hear so many voices unified together in worship!

As the ONE Conference started last year, I was expecting God to work in me, but how He worked was not at all what I had expected.  For the first session, the group from my church had arrived a little late, so we had to sit in the back.  My initial response to sitting in the last row was quite a bit of disappointment.  I am a front and center girl, but God met me in a way that could never have happened on the front row.  As we started singing, God softened my heart and my eyes were opened to God’s faithfulness. 

From my little seat in a huge conference room, I saw God’s answer to years of prayers.  For the first time ever, I was not in a conference that was 100’s of miles away from the placed I lived.  I was at a conference in my home state but more than just my home church was attending!  As I opened my eyes and scanned the audience, I saw a few people that I recognized but would have never thought they would be at a conference like this.  I was reminded of a little prayer card in my old bible that my youth pastor had made me in high school.  He had divided all the students in our school so that every one of them would be prayed for each week. Four of the students from my list were in my sight that night. Tears started streaming down my face and I was overcome as I was reminded of God’s faithfulness.  

As I got a little bit of composure, I started scanning the audience for other ladies I recognized.  I saw a teacher from my daughters school, a dear friend’s mom, fellow ladies from the preschool pick up lane, the lady that first challenged me to read my bible everyday, a freshman girl that I had met with every week when I was a senior, the lady that I babysat for and always hoped to be like when I “grew up”, girls I ran cross country with, and family members I love.  As I watched all of them worshipping God together all I could do was join in with a renewed love for our faithful God.

As I look forward to the ONE Conference this year, I am learning more and more that expectations can be a good thing!  When I expect God to show up, He doesn’t disappoint.  He rarely shows up in the ways I think or hope He will, but when He opens my eyes and reveals Himself to me, I can’t help but love and worship Him more.  My passion is renewed and refreshed, and my daily life is changed as I trust God more.  Which is why the ONE Conference exists.  Will you join me this year and expect God to renew in us ONE life, ONE love, ONE passion for His name?

 

{ Amanda is a great friend of 1229 Ministries and a returning ONE conference pal too! She's a wife, a mom, a women's ministry leader in her church and so much more.}