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.}

Words From A Friend


Rachel is a great friend of 1229 Ministries. She shared these words with us in reflection of ONE 2015 and in anticipation of another great conference in April.

 

"Thank you 1229 Ministries for your effort put into the One conference. It was so refreshing to be at a women's event where the ONE focus was on ONE life, ONE love, and ONE passion lived out as we follow Jesus Christ. God used the event to break me free from holding onto bitterness, which had grown in my heart after the death of our child. As my empty, and open, hands were raised before my ONE Lord Jesus Christ, peace entered my heart. I'm grateful for the work you are doing to encourage women to love Jesus. You are bringing in speakers who cut through the "fluff" of life and point ladies to Jesus Christ, the mighty King of Kings and Lord of Lords. What you are seeking to accomplish, in this day and age, is no small task and God greatly blessed your efforts as evidenced last year through the worship and solid Biblical teaching clearly presented to the ladies who were blessed to attend."

Would YOU join us and see what God will do in your life, with your worship, and through your time spent with Him?

 

2016 ONE Tees

'. . .Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.' -Romans 12:2

 

This year's ONE tees feature Romans 12:2 (a hint of what's to come at conference) and come in two great colors!

 

The RENEW tee is printed on Bella Canvas' Triblend Tee featuring a uniquely soft triblend heather fabrication, modern feminine fit, crew neck and short sleeves, in one of the season's most popular colors, cranberry.

Our teal ROMANS tee features Romans 12:2 and comes in a Bella Canvas V-neck with a modern, relaxed fit for effortless style. It's quite possibly the softest tee you will ever wear. 

Pre-orders placed by Monday, March 7 will be available for pick up at ONE. Shirts will also be available in limited supply at ONE.

See the Bella Canvas Sizing Chart here.

Renew tee designed by Alyssa Broussard (Zeal Design Co.)
Romans 12:2 tee designed by Katie Jensen

The Story of ONE and 1229 Ministries

For moms with littles, time in the shower can be precious. And it seems, at least for me, that sometimes in the shower I get some pretty good thinking done. Those few precious minutes all alone can birth great ideas. And honestly, sometimes, that's where the most quiet moments of my day are found. And that's where I can hear God's still small voice.

February 2014
I was living in Louisiana with my family. My husband was finishing graduate school, and we were anticipating a move back "home" to Iowa in March. I was thinking about my friends and what we need most in life. I was thinking about how we are busy and distracted by all sorts of things - jobs, side jobs, at-home businesses, kids, husbands, volunteering. I was thinking about how we all want to be better at something - better at being an employee or sister or wife or mom or employer or daughter or at home business leader or homeschooler or  . . . . . . 

And then God reminded me there is only one way to be better at any and all of those things. JESUS. 

And then I imagined a room full of friends from all around, hearing another friend speak truth and point us to Jesus as the answer to all of our seeking and striving. 

And then ONE was born.

It wasn't ONE at the time, but an idea, a crazy idea, to find some friends to put on a women's event. It didn't have a name or a date or a speaker or a location. It was just an idea. 

I called my bestie Joy. She thought I was nuts. And being one of my best friends, she knew that putting an event together of this magnitude might be stressful for me (that's an understatement. She said it pretty straight to me.) But I pushed on, believing that if God had called me (and by me, I meant us!) to this task that He would provide everything we needed - from start to finish, from details to big stuff, from the work in my own heart to the work in others to make it happen. And that's just what He's done.

We moved to Iowa. I tossed the idea at a pastor friend who encouraged me to talk to a pal in a state denomination office. That was late June 2014. And things moved fast from there. 

I had been praying that God would even go so far as to name this event - that I wouldn't necessarily be the one to come up with something catchy or creative or influential or trendy. But that God would give us the name for this event. Joy and I had been tossing around ideas. One day she shot me a text message with close to 20 possibilities. "ONE" was among the possibilities. And it stood out to me almost immediately with an addition of a tag line: life. love. passion. I even sat down at my computer with my very limited skills and sketched out a logo. I took a screen shot and sent it to 3 friends with an explanation that the name of the event could be ONE with a "life.love.passion" tagline. I thought I included Joy in this message. Later that day, she and I finally got a chance to connect by phone.
Me: "What do you think about ONE: life. love. passion?"
Joy: "I have been praying all day and hoped you would choose ONE."
Me: "Right. Like I said in the text."
Joy: "What text?"
Me: "The text with the mock up logo and explanation. I sent that to you and Jill and my sister."
Joy: "Nope. You didn't send that to me. But there ya go. I think we have a name!"

By July we were talking about ONE and we had secured Jen Wilkin as the speaker.

The next big decision was the Scripture focus for the weekend. I obviously wanted to leave that to Jen's discernment as she thought about our conversations and what we believed Central Iowa women might need to hear. I continued to be drawn to Deuteronomy 6:4-5 where God challenged the Israelite nation, amidst ALL that distracted them from Him, to worship Him alone.  Jen and I were chatting one day about the conference and I asked what she was thinking for a Scripture focus. Jen said, "I think Mark 12 would be a home run in this case, a no-brainer. Jesus answered the question of "What is the greatest commandment?" by pointing back to Deuteronomy 6." And there ya go. We had our Scripture. 

All along this path God has been faithful. Not just because of stories like those above, but because He simply IS FAITHFUL. He has put this together. He will do the work. He will bring His daughters to Himself. We just get to be a small part of this adventure called ONE. 

Joy and I were also blessed in this journey to find a partner in ministry in Kari Minter. Kari serves as women's ministry director at WestWind Church in Waukee. At her pastor's prompting, Kari met with us late fall 2014 to hear about this crazy idea. Joy and I both felt nearly immediately that we wanted Kari to say "Yes!" to working with us, but we weren't sure she would. At the end of our meeting that day, Kari told us that she would certainly spend time praying about this decision, but also that she had a contract for a WestWind women's spring 2015 event on her desk. She explained that she didn't know why, but something had been keeping her from sending it back in with a deposit. "And I think ONE just might be the reason."

And the rest, as they say, is history. 1229Ministries was formed as the leadership/planning crew behind ONE.  Mark 12:29 is our banner verse: "This is the most important,' Jesus answered: Listen, Israel! The Lord our God, the Lord is One."  We pray that our lives are focused on the ONE Who gives us life and breath and purpose.

Join us?

Hotel Registration GIVEAWAY!

We LOVED hearing who you all are inviting to ONE conference. We're so excited about seeing women teaming up to worship Jesus and we're excited YOU'RE excited about it too!

We had so much fun giving away the registration prize, we're doing another giveaway! This time we're giving away one hotel room for conference weekend.

You're going to want to let all your girlfriends know (because hello, if they win, they'll let you room with them, right?!) and get yourself signed up to win below. 

Giveaway ends 11:59pm Feb 18. Winner will be announced Feb 19.
(Note: This prize does NOT include registration. You can purchase your registration here.)

Good luck. We hope you win! 

UPDATED: This contest is now closed. Winner announced below. Thanks to everyone that participated!

UPDATED UPDATE: Morgan P. has given up her win - long story, but she's still coming to the conference. HOLD ON FOR A REDRAW!

FINAL UPDATE: Our winner is Melissa M! Congratulations.

 

 

2016 Conference Registration GIVEAWAY!

We’re so excited about what God has in store for us in just a few short months at the ONE conference. So excited, in fact, that we wanted to give away a FREE REGISTRATION(!!) to one lucky lady! One of our favorite ways to show love on our team at 1229 Ministries is to give wonderful gifts. What better gift than a weekend getaway with your beautiful friends and the ones you’ve yet to meet! You have until 11:59pm on this coming Thursday the 28th to enter and we will announce the winner on Friday the 29th!

Enter the giveaway below! We hope you win! :)


UPDATED: This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to MORGAN S. (Be watching your email inbox for details on how to claim your prize.)
Thanks everyone for entering! We love hearing who you are all inviting to ONE this year! 

How do you deal with life's interruptions?

It's been 3 1/2 months since we sat together in a beautiful room and listened to Jen Wilkin remind us of Biblical truth. That room - where it was so easy to worship, laugh, manage out time, listen for God's voice, and be inspired to chase after God on a deeper level.

I miss that room, don't you?

If you are anything like me, you had great intentions of taking that "room" back home with you. Back to tackle the chaos, responsibilities, and expectations that awaited you. Back to your home, your job, your family. You had a vision of what the next few weeks and months was going to look like as you left that room.

But life seems to be full of interruptions that pull us away from those great intentions. In the last 3 months, I've had 2 cars with significant issues, a flooded basement, $200 worth of homeschool curriculum stolen, a bulging disk in my back . . . interruptions, interruptions, interruptions. 

Interruptions, although bothersome and hard, tend to serve a good purpose in our relationship with Christ. They seem to bring out the raw in you. You "meet" the you that you don't know exists until there is a lot of pressure put on you. 

Interruptions take the Bible reading, put together, Christian girl who is refreshed and energized by Christ and make her exhausted and distracted from all that room had promised.

But interruptions are also what make that room real. Interruptions show us burdens we are holding on to that aren't really ours to hold. Interruptions show us where we are holding on to our self, our desires, our control intend of releasing our burden and giving it all to God.

"Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Put My yoke upon your shoulders - it might appear heavy at first, but it is perfectly fitted to your curves. Learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart. When you are yoked to me, your weary souls will find rest. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30 (The Voice)

Interruptions appear "heavy at first". They keep you from accomplishing goals, finishing projects, being in a good mood. But interruptions are perfectly fitted for you. They are the things that point out where you need to quit controlling, fearing, grasping, holding on tightly. They show you where you are not yoked to God.

So today, think back to that room, where you stood with your arms raised as you worshipped the God Who created all, sustains all, and is over all. What was it you wanted to submit to God? What was it you intended to change as you left that room? Have interruptions distracted you? Exhausted you? Burdened you?

I pray today we let go of the inconvenience of interruptions distracting you and embrace the reminder to fasten yourself to God because there your "weary souls will find rest." 

 

Kari Minter is Women's Ministry Coordinator at Westwind Church, Waukee, Iowa. She's wife to Brent, mom to 3 awesome kids, and a partner in all kinds of crazy at 1229Ministries.