There were six ladies on our first “Girl’s Night Out” Conference Call and God blessed all of us on that call. I could feel His presence and I just want to give Him all the honor and the glory for what He is going to do through the lives of the women who participated and through each one of you who read this post and the link I will be sharing to Wilma’s testimony on the call.
I began the call by sharing how I met Wilma…
I met Wilma in November of 2011. I had just been promoted to an admin position within the on-line group I had joined in September of 2011 that was studying “A Confident Heart,” by Renee Swope. The admins for the prayer groups had their own group on facebook and I meet Wilma the first night I was added to that group.
She welcomed me and made me feel comfortable, right away. It might just have been the fact that she is a pretty funny lady and can dish it out, as well as take it! The first night I met her…we were on-line for hours; joking back and forth. I felt like I had found a true sister in Christ.
We finished “A Confident Heart” and decided that we wanted to co-lead a group of women through the book “Trusting God” written by the GIG’s. Co-leading this group cemented our friendship, as we learned more about each other and I saw a woman who loves the Lord, and has a testimony to share from the tests she has been through in her life.
I was thrilled when she agreed to share some of her story with all of you and I know that she is going to bless you; as you listen to her speak the words that God has given her to share with all of us. Before she begins; let’s bow our heads and I will lift up a prayer inviting God into our call and over the message Wilma is going to share.
Heavenly Father, first we want to thank you for this opportunity to come together in fellowship. Before we go any further in this call we ask that you cleanse us of any unrighteousness and forgive us for any sin; known or unknown in our life. We come to you tonight asking for your guidance, wisdom, and support as we come together on this call. Help us to engage in meaningful discussion; allow us to grow closer as a group and nurture the bonds of community. Fill us with your grace, Lord God, as we listen to the words that you have placed on Wilma’s heart to share with us. And continue to remind us that all that we do here today, all that we accomplish, is for the pursuit of truth for the greater glory of You. We ask these things in your name, Amen.
If you click on the link below it will take you to Wilma’s blog and the words God gave her to speak into our life last night. Come back here after you have read her post for the Girl’s Night Out Challenge.
GIRLS NIGHT OUT CHALLENGE:
All that we have is His and is from Him and if we are able to be a blessing to someone, it is because He has blessed us. Over the last several weeks God has been speaking into my life about the people I bless and who bless me. It is so easy for me to offer blessings and encouragement to the people who I am interacting with through the Many Strands page. It does not take much effort on my part to speak into your lives because for the most part…we are all in agreement. It is much more difficult to speak into the life of someone who I am not in agreement with…I have to rely more on God to bless the difficult people in my life. Which leads me to the Challenge…
God is wanting us to offer encouragement, in any form you choose, to someone in your life. You could encourage them by sending them a note, a book, a CD of worship music, an invitation to your church, a gift card for dinner or a movie, make them something with your own hands…however you feel moved by God to encourage this person. You decide who you think God wants you to bless and then you bless them in the way that God moves you to. DO NOT SIGN YOUR NAME OR IN ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM LET THEM KNOW THIS GIFT IS FROM YOU, because truthfully, it is not. If you agree with the first sentence of this challenge then you know that this is true! This gift is from the Lord and it should be done to His glory and not to our own, and that is why I am asking you not to sign your name. God is the true giver of all good gifts and He deserves all the honor and glory anyway.
(The person you bless, I would even prefer that it not be anyone from any of our groups…UNLESS you truly feel the Lord moving you to do so).
One more little rule about this challenge, you may not share who you encouraged or how you encouraged them. That is between you and God!!! You may however share what you feel God is teaching you through this challenge. Ready…..Set…..Go….be a blessing!!!
Thanks to Helena for providing links to these two songs that speak to this challenge and to Wilma’s message. First song is just a tad hard rock, which I love…not everyone feels the same. But listen anyway…lyrics are posted to song video and they are meaningful.