The last blog I posted told you about a We are One Women’s Experience at Trinity Fellowship Church in Amarillo that I was to attend on April 20 and 21 of this year; and I promised you another blog post sharing some of the experience with you. That post was written on April 16th and here it is nearing the end of May.
So now, finally, I will share a couple of highlights from that event.
The first thing we noticed on the first night of the event is an abundance of booths and/or rooms set up for pampering. Whatever anyone wanted, there it is for our enjoyment. Spiritual, mental, or physical. There were prayer rooms, prophetic encounters, and rooms just to sit and soak up God’s presence with soft music. There were back massages, and foot massages for our physical comfort. There were “spa” stations where we could get a make-over, manicures, pedicures, hair styles, make-up, etc. There was a petting station where we could experience the pure joy of holding and petting a puppy. Many other stations also which are too numerous to remember or record here.
We then moved on to worship. Very exuberant worship with lights, sound, and words up on a screen so we would know the words to the songs. Most ladies there were very enthusiastic about participating in the worship experience. Once the singing was over, one of the lady ministers at that Trinity Fellowship Campus shared a testimony about how much God loved and accepted her. The theme was LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE. We learned about the joy of laughter and how healing that is. I find that I don’t laugh as much as I would like to laugh; and, at the time of that teaching, I thought about how I should watch more comedy or bring myself into situations or life views that would produce more laughter for myself. Life is too serious to always be in the work mode. We all need times in which we should stop and smell the roses or go out and chase a butterfly. Children laugh a lot, but as we grow older, life’s responsibilities catch up with us and we start running around doing the work but not enjoying ourselves along the way. A great teaching for me. Lighten up and enjoy the little things in life.
A word on Love
The most substantial experience I had at this event is what God showed me. He reminded me first of all that we (Christians) are all one. We are one unit. One body in Christ working together for His glory. We all have hurts, pain, shortcomings and accomplishments, bad and the good events in our lives that shape our personality. And as one body, I should look at others for what they can become, not only for what they are now. In Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus spoke of the great commission: To “go out into the world and make disciples of all nations…” My job is to love God with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. And second, to love others as myself. My job is to love, share God’s word with others, and to help them come to know Him and love Him as I do. The response they give is up to them.
This word from God revealed to me the judgmental attitude I had. God told me to stop feeling like I am responsible for other people’s actions. All I can do is teach the word, share Christ’s love and encourage them in the Lord. Whether they take my advise or reject it, whether they follow the Lord or walk away, whether they change and act the way I think they should or not–it’s all up to them. Once I’ve done my part I can release the rest to God. What freedom. I can see others as God does and love them as they are without choosing whether I think they are right or wrong. I don’t have to answer for them. Their actions are not my responsibility.