If gathering 2018

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I expect if you are running your race, whatever it is, the enemy is on your tail. Even if you are on a more defined, marked path, this race is long. This race is hard.

As Zac and I were both headed into our newest places to meet need, my friend, Sarah, had a stroke. A dark, terrifying despair found its way to my soul. I’ve never felt such a physical weight pushing me down, so I daydreamed about quitting my race—playing it over and over in my head, justifying it over and over.

I still loved God. But I did not want to keep running. I wanted to be comfortable more than I wanted God’s will for my days.

Simultaneously, our children led us to the emergency room four times in two months. One trip was life threatening and one was brain threatening, and one may still be a chronic illness. My grandmother was placed in hospice and was processing death with my mother, while my best friend lay upstairs on another floor of the hospital in her room, unable to move, unable to talk.

You know how life goes like that sometimes.

Was it a spiritual attack?

I don’t know. It did feel like zombies were on our tail. I will say if it is you, Devil, it is below the belt to mess with my kids.

What I do know: there is a very real and very active battle, and the prize is faith. God gives faith and Satan steals faith. God loves faith more than any other thing in us, and Satan hates our faith more than any other thing.

Faith is the measure to which we believe God is God. And faith is the measure to which we let God be God.

We were living a little more bravely and obediently, and it felt like something or someone was threatened by it. By this journey, this project. It turns out, this is a marathon—not for faint souls and not for those seeking easy and happy quickly. And as I wanted to quit, my people reminded me of my God. We need our people.

Zac, of course, still follows football like any good Texas boy, and he passed me the story of Chip Kelly, the Oregon Ducks football coach. Coach Kelly has a saying that has almost become the slogan of the entire state. And I suggest we make it ours too: “Win the day.”

Will our little tribe of missionaries  (that we hope you will join) reach a generation? I don’t know.

But today, I’ll spend a few moments alone with God and really talk to him. And I’ll write you these words and send a few e-mails and hop on a few seemingly insignificant calls. I’ll sweep the cereal crumbs up from breakfast and cheer for my husband as he takes some financial risks to follow God. Even though I’m scared and kind of want to say, “Heck no.” Even though every piece of today feels small.

I’ll do today, glancing up and remembering a race is completed step by step and day by day.

Great people don’t do great things. God does great things with surrendered people. And surrender happens every day in one thousand small moments.

Win the day. Run the steps in front of you today.

(The above is an excerpt from Restless by Jennie Allen)


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2018 IF Gathering Credential Gather Necklace, Cream


The 2018 Gather Necklace represents the beautiful things that happen when women come together for a shared purpose. We designed this piece in collaboration with our Ugandan Artisan Partners exclusively for IF:Gathering 2018 Credential. This beautiful piece is offered at a special price, exclusive to IF:Local attendees. Note: This is a pre-order. Your Gather Necklace will ship late March.

  • Handcrafted Paper Beads, Metal Beads, Thread
  • 35.5"L, Bib 2.5"L
  • Product Code: NE385AS
  • With Love from Uganda

Style Your Friends. Change the World.®

in Uganda

This piece is handcrafted by a Ugandan Artisan Business run by Jalia and Daniel, Noonday's first Artisan Partners. In partnership with Noonday, Jalia and Daniel have grown their business to provide fair work to hundreds of local assemblers and bead-rollers. In addition to supporting dignified job creation in their community, we partner with Jalia and Daniel to provide no-cost daycare and scholarships to children of Artisans.

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To create the perfect paper beads, our Ugandan Artisan Partners hand mix each dye color and check every bead for quality. Their work is where art and precision meet—a careful cut here, a touch more blue there—to create consistently beautiful accessories.

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Almost five hundred women gathered together for the first community-wide live
streaming of IF: Gathering 2018 in Rockwall at the Rockwall High School Performing
Arts Center on February 9 and 10. IF: Gathering was founded by Jennie Allen in 2014
and exists to equip women with Gospel-centered resources, events, and community so
they may learn more about who God is and disciple other women right where they are.

In its first year, IF brought together 150,000 women from more than twenty two
countries. In 2018, through technology and events, IF has now reached more than one
million women in 179 countries. This year’s event included speakers such as Jennie
Allen, Christine Caine, Jo Saxton, Ann Voskamp, Nick Vujicic and others. The
IF: Rockwall local live streamed event was led by local women, Jenny Lord and Melissa

IF: Gathering, Rockwall / Click to enlarge

All of the attendees received a swag bag during the first night of the event which
included a hand-stamped necklace from Words of Hope Custom Leather, information
about Noonday Collection, and a tea light candle from Eleventh Candle Company, but
most attendees may not realize the significance of the items in their swag bags.

Noonday Collection was started by Jessica Honegger in 2010 after she connected with designers from Uganda. After years of working in Africa and Latin America, Jessica Honegger connected with Travis Wilson to start Noonday Collection, a business focused on alleviating poverty through entrepreneurship.

Noonday Ambassador Erin Abbott was in attendance at IF: Rockwall and set up a trunk show for attendees to learn more about the jewelry and the impact of their purchase.

Eleventh Candle Company is a social enterprise working globally to redeem, restore, empower, and equip those vulnerable to human trafficking, abuse, exploitation, and addiction.

For those who had never attended an IF: Gathering, they may have thought they were simply registering for a women’s conference. But IF is so much more than a conference. The local event provided each attendee with an opportunity to find out about organizations within their community such as Children’s Relief International, Embrace Grace, The Pregnancy Resource Center, Exodus Ministries, Home Pointe, and Noonday Collection, all ministries that are focusing on helping and empowering others throughout the world.

Women who attended the event were provided tools to help them focus on their goals, to live out their purpose, and discover how they can truly make a difference within their community and their worlds.

If Gathering Rockwall 2018

Throughout both nights, attendees were given conversation cards to discuss among
friends, neighbors and women that they had not met before the event. This provided an
opportunity to meet new people, make connections, and for growing friendships as
attendees were encouraged to move to small groups where they may not know the
women in the group. At the culmination of the event was an attendee experience in
which individuals spoke about how they would fan their flame of faith within their homes,
communities, and throughout the world. The event was life changing in those attendees
left with information about how they could provide advocacy, hope, and change globally
and within their own community.

To learn more about IF: Gathering, visit: www.ifgathering.com

To learn more about IF: Rockwall, visit their facebook page: facebook.com/ifrockwall

Terrienna Cullins
Contributing Writer

Photos Courtesy: Jenny Lord and Lacy Abercrombie

Sours: https://planetrockwall.com/if_gathering_rockwall_2018/
Discipleship 101 Webinar

IF: Gathering 2018 Simulcast

Join us February 9-10 for an IF: LOCAL at BridgePointe Christian Church.

February 9
Session 1 from 7-10pm 

February 10
Session 2 from 10am - 1pm
Session 3 from 3pm - 6pm

Doors open 30 minutes before each session.

IF:GATHERING is a 2 day Christian women’s conference that exists to gather, equip and unleash the next generation of women to live out their purpose. It is held annually in Austin, TX and this year BridgePointe Christian Church will be hosting a FREE live telecast of the conference. You can find out more about the event on their website. 

This two-day event includes soulful worship, through prayer and music, as well as messages from some of today’s most inspiring Christian women speakers, who are sure to reignite your flame for Christ and passion for sharing His love with others. If you are looking to connect with more Christian women in RI, and to be encouraged and equipped to live out your God-given purpose... please join us!

Yes, I want to join!  Here's my RSVP. 

Sours: https://bpri.church/events/2018/2/9/if-gathering-2018-simulcast

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