This weekend I had the privilege of working alongside 70 women to put on the Northwest Women’s Conference. I’ve been a part of this team since 2004, and it continues to be an honor to serve with these amazing women, each unique and gifted in their own ways.
Each year’s NWWC provides a different emphasis and format. Each year comes with its challenges and triumphs. But our values remain primary: We belong to Christ and that compels us to love one another.We belong to Christ and that compels us to love one another. –Angela Howard #love #community Click To Tweet
Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.
Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. Philippians 2:1-4 (NLT)
The Impact of Loving Community
Over the years I’ve had the chance to hear the stories of women who have been abused, marginalized, walked through cancer, fought the stigma of mental illness, or faced the loss of a spouse or child. These stories have broken my heart and brought me to my knees in prayer.
You may have your own story of brokenness and heartache. But as each one of us share our stories, we have the opportunity to bear witness to one another’s lives. In doing so, we can make a difference by investing encouragement, empathy, and love.We can make a difference by investing encouragement, empathy, and love. –Angela Howard Click To Tweet
The Power of God
This weekend I encountered the power of God in a very simple way. We usually think of the power of God in terms of His creation. The vastness of the oceans. The majesty of a mountaintop. But sometimes the power of God is as unassuming as friendship. Before the conference started a few friends and I were eating lunch. I said, “Hey, I could use prayer for some stuff.” The story was long, and the details seemed unimportant. My sweet friends didn’t hesitate. “We don’t need the details. God knows.” So Kim, Charity, and Rosemarie circled around me to pray. By the power of the Holy Spirit (our helper-John 14:26) God imparted His wisdom. You would have thought they knew every detail of my circumstances. I received direction, peace, and guidance.
Maybe you need an encounter with the power of God in a simple way as I did this weekend. Or perhaps you are in the middle of crisis that is overwhelming. Wherever you are, reach out. Reach out to a friend, to your pastor, to a family member, to a counselor, or to me. Let’s remember that God has chosen to reveal Himself through the love of His people.
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. John 13:34-35 (NIV)
How did today’s post impact you? Are you ready to reach out and invest in your community? Do you need prayer and support during a time of crisis? Comment below.