Illuminate

(v.) il.lu.mi.nate
to lighten, to brighten, shine, glow

It's been a week since we wrapped up our very first women's conference at EFA, Illuminate Girlfriends Conference. I am still in awe of what God did. It will be a weekend forever imprinted in my mind and my heart.  It was the beginning...the beginning of a journey of freedom for some who had been in bondage for a very long time, the beginning of God's daughters in Enid, OK taking their rightful place in His kingdom, the beginning of restoration for many to their families & spouses, the beginning of something that our finite minds really cannot grasp.  

It was an awakening. An awakening to be the change, to be the difference in this dark world.  It was an awakening to be all that God has called us to be!  The lovely & fierce, Lisa Bevere, was with us. Truly a divine appointment...no mistake about it.  Lisa is the real deal...she is authentic...she is passionate.  Lisa spoke to the daughters, the mothers and the grandmothers...challenging each to embrace the season of life they are in & to come alive....to dream again...to be the world changers that they were each destined to be.  If you haven't yet read her latest book, Lioness Arising, get it...it will change the way you see...it will change the way you live!!  I'm forever grateful to Lisa for helping us build in Enid & enlarging our visions.  We are awake and we are lionesses!

God truly far exceeded my expectations.  While planning the conference, I knew in my spirit that He wanted to do something incredible, but I had no idea what He really had in store.  I'm so grateful that He lavished His love and grace upon us that weekend.  I'm so grateful that in spite of us, He showed up and did some amazing things!  It is my prayer that those of you who were present wouldn't let that just be a great weekend experience, but that it would be something that you will embrace and allow to transform the here and now, as well as the future.  God has called us to illuminate...He has called us to shine in the dark places of our world.  Let your light shine!  Tell others what He has done for you!

Matthew 5:14-15 says:
You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
After a weekend like that, spiritual warfare is bound to happen.  Believe me, I've already had battles of my own, but I am reminded of what Ephesians 6:12 says:
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
The enemy is going to do everything he can to throw you off track.  Like Lisa said "Satan is afraid that you will look in the mirror and see who you really are".  Don't give up!  Begin to replace your truth with God's truth! You are a lioness, remember!  You are an answer, not a problem!  Press on!

For those of you who came, we want to hear your testimonies of what God did in your life that weekend!  There is POWER in your testimony!  In the coming weeks, I will share mine.  I love each of you so very much and I'm so thankful that I get to be on this amazing journey with you.

Remember...be the love, be the change & be light!

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