I am speaking at a Women’s Spring Conference this Saturday, April 14th at 1:30 pm in St. Paul, MN. Already over 1,000 have pre-registered. Let’s get real! This is a lot of women! There will probably be more women at this thing than the population of my entire hometown. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are NOT coming because of me. They are coming because the other speaker is famous. He is known around the world. I am sure that this guy is the draw- but I will take it! I am grateful for any means that God uses to give me a chance to share what He has put on my heart with as many women as possible. God sure does work in mysterious ways, doesn’t He?
So here is another bit of honesty. I am a little scared. I know you might not believe it, but it is true. Yes, I do enjoy public speaking and I have done my fair share, but rarely in front of a group of this size. And if you know me at all, you know I would rather be in my deerstand with my rifle by my side in the near tamarack swamp than in the cities at a ladies event with 1,000 women.
I have been thinking about women and what God wants to do in their lives so much in the last two weeks that I am almost feel like I am having an “out of body” experience. I need God’s help if I am going to connect with so many women from so many walks of life. Only God can do it, and I know it. So PRAY!!! OK? PRAY PLEASE!!! God is definitely stretching me with this one!
I can see women and girls responding to the needs of others as they are mobilized in practical ways to participate in “Sister Acts” of compassion. I see sisters being freed from the bondages of poverty, disease, famine, war, and injustice all over the world. I see burdens being lifted from our sisters’ shoulders and minds being freed from years of anxieties. I see sisters experiencing hope, joy, laughter, dance, and a new song… all because women and girls around the world are following the challenge of the Bible to “open our arms to the poor and extend our hands to the needy.”
I am also firmly convinced that our sisters around the world are in deep trouble. I have been thinking about this for years as I have traveled extensively in so many different nations. I have seen firsthand the plight of women in third world countries. The day-to-day grind of poverty is relentless. What are simple tasks in our lives are all consuming from sun up to sun down in theirs. Life-threatening diseases are “normal” day-to-day occurrences. Moms kneel on the ground by the tiny gravesides of their babies weeping uncontrollably for lack of $1.75 for malaria meds. Families eat beans and rice nearly everyday because it is all they have or all they can afford.
The good news is that we can change the lives of women just like this all over the world through simple acts of kindness. I am convinced that part of following Jesus is loving our sisters. It is part of our destiny. It doesn’t take a lot to dramatically change a woman’s life and her family forever. Just think… $1.75 can save a baby’s life! All it will take is simple acts of kindness- woman to woman, girl to girl, teenager to teenager, young woman to young woman, grandma to grandma. We cannot do everything, but each of us can do something. What idea is God putting in your heart? What sister acts can you do to make a difference in the world?