Monday, April 3, 2017

The More Conference

My mom and I had the privilege of going to a women’s conference a little over a week ago and we had the sweetest time being poured into by the Harvest women’s ministry team and Lysa Terkeurst. You may remember my post from a few weeks back all about the incredible book Lysa wrote that I had just finished. I have read a lot of her work over the past year so when I found out she was speaking about an hour and a half from where I live I jumped at the opportunity to get to hear her live. My sweet momma kindly agreed to make it a girl’s weekend which made it even better. I thought I would recap some of God's incredible truths that Lysa spoke that really stuck with me and how I already see them as being so applicable in my own life. I hope you enjoy.


The first night, she spoke on the three gardens in the Bible and really in time in general. The first being the Garden of Eden, which we see in the very beginning of the Bible that Adam and Eve were lead out of due to the introduction of sin, the second was the garden of Gethsemane, where Christ was betrayed the night before the cross and the final garden was Eden restored, which can be read about in the final chapter of Revelation. That was the basis of what she was teaching us about, but she shared a lot on the fact that the garden of Gethsemane is filled with olive trees. If you don’t know much about olives, well here’s something new for you. First, it is important to understand that these olive trees will not produce fruit unless they have the harsh winds of the east and the refreshing winds of the west. Second, the olives that people enjoy eating are heavily processed in order to not be a bitter and hard fruit. Third, the most valuable part of the olive is its oil which comes from three very hard pressings. The first pressing reaps the most precious oil, which is considered sacred and is used for anointing oil and other holy matters. The second pressing is where we get the oil we use to cook, the everyday oil. The third pressing brings out the oil that is used for light. What an image this is of how God grows us into the people he wants us to be! We too only bear fruit with good times and harsh time (or winds). We too take such a process to become the people He wants us to be. We too must be pressed and pressed to produce what is most precious and valuable to Him. Jesus was surrounded by olive trees in the garden that night and I completely believe that was specifically noted in the Bible for us to understand all of these steps to our journey of becoming more like Him.

Lysa started the next morning with an incredibly inspiring message to help us understand that we are handpicked by God and how important it is that we live with that at the forefront of our minds instead of living in the shadow of those who you may have been overlooked by. What stuck with me most about this session was the simplest guideline to live by. Lysa said, “My job is to be obedient to God and God’s job is everything else.” In other word’s He’s got you!! How refreshing is it to just be able to rest in that? I have been constantly reminding my over analytical, control freak mind of that simple phrase and will continue to do so. It is too easy to get ahead of ourselves and try to control situations and those around us, but all we really need to do is just be obedient. I don’t know about you, but for me it is much easier to digest just being obedient to Him rather than trying to control the outcome of any and every situation.


In Lysa’s last session, she talked about truly trusting God. She used the example of King Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20 to show that God always has a plan, ALWAYS. When you don’t know what to do, He does. I have questioned his plan especially after walking through the heartbreak that is suffering a miscarriage, but Lysa reminded me of something that truly brought me comfort. She said, “God loves us too much to answer our prayer at any other time but the right time.” We see this played out in so many examples throughout the Bible so I should just know it and trust it, but sometimes I fall off course. He is a good God with a good plan and I have resolved to trust in that plan.


I hope you found the same hope and light in these simple but enormously important truths as I did. Thank you, Lysa Terkeurst for making women your life’s mission and for helping us continually see that we have such a good Father and thank you Harvest Christian church for putting on such a beautiful and needed event. 

I hope your day is as beautiufl as you are!

1 comment:

  1. It was a wonderful time. Thank you, Emi! Great job sharing the insights God gave you through Lysa's messages.

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