This past week, I was blessed to be a part of a very special work of God.
After many years of prayer and months of preparation and anticipation, the Bright Lights conferences came to Pennsylvania.
It was a sacred time. The sanctuary was filled with girls ranging from seven years old to early twenties, from all varieties of states, churches, family circumstances, and spiritual maturity. Yet the bond of the same Savior and filled with the same Spirit, there was a unity in song, prayer, and Bible study.
A beautiful group of leaders came all the way from Iowa to minister. There joy was contagious, their testimony sincere, and their love for the Lord and passion for His work was clearly evident. I was encouraged and challenged working along side these servant hearts.
At each conference I had my own little group of girls. I came to teach them, but soon realized that I was learning right alongside with them. During the Strong in the Lord Conference, my eight year old “Lighthouses” with their joyful enthusiasm, eagerness to look up Scripture, and attentiveness to the biography of a “bright light,” were used by God to teach me that learning about Him and His Word is an exciting adventure. The gospel never gets old or loses its power, it is always “living and active” and revealing new hidden treasures every day.
Lord, take any seed that has been planted. Water it, allow it to grow. May these girls become radiant women of God, eager for Your Word and passionate for Your glory.
On Friday and Saturday, more girls filled the church for the Radiant Purity Conference. Again, the Lord reminded me that I needed to be transformed by the truth of His Word just as much as any girl there. I can never learn enough of Christ! His sanctification of my heart is a life long process and I need to continually be overwhelmed by the purity and magnitude of His love.
I expected to do a lot of talking in my small group of 12 and 13 year olds. I asked the Lord to teach me how to guide discussion on emotional purity. To my delight, he gave me a sweet group of girls who came already softened and desiring to guard their hearts.
The girls asked so many insightful and sincere questions. The whole time, I was praising the Lord and asking Him to fill me with His words and wisdom. Mostly, I was reminded that it is God that prepares the soil, plants the seed, and nurtures it’s growth. He was already preparing girls for the messages they heard during the conference and I was just a tool He used along the way. I am so grateful for the sovereign purposes of my God!
“I have one desire now – to live a life of reckless abandon for the Lord, putting all my energy and strength into it” — Elisabeth Elliot
“…that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world…” –Philippians 2:15