Tonight, to celebrate International Women's Day, I went to Ladies' Night at Puyallup Foursquare Church. Not only did we have the auditorium filled with ladies, but to have us all worshiping our God? It was pretty much AMAZEBALLS - should you say that about church? Meh, I just did.
Tonight Pastor Britney Archer spoke. She's in her 20's, she's no bigger than a heartbeat, but she is so filled with the Spirit of God that it's no wonder why He put her in charge of our new East Campus in Bonney Lake. It was my first opportunity to hear her and she for sure didn't disappoint.
For a long time I didn't have many women friends, it was hard for me to have more than one or two ladies in my life that really meant a lot to me, people I could learn from and pour into as well. The time I spent in Yakima started to turn that around. I had more close women friends than just my sister and a handful of others. This new season here in the South Sound is proving to be even more abundant in the growth of my female community. I've also had quite a few people reach out to me in the past few days to let me know that what God has put on my heart to write in this blog has touched them. I'm so thankful that they've told me that - it confirms that this was a desire in my heart from Him, not from me.
Tonight's message was titled "Benefit of the Babes." I took more notes on this message than I have in a long time. Maybe it's because I have had such a burden in my heart for other females recently? There was something really powerful about the three major points Britney gave us tonight, and I figured I'd share them here. Of course these are paraphrases and my own thoughts from my notes, all credit for the original message goes to God and Ms. Archer.
1 - ACCOUNTABILITY
2 - ENCOURAGEMENT
As we celebrate the dreams of another, our own will elevate
The story that touched my heart the most was the story about a bird she met when she was on vacation in Mexico (hang with me here...). This bird was crying (Seriously, keep hanging) and she asked her owner why. He explained that she had a companion who had passed away and the grief and depression she experienced was so severe that she literally went blind. She was so lost in her despair that it kept her in the dark and confused. Have you been there? I certainly have. The enemy uses that to make us feel alone and isolated. Friends, we were never meant to be alone. We were created to be in a relationship with God and with one another.
We have our own two feet and we decide where to go. As Christians we have no right to be mean girls, to shut people out, to dwell in despair and insecurity. We have the right as princesses of the Most High King to have support, words of affirmation and a life full of loving women who truly care about one another. Invest in your friends, be vulnerable. There is so much power when we band together and live life in community.
When women come together, there is a force that comes behind us and pushes us further than we could go alone.
A 30-something living life in the PNW. Wife, Jesus-follower, Business Owner, Hockey Lover, Craft & Glitter Obsessed.