Greetings my dear and sweet friends! I hope this finds each of you growing in our blessed Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ’s love and grace. I’ve missed chatting with you all, reading what is going on in your lives, and finding encouragement as you pursue your walk with God. So, HOW are YOU? :o) I am doing well; as my title hints I now have an excellent time to breathe . . . school is out! I generally enjoy school, however, once summer began to stretch and bloom all about me, I’ve had a very difficult time keeping my nose to the books. Thank you Lord for seeing me through the year!
I thought for this post I would now like to share what I learned while at the Ladies Conference! (A true and real thank you
to Miss Linda
for reminding me! :o) So before I begin, let me skip away to light the candle, push play on the piano music, and turn some lights on because I have something lovely to tell you–and I may get a little long winded. :o)
First, it was such a blessing to spend a day and half with five other ladies from our church. It was Amazing fun getting to know each of them a little better; it was neat because we had ladies to from almost every age group, starting at 19 and going up to 70 I believe! I believe forty was the only age not present. We all met at the church around 4:30 or 5 in the morning and were quickly off on our about three hour drive to Joplin, Missouri.
Our first speaker was Mrs. Julie Gariss. Immediately, we felt welcome as this sweet lady came upon the
stage. Her first topic was titled “Holi-mess.” (I quickly felt a connection to that one :o) Some of the verses she mentioned were Hebrews 12:14
“Follow peace with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:”
and II Corinthians 7:1
“Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”
Holiness–without spot, clean, perfect . . . something so foreign today. Holiness–separated, pulled away, made special. There is so much meaning in this one word. I must admit that lately I’ve been allowing my vision to be divided away from Christ. Idols of self and earthly pleasures have fogged my sight; I have fallen away from seeking holiness. To seek after holiness means that one must seek after God for He alone is holy. I thank God for His renewed mercies and compassion He has on silly me.
Mrs. Gariss went on to ask “Who is my [your] Daddy?” What are the attributes of God? She lists several verses which wonderfully and fearfully describe our Heavenly Father’s unalterable and unending holiness.
Exodus 19:3–When God came down on Mt. Sinai
II Samuel 6:4–When Uzziah died for touching the tabernacle
Isaiah 6:1–Isaiah’s vision of the God
Oh, our Lord is an awesome God. He isn’t a sweet old grandfather gently smiling upon his children’s mistakes, He isn’t a jolly old man ready to hand out candy and allow us to live for our complete (and mistaken) happiness. No, our God is holy. He is nothing less and therefore He can accept nothing less. Many choose to ignore the holiness of God but we mustn’t. God’s holiness is one of the foundation of our salvation. We need a Saviour because we are sinners and we are sinners because there is a holy God.
Mrs. Gariss had two quote which I specifically enjoyed. The first is one by A.W. Tozer which reads,
“We take refuge from God in God”
Isn’t it true? God is not one who gently overlooks sin but He is also not waiting to crush us each time we fall short of His will. No, He is merciful–seeking us as a groom seeks His bride.
“It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”
Lamentations 3:22, 23
The second lovely quote Mrs. Gariss shared was that “on her I.D. tag it says: I am His and He is mine.”
Oh, such truth and security.
This first lesson was the perfect way to start the weekend at the Ladies Conference. At the bottom of my notes I quickly wrote, “Who is my God the real holy God?” To learn that my God is holy–to know this, to rest in it would surely change my life. It would mold my character from a holi-mess into holiness. :o)
I hope I made sense in writing all of that down! :o) Lord willing, I also hope to continue posting my notes from the other sessions as the week continues. Thank you all for being so patient with me as I have been finishing up school; each of you are special blessings to me!
With much love from your sister in Christ,