True Woman ’12: Joni Eareckson Tada

It was such a blessing to hear from Joni Eareckson Tada tonight at True Woman ’12. At the request of Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Joni came prepared with a message on a very important topic… 

Joni Eareckson Tada on Forgiveness

How should we respond to God when we’re hurt?

It is natural to think that God is unjust when he lets evil people run roughshod over us. Some suggest we need to forgive God in such situations. This concept is entirely unbiblical. God is never guilty of wrongdoing and never requires our forgiveness.

2 Samuel 11—In the case of David’s grievous sins against Uriah the Hittite, it could easily appear that God let David off the hook, but He did not. He ensured that justice was done and David’s sins were punished when Christ died on the cross.

How should we think about our own sin?

It is important to remember that no one has ever offended you more than you have offended God. On the cross, the apple of God’s eye turned brown with the rot of your sin. You and I have been forgiven so much.

Matthew 18—the unforgiving servant could see the speck in the other man’s eye, but could not see the plank in his own. We often do the exact same thing with those who sin against us.

Let God be the one to hand out consequences for the wrongs committed against you. True revival will not come in your life apart from your willingness to receive God’s mercy and extend it to others.

All things in this life are definitely not equal. The good die young. The innocent suffer. The wicked prosper. This life is not equal or fair. If it were, Christ never would have died in our place.

When we say, “Christ would have died for me even if I were the only person on earth, our statement speaks less of our specialness and more of the specialness of God’s grace. It highlights the gravity of our sin—that our sins alone would require the death of Christ.

How should we respond when we’re wounded by others?

Joni’s friend Vicky suffered terribly at the hands of an evil man who nearly killed her and left her paralyzed for life. She shared this advice with Joni regarding forgiveness:

Forgiveness brings me closer to Jesus than anything else. It gives me a spiritual bath. Most importantly, it gives me freedom.

  • Release the offense
  • Forgive the person
  • Forget it
  • Love the person
  • Go on with living

Forgiveness frees us to come purely before the throne of our wonderful Savior.

Remember…

It took the most unfair act in history to satisfy divine wrath. Jesus’ death on the cross made it possible for the least deserving of all people, you and me, to gain an undeserved eternity of happiness.

Would you let the offenses committed against you go, will you love that person, and then, will you go on with living?

Lord Jesus, I will not be bitter and I will not retaliate. Instead, I will marvel at the sacrifice of Christ on the cross in my behalf. For the sake of Him, I will forgive.

True Woman ’12 News & a Giveaway

9 Days to Go!

I’ve been eagerly anticipating the arrival of True Woman ’12 for almost two years now, and finally, it’s just over one week away! Yesterday, I received my “ticket” in the mail—the wristband you see above—and I’m ready to put it on and head to Indy.

So far, over 8,000 women are registered to attend the conference. At a time when many in the church have either willingly or unwittingly embraced feminist philosophies, it’s truly thrilling to know that such a large number of women are interested in attending a conference where God’s Word will be honored and His design for femininity will be celebrated. 

No Need to Miss Out

If you’re one of the many women who would love to attend True Woman ’12 next week, but for various reasons won’t be able to make it, you don’t have to miss out. For the first time, you can enjoy True Woman via live webstream from the comfort of your home.

If everything goes as planned, I’ll also be blogging from True Woman ’12 as it happens. So if you’re unable to watch the live webstream, you can check in here at Precious Adornment to follow along through my blog posts.

And now for the giveaway…

Just to whet your appetite for the upcoming teaching at TW ’12, I’d like to give away a copy of Nancy Leigh DeMoss’s brand new book The Quiet PlaceThe Quiet Place features one year of daily devotional readings designed to help you withdraw from the distractions of the world to spend time meditating on the truths of God’s Word.

In the introduction Nancy says, “Far too often, far too many of us—myself included—opt for checking Facebook over meditating on His Book, playing Words with Friends over savoring the Word of our dearest Friend…It is my hope that this volume will help you cultivate a quiet heart and find fresh springs of blessing in the presence of the Lord.”

If you would like to enter for a chance to win a copy of The Quiet Place, please add a comment below telling me about your favorite Scripture passage or a passage that the Lord has used to encourage you recently. Be sure to include your email address in the appropriate field (which will not be displayed publicly), so I can contact you if you win. 

Comments will close tomorrow night at midnight (EST), and the winner will be announced Thursday morning (9/13).

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We would rather be respected, as men, than loved…for a guy, respect is the lifeblood for the male psyche; as long as you respect us, that’s so vital to us.

It’s why I believe, in Ephesians chapter 5 in that passage on marriage, the very last verse says, “The wife must respect her husband” (verse 33, NIV).

You say, “Well, I don’t agree with that.” Well, here’s the command of the Lord: Wives, see to it that you respect your husbands.

Some of you will say, “There are things about my husband that just make it hard for me to respect him.” Frankly, I don’t know your husbands, and I don’t know the situations, but it’s very possible for me to imagine that in this room, there are women who have got husbands who, if I met them, I wouldn’t have a lot of respect for.

But I’ll never forget what Elisabeth Elliot shared one time. It was a great illustration.

If I were wearing this shirt, and I put a pen in this pocket, and if that pen had leaked ink so that there was a big purple stain right here on my shirt, and you walked up to see me, where would your eyes go? Right to the stain—right there. It would be hard for you to take your eyes off that spot, and you would draw the conclusion that I was messy or not very well groomed, kind of a slobbish person because of the stain on my shirt.

Elisabeth Elliot said, “What percentage of the shirt has a stain on it?” Oh, three or four percent, right there. “What’s the condition of the rest of the shirt?” It’s clean, in good shape.

She said, “But we just can’t help sometimes focusing on the stain. It’s all we can think about—that stain. And we define you by that stain.”

So, Ladies, some of what you need to do is look a little broader at your husband and say, “Lord, show me; help me to make the list of things that are respectable and worthy in him so I can affirm him in those things.” 

~Bob Lepine in “Help Your Husband Say No to Temptation

Photo: OBMonkey

Take the True Woman Movement Home

The final True Woman Conference of 2010 just wrapped up in Fort Worth this weekend, and even if you were unable to make it to any of the events, that doesn’t mean you have to miss out! You can now listen to all of the main sessions online at the True Woman website. Hear from Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Mary Kassian, Janet Parshall, Jennifer Rothschild, Joni Eareckson Tada, Kay Arthur, and many more speaking on a variety of topics relating to God’s beautiful design for women.

Check them out HERE.

And don’t forget that you can also bring the True Woman movement to your church by planning your own True Woman event. You can purchase a DVD of the original True Woman Conference and download the True Woman Leader’s Kit for free HERE

Photo: True Woman

Precious Picks

More great links I came across over the last week…

Trophy Kids
John MacArthur encourages parents to make sure their goals for parenting line up with the Lord’s, “God’s goal for parenting is much loftier than mere behavior reformation. He wants our children’s hearts, and our goals as parents must reflect His.”

The Myth of Marital Compatibility
In an article on the Mars Hill Church blog, Phil and Jen Smidt address common misconceptions about compatibility and offer 5 tips to becoming more compatible within marriage, “Instead of finding a compatible mate, Christians are instructed to marry and become a compatible mate. This requires the grace and transformation of Jesus–good news to those already married who are struggling to live in unity with their spouse.”

Isaiah’s Story
Another beautiful adoption story from Together for Adoption has been making the rounds online lately. If you haven’t seen it, you need to check it out. “On one of the chairs was a small little bundle of blankets, and I thought that it was moving. To be honest, I thought maybe it was a puppy wrapped up in a blanket…I began to unwrap the blankets and it was just a really tiny baby.”

Prayer Warriors
Tim Challies is blogging from the True Woman Conference in Fort Worth this weekend. His first reports have been very encouraging, “One thing I’ve loved to see at True Woman is the very obvious reliance on prayer. This conference is soaked in prayer, bathed in it.”

Illustration: Svilen Milev

God’s Women for Such a Time As This

“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.”

Proverbs 31:10

Another True Woman conference took place last week in Indianapolis and, based on everything I’ve heard, was a great success. Over 6,100 women traveled to Indy to hear teaching from Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Mary Kassian, Janet Parshall, Joni Eareckson Tada, and others on what it means to be a woman according to God’s beautiful design. Although I wasn’t able to make it to the conference, I am nevertheless very excited about what God is doing through the True Woman Movement and am a strong supporter of its mission and vision:

The True Woman Movement is a worldwide, grassroots movement that was birthed on October 11, 2008, as over 6,000 women gathered in Chicago, Illinois, for the unveiling and signing of the True Woman Manifesto at Revive Our Hearts’ True Woman Conference.

The goal of this movement is to help women . . . 

  • Discover and embrace God’s design and mission for their lives
  • Reflect the beauty and heart of Jesus Christ to their world
  • Pray earnestly for an outpouring of God’s Spirit in their families, churches, nation, and world
  • Intentionally pass on the baton of Truth to the next generation

Nancy Leigh DeMoss explains more about the True Woman Movement and how you can be a part of what God is doing through it… 

If you live in the Southwest, you can catch the last True Woman Conference of 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas, on October 14-16. Find more info HERE

If you’re unable to make it to the conference, you can still share the message of the movement with other women by hosting a True Woman event at your church. At the True Woman website, you can order a DVD of the original conference speakers and use it to hold either a special evening or weekend event or a weekly study at your church. Also available are promotional materials, discussion questions, free downloads of the True Woman Manifesto and other important handouts, and everything else you need to plan and host a wonderful women’s event.

Check it out HERE.

Photo: True Woman

Jesus, Draw Me

 

“Just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we will also bear the image of the heavenly.”

1 Corinthians 15:49 

Another great feature of the 2010 True Woman Conferences is the worship music led by Keith and Kristyn Getty. This past weekend in Indianapolis, they shared their beautiful hymn “Jesus Draw Me Ever Nearer” with the women in attendance. They also shared the news that a baby Getty is on the way!  

Below is a video of the Gettys performing this song and a few more at a past concert event.  

 

Jesus Draw Me Ever Nearer

Jesus draw me ever nearer
As I labor thro’ the storm
You have called me to this passage
And I’ll follow tho’ I’m worn
 

May this journey bring a blessing
May I rise on wings of faith
And at the end of my heart’s testing
With Your likeness let me wake
 

Jesus guide me thro’ the tempest
Keep my spirit staid and sure
When the midnight meets the morning
Let me love You even more
 

Let the treasures of the trial
Form within me as I go
And at the end of this long passage
Let me leave them at Your throne
 

  

Words by Margaret Becker; Music by Keith Getty 

Photo: Nick Benjaminsz

Join the True Woman Movement!

Nancy Leigh DeMoss explains why you should be a part of the True Woman Movement and Conferences…

If you live if the Midwest or the Southwest, I highly encourage you to take advantage of these conferences. I certainly would if I could!!!

Indianapolis, IN–September 23-25

Group pricing available until September 8th

Fort Worth, TX–October 14-16

Group pricing available until September 29th

Get more information at the True Woman website.

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