Pink Impact 2016 was such a wonderful, encouraging, inspiring, refreshing weekend. I literally don’t even know where to begin. If I am being honest, my attitude didn’t start off the greatest. Don’t get me wrong, I was totally pumped for the conference! But I had a negative perspective in regards to the mass chaos of women, the size of the arena, and how far our seats were from the stage. Yet within just a few moments of the conference starting, those meaningless problems drifted away.
This year’s theme was, dwell,
“Lord, I love the house where you live, the place where your glory dwells.”
Psalm 26:8 (NIV)
Debbie Morris kept referring to building a tent for the Lord to dwell in us. And she expressed 3 ways to dwell fully in what God has for us.
- Reading the scriptures. Even if it is just one verse a day, we must stay in the word.
- Look for His hand in our lives, He continually sends love notes to us.
- Be real and authentic. “You can be real with your God! Give Him backstage access.” (Morris)
Each speaker’s message perfectly wove into one another seamlessly. Interestingly enough, not one of them corresponded or shared with each other what they would be personally presenting. God just had it all planned out. It was awesome! Kari Jobe and Gateway Worship created an atmosphere of expectant hearts. The camaraderie was awesome, spending time with my mom, sister, aunts and cousin. It was another special weekend that I will forever hold close to my heart.
Christine Caine was the first speaker to take the stage and she made sure we were awake and listening at 10am! Christine spoke about how we have “too many spiritual apps open” which keep us from hearing God. We need to allow God to do some resetting in our lives. We need to grow up, let God move into our hearts rather than just be a visitor, and understand that He is trustworthy. Only he can illuminate our hearts. And when the devil comes around, we must remember to proclaim, “Oh no, Satan! My Daddy says!” – Caine loves to say, “Let’s kick some devil butt!” She was just awesome!
Charlotte Gambill spoke twice at the conference. She truly speaks from what is heavily laid on her heart. She is passionate and infectious! There is no way you could listen to her and not feel driven to make changes in your life. Her first message taught us the “art of circling”. Those moments in our lives where we feel like we are moving, we are trying, we are attempting, but nothing is changing! She said we have to learn to “circle our promises, rather than our problems.” Sometimes God wants us to circle because the laps will build something in us. He knows how many laps we need to take before we will see what He sees. We need to rest in the waiting, save our energy for when it comes time to use it! Charlotte says, “day 7 is coming!” (Joshua 6, Walls of Jericho).
Charlotte’s second message was entitled; “Setting Her up to Win”. It was all about encouraging others, letting go of our selfishness, assisting in each other’s victories and sharing in their wins. She says, “We’re here to help build THE Kingdom, not my Kingdom.” She gave the example of Ruth and Naomi. One of the very few times in the Bible where someone self-lessly set another up to win. And when we let someone else win, we win! “Position one another properly for the destiny they have from God. Who are you positioning? So many of us are positioning ourselves. We’re called to be a family of God, and not a dysfunctional one.”
Priscilla Shirer, of War Room, spoke twice as well. She is a fire cracker! Wow, I love her. She spoke from a place of vulnerability on Friday. A friend of hers is dealing with a difficult time in her life. She shared that, “God is not mad at you for asking the hard questions. “Sometimes we become stronger and more sure through the struggles, questions and wrestling.” She reminded us that God never changes, only our circumstances do. So we can keep on asking in the struggles. “God gives so much grace to wrestle through your faith.”
Secondly Priscilla shared all about fighting against the Evil one. Life is a battlefield, and though we need not be afraid, we must be on guard. The world views Satan as this fictional cartoon character that wears a red jumpsuit and has horns sticking from his head. But, he is real and he uses schemes. “The enemy has a calling card, and it is deception.” (Shirer) In order to win the battle, we must speak God’s word over our homes, PRAY and stick to the TRUTH. Priscilla shared that if we want ANY chance at standing firm in our faith, we must pray. “If you get serious enough about prayer, the enemy doesn’t stand a chance.” (Shirer) And we must follow the Bible, which is the compass for our life. Priscilla shared that the Bible is a standard outside of ourselves, and we must align our lives with the truth of the word.
Elaine Fisher spoke briefly about how we cannot find freedom in the darkness and we must bring ourselves to the light. “God has been chasing after you far longer than you have been running from Him.” (Fisher)
Robert Morris finished the first day off speaking on being “Called or Sent” and understanding the difference. He explained that everyone has been called, but few are sent.
“For many are called, but few are chosen.”
Matthew 22:14 (KJV).
God wants us to go through a process before being sent. “The process is to work the self-reliance out of you to make it clear who did this, God.” (Morris) Robert provided several biblical examples of this process. Abraham was called at the age of 75, he wasn’t sent until he was 100. Moses was called at birth, but was not sent until the age of 80. Joseph was called at age 17 and sent at age 30. And David was called as a shepherd but wasn’t sent until he became a King. Sometimes God’s not waiting on your attitude, or aptitude to change, but rather the atmosphere. “If you’re not faithful with little you won’t be trusted with more.” (Morris). We must remember that we can always be ministering, even in our waiting to be sent. Being sent is the anointing and authority to function in the call. This anointing comes from making it through the process.
Blynda Lane spoke first on Saturday. Her topic was on being “Naked & Unashamed”. She expressed that we have to live an authentic relationship with God. In Him we have the freedom to be who we are. We need to stop hiding the weak parts of ourselves. God already knows He has to compensate for us. “Vulnerability is not weakness. It is saying I have weakness, but because I am strong in Him, I am not weak.” (Lane). She went on to say that shame breeds shame, but vulnerability breads vulnerability. We need to band together in unity.
Kari Jobe spoke briefly about her family’s struggles over the past year. She and her sister were both pregnant at the same time. 7 ½ months into her sister’s pregnancy, she lost the baby. The heartache has been strong in the Jobe family. Kari explained that she felt like God had offended her. She questioned Him and was frustrated with His plans. But she also understood that feeling offended by God would put up a fence and would ultimately shut Him out. She decided that she had to keep trusting him. She had to declare her faith in Him, even when she didn’t feel like it. “Trusting doesn’t have a feeling to it.” She shared that “worship brings breakthrough.”
One very special thing the ladies of Pink Impact do every year is gift each woman with a prophetic message. They are randomly distributed to each of us without any real rhyme or reason. Yet these messages have proved perfectly picked for me the past two years. God is so cool! Here was my message:
“FIGHTER – You have everything you need to win the battle. God is with YOU! Present your case to God and ask for justice. As you entrust your situation to God, He will vindicate you. Exodus 14:14 “The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
Guys? I have been fighting my OCD battle for several months now! He is there, and will continue to be there. This was such a special reminder.
The conference ended with a special gift; a beautiful, soft gray pillow that says, “dwell”. I will definitely be sleeping on that, while resting in Him.
I love the Pink Impact conference. I am already registered for next year. Lysa Terkeurst will be speaking!!! What?! So cool!
Check back on Thursday for a **special** encounter I had at the conference.