It never crossed my mind to attend any Church’s events which mostly held during weekends, because I was afraid that I will burn out as I have regular weekdays Church meetings. And never crossed my mind to attend Treassure Women Conference this year. I did not even have the intention to go this year. But today, as I am writing this post, I just got back from the two full days TWC.
On Monday 28th August 2017, two weeks before TWC 2017 would be held, I received a news that shattered my heart into pieces, and I knew, I just knew, how my days would start and end each day starting from that day. With tears heavily falling on my cheeks, I threw a question to God: “How should I get through this, God?”. As an HSP (Hyper-Sensitive Person), I can hear Him clearly replying my question: “Register for TWC 2017, and I will show you how”. Clearly.
Because I knew it was Him, I obeyed.
And I knew it was Him, because at this very second, after the conference done, I can confidently telling you that that Conference TRULY IS for me. Every message that has been shared in the conference, speaks JUST EXACTLY as what I’ve been struggling for the past two weeks.
All questions were answered.
Do you believe that God is that close? He is to me. I asked, He gave command, I obeyed, and all questions just simply answered like that.
Last year we, JPCC Choir got the chance to sing at TWC 2016. But I skipped the opportunity because I did not want to spend the whole day at Church during the weekends. While everybody were grateful to be involved in the event, I chose to ignore the calling and miss the opportunity to sing and sit and listen to the speakers. But God is never giving up on me. He tried it one more time this year.
So I obeyed.
And I want to share the blessings I received to you, Readers.
Because He is real, and there is Hope for the hopeless.
If He never gives up on us, why should we give up on the dreams God has put into our hearts in the first place?
So I came prepared, knowing that God will speaks right to my heart. I came prepared, knowing that God will touch my heart, aiming for my greatest pain. I came prepared, bringing all the broken pieces of my heart and asked Him to putting all the pieces together with me. I came prepared and asked Him to accompany me because I was too afraid to face the tide by my own. I came as how I am: fragile and vulnerable.
Because I believe that God is close to the brokenhearted (Psalm 34:18).
It is in my pain that God is closest.
DAY 1 – Friday, 8 September 2017
Session 1 by Dawnchere Wilkerson : SAY IT AGAIN
Exodus 3:7-8. God is God who never forgets your situation. God is God who never giving up on you. God is God who never putting you aside. God is God who never ignoring your needs, your wishes, your dreams.
Exodus 3:4 wrote that God called Moses twice (“Moses, Moses!”). He wants us to listen to Him. When we take our position to listen on His calling, we can hear His voice clearly. Many of us, in times of troubles we tend to listen to our own voice, questioning God why things should turn bad, not as how we are expecting. But at moment of difficulties, hear God. Listen to God’s voice. Because He wants to tell us that He wants us to receive great things to happen in our lives.
He wants us, He wants to speak with us.
When Moses was called to deliver the Israelite to the promise land, God promised Moses to be with him. As he encountered problems by problems, Moses asked God to give him miracles. As the sea split into two, as the bread descended from the heaven, God promised Moses: “I will be with you” (Exodus 4:12). And if we are in doubt, when you feel like you want to give up on your devastating situation, call God, and ask Him to say it again, say the promise He once said, that He will always be with you. God be with Moses in every single step and journey he had to take to lead the Israelite.
Every season in our lives, God is faithful. In the season of waiting, God always encourage us to keep walking, because you are not on hold. His promise awaits you.
Know that God is enough for us.
Session 2 by Sari Simorangkir : ENDLESS HOPE
We know that David had encountered difficult times. He was weeping. But David never lost hope.
Psalm 23 telling us how much David depended on God during his darkest hours, how much hope he put in God.
- Being content in God – Psalm 23:1 “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack of nothing”
- Having conviction in profound assurance – Psalm 23:3 “He guides me along the right paths”
- Secure – Psalm 23:4 “Even though I walk to the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me”
- Know where his future lies
We never lack of the good things God gives in our lives. “THE GOOD”, as measured by God for each of us. What good for one person’s life, is not necessarily good for the other person’s life. And God knows what “GOOD” means for every each of us.
It is IMPOSSIBLE for God to give us the wrong blessings.
God is never making a mistake.
Session 3 by Rick Wilkerson : GOD’S LOVE LANGUAGE
Each of us shows love through our own love language. But how God wants to be loved? What is God love language?
John 14 wrote “If you love me, you will obey Me”. God has one love language: obedience. But how do we love God if God does not “behave” (read: doing nothing, being silence).
God acts out of our timeline. His time is not our time, nor ours is not His.
John 11 tells us a story about Lazarus. Why did God had to wait two days while Martha and Mary came to Him asked for Lazarus to be healed? Why did God had to wait for four days before He resurrected Lazarus?
Because God wants us to show us that He is God: “If you believe, you will see the glory of God” (John 11:40).
Our waiting season does not have to be wasted. We tend to worry when God does not working on our wishes. We tend to doubt God when God seems to be silent. We tend to be hopeless when God does not answer our prayers over a long time.
Worry separate you from God. But worship draws us close to God.
Worship Him if we feel anxious, worry, doubtful, or hopeless. Because we need God during that moment. Don’t turn your face away from God.
God’s love is way much bigger than our faith. It is impossible God abandoned our wishes, our hopes, our dreams.
When we put our hope in God, we are expecting God is working on something. Even it seems to be so quiet, but God is working on something that we cannot see. Expect that God is working on something, because then we will be prepared to receive the blessings from Him. Get prepared, be prepared. When the time comes, you will receive the blessings and you have already equipped to handle the blessings.
If we think that God does not do anything, it does not mean God is delaying, it does not mean God is rejecting us. Never put a period, if God puts a comma.
If it is not okay, it is not the end. God has not finished yet.
If God always meets our expectations, He cannot show that He is more than the wishes we’ve ever asked, than the dreams we’ve ever build. How can He ever exceeds, if He always gives us what we ask.
If expectation does not line up with our situation, it’s always because God wants to reveal something that He has never been shown to us or we have ever known before.
DAY 2 – Saturday, 9 September 2017
Session 1 by Angela Rachmat : THE “RED SEA” IN OUR LIVES
Exodus 14:13-14 speaks four things to the Israelite when they were facing red sea in front of them.
- “Do not be afraid”. Fear steals strength. Fear steals hope. Fear stops us from moving forward. Fear is not a sin, but it can drag you into sin. Fear might bring you nowhere because you are too afraid to decide (or creating the possibility of the having best decision for life). God knows our weaknesses, as well as our strengths. But God wants us to focus on our strengths to fight our own fears, instead of focusing on our weakness and fall .
- “Stand firm” (be confident). Moving on means we look forward. But it is important to take a look in our past and see how much great things (or blessings) God had done for us in our past lives. How do we see ourselves? We will never win anything if we choose to be beaten up by the bad things happen in our lives.
- “You will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today”. God wants us to receive what’s best for our lives. If we don’t get what we ask for, we tend to be disappointed because we think God misses the point. In dart games, if we hit the point outside the bullseye, it doesn’t mean it’s nothing. It means God wants to settle on the “side things” that haven’t been settled before we receive the blessings we are asking.
- “The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still”. God fight the battle for you when you be still. It will be so much difficult for us to listen to His voice when we are too busy to listen to our own voices.
“I am working on something in your life. Would you trust Me?”.
Session 2 by Englyn Mutty : CHANGE THE WAY YOU FIGHT
When we receive bad news, we tend to fall. Feeling devastated. Losing hope. Asking questions. But God is up to something because He actually is working behind the screen. Every each of us will go through the same season in life where we have done everything in, but things have not changed.
We often have the tendency not to be aware that something is actually change. Our attitudes, our responses, our characters, that have been shaped after all this time. We just need to see it from God’s perspective instead of our limited views.
Because God is God who cares for the process instead of the final result (answered prayers).
God is more interested for us to walking the process. Don’t run from it.
Walk like we have already received the blessing, it will change the way we walk, the way we fight. We will be confident. We will be patience waiting God to fulfill His promises.
Because patience brings hope.
Session 3 by Dawnchere Wilkerson : YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND
When you are in a difficult situation, you need a friend. When you are feeling lonely, you need a friend.
Know that God never leaves us. He is our best of the very best Friend.
Loneliness is a battle inside of each of us. We might be surrounded by a lot of people, among thousands, but we will still be lonely. Because loneliness is the enemies’ lie. They try to trick us that God has left us, abandoned us, forgotten us. Enter His presence, and feel His presence. We will never feel lonely anymore.
God loves us that much so He wants us to receive what’s best for us, what we NEED and not what we want.
Wait on Him, because He has not done just yet. You will never lose hope in God.