Now is the time for a REVIVAL of our homes, communities,

and the entire culture for His GLORY,

centered on the authority of His WORD.

Make plans now to join us on Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25, 2009 at Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church, 4100 Casper Mountain Rd.


Tuesday, May 5, 2009

True Woman Wyoming Conference Recap

The True Woman Wyoming conference has come and gone, but the lessons learned, truths gleaned and encouragement received are continuing as a ripple effect throughout individuals and churches in Casper.

God is so good, His Word unchanging and His faithfulness never-ending.

The "mission statement" of True Woman as stated on the front of the conference program was:

Now is the time for a REVIVAL
of our homes, communities,
and the entire culture for His GLORY,
centered on the authority
of His WORD.

By God's grace, we are praying that many women in Casper, Wyoming and beyond are beginning to experience the reality of this mission statement.

This encouraging note from a comment card sums up the conference up so well:

Praise God, Hail Jesus, He's our King! Ladies, Women, Daughters of God,
Thank you so much for all your hard work - for your obedience to God - allowing Him to bring such revival and renewal to my heart. Christ did prepare my heart for this weekend. Thank you for praying, and He has molded and refined me so much - hurt me so good! I needed this, at this time. I welcome the challenge, and by God's grace say, "If I perish, I perish!" God help us to be faithful to follow through. Thank you again.

Another stated after the Friday evening session:

The tone was was very God-honoring. Super organized...great flow!! The bags were cool, great snacks, lovely decor/flowers. Great speakers! Your hard work and time spent in prayer and preparing are coming to fruition.

And another stated:

..I will take from here a new desire to become a warrior in the Word and to implement the practice of better discernment.

And one more...

I was truly not expecting such an amazing, truly truth centered, well run seminar at such a small church. Everything small and large, was amazingly well planned and well executed. Well done! Very well done! Thank you!

A quick overview of the conference:
  • 117 Women from 19 different churches
  • Dozens of prayer request cards prayed for by men
  • Many women signed up for 30 day make-over challenge
  • Many women expressed interest in follow up Bible Studies using True Woman and A 30 Day Walk Through the Psalms
  • Wonderful, encouraging, God-honoring comment cards filled out
  • Beautiful music with virtually NO technology glitches!
  • Several dedicated and faithful men serving behind the scenes with food, cleaning, and praying. (A special unexpected highlight: Men scraping snow from EVERY vehicle in the parking lot at 9:30 p.m. Friday night)
  • 55! door prizes. Books, CD's, wall hangings, homemade gifts, gift cards and MUCH MORE!
The Schedule and Topics

Friday Night:
Steve Blakemore - True Woman - Overview and definitions of terms Woman and True/Truth.
Nancy Leigh DeMoss video - Daily Devotions, Duty or Delight

Saturday Morning:
Jodi Hubert - Worldly or Wise - Importance of Biblical Worldview and Humble Orthodoxy
Linda Olsen - Parenting for Purity - Ephesians 4 and 5
Jackie Huber - Ladies of Legacy - Reflection on Ruth and Naomi and Mary the mother of Jesus

Also on Saturday morning, we were treated to 2 heart moving testimonies of God's faithfulness in salvation and a beautiful mother/daughter dance to the song Hold to Jesus.

Lunch break: Delicious turkey croissants served with veggies, chips, oranges and dessert.

Saturday Afternoon:
Jodi Hubert - Deceived or Discerning - A call to Biblical and Spiritual Discernment in the church
Brenda Szymczak - Conceit or Contrition - A personal testimony of brokenness
Teresa Dick - due to time constraints was unable to present her topic on submission. We are planning a follow up event to do this.

Another amazing testimony from a wife of a former pastor about trusting in God in the hard times.

Saturday Evening:
Joni Eareckson Tada via video - Suffering and Sovereignty
Teresa Dick - For Such a Time as This - Highlights from Esther

One last testimony from a mother that had premature twin girls die soon after birth. Again, the theme was Great is His Faithfulness!

To finish up the evening many women joined together for a public reading of the True Woman Manifesto. This was followed by joyful, reverent, exuberant singing of The Lion of Judah (Robin Mark) and O Church Arise (Keith and Kristyn Getty).

A few pictures from the conference:

The contents of the True Woman bag.

Set up and ready to go - notice the original blue and green True Woman bags from Chicago

The giveaway table - WOW!

Teresa is ready and waiting to hand out name tags to all the participants.

The True Woman Wyoming planning group - Teresa, Jackie, Deb, Brenda and Jodi

Cornerstone Women's Ministry members - LaRee and Kay (Wyoma was home sick)

The reading of the True Woman Manifesto

Further Bible Study Interest Forms and Prayer Request cards

Friday, April 24, 2009

Today is the big day. Can you believe it?

We are so excited that God has prompted YOU to attend True Woman Wyoming!! We have prayed for you and are looking forward to God's Word being shared and proclaimed through music, teaching and testimonies. PLUS -- we have so many great door prizes to give away and great food, too.

Just a reminder -- Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. You can pick up your name tag in the lobby, get some snacks and then start looking through your True Woman Book Bag to discover many treasures. If you have not paid yet, please bring a check when you register. We will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.

As the planning team makes final preparations today, would you pray for us? We have felt God's leading and protection all along the way and would especially covet your prayers today.

In my devotion time this morning, I was reminded of Lamentations 3:22-23.

Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

Have a blessed day and we look forward to seeing you tonight!!

The True Woman Planning Team,
Jodi, Jackie, Brenda, Deb and Teresa

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Day 1: Filling the Earth with His Glory

Scripture Focus: Psalm 72
"Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, who alone works wonders. And blessed be His glorious name forever; and may the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen, and Amen." -Psalm 72:18-19, NASB

If you have worked through this preparation guide from start to finish, then today marks the completion of a forty-day journey. Tomorrow more than 115 women will come together to be challenged, strengthened, encouraged and exhorted from God's Word.

Even more personally, if you are attending the conference, this event may be a spiritual marker that one day you can point to as bringing about needed changes in your perspective on what it means to love and serve God as a woman. Take in the conference prayerfully and with expectancy, asking God to do a new work in your own heart in the lives of the others attending.

On this final day of heart preparation, let's think about why any of this matters. What is the point? How does my perspective on the issue of femininity affect others? Does it matter whether it affects others? Is there more to my life than what I now see?

We're going to close our preparation period today by studying a beautiful psalm of hope. Psalm 72 can be understood on two levels. On one level, it views Solomon beginning his reign as Israel's monarch. But the meaning of this psalm reaches far beyond Solomon to One who will establish His rule eternally-One greater than Solomon (Matthew 12:42). When the Lord Jesus Christ sets up His earthly kingdom, the earth and its occupants will experience the rich fulfillment described here.

As we anticipate Christ's return, our lives are not to be wasted or idled away. We are called to be actively engaged in God's great redemptive plan. We are called to His mandate of filling the whole earth with His glory. We accomplish this is by fulfilling the grand and holy purposes for which He created us-as women!

What would happen if every Christian woman would live out the instructions found in Scripture? What would our homes look like? How would our husbands and children respond to that kind of radical transformation? Would our men be inspired as they watch the power of the gospel at work in our lives? Would they hunger to know God more intimately? Would they begin to feel the freedom and confidence to take on the role of spiritual leadership?
How would our churches, our workplaces, our neighborhoods be different if thousands of women lived as "true women," honoring Christ with their thoughts, words, attitudes, and actions? What would the unbelieving world around us think? How would they respond? How would their lives be impacted by the power of the gospel that has transformed our lives? Could revival occur?

Take Time to Reflect
Meditate on the questions at the end of today's devotional. Prayerfully read through Psalm 72. How well is your life contributing to God's ultimate intention that the whole earth should be filled with His glory? Do those around you see the transformational power of the gospel at work in your life?

True Woman Wyoming Prayer Focus
Are you ready for the True Woman Wyoming conference? Take time to thank God for what He has already accomplished in your mind and heart over the past 40 days, and ask Him to continue that work in your life during the conference and beyond. Pray for physical and spiritual protection for all involved in the weekend.

Pray that every woman who attends True Woman Wyoming will have a responsive heart, and that all God's desires and purposes for this weekend will be fulfilled.

Pray for a true visitation of God's Spirit in revival!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Day 2: Bearing Fruit

Scripture Focus: Psalm 92
"They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing, to declare that the LORD is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him." -Psalm 92:14-15, NKJV

"Perseverance is the surest evidence of sincerity." -Matthew Henry

Do you ever think about how you want others to remember you after you're gone? Do you have a strong determination to finish well? Are you asking God to make you spiritually fruitful as long as you are alive?

Psalm 92 provides a contrast between those who are abiding in close fellowship with the Lord and those who have rejected God. Those who are seeking to be right with God are given hope and encouragement for the future. Although the wicked and unbelieving may have prosperity and an abundant life in a worldly sense, it is temporary, resembling the summer grass that springs up quickly but has only a brief life span. The picture of the righteous, by contrast, is that of palm and cedar trees (Psalm 92:12), symbolizing permanence, strength, noble beauty, and perpetual fruitfulness.

Notice where these trees have been planted-in the house of the Lord (Psalm 92:13). It is in His presence that we receive spiritual nourishment, the ability to bear fruit, strength, grace, and longevity.

Similarly, Jesus uses the beautiful imagery of the vine and branches to convey truths to us about abiding in Him. His promise of fruitfulness is granted as a result of intimate fellowship, obedience to His commandments, and the willingness to lay down our lives for others, following Christ's supreme example (John 15).

One thing we learn from all this is that fruitfulness is descriptive of two things: sanctification and multiplication. Hang on, those are BIG words, but they are important and rich with meaning.

Simply put, sanctification is the process of spiritual growth whereby, through the grace of God, the fruit of the Spirit become evident, mature, and prolific in the life of the believer. It is the beautiful process of change that takes place in one who is cooperating with the Holy Spirit, enabling him to die more and more to sin and to reflect more and more the nature and beauty of Christ (Romans 8:12-13).

Multiplication is the process of planting the seed of truth in others' lives, whether introducing them to Christ and/or leading them through the sanctification process by discipling them. It is investing in others' lives in order to see them transformed, abiding in and reflecting Christ, in order that the whole earth will see the glory of the Lord.

Great and marvelous are Your works, O Lord God, the Almighty;Righteous and true are Your ways, King of the nations!"Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy; For ALL THE NATIONS WILL COME AND WORSHIP BEFORE YOU." (Revelation 15:3-4, NASB)

Take Time to Reflect

Meditate on Psalm 92 and John 15. Do you desire to be fruitful? What can you do today to abide in Christ, obey His Word, surrender completely to His control, and invest in the lives of others? Ask Him to enable you to bear "much fruit" for His glory.

True Woman Wyoming Prayer Focus
If the women who attend the True Woman Wyoming conference merely fill their minds with truth, but do nothing to stand for biblical womanhood when they return home, they will miss a tremendous opportunity to bring glory to God and fulfill His plan for women in our day. Ask God to use this conference to develop women who will hear God and then bear much fruit, influencing our world for the cause of Christ.

Pray for other churches in other cities as they host similar True Woman Conferences.

Pray that women will be challenged to sign the True Woman Manifesto that will be presented at the conference. Pray that in the days ahead, many other women will be added to the thousands of women that have already signed this historic document. Pray that they will embrace this statement and consecrate themselves to be God's "true women." Now is the time!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Day 3: Daughters of Biblical Womanhood

Scripture Focus: Titus 2
"Older women likewise are to . . . teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled." -Titus 2:3-5, ESV

Grocery shopping, meal planning, budgeting, cleaning, gardening, decorating, cooking, organizing, relating to men, mothering a newborn, potty training, parenting a toddler, gracefully loving a teen-all of these situations give older women opportunities to train younger women. What a privilege and responsibility we have as women, to pass on to others both practical skills and a heart of wisdom, acquired from real-life experience!

The biblical model for learning the art of womanhood is this: those who have gone before gladly come alongside those who are following behind them. The more mature offer wisdom, encouragement, insight, practical help, understanding, hope, balance, and stability. The young woman who fails to take advantage of the wisdom she can gain from those who've been further down the road, is unwise and short-sighted. The older woman who selfishly withholds knowledge and experience from those who could benefit is likewise short-sighted.

You may be tempted to think, How could I ever mentor a younger woman? I don't know enough! Besides, look at all the mistakes I've made! Remember, you don't have to be a Bible scholar in order to convey truth, share experiences of walking with God, or help a younger woman grapple with issues of faith. Young women need love, honesty, simple truths, life experiences related in wisdom and confidentiality, and the gift of time. It is the responsibility, and should be the joy, of older women to train the younger.

Each season of life contains its own opportunities for serving, but for many, the "empty nest" season may provide the greatest opportunities for sowing spiritual seeds, nurturing those seeds, and reaping a harvest. The sunset years can be filled to overflowing with an abundance of ministry. If you find yourself in that season of life, don't let those years be wasted-finish well. Invest in the future generation.

Stop and think about it: What kind of spiritual legacy are you leaving to those who are following in your steps?

Take Time to Reflect
At almost any age, you are both older and younger than some of the women around you. So consider the women in your church body. If you are not currently investing in a woman who is younger in her faith, pray about who you should offer to disciple. If you know a young bride, a young mom, or a single young woman who needs some help in learning practical womanly skills, make the offer to take her grocery shopping, cook a meal, give housecleaning tips, and so on. Ask how you can pray for or encourage her in her walk with God. If you are a younger woman, seek out spiritual and practical help from older women.

Study Titus 2:3-5. Pray about using this passage as a study to do with a group of friends or another woman.

True Woman Wyoming Prayer Focus
Pray that God will use the True Woman Wyoming conference to give women a fresh vision for passing the baton of faith on to others. Pray that sisters in Christ will join together all across our state to form discipling relationships. Pray for older women to become intentional about investing in young women. Pray for younger women to be teachable and willing to learn and to reach out to older women for discipleship.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Day 4: Passing On the Baton

Scripture Focus: Psalm 78
"... that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments." -Psalm 78:6-7, ESV

Young women today are surrounded by a culture that promotes aggressive sexuality, raw ambition, selfish individualism, the pursuit of outer beauty, and overall raunchiness. Many of these young women are crying out to be spiritually "mothered." They may not openly express that desire, but if you are an older woman who will take the time to share loving insights and caring counsel, they will eat it up!

Each generation is commissioned with the responsibility from God to pass on His truth. God calls believers to press on to maturity in order to be a visible witness of His grace and power to the watching world, but also in order to model spiritual maturity to younger believers.

Paul summed up the motivation behind his years of teaching, writing, imprisonment, missionary endeavors, and physical hardship and suffering in Colossians 1:28-29: "We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ. For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me" (NASB).

Paul's earnest desire was to see every believer brought to maturity in Christ. He sought to disciple, teach, pass on truth, encourage, exhort, and (if need be) confront in order to aid the spiritual development of the younger believer. He was driven by this mission to see others brought to spiritual maturity in order that they might display God's grace and power, thereby attesting to His reality and bringing Him glory. Is that yours driving motivation in life?

What gets you out of bed in the morning? Do you have a burden for the next generation of young women to know the truth, to live meaningful lives, to fulfill God's purpose, to have healthy relationships, and to love their husbands and children well? Do you see it as your responsibility to pass on to them the wisdom you have gained from knowing God's Word and learning to live it out in the laboratory of life?

Don't allow your "life message" to be wasted. Pass on God's wisdom and truth to the daughters who follow in your footsteps.

Take Time to Reflect
Use Psalm 78:1-8 to inspire you to invest time, energy, and training in the next generation. If you are an older woman, consider how God desires to use you to spiritually "mother" younger women. If you are a younger woman, ask God to lead you to a more mature believer who can serve as a role model.

True Woman Wyoming Prayer Focus
Linda Olsen is the wife of the pastor at Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church. She will be speaking on the importance of purity in our children's lives. Pray that her message will encourage women's hearts to seek purity for themselves as well as their daughters.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Day 5: No Need to Fear

Scripture Focus: Psalm 27
"... who stills the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the tumult of the peoples." -Psalm 65:7, NASB

Fear. It's one of the most common struggles we as women battle with. Fear of the future. Fear for our children. Fear of financial loss. Fear of pain. Fear of rejection. Fear of failure. Fear of suffering. Fear of people. Fear of illness. Fear of conflict. Fear of exposure. Fear of relationships. Fear of loneliness. Fear of weight gain. Fear of growing old. Fear of Satan's attacks. Fear of church. Fear for our reputation. Fear of death.

Living in a fallen world with sinful people and depraved conditions, we face multiple opportunities each day to cave in to unhealthy, paralyzing, sinful fear. The only truly healthy fear is the respectful awe that Scripture refers to as the "fear of the Lord."

How do we counteract our fears? How do we deal with life courageously? How do we respond to fearful circumstances in a manner that glorifies God? By being so familiar with His character and His ways that His perfect love casts out all our fear. In other words, the key to overcoming fear is trust. It is not trust in a solution or a formula, but it is an abiding confidence in the character and faithfulness of God.

Our level of fear should be an indication to us of how little or how much we know of God. Our trust level is directly proportional to our level of confidence in Him. And our level of confidence increases as our knowledge of Him (His Name, His character, His power, His actions throughout history, His work in our own lives) increases.

When we truly come to appreciate the fact that the Savior who stood up in a storm-tossed boat to quiet the crashing of thunder and the roaring of wind is the same God who offers refuge to us in the midst of our own storm, we will not fear.

When we really believe that the almighty God who commanded the waters of the Red Sea to be separated in order for His people to pass through is the same loving Father who offers safety in the face of the Enemy's attacks, we will not fear.

When we believe that God is trustworthy, that He does not lie, that He is faithful, that He has all power, and that all He chooses to do is good and right, then we know that as long as we trust in Him we have no need to fear.

Take Time to Reflect
As the time for the True Woman Wyoming conference draws closer, and as you are preparing your heart to hear from God, the Enemy will likely attempt to distract, discourage, or derail you. Rather than responding in fear, cry out in trust to the One who cares for your soul. Meditate on Psalm 27 today.

True Woman Prayer Focus
Because of all the "hats" women wear, preparing for a weekend conference requires time, wisdom, and good planning. Pray for 100+ women as they make final arrangements and get ready to attend the conference. Pray for physical and spiritual protection and for God's enabling and provision on every front. Pray for a spirit of anticipation and readiness to hear from God and to say, "Yes, Lord!"