Tag : level-up
Tag : level-up
“So my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless” (1 Corinthians 15:58, NLT).
That’s the answer I heard in my spirit when I asked, “How many folders should I purchase for the Level-Up Conference?” Sixty seemed like a lot since we were only a few weeks out from our event and our numbers were hovering in the twenties. However, I trusted the voice and obediently bought sixty folders. When our registrations approached sixty, I was tempted to buy another ten just to be sure we had enough, but once again I trusted the Holy Spirit. He said sixty women would come to be refreshed and encouraged so I needed to believe that’s what we would have.
So we set up sixty seats at our venue, Northview Baptist Church, and on the day of the conference, my heart felt great joy when I scanned the sanctuary and saw almost every seat filled. God knew, in advance, how many would attend and He blessed this conference, that had been bathed in prayer.
Today, as I reflect on Level-Up, I want to provide some thank yous and a short synopsis of what happened on Saturday.
Thank you Sandy Storm for showing us that even the worst of situations can be redeemed, as you shared about your rescue from human trafficking.
Thank you Dr. Lynnette Simm for teaching us that while people may let us down, we can always trust God.
Thank you Rosemary Legrand for a powerful time of healing prayer.
Thank you Rebecca Carrell for showing us that things may not get better in the world but God can help us endure and have joy as we maneuver through life.
Thank you Elizabeth Settle for reminding us that we are never alone—Jesus is always with us.
Thank you Gina Wright for encouraging those who have been through painful divorces and rejection, that God will lead them through it.
Thank you Alexis Arellano for telling it like it is and not being afraid to share truth.
Thank you Renee Rollins for stepping in at the last minute and ushering in a powerful worship experience.
Thank you Katherine Legg for providing those beautiful moments of peace through your flute playing as we reflected on what we’ve heard.
Thank you Aurora Ortega Geis for your wisdom and powerful transitions in your role as emcee.
Thank you Andrea Gibson for welcoming us into your church and making the planning so easy.
Thank you Prayer Team and Volunteers for serving. We could not do this without you.
Most importantly, thank you LORD. You are the one that brought all this together. We do it for you and to provide women the hope only you can offer.
In the process of putting the conference together, I was often discouraged and thought, I am not sure I want to do this again. COVID impacted our numbers. We lost a speaker after her husband succumbed to COVID and we lost our original Worship Leader who fell ill, two days before Level-Up. But after seeing the hand of God the day of this event—how He leveled this event up—I believe Level-Up 2022 will happen. He’s already downloaded many of the details. Level-Up Faith, Level-Up your Future, and Level-down Fears. See you all at our 2022 Level-Up event. Don’t miss out on the blessing!
Our online POP Chat is back in October! We want to invite you to our POP Chat on Wednesday, October 27th from 6:30-7:30 on Zoom. Aurora Ortega Geis will be speaking on “33 Days in the Valley.” We will have worship, a message, prayer and discussion. Join the entire POP Team for this powerful get-together. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
“The greatest among you must be a servant” (Matthew 23:11, NLT)
Over the past week, I have watched God’s hand move mightily over our Level-Up Women’s Conference. He is calling people to attend who I don’t know, and then some of the women I serve with in leadership from another organization, have come forward to either attend or help. One of those leaders said, “I’m just coming to serve. What can I do?” That touched my heart because she’s traditionally published and speaks all over the country. She should be speaking, and probably will be in the future. That’s when I thought of the passage, “The greatest among you must be a servant. But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted” (Matthew 23:11–12). When God has promotes us to a position of high standing, it takes more humility to serve—yet that is what Jesus calls us to do.
What I’ve concluded is: The “greatest” thing we can ever do is to be the “least.”
I am about to speak at two other conferences before Level-Up, and I am praying I go in with a servant’s heart, even though I will be in front, sharing a message. If the conference facilitators need help moving chairs or putting food out, I want to be available. And when any of my friends hold their own events in the future, even if I am not chosen to be a presenter, I desire to have a servant’s heart and do whatever I can to help them.
God has been working on some areas of my life through the battle I had with COVID, as well as the preps for our Level-Up Women’s Conference. Around the time I felt discouraged about our conference, I received messages like “Don’t waver in the waiting” “Trust me” and “I am working behind the scenes.” I see that happening now, and I am humbly grateful to my great and compassionate heavenly Father, who loves and cares for me and desires to give me success in the work I’m called to accomplish on His behalf. One of my favorite verses is “God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful” (1 Thessalonians 5:24, NLT).
I know you’ve probably seen this happen in your own life. What about you, when have you seen God work on your behalf behind the scenes?
It’s not too late to register for our Level-Up Women’s Conference on October 9th at Northview Baptist Church in Lewisville. Right now we have a “Buy One, Get One Free” (BOGO) Ticket available on Eventbrite. Here’s the link: https://levelupdallas2021.eventbrite.com
Join us as we “Level-Up Truth, “Level-Up Trust,” and “Level-Down Trials.” Guest speakers include KCBI Morning Show Host, Rebecca Carrell, Gateway Church Pastor, Elizabeth Settle, Human Trafficking Survivor, Sandy Storm, Austin-based Ministry Leader, Gina Wright, and Newcomer, Alexis Arellano. Worship Leaders are Debra Camp and Katherine Legg. The entire Pearls of Promise Team, Rosemary Legrand, Dr. Lynnette Simm, Aurora Ortega Geis, and myself will also be on hand as speakers, so please don’t miss this opportunity to be renewed and refreshed during a difficult season.