As Christ-followers, we realize we are now in a post-Christian era, where living out your faith and standing true to biblical principles is more and more demanding and less and less understood. But we are privileged to live at “such a time as this,” like Queen Esther in the Bible, and we have the opportunity to courageously show our worlds the transformational power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What does that look like on your job, in your family, with your friends? The speakers at this year’s Weekend Getaway addressed these real-life challenges of having courageous faith while we swim upstream against today’s culture. All of this plus great music, refreshing fellowship, and tons of laughter made for an incredible weekend of spiritual renewal, where our faith was strengthened and our courage fortified.
In order to live the abundant life that Jesus offers his followers, two things are essential: Lack of fear and loads of joy. That’s what we focused on for our 27th Annual Weekend Getaway. From women who know what this fearless joy looks like because they’ve lived it, we heard messages and workshops that equipped and encouraged us to get rid of what keeps us in bondage, and live in the unbounded joy that Jesus gives.
The 2nd Annual Christian Working Woman Professional Networking Event held on Saturday, October 10, 2015 in Palos Heights IL. Featured Speakers: Mary Lowman, Founder of The Christian Working Woman, Speaker & Author and Dr. Susy Francis, President & CEO of Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago.
Our world today focuses on our carbon footprints, but as Christ-followers we need to be far more aware of the spiritual footprint we are leaving behind us each day. Our 26th Annual Christian Working Woman Weekend Getaway, challenged the women to think about the mark they are leaving in the world, and inspired them to leave the kind of footprint that makes a difference. It was a wonderful spiritual break and it was a great opportunity to recharge by listening to Mary Whelchel, Carol Kent, Kate McCord, Shayne Moore and Linda Spriegel. If you would like to hear what they shared at the conference, you can order a set of the messages here: http://christianworkingwoman.org/product/all-new-messages-for-weekend-getaway-2014-cd-album/ The set contains recordings of all messages and workshops (9 CDs) in a convenient album for $45 (individual price of each CD is $8). If you attended the conference please feel free to post your pictures to our web page and tag yourself in any of the pictures you are in. Save the date! Next year's conference is April 17-19, 2015 with Jill Briscoe as our main speaker.
Our 25th Annual Weekend Getaway this year turned out to be a fabulous weekend. Many of the regular attenders said it was the best one they have attended! We saw God work in so many ways throughout the weekend and He really met each woman where she was at spiritually. Our theme this year was The Life You Were Meant to Live: The joy of life on the narrow road. Many were challenged and refreshed to turn back to their first love and grow deeper in the Word. Look at these pictures for a few highlights from the weekend.
Jesus said that when we know the truth, the truth will set us free. At this retreat we focused on this theme: Knowing the truth in greater depth so that we can reach our worlds with the good news that Jesus can set them free as we have been set free. It’s not enough just to know God’s truth. Jesus said, “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them” (John 13:17). We grow deep for the purpose of reaching wide with the hope that is found in Jesus Christ alone. This was a weekend full of refreshment, encouragement, and challenge as we were equipped to become like an evergreen tree with deep roots, which never fails to bear fruit.
Many of us reach stages in our lives where we feel that our story line has taken a path that we never intended or wanted. That all-important career that we worked so hard to acquire somehow has not delivered the satisfaction and rewards we dreamed of. That storybook marriage either hasn't happened, or seems to be a horror story instead. Those delightful children have either not been born, or have not developed into the successful adults of our dreams. Are we doomed to live out our days mourning the loss of our dreams, settling for second best—or worse, for a nightmare? Is the abundant life that Jesus promised us in John 10:10 never to be ours? Or do we just have unrealistic expectations? These are the issues we tackled at our 23rd annual Weekend Getaway. We were encouraged and inspired by the speakers and the music, and the wonderful fellowship with other women. It was a weekend full of fun, rest, refreshment, good food and pampering in a lovely hotel, and we left renewed with hope and a plan to redeem our stories.
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