3 Things I Learned at the Woman Evolve Conference
This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend the first annual Woman Evolve Conference in Denver, CO hosted by Sarah Jakes Roberts. If you don't know who Sarah is I have mentioned her in this post about podcasts, as well as this post about some of the books I've read this year. You can learn more about what took place at the conference this year by following her on IG @sarahjakesroberts and @womanevolve.
This was a two day event where thousands of women came together to worship, to laugh, to cry, and to ultimately experience the mighty hand of God. I can't even put into words what happened in that building those two days. I strongly believe that lives will forever be changed because of that conference. So, today I decided to write about the three things that I took away from the conference.
1. If I push, God will pull
On day one of this conference, Sarah preached an amazing message about being a Wild Woman. One of the biggest takeways that I got from that message was that if I push, God will pull. Push what? I'm glad you asked. We are all pregnant with purpose + destiny, and the only way it can come to fruition is if we push it out. It's time for us women to get into position and push out whatever we were called to birth. We must do it despite any dragon (Revelation 12:1-6) that's staring us in the face. This could be fear, anxiety, worry, generational curses, lack of support, etc. Your blessings are directly connected to your push!
For me personally, the push is the scariest part. If we think about physically giving birth, for a lot of women the hardest or most painful part is actually delivering the baby. Your body has to stretch, you go through labor pains, etc. All of these things happen as well when you're giving birth to your purpose. God has to stretch you so that you can handle the magnitude of what you're about to push out. You're also going to have to go through some labor pains in order to become strong enough to carry the weight of your purpose. Pushing can be hard + scary, but I now know that if I push, God will pull and He'll be there to catch + protect the destiny that I birth.
2. I have to learn how to thrive in the wilderness
The second thing I learned also came from Sarah's Wild Woman message. I learned that God has placed me in the wilderness and I have to learn not how to get out of it, but how to thrive in it. Sarah defined the wilderness as an uncultivated, uninhabited, inhospitable place that God has set up for me to thrive. She said that who we become in the wilderness determines how strong the enemy will be. For example Jesus defeated Satan in the wilderness after fasting so Satan knew he had no chance against Jesus on the cross. God will not place you where you "belong", but He will place you where you can grow. This is why it's so important to understand if and where you've been planted. Most of the time, it's not where you have everything you need. If you were planted in a place with all the resources, finances, people, etc. then you wouldn't need God. God is going to plant you where He knows you can grow IN SPITE OF the environment that you're in. This way, you have no choice but to give Him all the honor and glory.
3. I am not a man's sidekick. I can be my own superhero.
When Toure Roberts preached his message "Re-imagining Woman", it was more of confirmation for me than something that I was learning. For the longest time, I've felt like women were not created to just be "helpmeet" for men, and I honestly felt like it was rare to see Christian women who didn't push that the sole role of a woman was to be a helper to a man. It was EVERYTHING to hear a man of God preach that I am not a man's assistant, but I am man's counterpart.
Toure started his message in the book of Genesis and we looked at the creation of Adam and Eve. He pointed out after God created something, He said "it is good" except for when He created man. After He created Adam, He said that it was not good for man to be alone, and that He would make a helper COMPARABLE to him (Genesis 2:18). So yes, God did create a woman to be a helper, but He also created woman comparable to man. The definition of comparable is of equivalent quality or worthy of comparison. So God created woman equal to man. The Hebrew word translated to comparable or suitable is kə·neḡ·dōw. In Hebrew this means "in front of". This shows that God did not create woman to be less than or to stand behind a man. He created her as another front! Click here for the visual representation that Toure used during His message.
Another thing that Toure touched on was this idea of being a "Proverbs 31 woman", specifically the part about being a virtuous wife. So many people push the idea that you have to be a wife in order to be virtuous and that's so far from the truth. If that were true, it would mean that our virtue as women would be dependent on the presence of a man, and I refuse to believe that that's how the God I serve works.
Toure preached part two of this message on Sunday at TPH Denver and it was titled "His Role, Her Movement, Our Reward". During that message he focused on the role that a man must take in order to stand as one with a woman instead of trying to rule over her. I think it's a message that both men and women need to see, and I have linked it below.
So those are the three biggest things that I took from this year's Woman Evolve Conference. This conference was one of the best things that I've experienced and I was so excited to hear that there would be another one next year. It will be taking place in Denver, CO on July 12 - 13. If you are interested in attending, click here for more info + registration. If you do end up registering, please leave a comment or message me because I would love to meet you there!