I turn 40 this week….and I started celebrating early by heading up to Sydney and spending time with my sister. We celebrated in style by heading into the city for the night and going to see the production of Annie. That was really special. I then got to join some of our Hills Girls at Colour Conference. Colour Conference is a women’s conference hosted by Bobbie Houston and Hillsong Church. Week 1 (of two conferences held back to back in Sydney) filled the Sydney Entertainment Centre and will be held in Capetown, London and Kiev over the next month. You can get a glimpse of it in pictures at the Colour Conference Blog . For those who went I would love you to note some of your favourite moments and highlights in the comments below so others can capture what you got out of it. For those who go for the first time it is breathtaking. For those who have been before it is like profoundly moving. Here are some thought I jotted down on teh plane as I headed home:`On the first night there was such a great sense of expectation in my heart as I sat on the very back row waiting for Brooke Fraser to lead us out in worship. This spot was actually perfect for me as it gave me a panoramic view of the 11000 women who had sacrificed much to be there and had huge expectation for God to touch them. You can’t help but be moved by that many women worshipping Jesus and throughout the conference, I often found myself not singing, and not participating but simply looking around with eyes wide open at the beauty of unity found in those moments. Another highlight for me was the way the speakers framed the conference with words that Hills Girls are growing rather fond of…words like FLOURISH, NURTURE, SISTERHOOD and FAVOUR were expressed often throughout the weekend and we Hills girls were made to feel right at home. It also made me feel a sense of joy and expectation that I was in tune with what God is doing throughout the earth and maybe just maybe I had been hearing from God on your behalf. I am just as expectant about the coming months as I was about being at Colour as I know that it is in the context of my own world back in Melbourne that the seeds sown at colour will germinate and FLOURISH. I pray not so much that I will have clarity but rather that I will be obedient and surrendered to His plan for me and the women he has charged me to NURTURE’ Brian Houston stepped up on the first night and spoke about this year being a year of God’s favour and quoted this fantastic scripture about this year would be crowned with God’s goodness….. Psalm 65:11 (New King James Version (NKJV))
11 You crown the year with Your goodness,
And Your paths drip with abundance
Priscilla Shirer and Beth Moore are two of my favourite speakers and they didn’t disappoint. Over the coming weeks I am looking forward to sifting through my journal and nurturing the seeds that were sown as they spoke.
One of the main things that will be fleshed out from Colour, over the coming months will be the Sisterhood Projects. Four years ago God seeded in my heart, the challenge to get on board with the Colour Sisterhood and this year God continued to water those seeds and sow new ones. This year you will get to hear some of the exciting things we will be involved in that collectively will make a huge impact around the globe. . The Colour Conference is so much about the mandate to place value on humanity. This blog has the intent of motivating you to play you part in that mandate. It is not enough to just read a blog and be aware. It is so much more…it requires sacrifice and obedience.
I am looking for anyone who wants to give me a hand on the night but more importantly I hope that you heart is ready to step out and be all that God intended you to be. The message of favour is one that is tied closely with responsibility and purpose. If you would like to be involved in helping me launch Sisterhood 2012 in May then let me know. Don’t just sit back ….get involved. I need your help to make this night sensational and there are plenty of things you can be involved in…..if I ask you ….I do hope you will say YES.
ALSO……Favour, Favour, Favour…..
One of the things I have been doing this year is seeking out messages that are directly related to the Favour of God. I want to frame my world (and yours) with this integral message of the gospel and it requires some diligence to do so. I want to build this revelation of favour into my life this year so that it is strong and flourishes in my life and home ( and church). One of the messages I have been listening to this week is a sermon by Steve Furtick from Elevate church, in Charlotte (USA). Over the past couple of weeks he has been preaching at Life ChurchTV on …YEP: the Favour of God. If you get a chance to have a listen you will love these messages: Check them out here: http://www.lifechurch.tv/watch/found-favor/1.
His Definition of the Favour of God is : The GUARANTEE of His presence and the PROVISION of His power to accomplish His special PURPOSE in and through my life.
Life ChurchTV also includes further study and resource> If you have time pull out your Bible and journal activate these truths in your heart by digging deeper: http://resources.lifechurch.tv/items/511-found-favor-week-1-pdf
By the time you read this I will be in the middle of a week of fun and celebrations. Birthdays are special but heading into a new decade presents with it a vast array of opportunities and challenges yet unknown. As I face this new decade it is simply with a prayer that I will live it purpose driven, by faith and not by sight with an overwhelming sense of the Favour of God: the guarantee of his presence and the provision of His power to accomplish HIS special purpose in and through my life. I hope that prayer is your prayer for each and every day you face.