Clinging to Truth

“Joy is a choice, no matter what you are feel, based on what God has promised and says He is.”
– Angela Thomas

I am the mother of two beautiful baby girls. My husband is a commercial pilot which means that I spend most of my days and nights alone. I work 40 hours a week and have an extra part-time job to help meet our family’s financial needs. My father has been homeless for over a year. If I had all day, I would continue to list the many ways that my life is stressful. However, I think you get what I am trying to communicate…my life is overwhelming.

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If I were really honest with you, I would tell you that I have days when it feels like defeat is my middle name. There are days when I get so caught up in my own circumstances that I wonder if God is really here with me, in the midst of my overwhelming life.

The Feminar conference is the highlight of my year and a light in the darkness!! Feminar is the one weekend a year when I can have a break from being a wife and Mommy and really focus on my own relationship with the Lord.

What I have found is that the Lord uses the Feminar conference to help bring focus and direction to my year. Normally, the truths that I learn at Feminar are the truths that I need to cling to throughout the entire year. By the way, I am so thankful that the Lord gives me the truths that I need! The Lord also uses the Feminar worship to deeply root itself in my heart, so that during hard times, I can be brought back to a place of worship and praise, no matter what the circumstances.

I do not think that my life will suddenly be free of its challenging circumstances. However, I will continue to follow in Christ’s footsteps, while clinging to the truths of Feminar.

How does God use Feminar to impact your year?

I hope and pray that God will continue to reveal Himself to all of us as we cling to the truths spoken at Feminar 2014.

……….
Jen Newsham
author of blog Living a Changed Life

Standing on His Promises

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(Please note: This encouragement can be found in your Feminar 2014 program.)

God has given us many promises that we can rely on when we are in need of comfort and assurance. These promises were made by a loving Heavenly Father and it is very comforting to know that God loves us and He ALWAYS keeps His promises. When praying to the Father, take His promises before Him. Prayerfully these few that are listed below become instilled in your hear along with many more as you embrace the importance of your intimate relationship with the Father.

“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints! There is not want to those who fear Him.”
– Psalm 34:8-9

“He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.”
– Isaiah 40:29-31

“fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
– Isaiah 41:10

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
– Matthew 11:28-29

“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor anything other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
– Romans 8:37-39

Thank you

Today, we would like to take a few moments to offer up our appreciation to all of the people who faithfully helped to work behind the scenes to ensure that Feminar 2014 would go off without a hitch. In all honesty, Feminar 2014 would not have been able to take place without these men and women.

Guest Speakers – Angela Thomas, Janet White, and Cindy Beall

Musical Guest – Laney Wootten and the Feminar Worship Band

Men of Macedonia Baptist Church

2014 Steering Committee
Organizers/Founders – Bob and Janet White
Coordinator – Debbie Miller
Door Prizes – Kathy Clark
Event Support – Gwenda Wood
Hospitality – Becky Fuller, Jolie Taylor, and Amanda Roberts
Logistics – Jon Moore and Kristy Sanford
Media Support – Jennifer Newsham
Prayer and Evangelism – Roxanne Browning
Publicity – Kim Bobo and Kristy Ford
Sales – Kathy Duffee
Secretary – Gail Morgan
T-shirt Design and Sales – Courtney Goswick

Feminar Worship CD

We are thankful to share that the Lord has provided a way for us to put together our very first Feminar Worship cd.

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Feminar Worship – Laney Wootten and the Feminar Worship Band
Cost $15.00

This album will be available for purchase at Feminar 2014 with cash or check only.

If you are unable to attend Feminar 2014, you can still purchase this album,
by contacting Bob White at bobwhite@macbc.org.

Bags and T-Shirts Available at Feminar 2014

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We will have souvenir bags and t-shirts available for you to purchase this weekend at Feminar 2014.

Merchandise can only be bought with cash or a check.
This detail is new for Feminar 2014, so please let your friends know about the change.

Short Sleeve $15.00
Long Sleeve $20.00
Bags $15.00

*Please note the T-shirt design above is from last year.

Feminar on Instagram

We have some very exciting news to share with you…Feminar is now on Instagram!!

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You can follow our Instagram @feminarconference to see all the behind the scenes action at Feminar 2014. We would love to hear from you and see your pictures throughout the Feminar weekend!! Don’t forget to stay connected with us through all of our social media opportunities listed below.

Facebook
Feminar Site

Twitter
@_feminar

Instagram
@feminarconference

Pinterest
Feminar

Hashtag
#Feminar2014

Praying for Feminar 2014

In case you did not know, the Feminar Conference is a ministry of Macedonia Baptist Church in Longview, Texas and it was founded by Bob and Janet White. I want all of you ladies to know that yesterday morning, before church was over, our Pastor Dr. Keith Kelley took time to pray specifically for Feminar 2014. Our Pastor prayed over each of us that serve on the Feminar committee, as well as each of you ladies who will be at the Belcher Center this weekend.

How amazing is that!?

Our church is praying for you!! The Feminar conference was an important ministry to our church back in 1986 when it was founded and to this day, it remains a vital ministry to our congregation.

Today, we would like to invite you to join us in prayer for Feminar 2014. Below is a list of specific prayer requests for Feminer 2014. We cannot wait to see what God has in store for all of us this weekend!

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- Pray that above everything else God would be gloried through Feminar 2014.

- Pray for our speakers Angela Thomas, Cindy Beall, and Janet White as they prepare to teach us more about God.

- Pray for Laney Wootten as she prepares to lead us in worship throughout the weekend.

- Pray for safety as ladies travel to and from Longview, Texas.

- Pray against distractions and that ladies would be able to be completely focused in worship and during the teachings.

- Pray for salvation for the lost ladies who will attend Feminar 2014.

- Pray for all the other details surrounding Feminar 2014 to fall together smoothly.

Details for Feminar 2014

We are excited to announce that the specific details for Feminar 2014 are now available!! Thank you all for patiently waiting as we worked out our plans for this year’s conference. Below you will find all the information that you need to know about Feminar 2014.

Feminar Logo 2014 Scriture Revised

Conference Information

Guest Speakers:

Angela Thomas, Cindy Beall, and Janet White

Musical Guest:

Laney Wootten

What:

Feminar 2014

a two day Christian Woman’s conference founded by Bob and Janet White in 1986
and a ministry of Macedonia Baptist Church.

Where:

Feminar 2014 will be held at the S.E. Belcher Jr. Chapel and Perfomance Center
on the LeTourneau University Campus.

When:

February 28th – Friday Session: 6:25pm – 10:00pm (Doors and Vendors will open at 5:30pm)
March 1st – Saturday Session: 8:25am – 12:30pm (Doors and Vendors will open at 8:00am)

Tickets:

Cost: $40 per ticket before February 10th; $45 per ticket after February 10th (*Please note that service fees may apply*).

Tickets for the Feminar Conference go on sale on 10/21/2013 and 10:00 am CST.
We will post a link for you when the tickets become available.

Laney Wootten and the Feminar Worship Band on iTunes

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We are so excited to announce that the Laney Wootten and Feminar Worship Band songs from Feminar 2013 have been recorded and ready for purchase on iTunes!!

Each song can be purchased individually for $0.99 or you can purchase all 6 songs for just $5.94!!

1. All Things Possible
2. Whom Shall I Fear?
3. 10,000 Reason
4. Our God
5. Waiting Here for You
6. Mighty to Save

Please click here to preview and purchase these songs in iTunes!!

Dunked Devotional

“Praise God for the privilege of being in Christ’s family and being called by His Wonderful Name.’ 1 Peter 4:16

Feminar 2013 was SO Refreshing!! I learned so many great nuggets of wisdom from Godly Women!

Some of my notes:
• Comparison KILLS contentment. Are you searching for earthly applause OR Heavenly Glory?
• Grief happens. Bring it out of the darkness: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4
• If we never needed comfort, we would never KNOW the Comforter!
• Since when did I become an average Christian? Sin does NOT disqualify you.
• Humans will fail you, God will NOT! I don’t expect my husband to provide my joy; I will trust the Jesus IN HIM!
• God will see you through the valley. It is NOT a place for a camp out!
• If Satan can’t make you bad, he will make you busy. Distractions lead to demise. UhOh…..
• Remember when you first met Jesus…………

Although there are many other nuggets, I am camping myself on the last one for this devotional. Remember when…..

One of the speakers, Karen Ehman, talked about remembering your Baptism, bringing you back to your First Love. She told us to write down 2 words that described how we felt. Okay, Sheri…two words…you KNOW ALOT of words, you speak them CONSTANTLY…….just two…come on…two. How you felt. TWO words?!! You HAVE a pen in your hand! Just two words. Make up something, WRITE!!!

No words, just a pit in my stomach. I can vaguely recall the FCA room I was in with my friend, Jennifer McKenzie Fett, when she led me to Christ. The ROOM? But NO WORDS? No old feelings stirred. I watched others pens wiggle as they wrote. I watched a lady stare off into the distance and smile at her memory. I quietly mourned that day, mourned my lack of memory. {Blessed are those who mourn…..} I know deep in my soul that God lives in me. I know it! The Holy Spirit speaks words to me all the time! I was baptized in the church in downtown Edmond. I can barely see the church in my mind, or the day. Lord, You are so Real to me right now! Why can’t I scribble two words?

I went to church the next day. The first song was Redeeming Love and guess what our Pastor preached on? That’s right, Baptism! I was taking notes during the sermon. Notes like, ‘Baptism is for believers’, okay, God, HELLO? I believe in You! ‘Baptism does not wash away sins’…Lord, I know that! If it did, I would have the chronic condition of the too-long-in-the-bath-wrinkled skin. “Biblical Baptism was performed after salvation”…whoa. But I don’t remember my salvation experience. I couldn’t write down two words. Lord, I CLEARLY remember You after dad’s death and on many, many instances since.

The pastor went on explaining different occasions where a person needs to be baptized. He rang in my heart when he said…if you were “dunked”, back slid, then saved, you need to get baptized. I FELT THE Lord say, “Sheri, that’s you.” {…for they shall be comforted.} And I knew it. But, enter Satan, the prince of lies. In that pew, I fought with him…”what will your friends think, they will think you are a fraud, all those devotionals you write, what a joke, how can you teach Sunday school, what a fraud”………I can truly say I literally FELT the PULL of Satan in that pew. But, Thank the Lord, He pulled me closer to Him with the verse in 1 John 4:4,”He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”

The second Bro. Keith called for invitation; I slipped out of the pew into a new chapter. I walked up to him crying and I said, I WAS DUNKED! WWWAAAHHHH!!! I didn’t CARE what people thought, I heard the Lord in my heart and I have been down the road of disobedience and I don’t like it. Bad things happen….. I probably have a road NAMED after me! It forks and forks and forks. I am sure the maker of Google Maps doesn’t like me!! HA!

I’m ready to stay The Path! To walk the narrow road that leads to Jesus, to Joy and to Eternity. Will I have trials? You betcha! I had trials before, but these will not be in my own strength. Because I heard the Maker of my soul speak to my heart and I will never be the same. And in the name of Janet White, I am not trusting my memories….I’m writing down my victories!!!!

What is the Lord saying to you? Slip out of your pew, your trial, your circumstance and start your new chapter with the true Author of your life!!!!

Be Blessed, Sheri Kay Battles