Fear Not...

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Last night I had the joy of attending the first meeting for our church's annual Women's Conference.  The past two years I have had the delight in serving with some wonderful women in preparation for the event.  My part, fitting enough, is to take care of organizing, ordering, and presenting...LUNCH.  I love it!

So last night we were talking about the speaker, whom I have never heard of, and the topic for the conference.   The speaker is Andree Seu and the topic is Fear.  Andree writes for WORLD magazine and has a depth about her that I am just beginning to unearth.  We were given her book of essays, We Shall Have Spring Again, and last night I stayed up reading through a few.  These are liquid gold...amazing stuff.

I'm excited to hear what she has to say, to help ready the meal, and to see the hearts of women changed as God sees fit.  The conference is April 23-24 and if you would like to help out with lunch, I love volunteers, and if not, I hope you will pray about coming.  I mean, really who doesn't struggle with fear:)

Here's a glimpse into Andree...

In her essay Trust Me, she is struggling with insomnia and calling out to the Lord to help heal her.  I'm not sure all of us struggle with this, but we struggle with other things so feel free to replace insomnia with other things such as fear, anxiety, control, obedience, love.

"This is the best I can do with unanswered prayer.  The possible answers seem to be "yes," "no," or "you have no idea what's going on behind the curtain of your sensate reality, so you best make up your mind once and for all--I love you.  Will you trust me?"

Isn't that the truth.  And following this in another essay she states...

"You can say I'm depressed.  So what?--and carry on iwth the energy God supplies.  All the while you keep in mind that your one neighbor has chronic back pain and your other neighbor has neurofibromatosis.  You are not a tragic special case, cut off by a chasm from the rest of humanity.  The condition is just what is common to man, the prescription is still faith, and the grace for it is inexhaustible."

I love her straightforward style and at the end of the day, she's right. 

"For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison" and because Christ is with us we can trust in God's word "Fear not, for I am with you.  Be not dismayed for I am your God." 


Anna Sullivan said...

You went to the first Women's gathering?? I wish I could have gone. I'm going to this upcoming one on Friday though, I'm playing the piano - hopefully see you there?

Alex and Andrea said...

I did...and I will be there Friday...I will look for you!
In this post though I was referencing the womens retreat/
womens conference that is held in April:)

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