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Lifeway Women Live 2022!!!

I attended the Lifeway Women Live event this year, and this time I was able to attend in person because they hosted it in Orlando again! It’s definitely a different experience in person than online; either way, you receive God’s message for you, but nothing beats the in-person experience.

I write about this conference every year because I hope to encourage someone to attend based on what I’ve experienced and them wanting to either get closer to God or wanting to fellowship with other ladies.

This year the lineup was Jen Wilkin, Jada Edwards, Kristi McLelland, Jennifer Rothschild, Kelly Minter, and Jackie Hill Perry. Nikki Lawrence and Juliana Wilson hosted it. The musical guest was Ellie Holcomb, and the worship leaders were B.K. Bridge.

Jen Wilkin

The theme for this conference was Grace, so each speaker had a teaching about Grace.

Jen Wilkin was the first one to speak, and her teaching was based on John chapter 21. She started with justice and mercy and asked what they were. She said justice is getting what you deserve after committing a crime or wrongdoing.

And mercy is not getting what you deserve. She told us that God has forgiven us so much, and we should do the same for others. She mentioned 1 Peter 3:17 and 18. And said we should be quicker to repent and slower to repeat our sins. That really stood out to me. Jen reminded us that we must read the bible to know who God is, and that way, we can know who we are. And she ended by saying that God’s mercies are new every day.

Jada Edwards

Jada was my favorite this year. It was the first time I had heard her talk, and I looked her up on Instagram as soon as she finished. I’m glad she went next because she definitely woke me up. She was hilarious!

Her teaching was based on Romans 3:23 and 1 Peter 3:17 & 18. She told us we could not be afraid to confess what God doesn’t already know. He knows everything about us, what we need to work on, and our sins. There is nothing you can tell God that will surprise Him. She said that we need something from God; we are very specific, but we lump it all together when we ask for forgiveness. She also said we need to know who we are so we can love well. And lastly, we should humble ourselves and see ourselves in the small things.

Kristi McLelland

Her teaching was based on Psalm 23. She had us read it out loud altogether. Kristi said that the Psalms are words we give back to him. She mentioned that a few of her friends our counselors, and she asked them what they had noticed now that we are getting out of this pandemic, and they responded that people are not okay. The world shook us to our core. And she ended her message by asking if we are praying honestly?

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Jennifer Rothschild

Jennifer is medically blind, and she has been since she was 15, I believe, she said. Her teaching was based on 2 Corinthians 12. And she started by telling us that she had asked God to remove her thorn. Her thorn of being blind and she had asked over and over again to be healed. She reminded us that we all have thorns. She said God’s Grace is undeserved, “I know I don’t deserve to be healed.” Then she gave us two takeaways:

  1. Since Grace is sufficient, how do we experience it? She said to rest and embrace what you cannot avoid.
  2. Since Grace is undeserved, how do you live it? And the answer spelled out G.R.A.C.E

G – Grasp loosely

R – Repent, not repeat

A – Apologize or forgive

C – Choose your words wisely

E – Empathize before you evaluate

Kelly Minter

Kelly’s teaching was based on Luke 8. I don’t have many notes from her talk, but I do have that she said God’s Grace is not bound by time or location. Which really stood out to me. She told us that God’s Grace could handle your whole truth. We don’t need to hide anything from God; in fact, we can’t hide anything from God.

Jackie Hill Perry

The last person to talk was Jackie Hill Perry, and as she was talking and said she was going to give us three points, I realized it was the same message she gave last year. But instead of being upset, I thought, this year’s theme is Grace, so let’s give some grace. She does have a four-month-old at home, just like I do.

In Conclusion

Overall, the conference was good this year. We were able to get 52 women from our church to go, and we had reserved seating. It was nice being with so many women and listening to God’s word together. I always encourage Christian Women to attend one of these conferences. The next one is in Atlanta in August.

With Love, Heidy

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Lifeway Women Live 2021

This past weekend I attended the Lifeway Women Live conference for the third time. You can read about my first time attending in 2019 here. Last year, the conference was virtual, and our church hosted it, but we met on Zoom. This year our church hosted again but physically at the church, and I loved it. I loved being with other Women of God pursuing Christ together, worshiping together, and praying over each other!

The Speakers

This year’s speakers were Kristi McLellandRuth Chou SimonsKelly Minter,  Lisa HarperNancy Guthrie, and one of my favorite speakers since the first time I saw her in 2019, Jackie Hill Perry.

Angie Smith was the host this year, and I believe she did the first session, but since Lifeway was having some technical difficulties at the beginning of the conference, we weren’t able to hear her speak. I was looking forward to hearing Jamie Ivey’s message, but she and her family have been dealing with COVID, so prayers for them.

The Music

The worship band was Austin Stone Worship. And musical guest was Point of Grace, I had never heard of them before this conference, but apparently, they were popular in the 90s. Let me know if you listen to their songs or have heard of them. 🙂

The Messages

 The first message that stood out to me was Kristi McLelland. She asked, “What is your relationship with silence?” She wanted us to think if we try to avoid silence if we try to fill it, do we reach for our phones, and what gets stirred up inside us when there is silence? I found this question profound, and it got me thinking of doing a blog post about it. She tied the message by saying that what gets stirred up inside of us when there is silence is what we need to work on. Jesus can help us, but it’s up to us to want to get well.

The second message that stood out to me was Lisa Harper’s. Her message stemmed from Luke 11: 5-13, and this passage talks about seeking and you shall find and how the Lord will provide more. She mentioned that God always provides more than we could ever imagine and to always Aim towards Jesus. At one point during her message, she wanted us to lay hands on each other and pray. At this time, two ladies came up to me, we laid hands on each other, and prayed. That prayer was so powerful, and I felt the presence of God so profoundly that I felt like I wasn’t in the conference anymore. Also, I took over the prayer at one point, and I didn’t even have to think about what to say next; the words were flowing out of me!

The last message that stood out to me was Jackie Hill Perry’s. She had three points:

  1. The tongue is accountable
  2. The tongue is powerful
  3. The tongue is inconsistent

Now, when it comes to Jackie, I didn’t take many notes because the way she speaks has me captivated the whole time that I forget to write. I did write one thing she said, “words can hurt, but words can heal.” This reminded me of a blog post about word selection I wrote back in 2019 because words do hold much weight, and words are very powerful. Whether used for good or evil, words have power. I always try to say positive and encouraging things to others and myself because I’m not too fond of negative energy. I find it very draining.

In Conclusion

Overall, the conference was refreshing and empowering. Since the first one I’ve attended, I love conferences and have attended writing and speaking conferences too. Jackie Hill Perry has a conference coming up later on this year, and one of the cities she will be at is Atlanta, which I would love to attend.

Have you attended a Lifeway Women conference before? If so, what was your experience? Maybe you have attended another conference, let me know about that one; I’d love to hear all about your experience.

With Love,


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