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This conference has been an important part of my life. Shine 2004 was the catalyst for major change. It woke me up out of my sleep-walking existence and planted courage in my heart.

I know I’m not the only one.

The other day I heard someone say they count the years of their life by Shines. ShineXV was another launch pad for women. Here are my takeaways:

Pastor Laura Koke reminded us that Jesus is everything. He is our savior, lover, restorer, healer and comforter. Whatever difficulty you are facing, let him have it! It’s not too much for him.

I had the privilege of hosting DawnChere Wilkerson (and her lovely assistant Liz) during Shine. She was friendly, gracious and unassuming. Her message Friday was the highlight for me as she reminded us we have a friend in the Holy Spirit. We can experience his presence with us as light in the loneliness 2 Timothy 4: 16-19, triumph in the transition 2 Corinthians 11:26-29 and peace in the pain. 2 Corinthians 4:17, Philippians 4:7  Isn’t that good news?!

The Shine network panel was filled with nuggets of truth:

  • Don’t let fear or opposition keep you from doing what you know you are called to do.  Johanna Kmiecik
  • By confronting fear I discovered my mission and my purpose. I had to DO something. Danita Estrella
  • Strength rises up when you let God take over! I don’t know better, HE knows better. Oneka McClellan
  • If it’s not good – God’s not done. Jessica Calmer

Marilyn Skinner helped us value the “nothing” we have in our hands. Moses carried an ordinary shepherd’s staff but God did extraordinary things as Moses was obedient to use what he had. Her message was the perfect segue into my breakout session over lunch.

Sometimes we get stuck in life, and like the children of Israel at the Red Sea we face impossible barriers. Faith saw them through to the other side.

It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible. Hebrews 11:27 NLT

Keep your eyes on the invisible God and not the impossible barrier. There is a way through to the other side for you!

The conference wrapped up with a song of surrender called Shores by Bryan and Katie Torwalt and I left with the lyrics echoing in my heart.

Freedom, take hold of my heart
Spirit of God, come fill this place
Jesus, You’re all that I want
Have your way