On Friday, my daughter and I and three close friends drove to a lovely part of our state to attend a women’s conference at which I was to be the speaker. We had such a good time on the trip, laughing and enjoying good fellowship. We went to the home of another dear friend who fed us delicious lasagna. We were housed in the guest house next to the church, a wonderful old Victorian house that the church is restoring. I felt like the Queen of Sheba in my perfectly-decorated, clean and comfortable room.
The theme for the conference was Be Strong in the Lord. What a wonderful topic to dig into. I spoke three times, using Joshua 1:1-9, Nehemiah 8:10, and Ephesians 6:10-18 as my texts. The women I spoke to were to warm, open, and encouraging.
They fed us a delicious lunch before the final session, and then we were on our way back home. We stopped for supper before we all went our separate ways. The weather was perfect for the entire drive, and the traffic was surprisingly minimal. It just couldn’t have been a better weekend.
I love doing this type of thing. It is a great privilege and a great responsibility to open God’s Word and teach it. I do so with a lot of prayer and study. Anyone who handles God’s Word in that way has to be answerable to Him for the the words he uses to teach the Word to others. How easy it is to make oneself the center, rather than the Word. How easy it is to misinterpret, misuse, and mislead.
I am so thankful for godly, biblically sound preachers, pastors, and teachers in my life who have taught me to reverence and respect the Word, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.