I recently returned from a road trip to Texas (Fort Worth, to be specific) with a dear friend. We started out on my 33rd birthday — Best. Present. Ever.
I’m 100 percent convinced the greatest gifts are experiences. We don’t need any more stuff, wouldn’t you agree?
The main attraction for us was an event for women in ministry. And it did not disappoint. There really are no adequate words to describe how incredible it was and what God did in that room of 2,000 women who love Jesus.
The event was put on by Propel Women, an organization founded by my favorite minister of the gospel, Christine Caine.
A few weeks before this trip, God gave me a verse. It kept coming up, something stirring in my spirit every time I read it:
She is clothed with strength and dignity,Proverbs 31:25
and she laughs without fear of the future.
For some context: The residency program I’m part of at Christ Community Church is ending in May. SO SOON. It’s an odd feeling to have a job that you know has an expiration date.
So naturally I’ve been wondering about what’s next and how to best prepare. And God was so gracious to lead me to this timely verse. You’d think I’d hold tight to it, right?
Instead, for the last several weeks I’ve been freaking out about my fuzzy future, letting my mind wander and tip toe toward fear and insecurity.
That’s why this event was such a gift.
Man, did God move. My right hand couldn’t keep up recording the hard-won and well-lived wisdom spoken over us…
- We need space to encounter the presence of God. That’s where transformation occurs.
- Build a full life now. Don’t wait until you have whatever *you think* is missing (marriage, motherhood, promotion, platform, etc.).
- Jesus is the solution to everything that burdens us (Matt. 11:28-30).
- When I’m trying to build a career, I’m no longer following a calling.
- Let’s be obsessed with who’s not following Jesus instead of who’s not following us.
- We can’t fight spiritual battles in our own natural strength.
- It’s not enough to know what God says. We need to do what he says.
- The issue is not whether I’m going to die, but am I going to live the life God has called me to live? (Matt. 16:24-26)
- God will honor our decision *not* to step into what he has for us.
- Jesus has purchased an inheritance of freedom for us (Gal. 4:6-7). We don’t have to live in spiritual poverty bound by the pain of our past.
(Chris Caine, Julie Mullins, and Joanne Ramos each preached powerfully, and these points are from their messages.)
But little did I know that God had something special for me during the last session.
Joanne read the parable of the wedding banquet (Matt. 22:1-14) and zeroed in on the one guest who wasn’t properly dressed.
But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless.Matthew 22:11-12
And what she said shortly after also left me speechless: God brought us here to reclothe us.
That word reclothe clicked in my mind as it connected back to Proverbs 31:25, “She is clothed…”
Here’s what I knew in that moment: God wants to reclothe me. Remember that strength and dignity verse? Yes, that really was for me.
The strength God wants to give me and you isn’t something we must muster on our own. It comes when we’re clothed, covered, filled with his Holy Spirit (Luke 24:49).
I’d love to tell you I left the event with more clarity about my future. I’m still unsure of what’s next. But I know that a spirit of fear doesn’t fit me anymore. Instead, God wrapped me in a renewed sense of peace and confidence in his power and perfect plan.
When we’re wearing the wrong wardrobe — living with a spirit of shame, insecurity, fear, fill-in-the-blank — it will weigh us down, stunt our growth, and stifle our effectiveness.
Because it’s not only about self. It’s also for the sake of all the other “guests” God wants us to bring along to his banquet.
We’re each created to live in a loving relationship with a holy God. Just as God clothed Adam and Eve after their sin left them hiding in shame, he seeks after us with the same redemptive agenda.
God sent his Son to earth announcing the arrival of his kingdom and its availability to all. Faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection means immediate access to his kingdom. New heart. New life. New reality. New community. New mission. Let’s go…
But first: Are you wearing the appropriate attire?
God wants to reclothe you. And whether you require a slight tweak or an entire closet cleanout, you can trust his style.
I’ll leave you with a few more photos from the weekend. I was smitten with Fort Worth’s southern charm and warmer weather. There’s just something about the great state of Texas that fits me. Thanks for reading about our journey!