Priscilla Shirer Simulcast 2017 Recap
A couple of Saturdays ago, I along with thousands of other women, tuned into the 2017 Priscilla Shirer Simulcast. I've heard Priscilla speak at least once (Propel Women's Conference 2016 ) and even though she only spoke for an hour, it was POWERFUL! So, I was looking forward to spending the whole day with Priscila. In all honesty, I actually wasn't looking forward to giving up my whole Saturday, but I'm so glad that I did.
Priscilla was BRINGING IT. I filled up pages and pages of notes and could barely keep up! The worship was on point and the prayer experiences were so moving and personal. She delivered three solid sessions that not only encouraged and challenged us but equipped us for when we go home. I really like Priscilla's teaching style. She's a very engaging and dynamic speaker. She keeps your attention well and has a way of sharing hard truths in a kind and compelling way.
I've been to simulcast events before, but this was different. I want to share a few of the things I learned and what God is showing me! I don't want to give too much away from the simulcast event. If you would like to listen and watch (or watch again) you could get a digital pass for only $20.
First off, I've got a lot going on personally right now. I'm preparing to go on a mission trip in May and along with that I just feel God calling me to big things. I'm not sure what those things are just yet, but I'm excited to find out!
She taught out of the Old Testament pulling SO MUCH out of a story that, I know for me, had been overlooked. We talked about being honest with ourselves; presenting the areas of our lives that we want to ignore, those secret sins, to Jesus and offering them up for healing; and being responsible for working where God has placed us RIGHT NOW. We focused on the idea of how we try to frame our lives where we only let people see the pretty and shiny stuff.
Authenticity in public (online and in front of people) and in private (at home) is key. It's easier to ignore major issues and pretend like they don't exist instead of doing the hard work to acknowledge it, shine light on it, and actually do something about it. This is a culmination of what I've been learning for the past two years. Share the truth about yourself and what you're going through, even if it's embarrassing or hard to admit because in sharing truth we take the first step in releasing its hold over us.
I'm looking back over my notes and I see a place where I've written down 5 major weak points, or in the case of what we were specifically talking about my internal leprosy (The story she taught off was about a man being healed of leprosy). I'm going to share them with you. These are the areas of my life that trip me up and cause me to question my worth and whether I can actually be obedient to what God is calling me to.
1. You have no self-control
2. You don't care about your body
3. You're too lazy to work hard and see things through
4. You're not smart enough to have your own thoughts and your ideas don't matter
5. You're not good enough to do anything
Let me pause for a second. These 5 sentences are LIES. They're hard to read and they were really hard to write. I don't like admitting these things about myself. Why do I do it? Because this is me presenting my leprosy. Even though they are only thoughts that creep in, they still have the power to completely paralyze me and keep me from moving forward and trusting God.
Unfortunately, these are very common feelings for people. Not feeling like they have control over their choices, not feeling like they are smart enough to have opinions or anything to share, not feeling like they are capable of putting the effort forth to actually do something and then that the effort won't be good enough. Complicated, normal feelings that I think we ALL feel. Just because something is common doesn't mean it's easy to cure.
I remember sitting there listening to Priscilla talk about giving these things over to Jesus to let Him heal and redeem. I SO badly want that. I don't think that the healing/cleansing she was talking about means that I'll never struggle with them again, but more likely thoughts I'll have to battle every day until they don't ring out the loudest. I don't think that healing means that I'll magically forget these feelings exist and never feel them again. I think the healing/cleansing of the areas I struggle with in private will be healed along the way when I'm willing to acknowledge them and give them to Jesus. They'll start to heal when I trust him to take care of them.
So how do I move beyond these feelings? How do I let Jesus heal them? How do I take responsibility for where I am right now? It starts with perspective. This was my favorite point that she made all day, "You have not been cheated, you've been chosen."
I am not cheated by my genetic makeup and metabolism, I have been chosen to clean my life up in a God-honoring way, that draws me closer to Him in ways that I would've never experienced.
I am not cheated because I feel those feelings and think those thoughts, I'm chosen to work through them God's way and experience true freedom.
I think a lot of women really resonated with this truth statement because when you wrap your mind around it and flip your perspective, it helps you remember your purpose.
That's just the tip of the iceberg of what we talked about that day. I just keep repeating, "You haven't been cheated, you've been chosen." It's a very empowering statement! I'm definitely still mulling over everything else we talked about. It was a great momentum shift for me as we prepared for Easter!