The strength of women is found in three places: in herself, other women and faith. The Women of Strength conference is a shining example and testament to that truth. The day consisted of many sessions ranging from a wide variety of topics, with speakers from many different areas and walks of life. However the common strand that connects them all is their belief in themselves, their purpose and their faith in the Divine. The conference was an all-day event with breaks and lunch provided and a beautiful atmosphere of serenity and reflection in the church venue of Good Hope Union United Methodist Church. The leader of the Women of Strength, Mrs. Annette Phillip, had the day structured to feature topics relating to matters of importance to women. These topics ranged from finance, which is an important foundation, to gaining any freedom and strength to channeling your pain into your purpose to make you a stronger person. Moreover, there were a few things I heard in some of the sessions that was just as profound as the whole experience.
The money make was an empowering way to start the day. It created momentum for the heart and the information didn’t falter. I found myself taking notes on the session about making over your finances. It gave practical tips and the biggest thing I took away from it was to make plans for your money. Plan to save it, keep it and how you spend it. Know the importance of an emergency fund for yourself. No one else will be your emergency fund and you can’t keep living on credit because in reality it’s not your money, it belongs to someone else.
The following session was entitled “Living Whole before the Ring”. The speakers’ stories were touching because sometimes we can count ourselves out for a happy ending or even think that what we desperately want is what we need and it may not be. One speaker focused on finding her true happy ending first with just taking care of herself and living through Christ and faith. That strengthened her for when she found the person whom she was meant to be with because the foundation was built so that she could feel whole before she got her ring. It was a testament to loving yourself and those who are worthy of you will find you.
The “Praying Wife” session was enlightening and applies to wives and girlfriends. Praying for your partner is praying for yourself because you are a team and if one rises you both do. I truly agree with this and even when you’re mad you should pray because you won’t be mad for too long if you’re praying for your partner. That hit home for me! I am a big forgiver, however it’s hard for me to forget. So I learned that if I want the full effect of my prayer, I have to let go and let the prayer work.
There was a panel in the evening hosted by Ms. Teia Hill, “The Date Whisperer”, which featured a panel of males from different paths that all ended up on the same road. They spoke about their paths of faith and their views on God, relationships and marriage. It was insightful and informative. It also opened my eyes more to what a person should want, both faith and relationship wise. Don’t think that you should just be dated, you should be courted and I found this important.
This is just a sample of the day and I had to reach for a tissue a few times. For their first conference, the Women of Strength set the bar high and I’m looking forward to seeing more of their events and their work in the community. I am excited to see what they have in store for next year. If you were not able to attend this years’ conference, I strongly suggest you check out their Facebook page at WoStrength and also follow them on Instagram. It is is the first of many events so make sure that you come out and connect with them to see what they have lined up for the rest of the year and 2015. I am sure it will be a blessing and a heartfelt lesson in strength that you won’t want to miss.