She Rises in Royalty
This weekend is the She Rises conference in LA. I'm so excited for all of you attending because God will meet you there! The 2016 She Rises conference was a pivotal event for me and the moment I embraced the Chosen To Reign women's ministry.
I felt God leading me to attend last year's She Rises conference - but I live in Iowa. I had zero reason to be in California and money was tight with Clay being in medical school, so it honestly didn't make sense. But God kept putting She Rises on my radar. If you are earnestly seeking Him, He will not allow you to dismiss an opportunity that He has in store for you.
Clay's roommate was getting married that summer. I opened the wedding invitation, the date was the same weekend as She Rises and the wedding was in California?! Looks like we had a reason to be in CA now!
But I still would not purchase the tickets for the conference. I tried to reason my way out of whatever I felt in my spirit God was leading me towards. It was not until we had landed in LA that I finally pulled up the She Rises conference tickets. The event started in a few hours. I looked at the sections of seats on the screen, my eyes naturally going towards the nosebleeds where I've always chosen to sit.
I felt Jesus whisper, "Do you not know I have good plans dreamed for you? You have chosen to be last for long enough. Come close to me. Give me your fear and distrust, I will show you how perfect and purposeful are My plans for you." (Jeremiah 29:11-13)
So I chose two open seats in the seventh row of the Dolby Theatre. Something within me felt unworthy to even be sitting in such a prestigious hall where celebrities mingled and the Oscar's took place. Just a couple months earlier God had given me the name Chosen To Reign and had revealed promises of equipping and empowering a women's ministry for the coming generations. I had asked for confirmation over and over, because the thought of me (a small town, Iowa pig farmer's daughter) starting a women's ministry movement sounded beyond crazy. This was something I never envisioned for my life. This Instagram account did not even have 1,000 followers at the time - but that's how God works. We don't begin to comprehend His power until we've arrived at incapable, unqualified, and impossible.
Within a couple hours we walked into the Dolby Theatre, Clay almost being turned away because the security guards weren't sure if guys were allowed amongst the thousands of women and sea of estrogen. They had not seen any men attempt to attend She Rises - as if I didn't already know Clay was the one, this should have sealed the deal!
That weekend we listened to Holly Wagner, Beth Moore, Louie Giglio, and numerous anointed and gifted speakers. You could feel the revival and the presence of the Holy Spirit. Towards the end of Louie's message he read Ephesians 1:1-11, the Holy Spirit speaking through his words and my heart pounding louder with each scripture. Louie said, "Do you know you are royalty through Christ? Do you know how powerful and purposeful are His plans for you? You have a royal inheritance. You are chosen to reign."
I sat stunned, slack jawed. Clay leaned over to me, "Did God just line up this wedding date to bring us out to California to attend the She Rises conference to speak through Louie Giglio to proclaim Chosen To Reign on the Dolby Theatre stage in front of thousands of women? There's your confirmation. Babe, this is unreal."
Louie Giglio held up a small hand punched label that read 'CHOSEN.' He said, "I've made a handful of these, I'm going to set them down here on the stage. If you believe that God called you out here to attend the She Rises conference I want you to come take one of these labels to hold on to as a token of God's truth."
I got up from my seat and walked towards the Dolby Theatre stage, purposely letting a few women walk ahead of me. Again, I was subconsciously putting myself in last place. I truly still didn't believe this was for me. The woman in front of me grabbed the last token from the stage only to turn around to me and say, "God, just told me this is meant for you." She held out her hand and gave me the gift I had tried to give away. I starred at the letters proclaiming purpose placed in my hands. I thought, "God, You are crazy, but however You have chosen to use my life I'm in." That one conference changed my life.
Do you know God's dreams for you are bigger than the dreams you have for yourself? Isaiah 55:9 says, " As high as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts." Beautiful girl, please do not try to give away the gifts that God has given to you. Jesus is pursuing you. God is not only the God of time but the God of timing. If God Will's it, nothing on Heaven or Earth can stop Him. You are called. You are crowned. And you are chosen.
However, as it is written:
“What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”—
the things God has prepared for those who love him— 1 Corinthians 2:9