On Saturday 10 May, about 175 women gathered in the beautiful little village of Bethersden for our annual ladies’ conference. As always, we enjoyed being reunited with familiar faces.
This is a highlight in our year, a day when women have an opportunity to gather to hear the Lord’s Word with none of the usual distractions.
Lizzy Smallwood, a pastor’s wife from Dagenham, did not disappoint us, as she gave us a whistle-stop tour through the book of James, with more than enough food to convict and challenge us and cause us to marvel at the faithfulness of God.
We began by tests of our spiritual health. There were three sessions diagnosing this and then applying the remedy God has provided. The first challenged us to consider whether we consciously live as servants of Christ or whether we are having an affair with the world.
The second focused on how our tongue reveals the state of our heart, and the third on the need for the ongoing death of love for self.
The remedy God has provided includes seeing God as he really is; remembering that the remedy begins, continues and ends with Christ; and then our ongoing need to listen, heed and act on the Word of God.
The talks left us with the knowledge that we must revisit James again and again and humble ourselves before God.
It was good to be encouraged throughout the day to read, and plenty of book-tasters were given. We are so grateful to God for these occasions and look forward to next year’s conference on 9 May, when Val Archer will be speaking.