Thursday, November 05, 2009

Flawless-a diamond in the rough......

Diamonds- (and natural gemstones) are nature's wonders adorning jewelry worn throughout the ages and copied in affordable "knock off" costume jewelry women across the globe enjoy. Nothing though beats the look and feel of the real thing. 

The picture at the left is an uncut diamond. (Not our first choice to sit in an engagement  or anniversary ring!) But -all brilliant and (next to) perfect diamonds start out this way. They are then cut into a faceted gem. The shine, the color, the creative diverse design awakens our desire for beauty somehow...

With our 10th anniversary conference theme being "Flawless" this fall, it is amusing to reflect on how similiar our spiritual journey is likened to that of the "diamond in the rough"

"Diamond cutting is the art, skill and, increasingly, science of changing a diamond from a rough stone into a faceted gem. Cutting diamonds requires specialized knowledge, tools, equipment, and techniques because of its extreme hardness."- Wikpedia

The Word of God refers to the human heart bent on sinning and rebellion as having a hardened heart. Many suffer from "Extreme hardness" and the only way to restore and refine our raw and uncut selves, is to be transformed into our original intent. Here at Women's Journey of Faith- we believe that it is through knowing God by trusting in Jesus as Savior and Lord of our lives- we too begin that refining and shaping process.

"As for God his way is perfect, the word of the Lord is flawless." Psalm 18:30

This weekend marks our 10th anniversary as a ministry to women. Our 2 "Flawless" conference in Saskatoon SK on Saturday, November 7th and in Calgary Saturday, November 14th will focus on this message that we are all flawed women, LOVED by a flawless God. It is in His perfection, His refinement, His direction, His wisdom that we can shine brilliantly as He had planned for us long before the creation of the World. AMAZING. 

We are all on a journey- and as the scripture in Hewbrews says below,  it is Jesus who initiates and refines our faith by keeping our eyes on Him.

 " Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.  Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up." Hebrews 12:1-3

Join us on the journey by attending one of the upcoming events this month . The Flawless theme shines through in the music, the teaching by our keynote speakers, the dance, drama or faith stories by local women.  Or if you can't join us in person- you can connect with us online  at the Women's Journey of Faith group on facebook.

Saskatoon's "Pre conference" is today ( Friday, November 6th) at 7:30pm-9:30pm with rushed seating open to both men and women. The Saturday Conference in both cities is a ticketed event- contact Ticketmaster 

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