Women's Retreats and Conferences Should Include Widow's Sessions
by Cherie J Drew
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edited: Friday, July 13, 2007
Posted: Wednesday, December 06, 2006
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We have sessions for mothers, single mothers, divorcees, wives, finances, ministers, students, and even praise leaders but I have yet to see the break-out session for widows.
I believe every Woman's Conference should have a session for widows. We have sessions for mothers, single mothers, divorcees, wives, finances, ministers, students, and even praise leaders but I have yet to see the break-out session for widows. Widows do not see themselves as married women or single women. I recall being asked why I did not attend any of the singles programs. Our church has a
wonderful Single's Ministry that reaches out to the many unmarried adults of our congregation.It provides places to go on holidays and gives each individual an area of acceptance. This did not appeal to me and after I searched my heart to see why I felt this way, I was reminded that I just had different desires.
It was very hard to be around other people, any other people whether single or married. My friends were exceptional Christians and I really wanted to be with them, but inevitably someone would say or do something that reminded me how different I really felt. This group would encourage me to accept the fact that since I was unmarried it automatically made me a "single".
Well, that was not so. Being unmarried was a true statement but I had never been able to grasp the concept of being single. The widowed women of the Bible were up to great challenges. Each of the widow's we read about in the book "The Widow's Might" overcame emotions, won races, received strength, conquered fear, and defeated death. That's it, that is whatmade me different. I had been given God's Grace to defeat death. My late husband's death would not beat me.I would continue to serve God and live a life worthy of His Praise. My first husband's death would not defeat me either. I would continue with my life and serve others as a memorial to God's goodness and faithfulness to me. Widows identify best with other widows.
There are areas of ministry that require a special anointing given to widows by God. Attending Christian Conferences will always benefit our spiritual growth and the break-out sessions are usually life changing. Reading the list of the workshops is exciting and as we plan our time during conferences we focus on the areas we have struggled with or the area pulls at our heart.
How exciting it would be just to read in the brochures, "Strength for the" or "Mourning to Dancing" or even "Death and Re- marriage".I believe that pastors and evangelist will soonthe benefit of educating themselves and their pastoral staffs the first response to the widow.
Widow's need the strength and encouragement that will be delivered in sessions.The Word of God ministered will ultimately restore all can offer the worship experience that will remind us that The Widow's Might is not something, but Someone.The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in Battle.
I believe that the "Widow's Might" Conference will answer these needs.
Dedications are very important and as I remember the people that have inspired me these come to my heart.