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November 6, 2018kalynv732015Edit”Faithfulness”

This was a morning I should have been catching some extra zzzz’s, but instead my mind was rolling with thoughts of thriving women, girls, and teens.  My mind was envisioning worship at THRiVE and the drawing of women into His presence. That’s when it happened…again.  He reminded me of His Faithfulness in the midst of my how to’s and my what if’s.

Great is your faithfulness, oh God, my Father, morning by morning new mercies I see.  All I have needed your thy hand hath provided.  Great is thy faithfulness, Lord unto me.… little, old, undeserving me.  Thomas Chisholm 1923

Very early that morning, not yet out of bed, I had my first thoughts and conversation with the Lord. While praying about THRiVE, my mind wandered through my trip last month to Haiti. It was on that trip where I witnessed the most spiritually powerful displays of God’s faithfulness.

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And with that thought, my eyes popped wide open, my head still on my pillow – Lord, that moment in Haiti – that was yet another mighty display of your FAITHFULNESS.

The experience in Haiti of being an eyewitness to His overwhelming, saving power has NOT faded one bit – I’ll never be the same.  I’ve written to the Lord about it often in my prayers, proclaiming His sovereignty. Yet, it wasn’t until that morning that the connection to my summer prayer and this experience had finally been realized. He whispered it to me in the early morning hours: Kalyn, this was a continuation of the prayer, the seeing of the miracles of my faithfulness you requested of me in early summer.

He did it, and He has been giving me gifts and glimpses of His Faithfulness since that prayer. The gifts of His faithfulness are not new, rather, it’s my awareness that is new and refreshed. It’s not that God has increased His faithfulness to me, but He’s renewed the gift of awareness to His faithfulness.  That is a good, good gift.

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…for His compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

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These gifts and glimpses are always here for us, morning by morning!

So, today, while praying for THRiVE, listening to the Lord’s leadings,andthinking of Haiti (a woman’s mind is so wonderfully complex!), that moment on my patio on June 1stcame to me.  I remembered the beginning of the summer when I sat on my patio, revisiting a conversation the Lord and I have had on more than one occasion. The topic was Faithfulness.  On that relaxing summer evening, I wrote in my journal:

“As I sit in summer in the cool of the evening on my patio.  I read your words to me through the scriptures.  FAITHFULNESS- Great is your faithfulness.  This quote from the book Daring to Hope that I have been reading jumps off the page in light of the theme for THRiVE 2019.

‘Though we tremble and feel uncertain, courage means we press into a God who is certain, sure, steady= FAITHFUL! He lifts our heads.

 And His unfailing love and comfort become our courage and our hope.’

Faithfulness–God show me your faithful ways in my life, big and small.  God open my eyes to your miracles and goodness.  Open my heart to all of your faithfulness.  Yours to me and mine to you.  Oh, how I want to truly know, see and believe in ALL of your faithful ways.  Drive the dark of doubt away.  I confess to see slivers (and maybe more) of non-belief in your faithfulness at times.  (This was hard to confess.)  This year, all the way to THRiVE 2019, please bestow upon me a solid rock belief in “Great is your Faithfulness.” Here tonight on my patio, birds chirping, crickets singing, sun going down, I sense you and I hear you say – Ask me, ask me now, courageously ask me. Ask me to show you the ways I’m faithful and courageously ask me to show you the gaps in your faithfulness towards Me (ouch).” 

So, from that moment on all summer collections of God’s faithfulness filled my journal.  But this morning it strikes me as so very, very odd that one of the most amazing ways He displayed His faithfulness to me during this time, “all the way to THRiVE,” had not yet been recognized as an answer to this prayer on June 1st. “God showing me His faithful ways and… God opening my eyes to his miracles and goodness, seeing and truly believing His faithfulness.” I admit that my enthusiasm for seeing and recording His faithfulness to me had waned.  Yet, His enthusiasm towards me had not!  Thank you, my Faithful Father!

Stop.  Grasp that kind of love and grace.  I let that knowledge wash over me.  I shake my head. God, you are indeed loyal, constant, unswerving and devoted = FAITHFUL.

The patience of God overcomes me today.  He is always faithful, and still we miss it. Yet, in His patience and grace, when we ask, according to His word, He answers.

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Even as I type these thoughts “acknowledging the Lord, pressing on to acknowledge him” (Hosea 6:3), Realizing the truth of His word that as we press on to know Him, “He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of the dawn,”this glorious autumn sunrise came bursting through my windows and I had to capture it!  His faithfulness is as certain as the morning sunrise!

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THRiVE: For Great is Thy Faithfulness

Morning by morning new mercies I see…this morning the beauty of your unfailing love covers me.

He is faithful to speak to me when I speak to Him!  And I recognize that some of my wondering and some of my thoughts and actions do not always display a solid rock belief in the FAITHFULNESS of God, but isn’t He worthy of me displaying my belief in His faithfulness?  HE is worth it- He is worthy of my Believing! There are so many things I do not know, and so many things I cannot explain; for God is not explainable. But, oh, He is FAITHFUL, so very FAITHFUL!

THRiVE,

Kalyn

 

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THRiVE 2019 For Great is His Faithfulness

AFTER 12 p.m. January 17th YOU CAN REGISTER AT THE DOOR
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What is the THRiVE Gathering?

THRiVE creates an atmosphere for ladies of all ages to gather in worship, prayer and hearing from His word.

Why attend THRiVE?

1. Because it’s hard to hear God’s voice above the noise of everyday life.

2.  Because meeting together spurs us on to “love and good works” (Hebrews 10:24).

3.  Standing side by side with our sisters in Christ, and worshipping, praying, and learning about our precious Savior makes us stronger.

When we attend THRiVE, we physically remove ourselves from life’s distractions, the call of chores, and the demands of people in order to make space for God.  Even Jesus recognized the value and need to get away.

And it’s just plain fun to have a girl’s weekend!

We can’t wait to gather with you for THRiVE 2019 For Great is His Faithfulness! Lamentations 3:23

Registration begins Nov. 1st
call 513-254-0318
email kalynv73@gmail.com

$15 per guest

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NEW this year!  THRiVE TEEN Girls and THRiVE Girls (grades 3-6).

We will have breakout sessions on Friday night for these lovely young ladies to learn, grow and fellowship!  The first session all of us girls will be together in the sanctuary for worship and the word.  Then at the end of that session, we will invite all the teen girls, and little girls to go to a dessert time and their own Jesus filled gathering during session two in either the Children’s Club House (grades 3-6) or the Youth Room (grades 6-12).

THRiVE Girls will be limited to the first 30 girls.  Girls in 6th grade have the option to attend either Girls or the Teen Girls’ gathering.

Saturday morning there will be a time for girls grades 3-6 ONLY for some lightly structured Bible sessions and time of craft, games and snack. 9-12 am

Teen Girls will share in our Saturday session with a breakout small group time just for them.

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This year’s THRiViNG speakers include:

Tara Beth Leach   

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I live in an adorable little mountain town in the suburbs of Los Angeles in a  town called Sierra Madre, Ca. along with my amazing and handsome husband (since 2006), Jeff, and my rambunctious toddler boys, Caleb and Noah.

Through the Spirit, we are made more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image.

And this, my friends, is why I do what I do. This is why I write, this is why I teach, this is why I blog. I am in love with the church. If I can just be one encourager that uses my voice – through the Spirit – to edify the body of Christ, I will do it until the day I die.

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Paige Graves  and special panel guests will be sharing their journeys of THRiViNG through the power of His great faithfulness.

Kalyn Vogelmann, director of THRiVE women’ s ministry, will lead THRiViNG through the Faithfulness of His word!

Beautiful Worship Music:  Amy Mahaffey and the THRiVE band

Follow this MUSIC PLAYLIST before you even arrive by clicking here and get your heart ready.

THRiVE 2019 Welcomes the International Fair Trade Boutique  Screen Shot 2018-11-04 at 1.37.11 PM

We are so excited to announce that the International Fair Trade ministry will be featured at this year’s THRiVE.  This non-profit ministry brings together vendors from Asia, Africa, South America, and Central America to showcase items such as jewelry, purses, blankets, tableware, soaps, home decor, wooden utensils, ceramics, and more. Proceeds from the sale benefit the artisans directly while providing meaningful life-supporting work, as well as, allowing them to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Come prepared to do some shopping in HAWKS HALL before or after each session at the conference.  The shop opens at 5:30 p.m. on Friday night.

Check out some of their beautiful items on the website at:

International Fair Trade Sale

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