RISE

August 11th & 12th

Amber

ever since i was a little girl, i would run around the house singing the songs i learned in sunday school at the top of my lungs. how i view praise and worship has grown and changed over the years, but there's something beautiful and never changing and humbling about singing words of adoration and praise to the Creator that gave me the lungs and voice to sing. the most connection i've ever felt to our Creator is through singing the truth of his love and holiness.

i love talking to people about their lives, their desires and dreams, i love laughing with people and eating delicious food together. i love collaborating on a creative idea together with people, whether it's a song or a project. 

coffee...coffee is what gets me going in the morning. that and a child jumping onto my stomach.

my motivation is twofold i think. for myself and for others. it would be to get this idea out and watch it take form and mold it and then show it to others in hopes it'll inspire and move people to then think and create for themselves!

Micah was three days old when we found out he had a genetic disease. my very first thought, as i stared down into his sweet face, was "is he going to be ok?" and then "what is his life going to be like?" and then "what is MY life going to be like?" of course now i look back and wish i could've told myself that it was going to be ok, that he was going to be healthy, strong and a little pistol. but God is so gentle, and loving, he actually spoke those words to us over and over in so many different ways. my husband and i both had the word "strong" come to us as we prayed for him, and we discovered numerous other people had heard the same word for him.. we felt loved and cared for in ways we never would have expected to be cared for. i just had this peace that had no rational explanation that fell on me the day we got the news. i remember i looked into micah's little squishy, brand new baby face that day and asked "will he be ok?" and God had answered me with a whisper in my spirit "yes. he is going to be ok. because he's mine."

the last time i cried was about 5 minutes ago. because i saw a horse. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

when i think of the word rise i think of a multitude of women coming together in the name of Jesus to rise above insecurity, circumstances and all that tears women apart, to create a force of love and unity to be reckoned with.

i would love to be remembered for one of my good attributes, but if you only remember that i was crazy, i'll take it.

BOOM this is Angie on RISE

We are SO thankful for Angie Auman in our Church and what she brings to the table! She is currently a pastoral intern under Mel and to know her is to love her. Her willing open heart has made a way for God to move through her to love and encourage others. 

When you hear the word rise, what do you think of? Chances are you think something different than the person sitting next to you. Rise can mean so many things. For instance, it can mean to go up (sunrise) or it can mean increase (rise in gas prices), in other instances it can mean enlarge (dough rising).  Did you know there’s even a TV show and a Katy Perry song that share the name?  
When considering what the word rise means to me, I imagine getting up from a seated position or even the phrase ‘rising to the occasion’. Together these two descriptions led me to an account in John 13. John 13:3 says, Jesus knew that the Father had put him in complete charge of everything, that he came from God and was on his way back to God. So he got up from the supper table, set aside his robe, and put on an apron. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the feet of the disciples, drying them with his apron.
Here we read that Jesus made a choice to rise up from the table in order to demonstrate yet again, what perfect love looks like. Knowing the pace at which the clock was closing in on him, he wastes no time. He remains fully convinced of the purpose in the massive mission set before him. If you were in charge of everything, what kinds of choices would you make? If I were in charge of everything, I certainly wouldn’t be eating dinner with someone who I knew would betray me, much less wash their feet! However, Jesus, the King of Kings, radically loves all of them to perfection. What could he have been thinking? What doubts or desires must he have had about rising to this specific occasion being fully human?
Lamentations 3:25-26 says, “God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks. It’s a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from God.” When I first read that verse I remember reading it, “to the man who patiently waits” and then I reread it. Nope, that verse says to wait passionately.  Knowing the character of Jesus and how he conducted himself in this world, I am convinced that he passionately waited until the time was right to rise up from the table.
The Selah Conference is not something that a group of us just decided we wanted to do. The Selah Conference was birthed out of passion.  We have a deep desire to see women of all walks of life coming together in unity to focus on what really matters. Our heart is to lift high the name of Jesus and pause in his presence.
This year's theme RISE was laid before us while reading Proverbs 31, “She rises while it is yet night…because she senses the worth of her work…She equips herself with strength [spiritual, mental and physical fitness for her God-given task]...”
What a beautiful picture this paints for us. Like Jesus, we too can choose to rise, in whatever capacity that means to you, fully equipped and prepared to accomplish the task that God has for us. I pray that you will be inspired to rise up, take a step forward in faith, trusting God will meet you. I pray that you will rise up and appreciate new perspective. I pray that you will rise up fully convinced that your work has worth and that God is capable of doing all he's promised whether you know or you do not know what's set before you.  
We as a team have been waiting passionately for this conference and are so honored to be part of seeing how He's called you in this season of your life to rise. 
Bless you!
XO,
Angie

A word from Joanna

Joanna is a a beautiful soul and we are excited to share some of her words today, as her story will be shared at the conference as well :) 

What does the word Selah mean to you? Stop in my tracks, take a deep cleansing breath, quiet down and focus on Jesus. 

What comes to mind when you consider the word RISE? I picture myself like the sunrise, slowly breaking the day and coming to the full power of the noon day and ti shines every day even when the clouds block the view.

Is there a tim in your life you can recall where you have been able to pause, a season that you feel like God allowed to work on you, to reset or bless you? - I so wanted to change where I work. Get a new job..new assignment..I laid it down and he gave me quiet contentment..work unto The Lord. I recommitted to do a good job every day until he moved me.. and if he doesn't.. it is well! That commitment was 2 and a half years ago. 

Is there anything you visualize when you think of the words Selah, RISE and the women's conference as whole? Giant Holy Spirit scissors that cut the strings of whatever had me bound, then I'm no longer held back in my mind. I stand and rise with the mind of Christ and I'm empowered with strength to stand and move forward with the challenge at hand.