Top 10 Reasons Husbands Should Buy Their Wives a Ticket to the Chosen Women’s Conference for Christmas:

10. You don’t have any idea what to get her.

9. You can purchase from the comfort of your own home.

8. No long lines, therapy just a few clicks – and you’ll be done in less than five minutes.

7. A piece of paper is easy to wrap and hide.

6. She will be out of the house for two nights in a row – can you say guys night?!

5. She will most likely come back from the conference a better wife.

4. It’s a very thoughtful gift. Feel free to use this line to go along with the ticket: Sweetheart, you do so much for our family, I thought you would really enjoy some time away with the girls.

3. Unlike a new kitchen gadget, she will certainly remember it a month after Christmas.

2. It is way more than an awesome stocking stuffer, it’s an investment in her spiritual growth.

1. It is an opportunity for her to hear some of the best speakers in the country – Greg Surratt, Lisa Bevere, Jo Saxton & Helen Lee. You will probably even glean some wisdom from her overflow.

Chosen Women’s Conference
January 19-20, 2012
Seacoast Church
Mt. Pleasant, SC

*BONUS IDEAS – If you want to “go the extra mile,” book her a massage or pedicure during the Friday break, give her cash to shop at the Chosen Boutique or buy her a new journal to take notes.
I realized a couple of days before the trip that I hadn’t left the country since I had gotten pregnant with our first child. The thought of leaving my children to go to an unknown territory, more about
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was plenty of margin for the enemy to get a foothold in my mind. I battled him for months and finally, the day before we were leaving, got breakthrough. Talk about pulling me “out of the muddy clay!” (Psalm 40:2) Less than 24 hours before leaving, I was finally able to get excited about our trip to the Holy Land. I realized that it was more important to trust God and thank Him for every detail of my life instead of trying to scrutinize the details. He is Lord, He is God and He can be trusted! “The man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence indeed is the LORD, is blessed.” – Jeremiah 17:7

Once I boarded the plane in NYC for our flight to Israel, I realized that the Lord had taken me on a long journey just to get to the starting point of our pilgrimage. A wise friend told me that sometimes the Lord is more concerned about our hearts wholeheartedly seeking Him than He is about the end result. Through that tough journey, the Lord taught me so much about accepting gifts, sacrifice, prayer, wise counsel, submission, fasting, trust, listening, prophecy and timey words. I started the trip feeling like one who had been called “out of darkness into His marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9) And what marvelous light did He have in store! Israel was nothing like I though it would be… and more than I could have ever asked for or imagined. With the goal of sharing pieces of encounters with God in the Holy Land, I am going to attempt to post weekly about some outstanding revelations from the trip.
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I read The Missional Mom by Helen Lee. The book spoke my heart and when I realized that she lived in the Chicago area, click jumped at the chance to join my husband on a business trip and try to meet her. The Lord totally lined up our coffee chat at Starbucks and I enjoyed every moment of speaking with the author of one of my favorite books. He had already begun to plant a seed in my heart to start a group for moms that would encourage them to live missionally and my conversation with Helen that afternoon only increased my desire. One of my favorite quotes from her book is “The missional mom embraces her God-given mandate to be both a disciple of and a discipler for Christ. Evangelism is not something to do; evangelism is living purposefully and intentionally to make disciples and to bring the light of Christ in all that you do.”

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I am over the top excited about Helen speaking at the Chosen Women’s Conference in a month. I can’t wait for her to share her knowledgeable and passionate heart with other women. Just a few days ago, Helen took time away from her busy schedule of working and homeschooling two of her three boys (one is in pre-school) to answer a few questions for me to help you get to know her better.

Where did you grow up? I grew up outside of DC and considered myself an “East Coast Girl” until college when I met a group of friends through InterVarsity who introduced me to the mid-West. I ended up attending Wheaton College where I met my husband. We were married in Chicago, but moved away for him to go to grad school. We have been back in Chicagoland for seven years.
How did you come to know the Lord? Well, that is an interesting story! I was living in an apartment complex when I was six years old and a Pastor approached me and asked if I would like to go to church. I had seen a lot of children getting on a blue bus every Sunday and it looked like fun so I tried it. It was a Baptist church that did a lot of altar calls and it was during one of those that I became a Christian. My interest in attending church made my parents decide that they wanted to start attending an Asian church. I was interested in Christianity, however, it wasn’t until college when I began hanging out with a group of believers that my relationship with Christ deepened.

What made you decide to write The Missional Mom? I wrote the book out of my own struggles with finding balance in mission and motherhood. I came to a place where I really wanted to be the best mom that I could to my three boys, but felt a lot of pressure from society to make them the center of my life. I knew that the talents and abilities that I had were gifts from God and didn’t want those to go to waste. Through research, I realized that the ultimate way to live on mission was to act out my first calling as a disciple of Christ through one of my secondary callings of being a mother.

Where do you see the culture of missional living going? Everyone defines missional living differently. I have seen a lot of larger churches taking on the mandate of missional living, trying to merge their multi-site church culture with a missional one. I think that we will ultimately see a lot of missional communities, or smaller churches, existing underneath the umbrella of the larger church.

You can see Helen live at the Chosen Women’s Conference January 19-20, 2012 in Mount Pleasant, SC. Register now at
The story would have played out differently if it had been anywhere else. Known as the land between, doctor Israel is a land bridge and crossroads. In the 1st century, viagra
whoever controlled the nation of Israel controlled the world. Genesis 15:18 tells us the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “I give this land to your offspring, from the brook of Egypt to the Euphrates River.” God brought Abraham to the crossroads to spread the universal message of love and redemption. The country is divided into four major areas that were roadways – coastal, hill country, Rift Valley and Transjordan. When Jesus gave His disciples the Great Commission, it wouldn’t have spread in the way that it did if it had been anywhere else in the world. We are the recipients of this message and for that reason alone, I should have greatly appreciated the land of Israel. However, it wasn’t until I was able to see the land with my own eyes and realize the colossal impact that occurs because of the events that happened within such a small span of terrain. The country was incredibly different than I had imagined and it is now much easier for me to see why the Lord chose it! The plush green grass on rolling hills, sparkling sea, winding rivers, towering mountains and gleaming desert are just a few of the wonderful scenes I was able to take in along our journey around the small country.

Standing at the top of Mt. Carmel, eyes spanning over mountains and valleys, the setting of countless Bible stories, my husband brought up the truth that God uses the small to do great things. We see that played out in the story of David and Goliath, a baby born in a cave and fisherman disciples, but to see the vast impact of stories that occurred in such a small space was awe-inspiring. Using unlikely people and situations is a great way for Him to get all the glory. Remember Romans 8:28, “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, those who are called according to His purpose.

View from Mt. Carmel

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Before the beginning of the world, God designed a plan for you. You live where you live and He has positioned you in your current season of life and within your current relationships for a reason. Mine is a story of a girl gone astray, redeemed by the One who was and is and is to come. Elevate God in your life and He will use the positions of your past, present and future to make an impact on generations to come.