DAUGHTERS CONFERENCE 2018

Hi Girls,

Wow! What a beautiful, Holy-Spirit breathed weekend we had at Daughters Conference! I'm in awe of all God did in us and have such anticipation for all He will do though us this year.

There was such a strong tangible sense of God's healing power in the room, and I know many women experienced personal breakthrough as Jenny Gilpin shared her story and prophesied over us so specifically. I'm inspired by Jenny's story and her life at large, a woman who came from incredibly humble beginnings, who has stepped out without waiting for perfect circumstances and has seen God use her mightily for His glory. I know many women were encouraged to "just start" with where they are at and watch God move! It was such a treat to hear from Mia and Joren and have a rather large Dinner Party 'living room chat' with them! They let us into their story once again and gave such wise relationship advice!

I feel such a conviction in my spirit for all God wants to do in and through Daughters—we are living in a time when it is imperative that the women of the global church stand up and don't shrink back. Hebrews 10:39 says, "But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved." If we shrink back in the hour that God is calling us forward, that will only lead to destruction. But if we stand up in faith, that leads to the building of God's Kingdom, the redemption of our city, God's love flooding into the lives of the people of NYC and beyond. There is a generation to come that needs us to stand in faith in the trial we are facing, in the time we are living. I for one, have more conviction that ever before on the importance of women rising in faith. 

So here's to bold faith, faith-filled prayer, dedication to the Word of God and fast obedience to the whisper of the Spirit! For it is these mighty weapons that when yielded, defeat any opposition that seeks to kill, steal and destroy humanity.

I love you and I'm so proud of each of you for your faith, your strength in adversity and your passion for God and His plan!

Let's go!
Love, 

Georgie

C3 Brooklyn
THE TRUTH SETS US FREE

Have you ever had a close friend, leader, spouse or parent tell you the truth about yourself? It's nice when that 'truth' is an encouragement and makes you feel great! But it's not so nice when that truth is painful to hear! Sometimes the truth hurts, but the truth told in love is not the kind of 'hurt' that comes from abuse or accusation, it's more like the pain of undergoing surgery. 

My friend Crystal recently had surgery on her knee due to a dance move gone wrong (I love that she laughs when she tells the story), and boy was she in pain post-surgery. The surgeon performed some serious reconstruction and she is now in recovery - she's navigating the 5 flights of stairs in the school she teaches at everyday, she's standing in front of kids at church and teaching the bible whilst leaning on a crutch, she's wobbling down the subway stairs and going about her business of relentlessly loving and serving people. The recovery period has been challenging, it's meant she's had to slow down and pace herself and she can't do everything she used to do. But she knows it's a necessary period, not something she can skip over. And afterwards, once she's completely healed, she will be able to walk (and run) without pain. 

Recovery hurts!

In Ezekiel 11:19-20 the bible talks about the heart-transplant surgery we go through when we accept God into our lives, "I (God) will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh". 

Sometimes God's restoration, his 'heart-transplant surgery' in our lives, can feel painful as areas of our lives are cut out and replaced with His heart and His Spirit. Death is painful, and when things in our lives die, we feel it. But afterwards, post-surgery, post-recovery, we find true freedom in Christ. 

Jesus says in John 8:32 "the truth will set you free". 

My husband and I have given each other permission to speak into each others lives, into areas that we are blind to, areas that are holding us back from spiritual growth, areas that are hindering the Kingdom from being expanded. The first time he spoke up (with great hesitancy, fear and trepidation haha!!), it hurt a bit, but the Holy Spirit showed me that he was right and I needed to hear it. God wanted to adjust some things in my life so I could experience more freedom in my life and I could bring His freedom to the women around me! In that moment, the truth set me free. 

Do you have people in your life - trusted, Godly, loving women - who can speak into your God-given identity? Who can encourage you in areas you are struggling in? Who can help you like only a sister can? Or are we only allowing the women around us to make us feel good in our insecurity? True love sometimes hurts but in the end we experience true freedom! God designed the church as a beautiful community of support, sharing resource, sharing faith, sharing successes, burdens and pain, you were never meant to do this alone. Their is a sisterhood of Daughters waiting to shoulder the burden with you and help you navigate that mountain (or those 5 staircases;). There are millions of women in NYC who are doing it alone and don't know this sisterhood exists, as we band together, an Army of Women, and find true freedom in Christ together, we can become a revolutionary Army of Freedom to the women of NYC. 

I love you! 2 weeks till we gather! God has so much freedom in store for us and the women of NYC!

xx Georgie 

C3 Brooklyn
ARMY OF HOPE
ARMYOFHOPE-01.png

Hope can often be seen as weakness. In NYC ‘hope’ means nothing and ‘hustle’ means everything. If you don’t hustle in this city you don’t have a hope of achieving your goal! Someone will knock you out of the way, push you sideways and  take the prize! When you think of ‘hope’ you might think of dreaming without planning, journaling but never setting action points, the Bible, however, describes Hope in Christ as an anchor for the soul. 

When I was a kid we shared a boat amongst our relatives and we would often go out on our ‘cruiser’ affectionately named ‘Ho Hum’. I have so many fond summer memories of cruising through the Sydney harbors with my parents, Uncle and Aunt and my 3 siblings and 3 cousins, being careful to keep my lifejacket on and hold onto the rails tightly when the waters were rough! After cruising for a distance, my dad and my uncle would eventually find a nice spot in the bay where we could rest, play, swim and eat rotisserie chicken sandwiches on the deck! The first thing my dad would do when we found our perfect spot is untie the rope attached to the big heavy metal anchor, and very carefully lower the anchor into the deep water below. I remember our clear directions to stand back while he did this as the anchor was SO heavy that if one of our little hands was to get caught in the way it would surely require a visit to the emergency department. But once the anchor was down and secure, our three-story cruiser boat with 11 people onboard would stay put for as long as we wanted it to! Suddenly the winds would calm, and everything was still, we felt confident to jump straight off the boat into the waters below, secure enough to let go of the rail.

Hebrews 6:19-20 says, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”

The hope we have in Christ is not weak, useless and ineffective. the bible describes it as an anchor. An anchor is strong, it keeps a large boat secure in one place against whatever weather system hits it. When this large metal structure is lowered deep onto the ocean floor, it makes a boat immoveable to the elements. When we put our hope and trust in Christ we are immoveable as this hope becomes an anchor for our soul taking us right through to eternity with Christ.  Hoping in Christ is not a vain pursuit in which we hope the winds of life and luck will swing our way. It’s not a hope based on our own proven merit or righteousness. Our Hope in Christ is firm and secure, based on His proven grace, goodness, power and sacrifice for all. It’s Immoveable. An anchor that will keep us still and secure, on the stormy days and the sunny days. When our hope is in Christ, our boat might feel rocky and unsteady at times but it is always actually firmly planted in Him. He is the one “Who keeps us in life and does not allow our feet to slip” (psalm 66:9).

As Daughters, hope in Christ is our anchor. When we stop hoping in Christ that’s when our anchor slips and we can find ourselves floating afar off away from Him, carried by the waves of this world, wherever it pleases to take us. When we are anchored in Christ we are free to enjoy this beautiful life He has given us, enjoy the people surrounding us, enjoy intimate honest relationships. I encourage you today, if you have allowed your hope in Christ to waver and wain, you can let down your anchor again today! Drop it deep deep into the waters of your soul, into the dark places, where you fear to tread, allow Him to land right their in the midst of it all and watch what He does as you choose hope in the midst of the storm. He is faithful to His daughters, He is not preferential, each of us are His kids, created and loved equally, each with a plan and a purpose attached to our lives. As we, an army of women, an army of hope-carryers, anchor ourselves in Christ, armoring ourselves with hope, truth and the Word of God, may our hope be a beacon of light that shines in this city lighting the way for many women to find life and life in abundance in Christ Jesus. 

I love you! May our hope be found deep in Christ. 

xox Georgie 

C3 Brooklyn
FOUND
FOUND.png

My five-year-old's favorite game right now is "Hide and Go Seek." The one-year-old and I count to twenty (well the one-year-old just mimics the tone of my voice as I count), and the five-year-old runs off giggling as he tries to find a new hiding spot in our small 2-bedroom apartment. I spend a long time pretending I can’t find him while he makes very obvious "clue" sounds. Then inevitably I "find" him, and we all laugh — a lot. We then run back to the couch, and he calls out "Right, this time I’m counting mom!"

Being found is exhilarating when you’re five years old and in the safety of your little apartment. 

Have you ever been lost? I can’t say I was the type of child to ever get lost; I was far too aware and cautious to ever get lost. Although, I do remember once being in a pasta shop with my mom, as we waited for our sheet of pasta to go through the machine — and miraculously become fettuccine — I must have gotten distracted and then lost my mom in the busy shop. My heart started to pound inside my chest as I became aware that I was no longer accompanied by a grown up. I turned, and much to the relief of my little three-year-old heart, I looked straight ahead and saw what I thought was my moms faded Levi 501s. Without a second thought, I ran to those jeans and buried my face in the soft worn denim, my little arms wrapped around one mom thigh. A moment later I looked up and instead of seeing my mom’s dark shiny brown hair and olive skin, I saw a strange blonde perm! I had not found my grown up, I had found another mom clad in the classic Levi 501 uniform of the mid 1980s. 

Later in life, I found myself a little lost, well, maybe a lot lost — and I discovered what it meant to find Christ. It’s not that He was ever lost, but rather that had lost sight of Him.

 In Jeremiah 23:23-24, it says, "'Am I a God who is near,' declares the Lord, 'And not a God far off? Can a man hide himself in hiding places so I do not see him?' declares the Lord. 'Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?' declares the Lord."

Our God never loses sight of us. He always desires us to draw close to Him. He watches us always and loves us always. Our God is love (1 John 4:8), and He is always near, ready and waiting for us to turn toward Him. We might feel lost, but He always knows exactly where we are, listening for our voice, our giggle, our cry. 

Being lost and then found was more about my position than His. His position never changed; I was never lost to Him. He always knew where I was, and He always watched over me. Being "found" to me is all about me "finding" Christ. I searched for Him in a broken place, and there I found Him, bent low, His hands outstretched, a smile on His face and hope and adventure in His eyes. 

This is His stance toward humanity, His sons and daughters, our brothers and sisters. Let’s be women who see Him and find Him and emulate His stance toward humanity — bringing love, acceptance, truth and freedom into the lives around us, drawing others to find their heavenly home in Christ.

xx Georgie

C3 Brooklyn
CRAFTED AND FORMED
crafted.png

In James 1:2 we are encouraged to “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you It’s a beautiful moment when we find out we have each been crafted and formed in detail by our heavenly Father. Your personality, the way you think and feel and see. Your giftings and unique quirks, all beautifully woven together into little cells that make up you! The wonderful Creator has truly created and formed each of us uniquely. Facets of His beauty and wonder are displayed in each of us. Genesis 1:27 says, “So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.

But the truth about God’s creation is that although we were formed in such detail in our mothers’ wombs (see Psalm 139:13), we are constantly being re-formed by Him. As we yield ourselves to the transformative Holy Spirit and receive new life by the blood of Christ, we become renewed day by day. His nature is revealed to us and therefore more of our true intended nature is able to be set into full flight by the freedom found only in Christ! We begin to find new life in Christ and find who we are in Christ — our true God-intended identity is formed and purpose begins to be revealed.

In my personal experience these forming moments aren't the easiest ones — but it is in the moments of deep surrender, when our human will or “sin nature” is essentially broken open and submitted to Christ, that we experience true freedom in Christ and truly discover who we are in Him. In Matthew 16:25, Jesus says, “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” As we let go of who we thought we were or who the world has told us we are or categorized us as, and begin to accept our new identity and freedom in Christ (who He originally intended us to be), it can often feel like losing our life, but Jesus’ promise is that as we surrender, we will find true life, true purpose and our true identity.

As we let go of the sin that so easily entangles (Hebrews 12:1) and instead choose Christ, we are formed into His likeness and reflect the image of God to those around us. His beauty begins to shine from the inside out, and we become beacons of light and hope to a broken world, shining the love of Christ to those around us.

xx Georgie

C3 Brooklyn
STRENGTH IN YOUR WALK
strengthtext.jpg

In James 1:2 we are encouraged to “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance”. To consider a trial “pure joy” seems counterintuitive because often in a trial we can feel like we are going backwards and getting weaker, not stronger. However if we fully allow a trial to do it’s work in our lives it has the ability to strengthen us and form us into the person we need to be to fulfill the call of God on our lives. Trials form character and strength in our lives; they cause us to lean on Christ and truly surrender our lives to Him alone. A trial is actually a beautiful thing if we consider the things of God beautiful. Trials form true beauty in our lives.

As women we are often taught that beauty is external, but the truth is that true beauty is formed inwardly and shines from the inside out. In my life I have faced some trials, and I have not responded perfectly with faith.  I’ve often stumbled, and there have been times when I’ve felt like I was just clinging to the hem of Jesus' garment! But I’ve found that all Jesus really requires is that we hold on to Him, and cling to Him during the trial — and He meets us right where we are. Sometimes it’s just a battle to open the Bible or utter a word in prayer, but He hears that word and He comes quickly. There have been dark moments when all I’ve been able to muster is a groan or a muffled “Help me, Jesus” into a tear soaked pillow! Sometimes strength just means looking to Jesus when you don't understand anything, and giving Him your mustard seed faith. Sometimes strength looks like weakness, but when we give it to Jesus He fills our weakness with His strength and imparts His character into our lives. Jesus wants to form us and shape us into the born again overcomer who He died to save; He has a strength available to us that can only be found when we truly surrender all to Him. Let’s be women who find our strength in Christ and Christ alone.

xx Georgie

C3 Brooklyn
OVERCOMER
overcomer.png

In 1 John 5:4-5 it says, “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?”

The Bible calls believers in Christ “overcomers.” As women who believe in Christ as our Lord and Savior, we are called “overcomers.” But the key word here is “believer.” If we are Christian women who aren’t living our lives believing what the Word of God says then we cannot truly be an overcomer — instead we will be defeated, overwhelmed and overcome by life! It takes faith to truly be an overcomer! 1 John says our faith is the victory that has overcome the world! Our faith is critical here! Faith is victory. Christ has already overcome the world, but our faith partners with that truth and activates His overcoming power in our everyday lives.

 

Just like you, I can feel overwhelmed and overcome a lot of the days in the week! But I turn to the Word of God to tell me who I am, and then I believe what it says. Repentance means “to turn,” to say ‘Hey maybe I don’t know everything and maybe all my feelings aren’t true. Jesus, I’m sorry for thinking I knew it all — please help me!’

God has made us overcomers in and through Christ because there is much to overcome in life! There is victory when we partner with Christ and receive His power that is freely given through the cross. Overcoming our challenges doesn’t come from striving but rather from receiving. Let’s be women who are humble and wise enough to kneel and bow our heads and ask our all powerful, all-loving, completely generous Father to give us the spirit of an overcomer in all we do! And then let’s walk out our lives knowing and believing that it’s He that has overcome the world and, as His Daughters, we too are overcomers.

xx Georgie

C3 Brooklyn
RHYTHMS OF GRACE
rhythms.jpg

It wasn’t until the Lord showed me some time ago how much I do in my own strength that I realized how much He has available to me. 

Like a lot of women, I have this tendency to think things are up to me, and to do things in my own strength. I suppose it’s somewhat of a good characteristic, and in many ways has helped put me on the path I’m on today. Ministry and church planting are constant hard work—not for the faint-hearted, they require a strong “get up and go” spirit!

We all have a level of inner strength and ability, but this is not the strength we need for what Christ has called us  to. It’s nowhere near enough! His calling requires and is sustained only by a strength that He can give us. Your  own strength is enough only to enable you to do the things you’ve called yourself to!

It would be a great travesty if we didn’t know to access Christ’s strength through His empowering grace; the result would be a misconception that we cannot fulfill the calling on our lives, and the end result would be us shrinking back from our purpose on earth. The irony, of course, is that we would be right, we cannot fulfill His calling - our strength is not enough.

But His is. Christ is enough. 

In fact the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 12:9 that our weakness makes His power perfect!! What!? My weakness makes His power perfect?! That’s scandalous. 
Imagine if we never discovered that?

We are obsessed with “secrets to success” in life. We see someone create, pioneer or do something incredible and innovative; we read articles, watch documentaries and ask questions which ultimately lead to the desire to have just one question answered “What’s the secret?” Imagine if we went our whole lives as believers unaware of the secret of His empowering grace available for every season. Imagine if we were unaware that our own inability is our biggest gift? Because it would cause us to rely completely on His strength, enabling His full perfect power into our circumstance, our purpose, our lives and the lives around us?

God has immeasurable strength, energy, wisdom, ideas and strategy available to His daughters every day—if we so choose to access it. But the thing about Jesus is that unlike a lot of lads, He is a gentleman. He will never impose Himself or push Himself on us; He holds a door open for us and invites us in. 

Grace is His empowerment. 

Will we be strong in the grace? Will we be strong in the knowing that He is enough?

Our Daughter’s Conference is entitled Be Strong in the Grace because so often as women we can strive to be strong in other areas of our lives but neglect the most important area. We need to learn to be strong in receiving His grace and trusting that Jesus has fully and completely empowered us to walk through any season with great success on every level.

Jesus has an empowering grace available to us in every moment, in every situation, in every season. I believe He has given us the courage to access it.

xx Georgie

C3 Brooklyn