Last Saturday I was privileged to attend the annual Christian Women’s Conference organised by CCOWA (Christian Conferences of WA).
The topic was “Contentment” and the key speaker was Sarie King. Throughout the day there were four bible study sessions. Each session had a theme and bible passage which we could dissect verse by verse, while Sarie spoke, using her knowledge of the scriptures to encourage us to look to God (who is able to raise people from dead) for our source of contentment.
The session just before morning tea was about Paul and our bible readings came from 2 Corinthians 11:23-30 and Philippians 4: 10-20. In these two portions, Paul lists all the suffering he had endure. Beatings, shipwrecks, nakedness, stoning, being imprisoned. In all these things, Paul had every right to complain. But he didn’t. Did contentment come naturally to him? No. It doesn’t to any of us. It has to be learned. Through study of God’s word, daily time for prayer and learning through the wise counsel of other godly people.
One of the favourite things that I was reminded of was the 2 Corinthians 9 verse where God says, “My grace is sufficient for you.” Sarie emphasised that this was not a promise for the future, but a promise for today. Every day God’s grace is enough for us.
Another best bit of the day? Singing all my favourite hymns which included this one. We watched the video before we sang it – all 800 godly women who attended. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the auditorium. Horatio Spafford knew where his hope came from.