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God Met With Us!

I love when God gives me the opportunity to share His Word and I know He’s the one speaking and not me. I don’t ever want to get in His way, when I do it’s a big flop, a waste of everyone’s time, and a painful lesson for me. But when I get out of the way and He moves in, watch out—He can open eyes, graciously break hearts, turn on the floodlight of His Spirit, and provide the grace for repentance and transformation.

That’s what He did this weekend.

For those of you who joined us by praying for us, thank you. For those of you who attended the conference, I hope you’ll leave a comment below letting me know how God worked in your life.

I loved meeting women of all ages and walks of life who came to the conference asking God to speak to them. I met several women, wearily carrying with them the painful events of past history, who’ve lived bound by unforgiveness, who’ve experienced the rejection of unwanted divorce, and abandonment. I met young girls who have hope for the future, but have seen so little truth modeled before them. And I met some real Titus 2 women.

I saw women break under the Spirit’s gracious work of conviction, pour out their hearts to the Father in repentance, and rise with the radiant glow of transformation. Such beauty.

On Friday night, we considered our true identity as women. We saw how Eve exchanged her identity by reaching for “more” and attempted to live as her own deity. Thankfully, God did not leave her in that state of spiritual nakedness, but clothed her with a beautiful foreshadowing of the Lamb (Genesis 3:21). We talked about the great redemption story and I introduced the women to some friends of mine who were faithfully praying for us.

You can meet these precious friends by viewing the video here.

On Saturday, we spent some time talking about the destructive cycle that occurs when our God-given strengths warp into an ugly ferocity. We considered the destructive components that produce that brand of fierceness: ingratitude, pride, fear, and the desire to control. Thankfully, God provides the way to break out of that destructive cycle! We spent some time looking at how to apply the truth of His Word, through the power of the Spirit, in order to gain victory over our sinful tendencies.

Several women told me they were going home to seek their husbands’ forgiveness, some told me it may be too late for their marriage, but they were committed to walking in the truth of God’s Word, no matter how difficult it might be. Young, unmarried women came to thank me for speaking truth into their lives at such a young age. I pray they will be voices of truth in this next generation.

God met with us, and I am so grateful.

Whenever I’m able to be a part of a movement of God like that, I’m aware that His people have been praying and interceding, fighting unseen spiritual battles, and for that, I am so grateful.

I’m also grateful that these women will be well cared for by precious women of faith there who take their Titus 2 role seriously. I already heard from one precious friend, who continued the work started this weekend, by meeting with one of the young women who made some serious heart changes at the event. I love God’s ways, and how He uses the body of Christ to accomplish His great plans.

Thank you for being a participant in what He did in St. Petersburg by interceding in prayer for this event! If you were there, and God worked in your heart, I hope you will share in the comment box below!

11 Comments

  • Darcie

    Thank you Kim so much for being so gracious in humbling yourself and submitting to the work of God. God truly does a work in us and through us when we examine our hearts, remove the fig leaves, and walk with God instead of hiding from Him. The impact of the conference on my life is beyond words. I wasn’t able to thank you personally for speaking truth into my life. For the past year, the Lord has allowed me to go through a “Job” season. As you spoke to us, God reminded me of bible verses He gave me in May: Isaiah 30:20-21. Thank you for allowing God to work through you. God truly showed up and has bonded the women in our church more intimately. I hope to be more in touch…..God bless!!!!!

  • Katie Edmiston

    Firstly I would like to thank Kimberly Wagner for her time and her willingness to pour into our hearts and lives. I am a wife and mother of two, a little girl who just turned three and a three month old little boy. I’m currently a stay at home mom, struggling with loneliness and depression. I came to the conference with a heavy heart, from current trials and numerous ones from my past. This experience was so uplifting and encouraging. Several times while Kimberly was speaking I felt God pulling at my heart strings and opening my eyes in areas that need improvement. I was reminded of what it means to live in true womanhood in Christ and of the high calling to be a wife and mother. I went home at the end of the conference asking my husband for forgiveness for being so harsh and controlling in our relationship. And he then shared with me kn how belittling my attitude made him feel. But instead of feeling shame and condemnation upon myself, I’m going to press forward and with God’s gentle guidance and grace strive to be the helpmate I was created to be. And with being a helpmate im surrendering my pride and selfishness and allowing my husband to lead our home in the way he was created to. Its going to be difficult to learn how to fully submit to my husband, but with God’s help and what I learned from the conference it looks a lot achievable.
    Secondly I was informed about how true forgiveness brings freedom. As a child I grew up in an physically abusive home and experienced the pain of my parents divorce. To this day I still struggle with the painful memories and with unforgiveness. I believe through testimonies shared during the conference that by forgiving and asking forgiveness for the harbored hate and bitterness that it will give freedom. And ive so been longing for freedom from my sins and others.
    Thank you again for speaking into my life and encouraging me in the tough areas. Please be praying as I start the necessary process to become a true woman of God.

  • Kristy

    Kim, I am so appreciative of the sound teaching that you gave to all the ladies in St. Petersburg. I can look back on the early years of our marriage and see how my fierceness hurt my husband and family. God has sanctified me through the truth of His Word through the years and is molding me to be kind, gentle, humble and a person who thinks before she speaks. Thank you for reminding me of those driving components of destructive fierceness: ingratitude, PRIDE, fear, and the desire to CONTROL. By God’s grace, I will continue to grow in these areas by respecting by husband and doing it all to bring glory to our Lord.

  • Abigail

    Mrs. Kim,
    the conference was such a blessing to me. Thank you for being such an encouragement and blessing to me! I am so grateful for women like you who speak truth into my life, as well as the lives of other young ladies.
    At the conference I realized that my fierceness can be used for GOOD!! It doesn’t have to be destructive! I have always thought that fierceness was a bad thing…. Now I realize that it’s not, if I am using it to bring glory to my Savior. I am so glad that I was able to attend. I pray that the Lord will help me to become the kind of fierce woman that please Him and that I will become the woman that one day will be a good wife to my husband.
    thanks for being such a blessing!
    -Abigail

  • Rita Hopper

    Thank you, Kim, for that beautiful wrap of our St Pete conference. Our fervent prayer had been that God would meet us, and indeed he did. Thank you for being the willing conduit for his work. We did see so many women affected. I am still basking in the vision of being an image bearer of God! It brings tears to my eyes thinking that God would esteem us so much. Thank you, my friend, for bringing us into his presence and sharing with us his heart for us. Woman after woman after woman expressed their gratitude for what happened last weekend. How great is our God!!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello Darcie ~

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment and sharing some of your story. Although I don’t know all you’re facing, a “Job season” can cause you to feel isolated and hopeless. I love seeing the end of Job’s story though, Job knew God more intimately after the extended trial than ever before. I pray that you will reap such sweet intimacy and solid life lessons as a result of this trying season.

    It was such a joy being with you all!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello Katie ~

    It was a joy to meet you and hear some of your story. Thanks for taking the time to leave a precious comment and for sharing some of what God is doing in your life. I’m thrilled to know that you talked to your husband and that you are seeking to establish a God honoring way of relating to him. Hang in there, friend, it seems really hard in the beginning, but walking the road of love and forgiveness brings true freedom and joy!

    I hope you’ll stay connected here on the blog. Pausing to pray for you now dear friend ~

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello Kristy ~

    I really enjoyed meeting you and getting to spend some time with you and Abigail. I’m so glad God sovereignly connected us! Thank you for sharing how God has been at work in your life. I love the fact that He never gives up on us, but keeps on working to conform us to Christ’s beautiful image!

    I hope you’ll bring a group of ladies from your church to True Woman 14!

    Blessings, friend ~

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello Abigail ~

    I loved getting to visit with you a bit! I’m so glad to see you pressing into all God has for you at such a young age! I look forward to seeing how God will use your fierceness to glorify Himself as you continue to pursue Him! Thanks for leaving such a precious comment. I hope to see you again ~

    Always love Jesus most!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    My dear Rita ~

    Thank you for all your tireless effort, planning, preparation, and prayers! Thank you for being a Titus 2 example for so many. It was a joy to meet you and spend some time with your precious ladies. God was so gracious to meet with us. Thank you for sharing with me how He is continuing that work!

    Love and prayers dear friend ~

  • Darcie

    Thanks ever so much for the encouragement. God has been very near, and has been placing a song in my heart. And even though sometimes I may feel hampered down by the works of the enemy and the chaos of this world, I know in my heart that greater is He who is in me than he who is in this world. God has been bringing me out of the wilderness and showing me the gospel in a new light. The same God who was speaking a drying up of wealth a year ago is now providing more and more. I am learning to live more in the midst of physical suffering and affliction. The one thing i have taken to heart from the conferance has been removing the “fig leaves” that hide need under the appearance of self sufficiency. I have been opening up to the my brothers and sisters in Christ more…..it has been so so therapeutic! I dont understand completely what God is doing, but that’s ok. He is faithful to complete the work He has started. Even in the midst of suffering, the Father still has compassion on us…..thank you again