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    November 9-11, 2018 November Women's Weekend

    A Beautiful Fall Sandy Cove Women's Weekend

    Framed by Grace: How the Father's Love Redeems Your Story
    with Co-Speakers: Laura Acuna and Kim Hyland

    Kim's sessions

    Session One ~ Finding Freedom in Our Imperfection

    But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. ~2 Corinthians 4:7

    Perfectionism and striving are a common theme in the lives of many Christian women. We’ve been forgiven and set free but too often find ourselves enslaved again by the law and “spiritual perfectionism.” Kim knows this theme well. For years, she embraced a try-hard life, but in His mercy God sabotaged her strategies. In the midst of brokenness and deep discouragement, He revealed His love and grace like she’d never known before and began to teach her the freeing lessons of grace.

    As Kim shares her story, we’ll discover:

    • Why perfectionism is so tempting (spoiler alert: we were made for perfection)
    • The essential nature of pride and humility
    • The chain-breaking power of confession and forgiveness
    • How to find contentment with our imperfection and weakness
    • How God’s perfection meets us in our imperfection
    Session Two ~ Your Beautiful “Once Upon a Time”

    Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. ~Psalm 139:16

    There’s a reason our love for story is universal. We are made in the image of a storytelling God. God is the author of your story, and it is good and beautiful. But sometimes we get stuck on the difficult pages and chapters and allow them to define our story. Or we fail to see the unique beauty and redemption of our story because we get caught up in comparison.

    In this session, we will consider

    • The traps of insecurity and comparison
    • How to view our individual stories against the backdrop of Psalm 139
    • How to define our identity
    • The power of gratitude and trust in our stories
    • How embracing our individual stories equips us to fulfill our part in the bigger story of the Body of Christ

    Laura's Sessions

    Session One: A Clean Slate: Your Past Does Not Define Your Future

    Everything that we have – right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start – comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. - 1 Corinthians 1:30

    We are so hard on ourselves. We take on false beliefs, especially those related to negatives from our past, and operate as if they are truth. By doing so, we allow our ‘slates’ to be written upon with incorrect ideas of ourselves, of God, and of His intentions toward His children. As a result, we can be trapped in the debilitating cycle of shame and guilt.

    This message, based on Laura’s testimony and the Word of God, will challenge and equip each woman to:

    • Discover that do-overs and clean slates are God’s specialty!
    • Replace self-condemnation and self-pity with self-compassion
    • Identify areas where your past is affecting your present and future
    • Trust the Lord to wipe your slate clean
    • Hand the chalk over to God and allow Him to write a new story
    Session Two: Making Peace with Your Broken Story

    Let the redeemed of the LORD tell their story. – Psalm 107:2

    For so many of us, our story - particularly the difficult things that have happened in our past - bring us anything but peace. We may spend years running from or denying our story, but in doing that, we lock up a part of ourselves that needs to be understood and a testimony that needs to be heard. When we make peace with our unedited story, we discover that God is a redeemer, repairer and restorer of broken thinking, broken hearts and broken dreams.

    Building on lessons from Session One, Laura will help women understand that:

    • You can own your story or your story can own you
    • Every event in your life has passed through His sovereign hand
    • There is nothing too difficult for Him to reframe with His grace
    • Your story does not disqualify you – it is exactly what qualifies you for ministry
    • God is glorified through the broken and redeemed stories of His children