One look around us in our world, our society, our families, might bring some discouragement. A simple glance might bring a grimace to our face and a whisper of prayer to our lips.
While things may look rough on the outside — with things such as social and racial unrest, a worldwide pandemic, income insecurity, and so much more — let me reassure you of this: God is still working.
For many of us, we begin to question God when troubles come. “Why are You letting this happen, God”, “Where are You?”, “Have you left us?”, “Do You even care?”. These are just some of the questions that tumble from our trembling lips.
But Scripture reassures us that God will never leave us nor forsake us, and only good and perfect things come from above.
So in all this mess, where is God, you might ask. Right here.
That’s the answer.
He’s still here. He hasn’t left.
When God is silent and things are hard, He is often moving around in the background, silently working things out. And one event He used His faithful servants to arrange was the Breaking Boundaries Conference.
Last weekend, another Daughter’s of Deborah conference was held, this time in New Martinsville, West Virginia. The Breaking Boundaries Conference was hosted by The Refuge Church, and God certainly and thoroughly blessed His daughters who were in attendance.
This conference — spearheaded by Arise Ministries — was bathed in prayer before its complete fruition, by President Kim Eidel, staff at Arise Ministries, and the ministers who would bring the Word to this event.
Although many would question the efforts to produce a women’s conference during a world-wide pandemic, Kim felt God confirm and reaffirm His will on this matter, and the conference forged forward.
When the doors opened to welcome ladies with coffee and doughnuts, the atmosphere was charged with anticipation and expectancy. God was already in their midst, ready to do something amazing in their lives.
With the start of worship came the moving of the Spirit. Although the sweet and inviting presence of God was already there, the anointed worship leaders and musicians — led by Telina Frye and Kayla Tomblin — brought about a move — a move that swept through the sanctuary and began to impress upon the attendees, and overwhelm them with His great love.
The room was filled with worship of all varieties. Dancing and shouting, hands lifted, God’s daughters responded to the calling of God with eagerness. Emerging Prophetic Artist Caleigh Ball also utilized this time to use the arts to express this love.
Following worship was speaker Jessyca Hayes, an anointed Evangelist and minister from West Union, West Virginia. She spoke over the audience and said, “Some of you are getting your marching orders, and it can be for all of you if you choose to receive it.”
Women who received the call began to march around the sanctuary as an expression of their faith. Jessyca’s message was a timely and powerful Word from God, and many received healing and deliverance during the altar call.
The second lady to minister was Angela Stress, who also brought a Word from the Lord. In her message, she invited the ladies in attendance to rid themselves of any lingering darkness — any hidden sins.
“Anywhere where there is no revelation of Jesus Christ…is an area of darkness in our lives, and that’s where Satan works…he wants to keep you in those places of darkness,” Angela reminded. She called them to shed light in those dark places and be set free.
An anointed message was then brought by Kim Eidel, who ended the conference by encouraging ladies to shred up the labels they’ve put on themselves and take up the identity of who God says they are.
“It’s time to stop allowing the enemy to hold us back from the bigger-than-you-and-me purpose and plan that God has for each of us. It’s time to rise up and use the authority that Jesus paid the highest price for. The Bible tells us that Jesus already accomplished everything that has and will ever be needed, but now it’s up to us to use it.” she said.
During her message, Kim also remarked, “Many people make the mistake of wanting God to do something when He already has. Meanwhile, we’re waiting on God when God is waiting on you.”
This conference was a power-packed service full of deliverance, healing, and chain and bondage breaking. Everyone in attendance walked out changed, encouraged, and set free, and we are so thankful to God for that.
We thank God for the inspiration behind this conference, and for making it happen despite the state of the world and the attempts of the enemy.
In her spirit, Kim also heard God tell her to share this message with all in attendance (and we want to share it with our readers as well):
“Reclassify and hold the line. It’s time. Out with the old, in with the new. Walking in the new, crucifying the flesh, and taking up the cross…we need to hold the line of what God has given us, and become so enamoured — so enveloped in Him, so in love with Him — that we find and step into the identity of what He has called us to be.”
The time is now. God is here, and He is moving. He’s pouring out His Spirit on all flesh — all who are willing to stop and hear His voice, obey His commands, and carry out His will.
God is moving now, and He’s given us the choice to be a part of it. Will you join in?
Maddisen Sauls is the smile and voice behind the Everyday Joy blog as well as the author of the Word of the Week posts and the editor of by leaps and bounds. Throughout her life, Maddisen has worked as a reporter for small town newspapers, a School Age and Preschool teacher, and has acquired her ministerial license.
An avid book reader and lover of the written word, Maddisen is passionate about using her favorite medium to reach the lost and the hurting, and to offer encouragement and hope to those struggling through life.
Following her battle with depression, Maddisen has made it her mission to help other people through this journey and to bring joy to the lives of the people around her.
You can find Maddisen on Instagram @maddisen.paige