IF : gathering

IF gathering If God is real, then what?

If you follow me at all on any form of social media you know that I attended an IF gathering this past weekend. What is IF, you ask?

A fresh, deep, honest space for the next generation of women to wrestle with essential questions that plague their generation. Questions like: If God is real, then what?

Who is IF for? Melissa Greene puts it like this:
“IF is for the cynic, the saint, the doubter, the believer, the dreamer, the wanderer, the artist, the thinker, the mom, the wife, the sister, the daughter, the hipster, the reader…. IF is for you – ladies.”

You can read more about IF on their website.

Here I am 4 and ½ days after the conference and I still can not process all my thoughts. I had my world broken, turned upside down, repaired, forgiven, and was stretched in my faith more than I have been in years past. I really feel like the Lord is doing a big work in me, I just need to figure out what that looks like.

I hope to share with you over the next few weeks some of the major hurdles I climbed over and eventually conquered this weekend. Please be patient though, some them make me pretty vulnerable, and that’s hard to share.

We spent most of the weekend digging into Hebrews 12:1-2

ESV : 1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

NCV : 1 We are surrounded by a great cloud of people whose lives tell us what faith means. So let us run the race that is before us and never give up. We should remove from our lives anything that would get in the way and the sin that so easily holds us back. 2 Let us look only to Jesus, the One who began our faith and who makes it perfect. He suffered death on the cross. But he accepted the shame as if it were nothing because of the joy that God put before him. And now he is sitting at the right side of God’s throne.

MSG : 1-3 Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!

There is something special about reading a part of passage in many translations. Sometimes it’s for the sheer fact of not knowing what in the world the words mean. Othertimes it’s because the sentences are not making sense, so you need to hear the content worded differently. No matter the reason God speaks to us if we are reading His word.

Our common ground is full surrender.

angie smith If:gathering

I encourage you to take time to read Hebrews 12:1-2 in different translations. Repeat the words in your head, out loud and write them down. Let me know what the Lord said to you. Was it when reading a specific translation that you had that “ah Ha” moment and knew exactly what the Lord wanted you to do?

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  1. Rachel K says:

    I’m still processing, too. So thankful I could sit at a table with you and discuss these deep truths. Love our group of ladies, and I can’t wait to see/hear what God does in each of us. 🙂


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