WWW helps women find joy in trials
“I like to be in control,” Janelle Irwin said. “But God put me in a situation where He said, ‘The control’s not yours.”
During Wonderful Weekend for Women 2016 Irwin shared her story about how God brought her son, Grayson, now 4, through a near-fatal battle with leukemia. Grayson was given a 10-percent chance of survival when he was diagnosed with leukemia in August 2013.
“Beautiful Mess,” based on 1 Peter 4:12-13, was the WWW theme. It was held Sept. 16-17 at Webster Conference Center, Salina, Kan. Irwin grew up in Topeka, Kan., and now lives with her family in Tallahassee, Fla.
“We shouldn’t be surprised when the storms come,” Irwin told the women as she spoke from the Book of Jonah. Like Jonah, “we shouldn’t be surprised when we end up in the belly of a large fish.”
Women have a variety of choices when they face a crisis, she continued. They can wallow in self-pity, run away, or try to sleep the crisis away. But the best choice is to seek God and rely on His strength to face the trial.
After two years of intensive chemotherapy, Grayson is now in remission and is thriving.
Grayson’s health ordeal showed Irwin the need for an organization in her community that will support families with children who are battling illnesses or have other special needs. The Hang Tough Foundation was formed in early 2015. Irwin serves as the president and co-founder and chair of the Hang Tough family-relations team. Visit the Hang Tough website
WWW Life Sessions gave women training and encouragement for facing the issues in their lives. Topics ranged from “Crafts as a Church Outreach” to “What Husbands Wish Their Wives Knew about Men,” led by Mark Slattery, pastor of First Southern Baptist Church, Larned, Kan.
Slattery based his session on the book “For Women Only,” by Shaunti Feldhahn.
He stressed the need for wives to respect their husbands.
“In the same way you need to feel loved, your husband needs to feel respected,” Slattery said. “Respect is vital in any relationship, especially with your husband.”
But, “you have to show your man respect” and not just say it, Slattery continued.
In another Life Session, women learned how to share Christ by using their life stories. Brenda Lee, a hospital chaplain from North Platte, Neb., led the session.
Everyone’s story is unique, she said. “You always have your story. No one can argue with that.”
Sharing the story of your life with Christ should focus on:
- Your life before Christ
- How you met Christ
- How Jesus makes a difference in your life
Lee showed women how to share Christ using the “3 Circles Life Conversation Guide.” Read more
Lee urged women to look around and see how they can share Christ with people.
“The world has moved right next door to us.”
In other activity, women were urged to put WWW 2017 on their calendars. It will be held Sept. 15-16 at Webster Conference Center.