By LAURA CARRELL
Courier staff writer
---- — OTTUMWA — More than 160 women and girls poured into First Pentecostal Assembly of God Church on Saturday, ready to hear about confidence throughout the generations at the ninth annual Daughter of the King Conference.
Four speakers were asked to speak to one of four different age groups: girls, young women, mothers and grandmothers. Their messages of confidence in God and not in ourselves were intermingled with uplifting songs and powerful prayer.
Dizzy the Clown spoke to the littlest members of the audience, but her words spoke directly to the hearts of every age group. Through visual examples of what a Christian woman's words should be and do, and a quick game of Wheel of Fortune, she explained the power of our language with a variety of Scripture.
"Are you words warm? Cold? Hurtful? Wisdom? Hope? Love? Peace?" she asked. "Inside the word 'discourage' is the word 'courage.' Put courage inside other people with your words and you'll build their confidence."
Speaking to the teens and young women, Emily Strube stressed that confidence isn't found in yourself or in the "things" around you, but in knowing who Jesus is. She used Scripture from Philippians 3 to show what's really worth something in life.
"All of the time, the money, the effort you put into things, Paul says it's garbage," she said. "Confidence isn't in what we do, but in what Jesus Christ did for us."
After lunch, Misty Gillette, one of the founders of the Daughter of the King Conference, spoke to the mothers and middle-aged women in the group. She gave each woman a mirror and asked her to write what she saw. After some giggles and hem-hawing, a few words were written down.
"God sees His beloved. He sees a woman that He created for His purpose," she explained. "Psalm 17:8 says that you are the apple of His eye. You may not always feel like it, but it's true. You are the apple of God's eye."
Marthana Newland, creative/worship pastor at Hickory Grove Assembly of God Church, wrapped up the afternoon of worship with a lesson for the grandmothers on being part of a generation that doesn't forget where they came from and doesn't forget to pass on what they've learned to those who come after them.
She gave a dramatic illustration from World War II about a nurse who sat at the bedside of a soldier who had been given a black toe tag. Black meant they were beyond help, red meant they needed immediate attention and yellow meant they would be just fine. After spending some time with the black-tagged man, she realized that he was still alive. So she did something she had never done before — she reached down and swapped out his black toe tag for a red one.
"No matter how hopeless it seems, you can be responsible in being a tag changer," Newland told the ladies. "We can all make a change in someone's life simply by making an investment in them."
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