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."