Women of all ages, generations and walks of life joyously gathered for the first Vous Girl of 2017. Grandmothers, mothers, and daughters all united under a sisterhood of strength. It was a night filled with encouragement, excitement, and passion that resounded through the building. The faith of every Vous Girl was strengthened and their journey was given new purpose and life.
Pastor DawnCherè Wilkerson spoke to the heart of every girl with a message entitled, “Home is Always a Journey.” Heaven is our home but the journey there is one we walk by the side of Jesus and surrounded by a sisterhood of strength. She encouraged us through the life of Mary Magdalene, seen in Luke 8, who was conflicted, burdened, and suffered with much. Mary, however, was transformed to become a powerful woman who walked beside Jesus and helped build the Kingdom of God. In her journey, there are notable factors that will help us while we walk out our journey.
Along the journey home there is:
Rest is the only way that we can move forward. Our journey does not end with rest, our journey begins with rest. Mary was tormented by demons and it wasn’t until she crossed paths with Jesus that her body found peace and her life found rest. It doesn’t matter how many powers are against you, when Jesus says, “Peace. Be still,” everything else has to go. When we go to others instead of Jesus for rest, we seem to only become more and more restless. Our relationships with our husbands or sisters were not meant to carry and alleviate our heaviest burdens.
How do you find rest? You release.
Release control, bitterness, and lack of forgiveness at the feet of Jesus.
Our journey doesn’t end with rest,
our journey begins with rest.DawnCherè Wilkerson
Rest without responsibility is just laziness. Responsibility unlocks your resource, it proves to God that you are responsible with what He has for you. It is not just resting in the journey but picking up responsibility and helping build through and for the journey. Responsibility begins along the way. When you decide to put your feet in the path that Jesus is making.
Responsibility without relationship is just religion. God created the church and family of God so that we would not be alone on this journey. Mary was surrounded by a sisterhood wherever she went, at the crucifixion and at the tomb of Jesus. You need to surround yourself with big-visioned, God-focused women who will join the journey with you and build you up.
Listen to the Full Message On the Podcast
We took some time to ask a few Vous girls what piece advice they would give their past selves, if they could, in the earlier parts of their journeys.
Just once is never enough! Listen to this week’s message and more by subscribing to the VOUS Church Podcast on iTunes.
Subscribe to the VOUS Church Blog
Get VOUS Church blog posts delivered straight to your inbox!