October 20, 2018
Keynote Speaker: Ruth McWhite
Limited Seating Available
A Women’s Conference
- Doors open 8am
- Begins 9:00am
- Ends 4:00pm
- Boxed lunch included in registration
- Conference Location: Holly Ridge Baptist Church
Holly Ridge Baptist Church
Holly Ridge Baptist Church
260 Adams Mill Rd
Simpsonville, SC 29681
Registration is $25 per person. Please use the registration form below to purchase & register yourself and any additional guests. Groups registering more than 15 persons please contact Life In Abundance directly to register your group at:
6 Breakout Sessions
Broken in our Thinking
Are the voices in your head telling you that you aren’t good enough? Are you experiencing self-doubt, fear or low self-image? Are you stuck in a pattern of negative thinking that you desperately want to get rid of? Inadequate self-image robs us of our energy and our ability to relate to others because we are absorbed in our own inadequacies. In God’s Word we are told that we are fearfully and wonderfully made in His image, in His likeness, and that we are good. God says we are beautiful. However, we are often slaves to the opinions of others, comparing ourselves to what society says we should be like, what we should look like and what we should believe. Do you want to allow others to direct and control your thinking? Or do you want to take it back? Join Michele as she discusses learning how to see yourself as God does, changing your self-doubt into self-confidence, and learning how to love yourself from the inside out with God by your side.
Michele Bennefield is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master’s degree in Counseling and is licensed in the state of South Carolina with the LLR to provide individual and family psychotherapy. She is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as being nationally certified in Trauma Focused CBT. Michele is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC). Michele’s counseling experience includes helping those who have survived a trauma or other upsetting events in their life, including abuse or violence, grief & loss, separation & divorce, life changes, or feeling disconnected from others. Michele attends Brookwood Church and has been a part of the Lay Counselor Ministry. She also volunteers with Care Connection, the Grands Ministry, co-leads a Blended Family small group with her husband and can be found most Sunday mornings greeting those coming to services.
Broken in our Families
There’s not a single family on this planet that isn’t broken by sin. Sure, some families’ brokenness is more public, more out there, more on display for the world to observe, judge, perhaps ridicule or even sympathize with. The reality is, however, that not a single family escapes the brokenness brought on by sin. In fact, throughout the Bible we see families with leaders like Abraham, Isaac, and Judah experience the fallout from sins of adultery, prostitution, incest, murder, betrayal and deceit. The list goes on and on. Join Lizzie as she discusses how her family, like many others, has tasted the sorrow, pain, devastation and hurt brought on by sin and the brokenness it brings. In this session, we will also examine the hope found in God’s grace and His pursuit of the brokenhearted. How exciting to know that we can experience the life, joy and beauty that He alone is able to resurrect from shattered pieces! God chose to bring the Savior of the world, Jesus, to a broken world through a broken family, according to Matthew 1. Who knows what He may choose to do through yours and mine!
Elizabeth “Lizzie” Harper
Lizzie received her Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling: Marriage and Family from Liberty University and is currently pursuing her Clinical Pastoral Counselor’s license through the National Christian Counselors Association (NCCA). She is a Certified Temperament Counselor through the NCCA. Lizzie is an active member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) as well as the NCCA. She attends Fellowship Greenville Church where she enjoys worshiping, serving and being an active member alongside her husband of 23 years. They are blessed with three children. Lizzie’s passion is to continue to seek a walk with Jesus that puts his glory on display and to walk alongside others as they navigate the changes and situational difficulties that life can bring. Her heart’s desire is to know God and make Him known.
Broken by Addiction
What does it look like to be broken and then restored within the framework of addiction? Through the work of Christ in her life, the cycle of alcohol addiction within Veronica’s family has been broken. She will share how God’s grace and love have literally saved her life as she openly discusses the victories, the struggles and the resources she has encountered along the journey to freedom. Veronica is called by God to share her story with other sisters in the hope that others who may be struggling with addiction, or those with a family member struggling with addiction, will be encouraged that victory can and does happen.
Veronica was born and raised in Greenville SC, and is a Realtor serving Upstate SC and surrounding areas. She is very passionate about helping people. Veronica currently attends Relentless Church, formerly known as Redemption, and serves in the Children’s and Outreach Ministries. She is incredibly thankful about the Word that has been deposited in her life, and how it has helped break the cycle of addiction within her family.
Broken by the Church
Have you ever been hurt by the church or its members? Is that why the church exists? Like so many others, Debbie has personally experienced wounding by different churches throughout her life. As the Body of Christ, God calls us to love Him first and then to love others as we love ourselves. His instruction is for His children to come alongside one another to help and encourage one another while all of us are in the process of being transformed into His likeness. This transformation process doesn’t call for a spirit of self-righteousness, but one of humility. In this session, Debbie will share how God has given her an even greater passion for His church through the tough times of brokenness brought about by the very church people she has served. Join Debbie as she discusses types of brokenness within the church community, and how it can be redeemed and used to serve and care for others. Sometimes church tries to sweep the broken out the door. God, however, wants to mend us and then show us off as the beautiful piece of Kintsugi He has made us.
Debbie is a board-certified barber and cosmetologist, with over 40 years’ experience in the industry. She works at Salon Silhouette in Simpsonville, SC, and as a national hair color educator for the Italian hair color company, Framesi. Debbie is married to Ben, the Senior Pastor of the newly founded GracePoint Church. She has served with her husband in ministries, both domestically and abroad, since the early 90’s. Debbie lives in Fountain Inn. She two grown children and two grandchildren. She enjoys sharing her testimony and serving the Lord through teaching and sharing the work He has done in her life.
Openness in Brokenness
Are you afraid for someone to know how broken you really are? Do you know there is One with whom you can safely share your brokenness? One with whom you can be transparent and know for sure that He will never judge or condemn you? The Lord says to you, precious daughter, “my grace is sufficient for you, for my power (and beauty) is made perfect in weakness.” Learning how to offer up all your broken pieces and your weaknesses to God is a great place to begin your healing journey. Join Kirby as she discusses how you can experience amazing freedom when you are able to admit to your Heavenly Father you don’t “have it all together.” (He already knows!) In this session Kirby will discuss the impact and importance of transparency within our brokenness. She will also highlight what the Psalmist David shows us about being open in our brokenness.
Kirby is a licensed physical therapist. She has over 20 years of experience teaching and facilitating women’s Bible studies, and is the author of the books, ‘Abiding in Christ – What is it Anyway?’ and ‘Walking Through Fire Without Getting Burned.’ It is Kirby’s passion to equip other women in the want to and how to of walking intimately with Jesus and to help them experience the blessing of walking in victory through each trial as God Himself enables them to bring Him glory through it all.
Kirby resides in Simpsonville with three of her five children, and attends Rocky Creek Baptist Church. She enjoys being a mom and working through the challenges that come with parenting.
The Effects of Shame in Brokenness
We so often think of shame in terms of specific sin. But what if it isn’t about a specific sin; rather, a state of being that keeps us from vulnerability, deep connection, peace, and freedom? In this breakout, we will look at the root of shame, what shame looks like in our daily interactions, and how vulnerability and brokenness are keys to freedom.
Holly is a Licensed Professional Counselor with the State of South Carolina. She holds a Master of Divinity degree in Counseling from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Holly is currently pursuing additional credentialing as a Certified Temperament Counselor through the NCCA and is also a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. She has a wide range of experience working with women in both the counseling setting and in ministry. Her passion is to see women thrive rather than strive in this world. Growing up as a military kid and then embarking on ministry work, Holly has lived in several places in the United States. She now resides in Anderson, South Carolina with her husband, Steve, and their beloved dog and cats. She is an active member of Renewal Church in Anderson and is incredibly grateful for her church community.
What is Kintsugi?
“Kintsugi (or kintsukuroi) is a Japanese method for repairing broken ceramics with a special lacquer mixed with gold, silver, or platinum. The philosophy behind the technique is to recognize the history of the object and to visibly incorporate the repair into the new piece instead of disguising it. The process usually results in something more beautiful than the original.” Christopher Jobson
From The Executive Director
God uses brokenness. He uses it to create dependence on Him, and to transform us into the image of His Son, Jesus. Beautifully Broken references the amazing way our Father reclaims and reframes the brokenness in our lives in order to create beauty and bring glory to His name.- Stephanie Baker
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