April 2, 2015
Last weekend, Nashville Mercy residents had the unique opportunity to attend the Made4This women’s conference at Thompson Station Church. The conference theme was “Chosen” based on the biblical character of Esther. Mercy staff and graduates were featured as the keynote speakers.
The major emphasis of the conference was encouraging mothers and daughters to know and experience God in the midst of life’s unexpected events; to recognize God’s purpose and their place in that purpose; to choose courage when courage is needed; and to live their lives for the good of others rather than being focused on themselves.
Mercy’s Director of Outreach Melanie Carter spoke about the grand story that God has been writing since the very beginning of time to restore humanity for His glory. She said God has given each one of us a part to play in that epic story. She encouraged women to play their part well by living a life that glorifies God and by being His ambassadors.
Along the same lines, 2006 Mercy graduate Sarah inspired the audience to use their individual stories—even the really hard parts—to make a difference for God’s Kingdom. Sarah came to Mercy in bondage to an eating disorder but found freedom through the transformational love of Christ. Now she is traveling across the world sharing God’s love and grace with others.
Rachel, a 2008 Mercy graduate, and her mom, Becky, shared their individual and family stories of restoration and redemption. They talked about what it was like walking through difficult seasons as a mother and daughter and how they loved, supported, encouraged and prayed for each other during those times.
The conference also included breakout sessions, a showing of the movie One Night with the King, a marketplace full of booths and shopping, and special entertainment by former Miss America Jessica Haas. During the course of one song, Jessica created an entire painting of Jesus on the cross.
Mercy residents really enjoyed getting to attend the conference and hear the inspiring stories of hope and freedom that only come through Christ. Here are what a couple of residents had to say about their experiences:
I really loved this! It was so much fun to come together with so many other girls and just worship God and spend time in fellowship with one another. I was so inspired by Sarah, 2006 Mercy graduate. It is just so amazing to hear her talk about all the awesome things she is doing now that she is free in Christ. –Olivia
I am SO glad we went to this conference because it seriously brought me so much closer to God. Not only was the worship fan-freaking-tastic, but every single time someone stood on stage, my life changed! I just loved this conference, and I was beyond blessed by it. –Megan