I (Kendra) love talking about my Jesus. He loves me so much. Whenever I get an opportunity to tell about His work in my life, I hope and pray that I have the courage to speak up. Recently, I did. On April 23, I spoke at a women’s retreat, and the response to Jesus was phenomenal.
One woman wrote, “Your honesty, openness, and speaking of God’s Word was absolutely refreshing and, in some cases, convicting. I am so glad you obey God, even when you didn’t understand it 🙂 You blessed my heart!”
Another woman wrote, “I had the privilege of hearing Kendra Berry speak at a ladies conference. Her testimony in conjunction with her study of the Bible and her surrender to the Holy Spirit made her message both encouraging and convicting. I left the retreat feeling refreshed and renewed.”
I love when I see the work of God so vividly. I started dreaming more about how God might use me again. I was excited. But then, I went home to a sick husband. On Tuesday, I had an MRI. On Friday, another round of chemo started. I saw my excitement from the weekend disappear.
But the truth of retreat is still the same. God loves. Sometimes, we don’t recognize that, because guilt and shame separate us. Sometimes, pain numbs us from His love. Even in this difficult time, I know that God is with me.
Yesterday, I didn’t want to write. I didn’t want to play. I didn’t want to… I just wanted to rest in the Lord — to feel His love again. God is faithful. My husband came home just to watch our kid. Amy called. A friend wanted to confirm that I didn’t have to cook this week. Another friend called. I am loved. I love my friends. I love my church.
In the Church, we are supposed to love and serve. And when I am loving the global church, I am equipped to love even more, because love multiplies.
Hebrews 10:24-26 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
My prayer for you is that you would create deep relationships. Guilt and shame tell us to get busy and neglect one another, to numb ourselves. But when we do that, we are limiting our power. The church changes the world when we love each other.
John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
P.S. If you know of an opportunity for me to speak about Jesus, please email me. firstname.lastname@example.org