Ann Wilson recently spoke and performed drama at the Crossroads Church of Denver Women's Retreat. Over 200 women attended the retreat October 17-19 just outside of Winter Park, Colorado. Ann performed in three hilarious, yet meaningful skits. Ann played Nellie as a woman in her teens, 30's and 80's. In the first skit Nellie shares her faith with her two friends in the girls home. In her 30's Nellie develops an addiction to pain pills despite a 'successful' life complete with big house and four kids. Ann brought the house down with a backflip off the couch. In her 80's Nellie guides her friend BettyJean through guilt over a past affair. BettyJean learns that it is never too late to begin a relationship with Christ. With humor and tenderness Ann ministered to the crowd.
In her spare time Ann presented a workshop entitled, Making Poor Choices: The Path to Redemption. Ann broke the journey down in 5 sections; Conviction, Confession, Grief, Repentance and Grace. Ann shared from personal insight into her own profound redemption to aid these women through their shame. Below is a highlight from each section.
Conviction--I had my battle with conviction. It came and went probably 6 times over the course of my three year affair. If you’re not convicted in your heart of hearts that it’s wrong, chances are no one else is going to be able to convince you – just like that – that it’s wrong either. The sin HAS to be exposed in order for redemption to take place.
Confession--Ann quotes Beth Moore, “….if we don’t let God deal with every part of our pasts, our hurts, our secrets, our errors in judgment, our mistakes, our sins, or the handicaps in our backgrounds, any one of them can be like a hibernating bear.” Ann adds that a hibernating bear comes out HUNGRY!
Confession is a way to share and acknowledge the pain with the one you’ve hurt
Grief--Don’t shut these emotions off. They are God-given and God-like. He grieves, He knows sorrow, He knows pain... We can just be sorry about being caught, or we can participate in the true godly sorrow that leads to a changed life.
Repentance--Honesty and openness are required to begin this leg of the journey. "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:32. Dan Allender has said, “Many Christians seek to escape the hard task of facing damage; they want change without an honest look at life. The result is not only an incomplete redemption, but worse, a shallow grasp of grace.”
Ultimately, repentance is a humble, broken return to God.
Grace--Enter into Holy Relationship with others. Others can grieve with us; they can help us see beyond the pain; they can help us gain insight. They can see the beauty that resides deep within us that we dare not look for out of fear that it is not there.
The LORD your God is with you,
he is mighty to save.
(His Power to Restore)
He will take great delight in you,
(He rescued me because He delighted in me)
he will quiet you with his love,
(Our Call to Rest in His Love)
he will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
(Our Call to be His Beloved)