re:garding HIM Speaker Spotlights

We hope these speaker spotlights have helped whet your appetites for the talks you can expect to hear at the re:garding HIM Women's Conference.We are just over three weeks away from gathering on October 3, 2015 and there are several more speakers between now and then whom we want you to meet.

This week we introduce you to a very dear woman, Johanna Armentrout...and then strangely, myself.

Many of us are praying this conference will minister in such a way that women are able to grow and be strengthened to walk victoriously in Christ.  Won't you consider registering today! It is affordable and is sure to be time well-spent.

Thanks for reading and sharing.

Love, Erika


 

The Dragonslayer: Vanquishing Sin in Your Life

erika1Our daily battle with sin can leave us feeling defeated. Wisdom from God’s Word gives us practical help to overcome sins which commonly afflict women.

with Erika Simpson

Describe your topic in 10 words or less:
[ES] Fighting sin =  know your enemy and stand on God's Word.
What have you found challenging about preparing for this talk?
[ES] Knowing how much of myself to share and facing my fears
What is a scripture or quote that has helped your preparation?
[ES] Romans 7:23-25  But I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!
What is a book you've recently read that you would recommend to others?
[ES] Killjoys by Desiring God ministry, it's a compilation of essays written on fighting the seven deadly sins.

 

Favorite Hymn or worship song?
[ES] Our worship band started playing a modernized version of Rock of Ages years ago. It is my favorite. So much theology and right thinking about God. And I love to sing it.

 

Introvert of extrovert? How do you know?

[ES] Introvert. I tend to be lonely in a crowd and a bit awkward socially. I enjoy solitude and small groups.

 

Finish this sentence, "If I had two hours of free time I would..."

[ES] Create something or take a long walk near water

Favorite smell? Worst smell?

[ES] Favorite smells: lilacs, campfires. Worst smells: our big, fat van after a roadtrip

 

What woman do you most admire in scripture and why?
[ES] I admire Abigail. She was a wise woman who was strong and resourceful. She has been an example of a godly wife to me--when marriage comes easy and when it is difficult. She trusted in God in both circumstances and God took care of her. PS My husband is a great man, and he is no Nabal!

 

What was your most memorable birthday?
[ES] My sweet 16. My parents and cousin threw me a surprise party and invited lots of good friends. I loved that. And then my 40th which I just celebrated. We spent it with my parents and brother's family in Florida where we all got to go to Disney. Very memorable.

 

What would you say is one of your weaknesses and two of your strengths?
[ES] Weakness: I generally run late. Strengths: I am a good improviser and I try to see the best in others.

The Victor: Breaking the Chains of an Abusive Past

johanna1Christ can redeem years lost to abuse. Through His power and love, pain can be left behind and be replaced with peace and victory.

with Johanna Armentrout

Describe your topic in 10 words or less:

[JA] Knowing some of God’s nature, reveals truth to past hurts, that in turn influence present responses, bringing chain breaking change so we’re able to reflect His God’s glory and joy.(Sorry couldn’t do it in 10 words or less no matter how hard I tried) :)

What have you found challenging about preparing for this talk?

[JA] As you can tell from the above answer, I had to work on being concise. (Am I supposed to give more than one answer? For I found A LOT that challenged me, but I gave a short easy answer which I hope will suffice)

What is a scripture or quote that has helped your preparation?

 

[JA] I take it that this is a one answer question too. For the one that comes to mind immediately is “Jesus wept”. I know that he was brought to tears and it was because, “He groaned in the spirit, and was troubled” so, it’s ok for me to do so also, because there was a lot of groaning in my spirit and I was troubled so I cried, and He was able to bring me through it, trusting He will use it for good and will have glory from it too.

What is a book you've recently read that you would recommend to others?

 

[JA] “The Practice of the Presence of God” by Brother Lawrence. I am humble when I read this and yet encouraged at the same time.

Favorite Hymn or worship song?

 

[JA] Today it’s, “This is my Father’s World.” It is a difficult for me to have a favorite, there are so many wonderful songs, and I’m unable to limit it to one. Yesterday’s favorite was, “Amazing Grace.”

Introvert or extrovert? How do you know?

Hmm, is there a third option? I really do not fit snugly in the either/or categorization. Could I be both? And could that be called normal?

Finish this sentence, "If I had two hours of free time I would..."

 

[JA] I’d spend 1 hour talking to someone I loved and the second, kayaking. They’d be welcome to come along, as long as they didn’t mind me talking out loud to God.

Favorite smell? Worst smell?

 

[JA] Baby sweat. Upchuck. In that order. My husband said if he could bottle the smell of baby sweat he’d make millions. I agree.

What woman do you most admire in scripture and why?

 

[JA] The young slave girl in the story of Naaman the Leper story in 2 Kings 5. Because God took and allowed the tragedy of her captivity to accomplish a greater good. She was a faithful gal and God brought blessings and received glory through her simple little act of giving a good word.

What was your most memorable birthday?

 

[JA] It was the …this is the hardest question to answer. I think because I’ve had so many wonder filled ones and can’t narrow it down to just one. Just like question #5, the favorite song question.

What would you say is one of your weaknesses and two of your strengths?

 

[JA] I’d say not “seeing the beam in my eye”, is a weakness in me. Looking at me being able to pray as a wondrous gift and being able laugh when thing things go awry, seem to be some strengths I have.