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Women's Conference 2016

What could bring a group of ladies of varying ages, from all different part of the UK, from all different professions, some mothers, daughters, wives, grandmothers and sisters to Birmingham, England on a cold Saturday afternoon?   It is "The fear of God".  No, not the fear that we often associate with crime or diseases. Fear in the Bible can have several shades of meaning, but in the context of the fear of the Lord, they convey a positive reverence.  
It helps us have a proper, humble perspective of ourselves in relation to our awesome God; it helps us in times of temptation when we need to remember the serious consequences of disobeying God; and it motivates us to become more like our loving Creator. So, rather than a paralyzing terror, the positive fear of the Lord taught in the Bible is a key element in change. (
Ladies gathered at 9.30am for refreshments and registration to the AFM, UK Women's Conference 2016 on the 27th Feb 2016 held at the Hilton Bromsgrove, Birmingham.  The event kicked off at 10.30am with introduction by Sis Affiah, songs, prayer and feedback from last year's Women Conference with such concerns as, the choice of venue and provision for children attending. 
 2016 Conference though, had all the hallmarks of promoting positive change via the theme "A Balanced Life".  One of the first activities was a skit depicting a lady amassing all the trappings of life as being unbalanced until she accepted Jesus in her life. 
 Also the balancing of buckets where some ladies balanced buckets on their heads and walked around, some with great ease and others took a little longer to master the act.  But even before we delved into the meaty bits of the conference, ladies were asked to read selected scripture and try to deduce out the topics that would be covered in "A Balanced Life".  This highlighted the fact that many of us are very often led to believe that it's near impossible to find balance in our lives because there just isn't enough time in the day, or even energy in the body. Somewhere along lives way the idea of balance becomes clouded; synonymously with "doing it all".  Balance is therefore mis-understood as making all things equal and giving equal weight to all things. 
The fear of God should remain constant in our lives whilst some things will take priority at different stages and points in our life.  In an era where decency counts for little and social standards are lapsed.  How we act will definitely show our spots.
 Have you ever stopped to consider how you act when you are around other people? Are you loud, boisterous, pushy and unkind or are you considerate and even-tempered? The conference reminded us to take pride in the way we conduct ourselves and by midday ladies were eager to practice what they learnt about -Not so Cool- &-No Fly Zone- etiquettes and buffet etiquettes over lunch. (Romans 12:2 KJV "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."

Just before lunch guest speaker Dr Ladiende implored us to balance, "Food for Health". A life changing session where he told us that High Blood Pressure (HBP) leads to heart disease, stroke, dementia, and kidney failure. And for women hormonal factors make HBP more dangerous than for men. 
We should eat foods high in magnesium, calcium and potassium such as beans, fish (Tilapia) and greens. Diabetes can be controlled or better still be prevented by eating foods filled with fibre and omega 3 fats, and increase the balance of fruits and vegetables. The no, no, foods are white refined breads, pastas and fried fatty processed foods, steer clear from margarine get in touch with real butter. When darkness falls melatonin or "sleep hormone" calls its repair meeting to repair the body. 
 Allow your body to be repaired by aiming to be in bed before 10.30pm.  Without which stress conditions and depressive states set in, nervous system weakens and problems related to falling asleep and sleep disorders starts to develop.  A major lesson learnt is that as with most things in life, "Food for Health" should be balanced.  What works for "A" might not work for "B.  Listen clearly to your own body, not your husbands! 
After a well-balanced lunch the ladies acted out a M&M skit whereby they re-enacted the old and the modern day activities of Mary and Martha followed by another exciting topic titled "Wellness" when Sis Jumoke Olayiwola espoused the scary menopausal syndromes to all and sundry. Touched on physical, mental, and the spiritual well-being of a total woman. In times like this and in order to encourage women and quench the deep sighs emanating from the participants, she advised us to eat balanced diet, sleep well and maintain a healthy lifestyle, keep up with deep breathing, exercise daily, (at least 20 minutes walk) maintain a healthy weight and pray always.   
Table groups then worked through solving real life unbalanced scenarios problems and then feedback to the whole conference after which the District Superintendent, Rev. Isaac Adigun address us on behalf of the ministry of the Apostolic Faith church and then we came to the best part of the conference when prayer requests were read aloud followed by a resounding AMEN. At this juncture, ladies were ready to fall on their knees and cry to God for help.  
The closing prayer brought the 2016 AFM Women's Conference to a final close and we left the venue with determination to put into practice all that we had learned. The Bible says "but be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. (James 1: 22). We pray that we maintain a balanced life style in every area of our lives, in our spirit, soul and body. So help us God. 
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