Liz Curtis Higgs, author and inspirational speaker, is one of the presenters for the Women of Faith conference set for Friday and Aug. 11 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. The theme is “Celebrate What Matters.”
The popular conference draws thousands of women from the metro area and across the state each year as presenters share their personal testimonies of faith and words of encouragement. Higgs, 58, a resident of Louisville, Ky., said the Oklahoma event will mark her first time to join the Texas-based conference ministry as a presenter.
Higgs discussed her new adventure as a Women of Faith speaker. “I have no secrets,” she said, laughing. “I often joke that it's either in a platform or in a book.”
Q: How did you become involved with Women of Faith?
A: They reached out to me and it was such a blessing, because they have been out there in ministry for 16 years, it's my understanding. I certainly have watched them all those 16 years because I've been speaking for 25 years, just admiring how they do what they do. Their mission to reach all women, the fact that they're in arenas, allows women to invite friends to come to a nonthreatening environment. We might hesitate to invite a friend to our church who doesn't know anything about church because she may not come thinking, “Oh that's not for me.” She might come to an event that's all chicks, lots of us, all of us rejoicing.
From a distance I've always admired what they did at Women of Faith. You know, you carry little hopes in your heart that maybe some day they'll cast their glance my way and say, “Oh, Liz Curtis Higgs, she'd be a good fit.” You just trust in a sovereign God to work all this stuff out. He's always been my manager anyway.
Q: What are some of your new products?
A: My new book is “The Girl's Still Got It: Take a Walk With Ruth and The God Who Rocked Her World.” ... I will be drawing a bit from that for the message I'm sharing.
Q: Will this be your first conference with Women of Faith?
A: Yes! I love that my first outing with Women of Faith is in one of my favorite cities. I have spoken in Oklahoma City so many times that for a while there, we thought surely I could get some sort of discount airfare in and out of there. ... My tour with Women of Faith there is such an extra special blessing because I just love the women in the city. There are just some places that feel like home. When my book “Bad Girls of the Bible” came out 13 years ago, I did a thing at the Mardel there. It was “Brown Bag with the Bad Girls.”
Q: Can you talk a little about your conference message?
A: They let each of us create a theme, and mine is “Walk Chosen,” because we are in fact chosen by God, and we need to walk in that, to live as if that's actually a fact. The little descriptive line from my message is “Liz helps us see ourselves as we truly are, beautiful by design, chosen by grace and loved by God.” ... When you've spoken as long as I have and you have so much to say, the key to something like this is choosing the most elemental, the deepest truth that I want to share with my sisters in Christ. I'm just very excited about that opportunity.
Q: You have written several books about women in the Bible and give presentations about them. What is it about the women in the Bible that captures your attention?
A: I suspect that for the whole of my speaking ministry, I've taught on women in the Bible and I'll run this thing all the way up to heaven, I do believe, because the women of Scripture, there's so many of them and every one has a story, every one is in there for a purpose. ... Some of them teach us what not to do ... you have Jezebel and Delilah, Potiphar's wife. I think probably some of our favorite stories are women who show us what God does with a bad girl. Ruth, we always think of her as one of the best of the good girls of the Bible. Everything that she did that we have recorded, was amazing. She was amazing. But we do have to remember that she was a Moabite. Moabite meant that she was not an Israelite. Moabite meant that she was born out of a tribe that was born out of incest and therefore hated by the Israelites. It goes back to Lot and his two daughters. That tribe worshipped false gods, plural gods, so Ruth is the last person you would imagine at the great grandmother of David the king and the lineage of Christ. But that's who God chose. So “Walk Chosen,” Ruth is a good example of someone whom God chose even though she had this kind of shady background. So I just love, love, love teaching about women in the Bible.
Q: Can you share more about your message theme “Walk Chosen”? What are you hoping to share with women attending the conference?
A: I think that we sometimes feel that we kind of stumbled into the kingdom of God and are hanging on by our fingernails and one false move and we've blown it. I want women to know that, as the Scripture says, from before the beginning of time, God's grace was extended to us. He's had His eye on us.