Notes from Havilah Cunnington Conference

I’m taking a break this week from our Joseph study. We’ll get back to it next week.

But today I want to share a few notes from a conference I attended at my church this weekend.

The conference was led by Havilah Cunnington. If you’ve never heard of her (which I hadn’t), check out her website (HavilahCunnington.com) and her YouTube videos. She is amazing.

The conference she led at our church was based on her Bible study “I Do Hard Things” and it was about facing trials and also giving ourselves permission to dream again after we’ve been knocked down by life. She has 30 days of short video devotionals based on this Bible study on her YouTube channel.

She preached four sermons and there’s no way I can recap them here. So I’m just going to share a few nuggets that I was able to capture on paper. And I’m sure they’re not exact quotes because she spews out nuggets of truth faster than McDonald’s cranks out french fries!

I know they’re not in context here, but I believe God can still speak to you through them. Enjoy!

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Pain has a voice. It says, “Do whatever you need to do to make it stop!” Because we were not created to live with pain.

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You don’t need anyone else with you to live an abundant life.

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When we’re in pain, there are two lies that are easy for us to believe:

1. We have no one to help us. If you believe that you’re alone, then you’ll be a martyr. You have to stop being a martyr. When you take responsibility for where you are, everything changes!

2. We compare our suffering to others. When we see other people not suffering or not suffering as much as we are, we believe God cheated us!

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You are equal to any hard thing you’re about to face.

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The enemy would like nothing more than for you to pay for your sins! Don’t try to pay for them. Press delete and start again! When you mess up again, press delete and start again. It will become a lifestyle of power and freedom.

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Grace is aggressive forgiveness.

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We’re fighting FROM victory, not FOR victory!

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Two lies the devil uses against us:

1. You can’t do it!

2. (And then when we start doing it . . . ) Who do you think you are?!?

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God doesn’t use fear to motivate you. The fear you have in your life right now is demonic!

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Hope changes everything, though nothing has changed.

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God doesn’t have to abuse you to use you.

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We’re responsible TO each other, not FOR each other.

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A lack of boundaries is a sign of disobedience.

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God holds me responsible for my yard, which includes my feelings, my attitudes, and my choices. If I manage what’s in my yard really well, I’ll have very little time for anything else.

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I’m responsible for my feelings. No one else is powerful enough to make me feel anything.

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An attitude is a learned disposition that comes from my values and what I believe about life. To change my attitude I will have to change my belief system.

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We have to take 100% responsibility for our choices in order to change our life.

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God uses boundaries with us. (Rev. 3:20)

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We can’t set boundaries for other people and we can’t limit their bad behavior. Instead we have to set limits on our exposure to people with bad behavior or a lack of boundaries. And we have to set standards.

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Powerful people don’t wait for permission to be powerful.

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See you next week!

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