Have you ever said, “I just don’t have a place where I fit.” OR “There isn’t enough space for anything else!”  Most of us have desperately blurted out these phrases while looking in the mirror at our exhausted faces or while thumbing through our bulging calendars.  The desire to have the type of relationship with Jesus we want is often overshadowed by the demands of our schedule.

However, many times we manufacture hardships unnecessarily.  Jesus creates places and spaces  for us to encounter Him and to formulate that deeper relationship we desire.  It could be through a very long line in the “express lane” or while comforting a heart broken friend that we realize His nearness.  The key is being aware of these moments.

When there was no longer a place for Moses in Egypt he fled to the land of Midian.  He suddenly finds himself in the space of a field shepherding Jethro’s flock.  This was definitely not the place of royalty he previously held in Egypt.  In Exodus 3:2, Moses becomes aware of God’s presence, “The angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire. . . “ (NASB)  What would have happened if Moses had not been looking?

This awareness then prompts action, verse 3 of this same chapter says, “So Moses said, ‘I must turn aside now and see this marvelous sight. . . ‘”  What would Moses have missed had he not deviated from his present course?

Finally, in verse 4, we see how God responds to Moses turning aside, “When the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush. . .”  Because Moses set aside his agenda and made space to observe his surroundings he is able to hear the voice of God.  Moses then responds to His calling with, “Here I am.”

The burning bush reminds us that God always provides a meeting place for an encounter with Him when we surrender the space.  Northwest Women’s Conference 2018, You Are Free, is that opportunity for you to find your place if you are willing to create the space.




A place to relax and let your responsibilities lift as you check into your hotel.

A place to rejuvenate your soul with a little shopping.

A place to authentically worship alongside women who share the same struggles.

A place to make new friendships and enjoy the community of like-minded women.

A place to absorb the anointed Word of God.

A place to be simultaneously inspired and challenged.

A place to receive gifts just for being you.

A place to make your mark  on the world through missions giving.

A place for coffee and connection with missionaries.

A place to feel the saturation of the Holy Spirit.

A place to position yourself before Jesus and spend some time listening to His voice.

A place to receive peace for your weary and cluttered mind.

A place to realize and embrace that You Are Free!

Kelli Best and her husband, Bill, have two children: Ashlee and Paige.  Bethlehem Chapel in eastern Washington is their church home where they have pastored since 2009.  Married since 1989, Kelli and Bill both agree it feels like just yesterday.  Kelli has a B.A. in Music Education from Evangel University and spent over twenty years in home education.  Now Kelli is the team leader for BONDED Women’s Ministry at Bethlehem Chapel, participates on the worship team, teaches three and four year olds on Wednesday nights, and is the NWMN Women’s Ministries Facilitator. In 2017 she became an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God.  Kelli loves to read, drink coffee, cook, and bake.

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