We’re in a State of Spiritual Emergency!

Kimberly Wagner

Kimberly Wagner | 09.22.12
Twitter: @KimberlyWagner7


I’ve had huge anticipation for TW '12 and was not disappointed. Some of my takeaways from this conference have been: hope for the next generation, hope for transformation in marriages, and more than all else—hope for Revival to occur in the Church and in this nation.

On the very first night Nancy Leigh DeMoss opened the conference by sharing an illustration of a British evangelist of the 1860s, Gipsy Smith, who encouraged people to “Go home, lock yourself in your room, draw a circle around yourself, and pray fervently that God would start a revival within that chalk circle.”

Throughout the convention center white circles had been applied to the floor. Women were encouraged to step into the circle to ask God to start His work of revival in their heart first. It was thrilling to see that occurring throughout the conference.

In the closing morning session, Janet Parshall first issued an urgent State of the Union Address—the spiritual state of the Union. She poured out an overwhelming amount of disturbing statistics which portray a nation in deep moral decline. A nation once known for its belief in God, for high moral values and standards is now descending into moral decadence: abortion, biblical illiteracy, highest divorce rates in the world, illicit drug use, and pornography are all factors that indicate we are headed toward moral destruction.

In the face of this, some are asking whether we are watching the collapse of our civilization. “But,” Parshall asked, “Is the Church that much different than the world?”

Through a series of Gallup Poll statistics, she made the case that no, we are not.

Parshall powerfully stated “We are in a state of spiritual emergency! Is God trying to get our attention? If you look at your watch, the time is on Matthew 24.”

We seem to be living out the warning signs of that chapter: famine, economic disaster, earthquakes, hurricanes, wars and violence, many turning from the faith, and false prophets in the land.

She asked, “Is this a wake-up call for America?”

Parshall took us to Revelation 3 and focused on God’s message to the church of Laodicea. The world had worked its way into the church. Their hearts were lukewarm, tepid. The Church had lost its zeal.

“In this passage, God is saying to the church, ‘I want to spit you out of my mouth!’ This is the church that nauseates God. The Holy God of all creation is saying to the church: ‘You make me want to vomit!’ But the church was blind to its own needs and unwilling to see the truth.”

Parshall challenged us that perhaps this is also God’s message to the church today. She asked: “Do our hearts burn today? Have we become complacent, and we don’t even realize it? God is sending a wake-up call to the church at Laodicea. Is He sending one as well to the Church today? Is God rebuking us today?”

Parshall reminded us that if we want to see revival occur today, it will have to start in the Church. The Church needs to invite Jesus back inside and the Church must repent. Jesus’ return is imminent!

She challenged us to:
Turn (repent)

“Repentance isn’t for some of us—it is for ALL of us! If pastors preach the whole counsel of God, their message must include repentance!"

Byron Paulus and Bill Elliff then followed that message by presenting the vision for revival that has developed into the OneCry movement. It is a nationwide call for spiritual awakening

Again, we were challenged to: Turn (repent), Pray, and Unite.

The session closed by women crying out to God for revival to be experienced in marriages, families, churches, and in our nation. True Woman '12 began by inviting women to step into the white circle crying out to God to bring revival and we ended the conference in the white circle crying out for revival.


May God grant this prayer of these thousands of True Women!


  1. It was such a blessing to be able to watch TW12 via live stream. Thanks so much for making that a possibility for those who couldn't attend this year.
    posted by Emily
    on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 4:50 pm
  2. Thank you to those women who gave of their time to bring the Word of God not watered down, but truth to us at the True Women 12!
    posted by Karen
    on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 4:51 pm
  3. Watching this on livestream was a very uplifting and convicting experience. I thank the Lord for all the godly women and men that spoke.
    posted by Melissa
    on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 5:00 pm
  4. Amen and Amen! Please Lord, bring revival, let us not stay in our blindness. Please be merciful to Your Church, this nation, the world, and let it begin with me!
    posted by Margie
    on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 5:06 pm
  5. Only God, Only God, Only God....that was my take-a-way. Only God can bring repentance to a heart, a church, and a nation......but Oh how He wants to do it. He longs for us to call on Him to show Himself strong on our behalf and for His glory.

    True Woman 12 was a blessing that will spill over into the next years to come and I am expectant of what God will do for His people when we take Him at His word. Trust. Thank You All
    posted by Julie Howell
    on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 5:37 pm
  6. So thankful that you had True Women live streamed. i loved every minute of it even though there were times I felt convicted. I went to wall mart this afternoon and purchased a hula hoop to use as my circle to pray inside. My prayer is that we will see a revival like no other and that my family along with many others will come to know Jesus Christ as their Savior. Praaying praying praying
    posted by joanna
    on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 5:59 pm
  7. True women 12 challeneged me spiritually and metally. While i was there God in his infinate grace and wisdom melted my heart of stone and ice and replaced it w luv. I just wanted to let nancy, joni, and kim, and janet kno how much u guys impacted me and that i wud go back in a herart beat if i cud. (Sadly i can't bc life doesnt wrk that way) Thank you nancy, and joni, and kim, and Janet for ebing real with me while i listend to you teach God's word. u guys can email me @ molledee@yahoo.com that wud be appreciated.. but i understand that u are busy women.. but Joni i was wonderin if u cud email me.. u touched my heart so much.. thank you.
    posted by melina Hass
    on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 9:37 pm
  8. What a blessing True Woman '12 has been to me. I am excited to see what God will do with what He has taught me over the last three days. Breathe grace in...breathe grace out. Live out the Gospel in everything I do. Pray for revival in my family, church, community, and nation. Pray for revival beginning with myself, where I'm at, in my chalk circle. Thank ROH for organizing, supporting, and bringing us together. God's word will NOT return void. AMEN!
    posted by Michele
    on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 10:52 pm
  9. This was my first True Woman's conference. I was very moved and I know that God touched my heart this weekend. When is the next True Woman's conference? I want to schedule the event on my calendar and book my hotel room!
    posted by Stacey Parker
    on Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 12:00 am
  10. I just read all the comments fromthose that went this year to the conference. I very much want to go to the next one. Please, le\t me know the dates & location ASAP so I can make plans to attend & tell others so they can also! Thank you.

    Dinah Wallker
    posted by dinah Walker
    on Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 5:13 pm
  11. One of the most touching parts of the Conference was the participation by live streaming with the women inmates at Mac Pherson, AK. (sp?) It was sucha blessing to hear of their prayers for us and to see the chain of prayer and also to see- too briefly- their enthusiasm as being able to participate in those ways. I was only disappointed that we didn't have information or the opportunity to personally express our gratitude and love to them.
    posted by Rita Davis
    on Monday, September 24, 2012 at 11:09 am
  12. Dear Stacey and Dinah,

    Here's info on next year's conference! FYI: Our web team is fixing the registration bug right now. http://www.reviveourhearts.com/events/2013/9/20/revive-true-woman-conference-women-serving-women/

    Please pray our team as they begin planning for True Woman '14, as well.

    Dear Rita,

    Stay tuned for a way to personally express your love and gratitude to our sisters in prison.


    posted by Paula Hendricks
    on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 6:03 pm
  13. Melina,

    We are so blessed to hear how the Lord worked in your heart at True Woman ’12. You can reach Joni by emailing her at joniandfriends.org.

    Serving Him,
    posted by Lorree, with the TW Team
    on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 8:43 am
  14. Thank you, thank you for first of all being obedient servants of the Lord Jesus Christ and bringing His message of repentance to His people.

    The conference was ordained by God for me at a time in my life when I am empty, alone but not truly alone. God is filling me with Himself as I permit Him to do His work in me.

    Pray for me as I return back home tomorrow from Ft. Wayne, IN and the cacoon I have been in...... to the reality of widowhood in Baton Rouge.

    "What times I am afraid I will trust in Him" He is more than able!!
    posted by Judi Hoffman
    on Friday, September 28, 2012 at 10:54 am
  15. Although I was not able to attend the conference, someone who did, came back on fire for revival personally and corporately. It has further ignited our prayer team to press into the Lord's presence for kingdom change with ourselves, our church, our community and the country. Our prayer team plans to draw a circle at our next meeting and all step in as one!!! Thank you and God Bless
    posted by Sherry Doles
    on Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 6:32 pm
  16. Chalk circles? Looks like another leader has jumped on the new age bandwagon. Sad.
    posted by Laura
    on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 12:56 am
  17. What place do chalk circles have to do w/the body of Chirst? This is an ancient pagan practice, older than Moses according to Mark Batterson. So why do we promote it even after God in His Word told the Israelites NOT to practice the wickedness of the surrounding nations. Nancy, for being a teacher of the Word you are certainly not staying true to it. Will God hear me because I am "visualizing" w/ a circle around me? Will this prove to God how "sincere" I am? Do I need a mantra now also within my circle? Will God hear me better with my circle and my mantra of many words. If the answer to these questions is "No", then why are you teaching it? PREACH THE WORD- and stop leading people astray w/fables of men.
    II TIM 3:16-4:4
    posted by Talia
    on Friday, March 8, 2013 at 6:11 pm
  18. @Talia...We appreciate you stating your comments/concerns. The chalk circle is explained here on our parent ministry's site: https://www.lifeaction.org/revival-resources/revive/draw-near-42-3/draw-circle/. You will find a more complete explanation there, but the heart of the article is found below:

    "This piece of chalk represents a turning point, a moment of surrender, a change of heart. It marks the difference between those who would pray, "Lord, change them" and those with the humility to plead, "Lord, change me!"

    It is a piece of chalk with which we kneel and draw a circle around ourselves and then look to heaven expectantly and pray, "Lord God, send revival, and begin it right here in this circle!"

    This practice (traced back to the English revivalist Gypsy Smith) puts into action something we all know in our hearts: For any revival to sweep through our churches, or for any great spiritual awakening to blaze through our communities, the work of the Spirit must begin in individual hearts. It must begin in us. The old spiritual got it exactly right: "Not my brother, not my sister, but it's me, O Lord, standing in the need of prayer."

    The stories we've discovered from revival history, along with countless testimonies of God's work we've witnessed over the past four decades as a ministry, give powerful evidence that revival isn't a result of human ingenuity, or dependent on superstars. Instead, it often starts in the hearts of average people whom God prompts to pray, repent, obey, take risks, and make sacrifices.

    Revival spreads through unlikely people and unheard of prayer warriors; through housewives who counsel and businessmen who pray; through dads who get serious about God and through children who seek Christ's kingdom with simple faith. It begins when someone somewhere gives their heart fully to the Lord; when someone falls in love with Jesus all over again.

    It begins when the circle is drawn, and like at the altars of ancient times, a repentant believer stands in that sacred place and offers himself to God afresh as a living sacrifice. "Lord, send revival to this circle! I confess my need for You. I confess my sins to You. Please, God, begin Your work in me today!""

    That's where it came from, a godly man named Gypsy Smith who traveled across the Atlantic with a message of salvation and revival. God honored his work and service; no, not because of the "chalk circle", but because of his humility to draw a circle around himself to say "it must begin in me."
    posted by Sarah, with the TW Team
    on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 3:04 pm

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