Barbara Duguid, author of the book Extravagant Grace taught about how God is most glorified in our weakness.
Barbra R. Duguid is a counselor and ministry assistant at Christ Presbyterian Church in Grove City, Pennsylvania, where she crafts the weekly liturgy. She is a pastor’s wife and mother of six children, and holds an advanced certificate in biblical counseling from the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation in Glenside, Pennsylvania.
If you attended the retreat I encourage you to continue processing what the Lord stirred up in that time and what He may be revealing of His character to you. Do not put it aside or wait until a ‘better’ time. The prayer guide and devotionals were specifically provided for you to aide in this continued processing. And as Barb mentioned “your story belongs to the community of believers God has sovereignly placed around you” so wether you find yourself joyfully soaking in the truths shared this weekend or questioning and wrestling through them, please do share this and continue alongside the community around you. – Courtney Snyder, Director of Veritas Women
Copies of Barb’s book Extravagant Grace will be available for purchase at both congregations or it can be found at amazon.com.
“Still Sinning After All These Years” by Barbara Duguid
“Slip Sliding Away” by Barbara Duguid
“Graceland” by Barbara Duguid
“Homeward Bound” by Barbara Duguid
I think God is fostering a true sense of community in the women of Veritas. Having a two day event allowed for a lot of time to process truth together, to hear stories, to be vulnerable, to encourage each other, and pray together. And none of those things are ending now that the event is over.
I appreciated how Barbara balanced powerful theological truths with real life contextualization. So often I stop at head knowledge of doctrines and fail to experience their power by working them out with my heart and hands. Barbara showed that she has been transformed through the merging of doctrine and real life with the outcome of a very practical theology. She candidly shared about real sin struggles in her life and then walked us through how the doctrines of God’s sovereignty and grace have freed her to live in joy and peace because she has embraced personal failure and weakness. In the aftermath of the women’s conference weekend, I have a lot of processing and personal reflection to do.
I’m thankful for Barbara Duguid’s insights into our sinful and deceptive hearts. It’s easy for me to blame my circumstances or other people for my sin, but remembering my heart is deceitful above all things and that Christ lived a perfect life and died a sacrificial death to pay for my sins leads me to repentance. I am humbled by my weakness to overcome sin on my own and see how God allows me to feel weak so I will cling to him.
Barbara had said in one of her sessions that once you are saved you are given a new heart, yet the old heart, the sinful heart does not go away until we are with God in eternity. As Christians, we will be fighting our sinful flesh until the day we die. Romans 7:15 “For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.” For the first time, this truth has sunk deep into my heart. As I am made aware of my sins, I begin to see that I am in need of the savior more then anyone else. As hard as I try, I can’t stop sinning. Even with the new heart that Jesus has given me, I am still battling the heart of stone, which many times wins the battle, but praise God, Jesus has conquered the war.
I enjoyed the Women’s Retreat very much and loved hearing from Barbra Duguid! It was a refreshing time to connect with other Veritas women. I particularly appreciated that after each session was a time of prayer, this really helped me process some things with God while they were still fresh in mind. The women who put this retreat together did a fantastic job!
Veritas Women recognizes that as women we are uniquely and distinctly created by God for His glory and our good. We want to connect women to deep biblical community, equip women for ministry, and mobilize women to be on mission in our city. Contact Courtney Synder (firstname.lastname@example.org) to find out more about Veritas Women.