A Woman by God’s Design.
Yvonne Turnbull’s teaching insights are gained from many years of walking, stumbling, stretching and growing with the Lord.
She became a Christian in her 20’s and quickly realized she had been designed by God for a purpose. However, too often she was stopped from living out that purpose because of her struggles with a negative attitude, continual worry and fear.
The Lord started Yvonne on her journey of learning to both depend on Him and trust Him for everything in her life. Gaining confidence with the Lord directing her, she started to experience a wonderful new freedom and growth in her life, plus how the Lord is truly faithful in all situations. When she started to share her journey with other women she discovered that many women were also struggling with worry, fear and a negative attitude. That is how the retreat, A Woman By God’s Design, was created. Yvonne’s desire is to help other women experience spiritual and personal growth by challenging them to seek God for answers to all areas of their lives.
Yvonne’s speaking style is a combination of energy, enthusiasm and encouragement, as she makes God’s Word come alive in a biblical, practical and entertaining way. She speaks from her heart to the hearts of other women, and encourages them as she delivers a message of hope of what God can do in their lives.
* WHEN THINGS DON’T GO ACCORDING TO PLAN
In a woman’s life, daily things come into our lives that often aren’t according to our plans. It can be everything from the dryer breaking down when you have seven loads of laundry that just has to be washed to a meaningful relationship that has dissolved. When things like this occur, how are they handled? What kind of attitude does one embrace? Does a woman go or grow through them? In this session a woman will learn that true growth comes only when she allows God to be in total control of all her circumstances.
* PRESCRIPTION FOR WORRY REMOVAL
Worry is something that plagues many women. Instead of going into a “fix it” mode like most men, many women go into a worry mode. Worry doesn’t change or help any situation, but it can have a negative effect on us physically, emotionally and spiritually. Scripture teaches us not to worry about anything. How do we do that? The solution is found in the new testament (I Peter 5). Drawing from First Peter, this session will help women discover three tools for worry prevention that will even help the most fretful worrier.
* TAMING THE TONGUE
Often what comes out of our mouths gets us in trouble. It can be words spoken we wish we could retract including passing along gossip. This session will look at three reasons, found in the new testament book of James, why women need to learn to tame their tongues. Helpful tips are also given that help a woman become effective communicators in all her relationships.
* I PUT THE SHELF PAPER DOWN – MEANS WE MUST BE MOVING
Packing and moving was stressful to Yvonne. So after a couple of moves she decided not to put shelf paper down because she was fearful she could possibly be soon moving again. In her life, God used packing and moving to nine different locations as a time to teach her to live a life of faith instead of fear. This session will be an encouragement to women who are dealing with the “what if’s” in life and who desire to break free from fear and be stretched on the journey of living a life of faith.
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* UNDERSTANDING THE MEN IN YOUR LIFE
Women often feel they are on two different wave lengths when communicating with men. Women are also mystified by why men often do the things they do. This session unlocks that mysterious door to help women better understand men’s thoughts and actions, and comes out of Yvonne’s own personal experiences and insights she has gained from talking directly to and with men in here “TeamMates” marriage seminars conducted with her husband. She will pass on valuable information on what men wish women understood about them. Women will benefit from this session if they are married, have a son, brother, father or a male coworker.
* THE CLOTHES THAT MAKE A WOMAN – PUTTING ON GOD’S WARDROBE
Clothes on our bodies create a partial image of who we are. The garments we wear on the inside of us – such as kindness, patience, compassion, humility, forgiveness – these clothes make a statement on who we really are. In this session the focus is on the third chapter of Colossians, where women will learn how to unclutter their inner closet of unnecessary clothing and fill the closet with the special wardrobe God intends for us.
* A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE FOR WOMEN ON THE GO
A major complaint of women of all ages is that they just don’t have enough energy to accomplish all they need to. Over 25 years ago Yvonne became sick and tired of being sick and tired, so she made some lifestyle changes. In this session she explains the four principles she placed in her life that produced abounding energy and good health, and she will also give many practical tidbits that women can immediately implement in their lives to give energy boosting health.
A Woman By God’s Design
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WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT
YVONNE’S WOMENS MINISTRY
MANY FIRST TIME DECISIONS FOR CHRIST
“Yvonne had a definite impact in the lives of over 450 women who attended our annual retreat. She was very practical and to the point, which made it easy for the women to relate to her topic. There were many first time decisions for Christ, as well as rededications. We have rescheduled her for another year.” Pine Valley Bible Conference Center, Pine Valley, CA
TRANSPARENT WITH HER OWN LIFE
“At the Wesleyan Women’s Retreat, Yvonne was wonderful, fantastic, marvelous, enjoyable, refreshing, heartwarming, touching and spiritually rewarding. She was transparent with her own life and the women felt they could identify and were greatly encouraged.” Annual Weslyan Women’s International Conference, Hershey, PA
SHE CONNECTED WITH OUR WOMEN
“We were very pleased having Yvonne speak for us at our women’s retreat this year. We found that she was kind, humble and her speaking style connected with our ladies and left them with useful information that they could use in their lives today. Yvonne didn’t present herself as having all the answers, but shared her journey and pointed to the Bible throughout her talks as the ultimate authority. We value that. I would recommend Yvonne to any women’s group looking for a speaker for their retreats.”
Linda Sparks, Women’s Director, Beachcities Community Church, Huntington Beach, California
OUR LADIES WERE BLESSED AND ENCOURAGED
“Yvonne gave us a wonderful and personal weekend. Our ladies were so very blessed and encouraged with all of her words of encouragement and teaching. We especially enjoyed the transparency of her life with us. So many times a speaker doesn’t show you the deep struggles they faced and the illustrations to go with it. She was refreshing, real and a true light for the gospel. The afternoon session was quite a hit. Many of the women said how much it helped them to better understand the balance of diet, food and exercise. Yvonne truly blessed our lives at our annual women’s retreat.”
Sandy Mackinga, Senior Pastor’s Wife, Baycities Community Church, Redondo Beach, California.
THIS WAS THE BEST RETREAT YET
“We heard this comment repeatedly after Yvonne finished her series. Our ladies were spiritually challenged and tremendously blessed as she mixed personal experience with the Word of God. Yvonne’s presentations were thoughtfully prepared and professionally executed as she had us laughing one moment and moved to tears (literally) the next. Our theme was, “A Work of Art” and we came away believing we were each designed for a purpose.”Annual Grace Brethren Women’s Retreat held at Arrowhead Springs Conference Center, San Bernardino, CA
CARING, CORDIAL AND A REAL LIGHT FROM THE LORD
“Yvonne has an enthusiastic, energetic and fun-filled way of conveying her deep, heart-rendering message. She had us laughing, frowning with concern, and even crying at times throughout the whole weekend. She is a very friendly person as she interacted with the attendees. All of the women found her caring, cordial and a real light from the Lord. We praise the Lord for the dynamic ministry of Yvonne.” Annual Women’s Retreat, Palomar Community Church, Vista, CA
WE COULD FEEL GOD MOVING THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND
“Yvonne was an absolute delight. Her presentation, Designed For A Purpose was meaningful, refreshing, and applicable to women from all different walks of life. We could feel God moving throughout the weekend as she shared in an unpretentious way how God has worked in her life and how He has a plan for ours. Yvonne is truly “power packed” by God’s love, and it became contagious throughout the weekend as God used her to strengthen, renew, and develop relationships with each other and with our Lord. We were all blessed.” The Main Place Christian Fellowship, Santa Ana, CA