I spent the weekend with some incredibly inspiring women, both onstage and by my side. The speakers were fantastic. I want to share a little of each of them with you. (Please excuse the poor iPhone photography. I definitely should have lugged my good camera along.)
Friday night, I heard for the first and hopefully not last time, the infectiously joyful Margaret Feinberg. One of my favorite things she said was: You will become what you proclaim. Since I fight depression often in my life, I couldn’t resist buying her book for myself and a special friend.
After Margaret, we were entertained by the hilarious Anita Renfroe. If you ever get a chance to check out her comedy, don’t miss it. She sang funny songs, made fun of g-strings and yoga pants, and had us all laughing to the point of tears for the rest of the evening.
Saturday morning, we got there earlier to get better seats. I have no decent pictures of Margaret or Anita because we were so far away from the stage Friday night. We didn’t make that mistake the rest of the weekend…
One of the reasons I chose this particular conference was to hear Lysa TerKeurst and she did not disappoint. As always, words of wisdom flowed from her, including this important piece of advice:
We are to re-present God everywhere we go, which means we represent God everywhere we go.
If you have not heard of Katherine Wolf, I would highly recommend visiting her site, Hope Heals. She is one of the most inspiring women I have ever come in contact with.
As a young, married, mom of an infant, she had a stroke that nearly took her life. Her story is shocking and overwhelming. She continues to deal with so many obstacles, yet her faith and attitude are nothing short of breathtaking.
Saturday night, the always fabulous Mandisa entertained us with an unforgettable concert. I wish you could have seen all of these crazy middle aged women, such as myself, standing in line for hours to get good seats. That’s something I haven’t done in ages, and it was worth every painful moment.
Sunday morning, Angela Thomas wrapped it all up for us. This is the first time I was introduced to her as well. She shared so much encouragement that my hand cramped up writing notes.
What stood out the most to me from Angela was a question she initiated. What would we look like if the Spirit was set free in us? She wisely advised we must push ourselves down to set the Spirit free.
My beautiful traveling companions have come to mean so much to me. We started doing online Bible studies together a couple of years ago, and I’m honored to now get to hang out with them in real life too. Here we are in our matching “He is strong” t-shirts:
I wore those boots all weekend thinking I would be sitting most of the time. That mistake won’t be made again. I can’t wait to print that picture out, put it in this cute frame I made for us, and get to see my girls every day:
Have you been to any conferences lately? I’d love to hear about your experiences or favorite moments!