Women of Faith: Imagine
You know those experiences that are just so great that you don’t really know how to put it into words? Yeah, that is how I feel about the Women of Faith weekend. But, I’ll try. I hadn’t been able to spend this much time with my Mimi in what seems like forever and it was a really sweet time.
We left town later than I had anticipated Friday morning (poor Will had a fever) so we got to Atlanta about lunch time and in the middle of the “day” sessions. So, we went to IKEA. No trip to Atlanta is complete without a trip to IKEA!
Mimi had heard about but never been to the store wonder. We looked at everything but I walked out only buying some plastic bowls for Will – the kid likes to eat everything out of a bowl.
After our IKEA adventure we had a couple of hours to kill before we could meet Zach. (Bill’s cousin graciously allowed us to stay in his condo for the night.) So, we did what anybody on “vacation” would do – we went to the movies! We saw “The Help” and it was really good.
Finally, after all that fun it was time for Women of Faith: Imagine
Our seats were AWESOME! We were about 15 rows from the stage – although it looks farther than it actually was in my picture.
The weekend was packed full of great speakers who were funny, encouraging, and challenging. The Atlanta line-up included: Lisa Harper, Sheila Walsh, Luci Swindoll, Angie Harper, Nicole Johnson & Laura Story. I could tell you a billion stories about what each speaker shared but I’ll limit it to what I learned.
Basically, our God is bigger than we can ever IMAGINE. Most of the speakers have lived through and overcome horrible things from being admitted to a psychiatric facility to losing a newborn baby. Tragedies that could have defeated them without the power of Christ living in them. And they could stand and say that God is good, God is faithful & God is love.
A few things I took away from the weekend:
- When looking at the story of Jesus and the Adulterous Woman there is something for everyone to take away. Some people need to step out of the circle of shame while others need to put down the rocks of self-righteousness.
- Sometimes God tells us that we have to walk right into our biggest fear- but we don’t have to go alone Christ is right beside us.
- In these situations we may beg God to get us out! But sometimes his response is – I’m not going to get you out but I’m going to sit here with you.
- God takes our life – as messed up and broken as it is – and turns it into a beautiful piece of art
These brief points may turn into future posts as I process them more! It’s hard to wrap my mind around everything that I learned!
We had such a wonderful time and I would encourage any woman of any age to attend if you get the opportunity!
*** Disclaimer: I was provided 2 free tickets to the Women of Faith event through BookSneeze, a division of Thomas Nelson. In return, I blogged about the event. All opinions are mine and true!***