Alive! far exceeded my expectations!!! The speakers were fabulous, the music and worship was great, it was extremely well organized but the thing I was most impressed with was how much the leadership team wanted this weekend to be Holy Spirit driven. It was beautiful.
A few months before the conference, a woman from Arizona contacted me and said she would be my prayer partner leading up to and during the conference. Anytime I had a prayer request or concern, I just got in touch with her. Each woman that spoke at the conference was assigned one of these. Loved it!!!!!
I’d never gone to such a large conference alone, so I recruited a dear friend of mine named Kelli to come along for moral support (and put her to work as well!!).
After a long day of travel, going to the wrong hotel (whoopsie poopsie), checking into the first hotel room that smelled so terrible there was no way we were going to stay in it and then SMELL like it, we finally settled into our nice, plush bed.
We had a total blast exploring downtown Nashville, having a fabulous meal and seeing the sights. We shared a meal and I’m sure it had more calories in it than the both of us needed for an entire day. We gorged ourselves.
It was then time to head to Lifeway Conference Center and set up our table and start meeting women. It was sort of like a Wesleyan reunion that made my heart smile. Being out of the Wesleyan church for the last seven years (we go to a Bible church here in GR), there are many people I haven't seen or heard from in many years. It was like salve for my soul for God to have me be there, representing our marriage and family ministry that only God could create.
I spoke at a breakout session called “Beauty from Ashes” on Saturday afternoon. There were three of us women who shared during the session. Each of us had seen our share of trials but God has provided each of us a sense of peace and joy in different ways. The Holy Spirit was very present.
I had the honor of speaking with a few women that I’m certain were God ordained moments. If this is why God had me go to the conference, it was totally worth it.
I am honored.