The one thing I am looking forward to the most is our General Session time. There is nothing like being in a room with 4000+ women singing for the glory of God! I got a taste of this 2 weeks ago at my Thirty-One Conference and I can't believe the difference it has made in my life since. This has probably been the hardest year of my life (7 months ago yesterday, as a matter of fact) and I've survived. And it's not all been bad, and I've been brought closer to my God in more ways than I can explain, but I've also felt this distance that I can only accredit to my faith. I've been relying on the faith I've ALREADY had, not infusing my faith with the rejoicing of a new morning every morning with Christ. Maybe it's a lot to put on my time at Convention, but I sincerely believe that God is going to show up and show up BIG! And I'm praying and waiting and practically shaking with the anticipation for it.
Next on my Convention "looking forward to" list is the workshop with Jen Hatmaker. Since last year's workshop, "Even Mary lost Jesus" I've been an avid Jen fan, following her on Facebook, and now her blog. In addition to reading several of her books. Honestly my copy of "Out of the Spin Cycle" is so dog-eared and written in it is now to the point of being utterly pathetic and unworthy of being called a "book". I've been following her life saga of adopting 2 children from Ethiopia and can't wait to hear her again in person & rejoice in the fact that God is working in her life.
I've been to several MOPS Conventions- starting with my first in Grapevine, TX. I went alone. It was scary- my first time flying alone, first time to navigate an airport alone, first time checking in hotels alone, etc. But the best thing about that trip was (and forgive me, MOPS Int.) was the church I attended Sunday morning before I left for the airport. It was a cowboy church in a local restaurant in one of the out lying sites of the Grapevine Mall. That service changed my perspective of "church" and moved me in so many ways! And prepared me to serve a distinct place in the future of my home church, Hebron Baptist.
|A night on the town with Elvis!|
|Me & Julie Barnhill, One Tough Mother|
|Me & Karen, not the GPS Karen at Planet Hollywood|
|All but 1 will be Steering this year & she graduated!|