Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Spiritual boost? Try women's fellowship conference


Oh boy, in the basket to the left was cocoa-covered popcorn, orange fudge, a salted caramel, a huge brownie and ranch popcorn (shhhh, don't tell, but I ate it ALL before lunch). 

Did these guys know how to draw in women or what?

I wish I had taken better photographs at a Christian women's spiritual conference I attended recently with two friends, my mother and my mother-in-law.

But to be honest, I was so excited and so in the moment, the bucket was as far as I got. I guess that illustrates the point I want to make.

There's something so elemental about a woman attending a spiritual conference dedicated to women (I found women's fellowship at church to be the same). We live in a world where possibilities are endless and I'm so grateful for that. I can stand toe to toe with my husband, which is great since we work together.

But at the end of the day, we're different. We have different needs, concerns, inspirations, ideas and behavior. What enhances his spiritual life may not enhance mine.

We are different creatures.

No matter what I can do in this life and what I choose to do, I am a woman and when I acknowledge that and revel in it, life is better.

There were many reasons to love this conference. I bonded with four wonderful ladies whom I adore. Lunch was scrumptious (How'd I have room after all that chocolate!). We were blessed to an in-person concert by contemporary Christian singer J.J. Heller. If you don't know her, please check out this song:

What Loves Really Means

It never fails to bring chills and a gratefulness to my heart.

All for $35. It was a beautiful day. An uplifting day. A day that touched my heart and left me vowing to do better. And what did I learn?

My takeaway message was this: I should walk with God in all things that I do. In every moment. That should be the single driving factor in my life. As a mother, wife, business person, friend, daughter, sister, community member, church member, stranger ... as a woman.

The words I say. The clothes I wear. The example I set. What I listen to and watch and read.

There's not a time for God and then a time for me. They are entwined. His love should be apparent in everything I do. Not an easy task, but one I want to pursue with my whole heart. 

If you're a woman and have never been to a women's conference, I would highly recommend it. Women bring something very special and unique to society and workplaces and homes. We do it better if we come together to support one another and praise God by just being who we are in Him.

16 comments:

  1. What a nice event for women to get together. I don't know if there is one near me. : )

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    1. I'll bet there is at some point in the year. I had always wanted to go to one and it was worth it.

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  2. I'm so glad you were able to experience and Women's conference and that it encouraged you! I'm staying super busy right now as I'm on the planning committee for our Church's annual Women's Retreat. Praying it's going to be great and that God will bless the women attending as He blessed you!

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  3. These types of events are always inspiring.

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  4. There is something truly special about women gathering. I've felt it in past Bible studies and even in the kitchen getting ready for a luncheon. I'm so happy to hear you had a wonderful time.

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    1. I wish I had a way to get involved in Bible study, but the only one in our town is mid-morning on Wednesdays! One day...

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  5. This is a great post. I've never been to a woman's conference, but have always wanted to. Thank you for sharing!

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  6. I loved when you wrote:
    There's not a time for God and then a time for me. So true! Now I'm jonesing for a women's retreat high!

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    1. Thank you, I have to try and remember that. I should be on His time all the time! :)

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  7. There is something special about worshiping and fellowshiping with other women in an environment like that. Our church holds a ladies retreat every year and it's always a wonderful time.

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    1. So great your own church holds one. Ours is too small so we have to seek out larger ones nearby that hold them.

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  8. It's been so long since I've been to any sort of church retreat or conference. I want to go on one now! Btw, I LOVE your new header! You're blog's looking good. :)

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    1. Thanks, Jane :) The funny thing is the motivation to fix it up is a talk I'm giving to my own church's women's fellowship. EEK! If you go to one, please share how it was :)

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