A few weeks ago I was able to go to the Women of Faith conference with speakers like Lisa Harper and Angie Smith. What an amazing experience and one that completely pulled me out of my comfort zone. It was a blessing in so many ways.
First, I got to go with my sister, who God brought in my life a couple years ago as one of the most surprising blessings of my life. Not only did I get to meet and become friends with her, but we were also able to share our faith and have these amazing discussions about everything, including God.
Second, I’m not a “conference” type of girl, which I talked about recently with the ACFW Conference. I’m quiet. A thinker. A bit introverted. So while I get so much out of conferences, they feel a little uncomfortable to me because of my introverted ways. But I’ve learned to adjust and just be flexible, and the benefits I get when I do this are amazing. It’s about learning how to trust the situation, trust God.
We had a great time at the conference. At one point, we took a break and I shared with my sister and niece one of the things I’m struggling with right now on my walk. And wouldn’t you know it? When we went back in, Lisa Harper said, “I was going to talk about something else, but just now I felt the need to talk about this instead.” (And “this” was the very thing I had said I was struggling with. How did she know?)
She didn’t, of course. But God did.
In addition to hearing some incredible insight and life lessons geared especially toward women, we also got to see Third Day! Third! Day! It’s only my favorite band ever. And what’s really cool? We totally embarrassed ourselves with them.
We actually followed the band out of the venue they performed at and into a bar where they were eating dinner. Dorks, right? It was a fluke. We happened to see them leave and then we wanted to see if we could get their autograph. Picture lots of giggling with this, lots of acting like teenage girls even though we are so far from being teenagers it’s ridiculous.
And the band was so gracious. They asked if we wanted a picture and I practically pulled everything out of my purse in two seconds to find my camera. Then, if you look closely, you’ll see I’m holding onto Mac Powell’s shirt. Why am I doing that? It’s like I can’t believe I’m with my favorite band and I have to touch it to make sure it’s real.
Then, as we were leaving, I was thinking of how hard it is to make a living as a creative person, and how great it is that these guys are able to inspire people with their God-give talents and make a living that way and help people get closer to God and I wanted to let them know how much I try and buy their stuff in order to keep them doing what they’re doing, but instead I said, “We buy all your stuff, so…”
So what, Cherie? Why did I say that???
Oh well. I should be way more embarrassed by the whole thing but instead I was just so excited that we saw my favorite band!
Then my sister and niece came home and we listened to our favorite music and talked about how silly we were and how God is good, all of the time! It was one of the coolest things because my sister and I didn’t grow up together, and yet sitting there giggling over our fun day felt very “sisterly” to me and that was a cool blessing.