Going Beyond Women’s Conference–Louisville, KY

August 24, 2009 at 10:14 am 1 comment

5934_242133525789_831155789_8491360_3255958_nThis weekend I was able to attend a couple events.  The first was a “Going Beyond” weekend with Priscilla Shirer in Louisville, KY.  The second was the 60th Anniversary Homecoming of our church.

Today, emotions still feel so rich from the entirety of the weekend I feel like I could cry for no particular reason at all–just an overflowing dam of emotion, I think.   Not necessarily sadness, just a ball of fullness that needs to break some, or something! I feel added momentum, some wondering what God is going to do, and even experience some self doubt, as most humans do.  (Did I say the right things?  Was my heart pure?  What if I…?)

Mainly, wanting to go back over the notes I wrote down and move forward in the things God had for me.

I enjoyed Priscilla’s thoughts, but also what God had for me.  She added to that here and there.  {smile}.

I love how the weekend began with the altar.  I hate worrying all weekend how long it will be before women get to lay down the baggage they brought with them.  I love how we ministered to one another out of our places of healing and experiences with God.  I love how we shared burdens and blessings.  I love how Priscilla taught how to study the Bible in a time frame they can handle (those techniques worked for me also at that stage in the game!)

I hope to share some more, but for now, just wanting to introduce what will probably be my writing topic for a while:  mothering and notes from the weekend.

Can I also say that Anthony Evans worship team totally rocked my world?  If they all don’t get together and make an album, I’ll be sorely disappointed.  The harmonies were so tight and they just seemed to read one another so well.  Working in Kari Jobe stuff was like so awesome I thought I’d start seizing with joy.

I will share a worship experience I’ve never had before.  Early on in the worship, I was praying for the Lord to come and be near and with us.  It was like in my mind’s eye, I thought, “As if face to face” and I envisioned him there eyeball to eyeball as has happened with me once before.  I just wanted to look into His eyes.  Well, from there, things got fun.  When I raised my hands, it was if there was a mirror, and his hands raised in glory to God, too.  When I went forward to put my card on the steps for a prayer request and stayed to pray for a friend, when I placed my hand on their back, he did, too.  When I put a hand on a sister’s head I didn’t know, he did too.  Later, when I danced, he did too.  It just put the biggest smile on my face.  When we work in Him, he IS there with us.  We are not just praying “to” Him, but he IS praying WITH us.  Ministering WITH us, touching WITH us, moving WITH us.  It was so fun.  I usually get intense when I worship and don’t really smile…but that day, I couldn’t help it.  Never pictured that sort of fun in worship before.

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Our church’s 60th homecoming.  Wow.  What a great cap to the end of the weekend.  Worship was rich, voices were high, testimonies were real, people were helped, food was good, and God was glorified.  I got to see old friends, meet new ones, and get lots of hugs.  It was an awesome day.

Today is picture day, and I’m trying to keep good habits and keep up with the day in general.  Having to go to the store and cook and clean when I want to sit and soak and stay in the cloud is a little rough a transition, but I’m hoping to blend the two…”blended worship” at a whole new level of meaning!

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