Sunday, October 19, 2008

Women Of Faith; Recap

As some of you know I had the privilege of attending Women of Faith Conference last weekend in Portland. I knew I would have a great time, as I was going with fun friends and getting to room with three of them. I also knew the conference would be great, and that I wouldn't get much sleep. All three of those things were accurate. I had a great time with friends, eating, chatting, chatting and laughing. I loved the conference, laughed, cried and enjoyed eating up wisdom from others.

I LOVED Anita Renfroe, Kristin blogged a fun performance of Anita's. This woman is hilarious. I got to meet up with Cathy there too, (she scored us some awesome seats so we didn't have to sit fearfully in the steep, high nosebleed section) Cathy blogged about Mandisa, who was amazing to see in person. The whole thing was fun.

I wanted to share with you some of the great wisdom tidbits I brought home with me to chew on. Quotes, scripture and observations...they are my fragmented notes in context of a bigger message, bear with me. ;)

  • "Emotions don't have brains" We are foolish to be led by our emotions. They're completely unreliable and wavering. We need to be grounded by The Word
  • Thoughts on the election and economy;

    "For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. And the government wil rest on his shoulder. These will be his royal titles; Wonderful Counselor, Might God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." -Isaiah 9:6
  • If I want to move freely through life I must choose to grieve the losses in life, and grieve the "what could have been's"
  • When we grieve, it releases us, and it's a decision to heal past pain.
  • You can't heal a wound by saying that it's not there. (Jeremiah 6:14)
  • Grieve the loss--embrace the reality
These are some highlights of my notes...things that spoke to me. Of course there was so much more, these are the highlights for me.

The overall experience was a 9.8...not quite a 10 b/c I came home too tired and feeling sick. I highly recommend going, and do take a friend! It's so worthwhile!


DotBlogger said...

So many people enjoyed WOF this year. I was sorry to have missed it. Sorry, also, that you were in MY town and we were unable to hook up for coffee.

Glad you had a great time.
Thank you for the tidbits. Very thought provoking material.

Cute pictures of you and your friends.

Love your new blog look, too!

Amanda P said...

You're sweet to want to meet up J, we'll have to. I have a sister there, too. Maybe you'll be there next year, I suppose you're in a bit of an infancy stage right now, understandably. Next year.... ;)

runninggal said...

RCC is full of cuties!!!

Jenny Kay said...

I have beautiful friends!

Melanie said...

Hi, I work for Women of Faith and came across your post. I'm so glad you had a great time! I'd love to share your story with others on our stories blog. If that is okay with you, please let me know at and we'll put it up.

Thank you!