Monday, September 9, 2013
influence conference, here I come!
[that's me, and the two little people who follow me around all day]
Today I'm linking up with all the ladies attending the Influence Conference in a couple weeks. What?!? You read that right, I.am.going.to.Influence. Can you believe it? Me neither.
Believe me, I thought it had been ruled that the conference was out. Staying home was in. No questions.
I had prayed about it. I had discussed it with my husband. I had tried to figure out how to fit it into our budget. I had thought long and hard about getting sponsored. I researched it all and prayed about it all.
And it all ended with the same answer. Doors were shutting left and right. I thought it was a done deal.
And then one day I was offered a hotel room.
I had to regretfully decline, because I couldn't afford a ticket to go.
And then one day I was offered a ticket to go.
I looked over the budget again, prayed some more, talked with my husband some more, worked on lining up someone to watch the kids (thanks mom!). If I could squeeze out the money I needed to buy a plane ticket, it could work. I'd have to eat very cheap dinners and take the bus to and from the airport, and certainly no splurging on snacks or souvenirs (and I was totally okay with all of that).
And then I was given some extra money to splurge on dinners and snacks and Starbucks (her words).
I just need to take a minute to tell you all how amazing this online community is. That, seriously, these women are the church. They are the hands and feet of Jesus. You ladies are a.maze.ing. And I love you to pieces. Bits and pieces. I cannot wait to spend 3 days in community with you (in real life!!). All of you!
Okay, now on to the link up, shall we?
What are 2 things you will be sure to have packed in your bag?
1. Journal/notebook. I am a hands on, pen to paper note taker
2. Snacks. Probably goldfish. I am a snacker all.day.long. Come find me if you get hungry ;)
What 2 things are you looking forward to about the conference?
1. I actually already mentioned the first one. That is, spending time in real life, in person, face to face community and fellowship with some amazing women of God that I met online and love. And getting to do that with new women that I will meet there (including my roomies).
2. A chance to have my soul refreshed by the Creator God. Spending day in and day out with 2 little people gets a bit exhausting and mundane. Believe me, I love it. I would never want to do anything else. But sometimes, you need a little break. And I am so ready for it.
Will I see you there??