Monday, October 15, 2012

the gifts of a conference...

She walked into the chapel Friday afternoon carrying burdens on her shoulders for all to see.  As the weekend progressed the light of hope began to flicker in her eyes.  When asked about making connections over the weekend she quietly admitted to getting in touch with herself for the first time.  As she left the grounds on Sunday afternoon walking with an air of confidence in the Lord, it was evident that inner healing was in process and that God's hands were guiding her step by step.

It was such a joy and a privilege to witness transformation taking place throughout the room.  This weekend's Healthy Women's Conference was indeed a blessing for the ladies who were able to attend. Our desire for the weekend was for women to move from victim to survivor, grow in their relationship with Him, and feel comforted by the Father so that in time they will be able to comfort others with the comfort they themselves have received.  

As I count the gifts from the weekend my heart overflows with gratitude for what the Lord has done...

983. watching the room fill with women...


984. Miss Diana's vision and passion for this ministry...
985. and her message of God's restorative love...


986. topics that touched the hearts of many...
987.  women learning that they are not alone...

988. Tom's teachings on What Abuse Is, The Affects of Abuse and his sermon on Forgiveness...


989. "Sell Tacos Not Children!" bracelets to create awareness and raise funds...
990.  selling out of the t-shirts with the same message...


991. resources for those who need support or want to learn more...
992.  learning more about the ministry of Mary Open Doors...
993.  hearing the courageous testimony of a woman who suffered through an horrific abortion experience...


   994.  the sound of the hammer pounding nails to the cross reminding us all of Christ's sacrifice...


995. that which we are ready to forgive nailed to the cross...


996.  the sharing of hearts during small group time...
997.  the blessing of serving as a small group leader...


998.  the freedom that comes when we our pain is traded for His restorative and redemptive love...


999.  Jadine's teaching on our identity in Christ...

as I come to the end of counting to 1000 I have to acknowledge that it has also been a gift to discover:
1000. that the blessing of practicing gratitude has altered my outlook on life!



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1 comment:

  1. So glad you reported on your conference and posted pictures. It sounds like it was a great weekend....praying the healing of hearts continues!!

    Love you!

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