Last week my friend and I went to The Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference in Indianapolis. This was our third time and it was such a blessing to me. The first conference in Orlando was in 2012 and had 3000 women; the second, also in Orlando, had 4000. This one had 7200. It was amazing to hear 7200 women worshiping the Lord in song lead by the Gettys and Sandra McCracken.
The theme of this year’s conference was “Resurrection Life in a World of Suffering” and all the plenary talks were on 1 Peter. You can watch them here. At a conference this size and with so many speakers and workshops it’s hard to take it all in. I’m thankful I can re-watch and re-listen to the talks and workshops.
As I’ve reviewed my notes, there are a couple of stand out thoughts for me:
- “What do I think about when I’m not thinking? Where does my brain go? This exposes what I love.” These three sentences have impacted me the most. Does my mind go to prayer? Does my mind think on things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely or admirable (Phil. 4:8)? Do I set my mind on things above, not on earthly things (Col. 3:2)? Do I take captive every thought to make make it obedient to Christ? (2 Cor. 10:5)? The Holy Spirit has been bringing to mind these and other scriptures as I ponder what my thought life is like and how He wants it to be.
- “There is nothing better we could spend our lives on than going deeper with the Lord. When we go deeper with Him, when our lives are rooted in Him, we overflow and display His glory. You will never waste your life spending it on Jesus.”
- “It is ok to do less than other people in order to abide in the Lord–because you choose to spend time with the Lord.” This and the quote above have caused me to deeply look at how I spend my time.
There’s much to think about and much to put into practice. I’m thankful for the Holy Spirit’s work in my life and His enabling power to obey the things I’ve learned.
Last night we went out with friends on their little boat to enjoy the sunset. We went out around 7:00 so the heat of the day was mostly gone. We had dinner on the water and then spent some time watching the sun set. The Lord certainly knows how to show off His creation!
Sunset on the Reservoir
In my internet travels today, I found this great list of books to read to your preschooler. I have every one of these books and can recommend each one!
A few months ago our pastor challenged us to memorize larger portions of Scripture and suggested Psalm 103. I turned to Psalm 103 and thought, “wow, 22 verses” but decided to give it a try.
Last week, I successfully completed memorizing this wonderful psalm and I’m so glad I took that challenge. Psalm 1 says that blessed is the man that meditates on His law day and night. Learning to memorize large portions of Scripture definitely had me meditating day and night. I am in the process of reciting each day for 100 days to move it into my long-term memory.
Psalm 103 verse 2 says: Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits. What a wonderful way for me to forgot not ALL His benefits. Every day that my mind is working on these verses, I am remembering all the benefits that the Lord has given me.
Next I would like to memorize Psalm 19. Even though it’s shorter than Psalm 103, I want to memorize it because it’s one of my favorites. I want the meditations of my heart to be pleasing to the Lord. What could be better than meditating on God’s Word?
I spent the afternoon at a friend’s house learning to make pot stickers. It was much easier than I thought and they turned out delicious. We had them for dinner tonight. It will now be in the regular rotation of my menu plan.
It was nice spending time working on something together while talking about parenting, politics, and discussing the Word and how it relates to those subjects and more. I’m thankful that my days are free and that I’m able to have time to invest in others’ lives. And that they are able to invest in mine. It’s what “one anothering” is all about.
Love one another. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Serve one another. Encourage one another. Spur one another on to love and good works. That only happens when we step out of our own little world and spend time with together. I’m glad I was able to “one another” today.
For the past few days I’ve been coming here to look at this blog and end up staring at a blank page. No thoughts come into my head! At one time I was very active on here and I’ve been thinking about why that changed. Then it came to me: Facebook. Once a got a FB account, I spent the majority of my time over there. I have slowly been weaning myself from there. I only have it on my laptop; not on my phone or tablet.
Lord willing, I will be here on a more regular basis. I feel like it’s been ages since I’ve written anything other than a status report or clicked a “like” button instead of responding at all.
This story really started months ago when a friend asked me to drive down to Atlanta to see Third Day on June 6th. She purchased the tickets; I got us a hotel room. Fast forward to earlier this week. My friend messages me to say that something had come up and she will not be able to attend the concert. I knew I didn’t want to drive all that distance by myself so I cancelled our hotel reservations. My friend felt really bad about it and I told her that it was fine. I really should stay home as I’m getting ready to go on a mission trip on the 11th.
The problem was that I really wasn’t ok with it. I was more disappointed than I should have been. All this week it has rained every day and that only contributed to my grumpy mood. The Lord had brought this situation into my life and I was not content. I was disappointed in what He ordained.
Staying home allowed me to attend a birthday party that I would have missed. The party was for a 13-year old. She had invited women who are special to her to come and to share some thoughts and Scripture with her as she enters into womanhood. I know that each woman there had the birthday girl in mind when they shared their wisdom/thoughts/Scripture but the Lord used those women to speak to me. As each woman spoke about contentment, not conforming to the world, being a light in the darkness, etc., I was convicted of my attitude. I am so thankful that the Lord uses people to sharpen us and to speak into our lives–even though they didn’t know it. I confessed my sin and discontentment. I laid it all before the Lord and told Him that I was content with the situation.
No concert, no matter how fun it is, could have compared to this afternoon. To see a young lady that wants to be held accountable for the way she lives was so refreshing. It was also very convicting. Do I have that same passion? Do I want women speaking into my life? I realized in that moment that as much as I love Third Day, this was so much more important. The Lord had to remind me to be content in every situation. Following the Lord in obedience is better than any concert.
Later this afternoon when I was home and checking Facebook, I saw an announcement that the guys will be in Virginia in August. Trusting in His plan and His way always brings blessings!