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.