Whew, if we thought Friday was jam-packed.. We had no idea what awaited us for Saturday! It was a blast. All of it. :-)
The whole gang and some of us in our seats...... (Yes, we were early. And we got pretty good seats!)
Starting us off...
She is one of my favorites. (Okay, they all are!) She has *some* (not just one) amazing testimonies. Lysa qualifies as my favorite because she in her time sharing with us she gives lists and verses, like we are at a bible study. This morning our theme was "Exposed" and we studied from Joshua 6:1-5 and then Joshua 5:13-15 to discuss the Wall of Impossibility. Joshua is exposed here because God has already told him what is going on. So the results of this are 3 Critical Choices: 1) Breakdown or Breakthrough <How do we react in situations - any situation> 2) Injest or Digest <Happy for a day versus life-changing> 3) Believe or Not. <Is the wall really Impossible?! God is I AM ---> I'M POSSIBLE>
Worship with Michael O'Brien. He is always a wonderful leader and he has a couple of sweet love songs. Check him out at http://www.michaelo.org/. He shared his story about coming off the road with NewSong to be able to spend more time with his family. His lesson learned: "Know the difference between your calling and your gift. Never let your gift take precedence over your calling."
Angela is the comical, over-the-top gal. All of her stories can classify as gut-busting. Like so many of the Scriptures, she compared our life to a race. In Ephesians 4:1 she points out that we have *only* one life so we must live worthy. (What a contrast to so often hearing that we aren't worthy!) We studied Hebrews 12:1-2 and looked at Paul's trials in 2 Corinthians 11. Through Angela, God was able to remind us that dealing with sin is work but we've got a life to live! We can't get "in" (bogged down) with other's sin and therefore we must pace ourselves by who we run with. (Apparently that is some runner analogy. I wouldn't get it, haha.)
The ladies of EWomen strongly support Compassion International. This year a rep was on stage (instead of "just" a video) and he'd brought an amazing woman from Africa who told her life path and sang a beautiful song.
We got to hear from Kim and Krickitt Carpenter- the real-life couple of "The Vow." Since I am always way behind on movie-references, I really didn't know who they were, but what an amazing story! Krickitt has obviously been through so much, so who's going to ignore her words? She asked "Who says everyone's rainbow has the same colors?" and reminded us to always have an eternal perspective.
And then for the lady I was most excited to see ... Candace Cameron Bure!
Candace's story was especially down to earth (once we zoomed right through Hollywood life). It was just everything that we all needed to hear, all rolled up in one lady in heels.
The picture that sums up the weekend: