A little extra something in between all my vacation posts!
I am SO SUPER DUPER EXCITED! I am going to attend my very first Women Of Faith event!
On August 19th and 20th, I will be in Indianapolis at Conseco Fieldhouse, learning, growing, and loving.
When I started this blog, part of my thought process was to give me a place to explore and discuss my faith. I’ve not done a great deal of that, but it’s there at the forefront of my mind each time I open the site. Each post I write (except for possibly some complete venting type posts!) is written with the question “If God/My Mom/My Child was to read this, would that be ok?” Not to hide things, but in fact to make myself focus on the right things.
When I made the decision that my faith would not be excluded from my blogging, I was in a good place. My church home was strong, we were building a women’s program and I had recently completed a Beth Moore study that left me confident. Feeling positive. Moving in the right direction. Guided.
Slowly, life has stripped that confidence from me. Our church has faced struggles over the last few years that find us closing our doors at the end of this month. Everyday challenges have left me discouraged, and I’m not turning where I should to get the help that I need. That my heart needs.
And so, a month or so ago, in that way that God works, there it was. In my inbox. An opportunity to apply to attend. And Indy – it’s so easy for me! I can be there in an hour. If I want to stay in town, I have friends there where I could crash. If I want to come home, it’s an easy drive I have done countless times. So, I applied. What the heck. It can’t hurt, right? I had checked out the WoF site last year, when some bloggy buddies and I contemplated a weekend getaway, and looked into incorporating an event into our plans. (We’ve still not pulled that off, but one of these days!)
I was overjoyed this week to receive the second email – I was selected. I get to go. I have some logistics to work out (that staying up there or coming home bit, what to do with the kids for a while, etc) but at the end of the day, I know that God has placed this in my path. That I am about to be restored in ways I cannot imagine. That I will walk away a better wife and mother, daughter and sister.
I cannot wait.
My attendance at Women of Faith : Imagine in Indianapolis is being sponsored by BookSneeze. I am receiving only conference registration, all other expenses relating to my attendance will be my own, and while blog posts are a stipulation of my sponsorship, all opinions stated here, as always, are my own.