Monday, November 10, 2008

Extraordinary

Have you ever gotten something to drink, but didn't realize just how thirsty you were until you started drinking? However, once you started drinking you couldn't stop drinking until the glass was empty? That is the way I felt about this weekend's Extraordinary Women's Conference. I knew I would enjoy it, but I just didn't realize how thirsty my soul was until I was actually there.

Here are some highlights from my experience at the "Extraordinary Women" weekend:

  • After chatting on our blogs, Conservative Belle and I have been trying to find a time to get together and this was the perfect opportunity. We laughed and laughed Friday night at Chonda Pierce. We also had so much fun chatting and talking about just "stuff". Since we live so close to each other, I followed her home. When she says she has found her inner "Nascar"... she is NOT kidding!! hee hee
  • Looking around the sanctuary at 3,000 other women who were laughing, giggling and taking some precious time to refuel.
  • Listening to Karen Kingsbury. I love her books. Karen talked about how wrapped in the characters of her books she becomes. She became so wrapped up in one of her characters that she cried when it became time for that character to die. When her husband came in and found her crying he panicked and asked what was wrong. When he realized it was just a book character he said, "Well, you killed her!" Karen says that each of us have characters in the stories of our lives. Some are easy to love. Some aren't. Unfortunately though, we can't sit down at our laptop and rewrite their personalities or how they are going to act and react.
  • "The last time that you catch a frog back in that old backyard pond. The last time that you run barefoot across the fresh cut lawn. Silly, scattered images will represent your past. I will keep on taking pictures never quite sure of your "lasts"...." Oh, yea, I was crying like a baby when Karen Kingsbury was reading her book "Let Me Hold You Longer".
  • I could have listened to Angela Thomas all day long. Oh, and to have God tap me on the elbow and say, "You are beautiful." Ahhhhh....
  • Thelma Wells is right. God is definitely not through with me yet. You go, girl!
  • By far the highlight of the weekend for me was the Children of the World choir. This choir is made up of children who have lost their parents due to illness and death. Seeing these children completely and totally surrender themself in praise to their God was just totally a humbling experience for me. I found a clip on You Tube so you could see a little of them for yourselves. There is no wonder why Jesus said a little child shall lead them.



It's you I live for every day, Jesus!

16 comments:

Sharon said...

Sounds like you had a terrific weekend too! The sounds of children singing and laughing are always so memorable. Glad you enjoyed your conference. I got to go to one as well, Joyce Meyers and I enjoyed it so much, and what a great message she brought to us all. You can see pictures of mine on my site too. :) Hope your week is blessed.
Huggss
Sharon

Dorothy Champagne said...

Those kids were wonderful - what a ministry. Stopped by your blog through Sharon's. Love your layout!

K Storm said...

It was a great conference.

I bought that book that Karen read for my little guy at Easter. When she pulled that book out, I knew what was coming...I pulled out my tissues...

Willow said...

Sounds like your weekend was terrific! thanks for digging up that video of the kids -- I'm sitting here with the biggest smile on my face!

PS On top of the conference, you got a Bama win this weekend, right? ;-)

Deanna said...

Willow -- Hee Hee! You know me too well. ROLL TIDE!!

Confessions of A Mississippi Mom said...

Gosh I wish we could of went too it. It sounds so spiritual :)

Hot Tub Lizzy said...

Sounds like a wonderful weekend... I'm glad you got to go and that you got so much out of it!!!

i'm black betty said...

so glad you had a great weekend. :) sounded amazing...

Dr. Wifey said...

sounds extraordinary! glad you had a great time and refreshed your soul :)

Supermom said...

Glad you had a great weekend!

gingela5 said...

Sounds like you had a BLAST! I bet that was a great spiritual boost!

From the Doghouse said...

Glad you had such a great time! I could use one of those.

Carrie said...

Boo-hoo...Wish I could've gone too...

Sounds like you had a great time! And those kids were so cute!!

Sandi said...

What an awesome choir ... thanks for posting!

Dr. Wifey said...

i was just now able to listen to the video...how incredibly cute! the first thing i thought of was lelelelelele!

Conservative Belle said...

I'm just now trying to catch up on some blog reading. I had such a great time and have reflected all week on some of the things shared at the conference. Thank you for including me.

You are a real blessing, Deanna. I can't wait to see you tomorrow!