Our conference is 2 days away. We have had 6 previous conferences so we have advertised it as our 7th annual conference. Tonight, however, I was thinking of all the years and all the changes that have come to us in the last 7 years of doing this. It has not been easy and not all the thoughts were good. God has been good and He has been faithful but He has a round about way of showing His purpose and faithfulness at times. As I sat…stapling papers together…I thought, “Am I too tired to quit?” Have you ever felt that way…like the pattern is so familiar that even though it exhausts you at times, it’s what you know and it’s what you do so you cannot change? As I started praying about that thought, I heard a still small voice say to me, “You really had 6 conferences. Then the 7th year, you rested. This is the 8th year. You are not quitting…it’s the year of new beginnings.” Wow. I didn’t expect to come to that conclusion.
Right now, my life is hard. I am personally struggling with many many things. Obviously the Lord knew that we needed to dedicate this conference and our March retreat with the themes of hope because I have been running low on it.
I have had to redefine hope to align up with the Lord. I have needed to lift up my eyes to see past the circumstances to focus on the heavens where God sits. There is my hope. There is my strength and it is because of the power of Hope in His Spirit I can keep going, keep changing, keep growing and HOPEfully not quit. Like my good and wise friend (Bobbye) has said to me many times, “Just take one day at time. It’s easier to get through life that way.”
I HOPE I meet you at the conference. I know that God is going to show up and show off! The conferences are amazing and the fruit seems to stay fresh forever. Thank you to all of you ladies who have never missed one of them and thank you to all of you who are willing to step out and attend this one.
It is a new beginning…and you know what… I can’t wait to get started!