Sep 30, 2009

Not an ordinary weekend.....

I don't know if ya'll listen to my songs, but since posting a song is the norm for me lately, here's another one, although I must say, Charles Billingsley sings it better.

Extraordinary Women's Conference

extraordinary - adj.

1. beyond what is usual, ordinary, regular, or established
2. exceptional in character, amount, extent, or degree; noteworthy, remarkable

I bought a ticket to the conference thinking that I was going to have the chance to listen to some awesome speakers. Nancy Lee Demoss, Stormie Omartian, Candice Cameron Bure, Natalie Grant, Karen Kingsbury, etc. They were the extraordinary women, not me.

I have a hope, I have a future
I have a destiny that is yet awaiting me
My life’s not over, a new beginning’s just begun
I have a hope, I have this hope

God has a plan, it’s not to harm me
But it’s to prosper me and to hear me when I call
He intercedes for me, working all things for my good
Though trials may come I have this hope

I will yet praise Him, my great Redeemer
I will yet stand up and give Him glory with my life
He takes my darkness and He turns it into light
I will yet praise Him, my Lord my God

My God is for me, He’s not against me
So tell me whom then, tell me whom then shall I fear
He has prepared for me
Great works He’ll help me to complete
I have a hope, I have this hope

Goodness and mercy, they’re gonna follow me
And I’ll forever dwell in the house of my great King
No eye has ever seen all He’s preparing there for me
Though trials may come, I have this hope

There’s still hope for me today
‘Cause the God heaven loves me

But as the women I went to the conference with held hands, cried tears, raised hands in worship, laughed, and snapped pictures..... I realized.

These are the extraordinary women, Nedra, Susan, Betty, Kenlyn, Ashley, Katie P, Katie W, Beth, Megan, Abbie, Sarah, Amber M, Jessica, Judy, Myra, Rita, Amber R, Shirley, Lou Ann, Kelsey, and Regina.

The speakers were great, but it was my friends and family that have the life stories to hear, the shoulders to cry on, the tears that need wiped, the issues to pray for, and the hugs to give. And I really don't know what I would do without them.

So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
Romans 12:1 The Message


Anonymous said...

WOW! I enjoyed the E-Women's conf so much! I loved your post about it! Isn't it amazing how God blesses us so much with dear friends and what JOY it brings to worship with them? So many things keep entering my mind from what the speakers said and I love thinking about it! Now it's to APLLY it to my life! Love you sis!
Ashley Kay

regina said...

thanks Joni!!! I thought now that the conference was over, that I could finally control my tears...but oh they come to be real...that's what it's all you dearie

Kelsey said...

This past weekend was something I will never was a REAL life changing experience for me. Being able to share that with each and everyone of girls was the best part. REAL friends that you can always count on! As the tears are coming to my eyes, yet again, I pray that each and everyone of us can BE FREE TO BE REAL! Kaylyn and I have been dancing and singing around the house ...... I am FREE to run.... I am FREE to dance.... I am FREE to live for you.... Yes I am FREE!
Love you all!

abbie said...

joni that is crazy that verse has been on my mind lately and i read your blog and its the exact same from the message and everything :) btw i happen to think your pretty extraordinary too!! have a great weekend.. <3

hubbardgirl said...

free to be real!! we heard some really powerful stuff this past weekend. it was truly an inspiration to me. pics are great. love you all

Amber said...

It was def. and extraordinary time!! It was so great to worship with friends and family! That civic center had def. not seen or felt such presence of God before! The poor camera crew men..10,000 women bawling their eyes out! To God be the glory and honor!!!