I grew up with four brothers and wasn’t much a of a girly-girl, although I wanted to be. I think I lost trust in the female species post slumber party trauma – when I woke up with bubble gum in my hair after falling asleep first. (Still need counseling, I’m sure:->) But eventually, I discovered a love for my girlfriends and the joy of some good girl talk! And that was one of my favorite parts of our Girls Day Out/ Girls Night Out in Houston.
We had Girl Talk between Kate Gosselin, LysaTerKeurst, Ayiesha Woods, and me, towards the end of the event when all of us came back on stage, plopped down in some comfy chairs and chatted about anything and everything. It was fun hearing everyone’s answers to questions women emailed KSBJ asking how we deal with our emotions, balance busy lives, manage mommy guilt, make time for ourselves, try to live each season of life fully, and details about the “must haves” in our lives. We also threw in some random thoughts about glorified coupon/scripture holders and shoes! I wish you could see the shoes Kate wore – hot red pumps for the day show and cute black heels for the night show. Lysa was showing off her very trendy Aerosoles during girl talk, and Kate had the funniest comeback, inquiring if Lysa ever had anyone comment on how cute they are. Kate’s comment sent Lysa hunting for some compliment-worthy shoes the next day. Wait til you see what she found! I had fun with Kate back stage trying to figure out if Lysa’s new “must have” system for carrying around Bible verses in her handy-dandy plastic sleeve thingy was simply a coupon carrier. Sure enough – we found Lysa’s “scripture case” and there was a big ole sticker on the back that said “$1.00 – Coupon Holder.”
Another favorite part of the whole day was the unplanned “After Party” that night. Everyone had gone home except some very fun bloggers! Here I am with some of the coolest, cutest girls I’ve ever met! I got this photo off of Missy’s site that I just love (who was very sweet to get rid of my red-eye. Thanks Missy!).
Left to right: Lindsey, Paula , Sandy, Missy, Vern , Me, Linda, Lysa, Lisa, Melanie
I also want to share this photo of me with Lisa from the Preacher’s Wife for two reasons. One she has her beautiful eyes closed above. Two, I did something that felt kinda crazy that I sensed God telling me to do last week, and it was all part of something crazy God was doing to get Lisa to girl’s night. Lisa shares the amazing details of God’s provision on her blog.
God knew this event was a really big deal for me personally. Like Lysa, I’ve dreamed of doing an event like this for years, but never imagined our first one would be so special – and so big! He knew I was nervous. He saw me pacing and praying. And then He did something really special just for me. Well it was special for others too, but it was special for me in a really special way.
Many have asked if meeting Kate Gosselin was a highlight. As precious as she is and as much as I enjoyed meeting her and talking with her, my highlight was when I got to meet Amanda from Baby Bangs. She came backstage withMelanie from Big Mama for just a little while. Amanda doesn’t know it but that was one way God said to me, “I see you. I remember what we’ve been through. I know how far you’ve come and how big this is – and here is one way I want to bless you.”
There are times in your life when God uses certain people to be role models and voices of truth in really dark and hard places. Her mom was that for me 10 years ago when God lead me through a time of healing and hope, using His Word so powerfully captured and applied through Breaking Free, Living Free and Jesus, the One and Only. I always wanted to tell her but never wrote the letter on paper – just in my heart. And for many years I watched (and read) to see how their family balanced life and ministry. I would pray protection over Amanda and Melissa, like I prayed for my boys, knowing the enemy tries to go after a momma’s kids. I have loved seeing and knowing they are both doing so well in their faith and families and continue to pray for them. Meeting Amanda right before I was going to share my story of hope, satisfaction and security found only through God’s redeeming love
with 4000 women was such a God-gift. Neither her nor her mom know it, but next to Jesus, their family’s “yes to God” had a whole lot to do with this captive being set free!
Well it’s late (11:00pm) so I better get to bed. More photos coming soon…