I’m so excited! I had an extraordinary weekend, I am going to my first Extraordinary Women conference in 5 days, and I’ve got some fun stuff to give-away!
I got to spend time this past weekend with some of the sweetest, Jesus-loving, extraordinary women in New York! But finding them wasn’t easy. Extraordinary things never are. You see, the church where I was speaking had graciously rented a car for Leah and me to drive from the airport to our hotel and the event. Although we are grown women who should be able to handle that kind of thing, let’s just say we’re not as grown up as we look!
We usually get picked up so I think we forgot to get directions or a map. Leah brought her personal GPS system but it had PMS and quit working, on our way to the event. We had no clue where we were going and we couldn’t get in touch with my event leader, Liz, because she was running around trying to finalize everything at the church.
We were supposed to arrive an hour beforehand to set up resources, train volunteers, eat dinner and do a sound check. Not so much. We got there 10 mins before the event started!
As I got out of the car, taking deep breaths while walking in the rain towards the front doors, I was saying some serious, “Jesus, help me” prayers. And amazingly, He did just that. His peace washed over me in an extraordinary way – like only He could. My Friday night message felt more like I was talking with friends over coffee than like I was standing on a stage talking to women I’d never met.
I love how God in His extraordinary ways can completely fill in our gaps and overcome our obstacles, giving us just what we need when we let go and surrender ourselves to Him.
This weekend I was in a vulnerable place, feeling hard pressed on ever side. On top of my stuff, Leah’s parents had both gotten really sick so she was trying to make plans to get to TX after we got home from NY. We were both burdened for each other and a bit frazzled. Friday night, Liz and her husband, Pastor Chris, shared with us they had experienced intense spiritual warfare leading up to the weekend. I knew then that our struggles were spiritual attack. I smiled and thought, “God must be up to something good.”
Saturday morning we got to see His extraordinary grace at work!!! As I was finishing my message, the Holy Spirit nudged me to invite women to respond to the message of God’s love and grace by praying to receive all that He offered through Jesus Christ. Afterwards, I asked them to raise their hand slightly and make eye contact with me if they had prayed to receive Christ. I opened my eyes and was overwhelmed! I almost started bawling as I looked out at the 150 women there, and saw one after another raised her hand. Tears blurred my vision, keeping me from being able to count, but there had to have been at least 15, maybe 20, women who accepted Jesus!!!!
This morning God reminded me of His extraordinary love lavished on me and them. His extraordinary provision and love from friends like you who were praying for me and the women I spoke to. Thank you for your prayers and word of encouragement. I don’t always get to reply but I read each one. They mean more than you know! And, I want to publicly say “thank you” Jesus for giving Your extraordinary love and grace to such such a ordinary girl like me.
Also, I have 2 tickets to give away for the E-Women conference in Greenville, SC where my friend Lysa will be speaking this weekend, along with Karen Kingsbury, Julie Clinton, Angela Thomas, Sheri Rose Shepherd and Chonda Pierce. (Thanks to my friend Mary Snyder and Extraordinary Women!!)
I’m really excited that I get to go and I would love to meet you there (and introduce you to some P31 friends who are going, too)!
So, leave a comment telling me if you’d like to win the tickets to the E-Women conference in Greenville, SC or the coffee. And if you announce this give-away and link to my blog from your blog or facebook page, leave a comment telling me and I’ll enter you two times!
PS. I’ve got a very exciting give-away worth over $500 on Wednesday!!