On Friday April 20th at 5 o'clock in the morning, I left with a group of women from my church, Calvary Baptist, (along with 3 men) to go to the Women of Joy conference in Sevierville, Tennessee. I had never been to a large women's conference before so I didn't know what to expect.
Okay . . . I had a wonderful time! Everyone should do this! I was really dreading the long ride on the bus, but it went by very quickly. I think I may have talked too much on the bus . . . there were a couple of remarks and giggles to that effect . . . but talking helped to pass the time. :)
Here are some highlights from our conference:
Some of our group waiting for the conference to start on Friday night:
|Chuck, Gina, and LauraLee Cotton|
|Angie and her mom, Abby, and Laycee|
|Me with Beverly, Emily, and Julie|
Charles Billingsley led the worship in song every day . . .
He struck a pose on Saturday morning for us to get a good picture of him :)
I really enjoyed all the speakers. Lysa Terkeurst has the Proverbs 31 ministries that you hear on KLOVE everyday. I follow her blog and really enjoy her perspective on life and family. She was so funny too.
On Saturday morning, we heard from Sheri Rose Shepherd. I had never heard of her before, but I bought 4 of her books! What can I say . . . . she had a special going on . . . buy 3 books and get another free! Actually, I have started reading one of her books and have found it to be very informative and uplifting.
Another of her books I bought is a devotional that I've started reading too.
Before lunch, we heard from Anita Renfroe, a Christian comedian.
I have seen some of her videos before so I was familiar with her, but I can honestly say that I enjoyed her least of all the speakers we saw at the conference. I never got any kind of spiritual message from her comedy and a lot of her comedy was raunchy.
She was funny . . . extremely funny . . . but a secular kind of funny. I enjoyed her videos so much so I was a little disappointed with her performance at this conference. . . . funny as she was . . . I was expecting something more.
We went to eat at the Old Mill Restaurant and then spent the afternoon shopping in Pigeon Forge. While shopping, I was attacked by a bear . . .
We rode the trolley back to our hotel . . .
|me and my roomie, Mrs. Coleene|
|My friend, Laycee and her sister, Abby|
One of the younger girls in the group ran to the front when the doors were open and she got us all seats on the second row!
I didn't recognize her name when we planned this trip, but I certainly recognized her songs! She sings one of my favorite songs on KLOVE . . . Waiting Here For You.
I love the Chorus . . .
Waiting here for You
With our hands lifted high in praise
And it's You we adore
She was so intense while singing . . . it felt like she was singing straight to God and had no idea that there were 9000 women singing along with her!
I guess you can tell I loved all the music. :) I'm now one of those people who tells everyone they need to go to these women conferences! Ha!
On Sunday morning we got to see and worship with Angela Thomas.
I wasn't familiar with her at all, but my friend Julie is a big fan of hers. Julie was so insistent that I read one of her books, 52 Things Kids Need from a Mom, that I bought it on Friday night before ever hearing her speak! I've already finished that book and I totally see why Julie is so taken with her.
We stood in line after hearing her speak to get her to sign our books . . . only I had left my book on the bus. I had purchased a Devotional book for the boys, so I decided to get her to sign it.
It was so funny when I handed her that book . . . she was like . . . "What's this . . . what book is this? " Ha! Luckily she's easy going and signed my book for the boys . . "Be the sunshine!" Love her!
Our group had such a great time, we've already pre-registered for next year's conference! I encourage you to attend one of these Christian Women's Conferences if you ever have the opportunity to do so! It will make a difference in your life and help you in your growth as a Christ follower! Or at least I feel like it did for me and for . . .
the Ferrell boys and me!
(Afterall . . . when Momma's happy . . . everyone's happy!)