As I start writing this blog, my mind is so busy and full of excitement still from the Siesta Scripture Memory Team weekend, I can hardly slow my brain down! It was truly a highlight of my spiritual walk. Honestly. To meet so many beautiful, Godly women who share a love of God's word was amazing. As women, most of us have gone to retreats or conferences, so being in a large gathering of women wasn't a new experience. But women who love God so much that they commit to memorizing 24 scriptures for a year! Everywhere I looked, there were women hugging, greeting one another in fellowship, sharing their travel stories, and just making new friends. Most of us went either alone or with someone we hooked up through the blog to travel with. And I would venture to say that for most of us, that was a new experience. My roomate was a sweet-spirited woman whose love for God was infectious. We shared stories about our families and our church - our nervousness about saying our scriptures right - and we bonded on a level that some women who sit in church pews for years never get to. Isn't that amazing? It is God at work. Two women who love Him who are willing to go to the depths to get to know Him better and His word - and He in turn blesses us with new friendships and experiences. When I signed up in January, I signed up for me - for my heart to store His word. It was my time for a challenge. But the LPM staff blessed us for our obedience by throwing us the biggest celebration imaginable - and what a time we had. The teaching from Psalm 119 touched my heart in so many ways. The worship with Travis and 507 voices was incredible. I could go on and on. The pink boas were spotted everywhere, in airports, in hotels, in restaurants - I would say we did a good job of "spreading everywhere the fragrance (and feathers) of the knowledge of Him." There will probably be pink boa feathers in Houston for months to come! My daughters were so shocked at how out of my comfort zone I went to attend. They even were worried about me connecting with a woman I met on the blog to travel with (who is truly a beautiful new friend). They nicknamed her my BMBFF (Beth Moore best friend forever)!
How much I would have missed if I let my fear of flying or the many areas out of my comfort zone that there were, hold me back from attending. And I wondered today - how many other times have I missed God's greatest blessing by stopping short of allowing Him to carry me through to get to Him? I hope I always have pink boa moments to carry me on this journey!
And although I'm a midwesterner, I have to begin saying "y'all" - I think it is contagious after spending the time in Houston with all of those southern Siestas!
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