The first thing I learned is that THIS GIRL HAS A LOT OF WORK AHEAD OF HER IF SHE EVER WANTS TO BE A WRITER. I guess I thought getting my words down on paper was the hard part. Oh no my friends! That is the easy part. Basically every thing I have written thus far on my blog should be deleted from the blogosphere. My grammar stinks! My sentences stink! However... do you know what doesn't stink? My GOD! He is completely capable of transforming my amateur attempts into works of significance. It will happen as soon as I get my booty in gear to study, write daily, research and remember that it is all about bringing glory to God.
One of my favorite speakers at the conference was Lysa TerKeurst. Remember here when I first mentioned her book When Women Say Yes to God. I finished the book before I went, and then had her sign my very worn copy. It is so strange that when I handed her the book to sign, I realized that the colors of her book cover reminded me of something. Take a look at my blog design done two years ago. Very similar except for the flowers. Pretty wierd since I had never seen this book before a few months ago. Lysa words spoke so close to my heart. I was encouraged and inspired.
All the speakers were real women with extraordinary stories of God's amazing grace on their lives. One of the women I met in RL was not a speaker, but instead my roomie. We have been friends for almost 2 years via blogging. She is an amazing godly woman and a gifted writer. We enjoyed our one on one talks as much as the conference. Springs of wisdom and God praises were constantly pouring forth from her mouth. Her name is Julie and she IS a writer! A published writer at that.
My other favorite new RL friend is Lynn. This beautiful lady is a dance teacher who has owned her own studio for many years. We met on the shuttle bus coming into Charlotte and became fast friends. She roomed with us the first night and we quickly became the three musketeers. She from TEXAS which helped us to form an immediate bond!
I could talk on and on about this wonderful conference and why I WILL be back next year, but I'm saving a little fun for future posts. This last picture sums up what first brought tears to my eyes as it was handed to me. It's just my name, but the 6 letter word under it represents the desires of my heart.