Monday, July 31, 2006

Flying High Weekend

Very first, right off the bat, I'd like to say a big thank you to Boomama for hosting and doing all the work for the Tour of Homes. If you haven't already gone on a little tour go here for all the links. It was very much fun first, to "visit" the homes of you ladies whom I have "conversed" with by reading your sites, leaving comments and then having you come read mine and leave comments. And second, I'd like to thank all of you who visited and left a nice comment for me. It was great having you all. And it was nice to come across some new names I have not seen before.

I have to admit I'm still visiting some of the links, there were 219, yes, I said 219 ladies that took part. And because I was leaving for a couple of days on Friday, it will take awhile.

Where did you go Susanne, you ask? Well, I went to this:

I had heard of these conferences for the past few years and always wanted to attend one. This was only the third one ever in Canada. It was amazing. The worship was wonderful. One Friday the special guest speaker was Max Lucado. If you've never read a Max Lucado book you really need to pick one up and get your coffee, take the phone off the hook and settle in for a good read. He has such a way with words and painting word picturess. All his books are great so you just have to pick which strikes you at a specific time in your walk or life. His message corresponded with his latest book, "Cure for the Common Life" and he spoke on finding your sweet spot in life and finding joy in what God created you to be and do.

Then Sheila Walsh spoke. I've loved Sheila ever since her time on "The 700 Club" when she was a co-host. Her wit and humor and singing and ministering really touched me back then so I was excited to hear her speak. I wasn't disappointed. She told a bit of her story and how God brought her out of deep, life stopping depression to a place of joy. She taught us that we can be real with God, that we don't have to hide behind all the facades, even good Christian ones, that we tend to. He loves us exactly as we are. Kleenex by the box material.

The next day we heard Pasty Clairmont, who is an absolute riot, on moving when God says move. And Marilyn Meberg, Donna VanLiere, Thomas, and Luci Swindoll all had amazing messages that touched the heart and brought joy. There was so much it was hard to remember everything after awhile. And for myself, being a note-taker, it was very hard because it was too dark to write. Donna was a dramatist who put her message into a soliloquay drama and it was moving and powerful.

The part that was absolutely the best part for me was being in an arena with 8000 other women from all denominations and praising the Lord together. The volume of that number of voices was an absolute rush in itself and I had to force myself to enter into the worship and not just stand and watch and listen in awe. It especially excited me because it made me think of this post I had done. Now I actually was in a hockey arena and the praise & shouts were not for the hockey team but for Jesus. I tell ya, it almost brought me to my knees, that God would let me experience a small peice of that after I had written about it. Have I ever said "God is so cool!". Well, He sure is! I can hardly wait to hear what heaven will sound like when we are all there worshipping Him together, all that have passed before us and those that will come after. Gives me goosebumps imagining it!

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And we got to hear Avalon in concert. Oh my! They were phenomenal.

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So a very full weekend that touched my heart, lifted me up, brought me closer to the 3 women I attended with and encouraged me in my walk with the Lord. If you haven't been to the Contagious Joy 2006 conference go here to see if there is one near you. It's worth the effort. And if not this year, next year's theme will be Amazing Freedom. And of course, the fun of visiting you all at your sites and getting a peek into the homes God has blessed you with where you minister to your families on a daily basis and get your thoughts and ideas that you share with us. Yes, a very full, wonderful weekend it was!

Several of you asked for the Cheeseburger Soup recipe so I'll probably post that tomorrow or maybe for WFMW.


Katrina said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time! I was able to go to a Women of Faith conference several years ago and I really enjoyed it. All the speakers were so encouraging and challenging, and I especially loved Patsy Clairmont.

Welcome home!

momrn2 said...

I thought of you over the weekend as you were there! I didn't know Max Lucado would be there?! How incredibly awesome! I love his work!

So glad you had such a fabulous time!!!

Heather Smith said...

I will have to check this out! Sounds like an awesome weekend! I love Max Lucado and Avalon!

Beck said...

Oh, that sounds so great. I checked, and the closest one to me is in Rochester, NY - which, believe me, is NOT that close to me. :( What a great sounding weekend!

Caryn said...

The tour of homes looked like so much fun! Unfortunately, I didn't find out abotu it until too late. Next time, maybe--if there's a next time.

Joy said...

How fun!! I'm so glad you were able to go, and be refreshed. I'm pretty sure there's not one near me! :)

MugwumpMom said...

I've heard so much about these conferences and next time they're in Vancouver, I want to go.
Glad you enjoyed it.
You have a lovely blog, and I'll definitely be back.


Melanie said...

Wonderful! I am so glad you had an awesome experience. You are so right- just imagine what Heaven will be like! :>)

Chappyswife said...

I am so happy for you, Susanne! I want to attend one of these. Last night we had what was probably the best church service I have ever been in. It was incredible, so I am sort of a high myself! It sounds like it was a great conference.

Tammy said...

Although I posted just now about a full weekend, I think yours is even better. I have always thought about going to Women of Faith...I won't be going again this year but perhaps next.
Thank you for telling about your experience! Sounds like something you won't soon forget!

Islandsparrow said...

Wow Suzanne - that sounds like an awesome conference. I heard Patsy cliarmont years ago - she was so funny and also touching. I have that Max Lucado book on order from the library. I'm looking forward to reading it. I'm so glad you had a wonderful weekend - maybe they will come to the Maritimes sometime.

Katherine@Raising Five said...

That sounds great - the few times I've actually made the effort to go to something just for women, it's been so awesome. Just getting out the door is the hard part! I'm glad you had such a great time. I'm sure they'll do one in the Dallas area soon - come on down!

Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) said...

sounds just fantastic!! I have never been although I have heard about them. I hope to get to one one day. I love Max Lucado - you are so right - he is incredibly gifted.

Melissa said...

So glad you had a great time! I'm going in October...can hardly wait! We won't get to hear Max Lucado...but Jennifer Rothschild. I believe Avalon will be there, though.

Sorry to say, I missed the Homes Tour :-(

Shalee said...

I'm so glad you were able to go and to get refreshed, Susanne. I know that you have been looking forward to that weekend for a long time.

Thanks for filling us in on a lot of the stuff we missed!

Dianne said...

I almost felt like I was there! Thanks for sharing about your weekend.