Stressed. Blessed.

Today was Focus on the Family’s Focus on Marriage conference. What a blessing and what incredibly perfect timing for us in this season in our marriage. We were also able to get to know MckMama and Prince Charming a little better today, which was very, very fun.

To my left around the table are: Renee, Christy and Soapy, Sarah, Karina, and Jennifer

My favorite speaker today, by far (even though they were all wonderful), was Francis Chan (author of Crazy Love). What. A. Blessing. I wanted to track him down to ask him to pray over the two of us, but he must have slipped away before the close of the conference. If you weren’t able to attend a simulcast at your home church, I highly recommend finding something of Chan’s to listen to or read. He’s the real deal: sold out for Jesus. He spoke on how we should live as though we weren’t married (yep, at a marriage conference themed around commitment!). His point was that we should be single focused on the Kingdom on God. He urged us all to look at our marriages as tools through which we could more effectively further the Kingdom. I know that God wanted Papa Bear and I to hear those words today.

It’s not about Kingdom Twindom being happy and healthy; it’s about the Kingdom of God.

The rest of the conference (that was also supposed to be about commitment), hammered (to the point of absurdity – so obviously the work of the Holy Spirit) the importance of, and the principles surrounding, forgiveness. I learned many things today, so please don’t think that I didn’t, but I also heard numerous statements that made my soul scream, “That’s exactly what I’ve been writing about!!”

“That’s what I get nasty e-mails about…because I completely agree with that!”

“That’s the same thing I said last month that made a woman call me an idiot and tell me that my husband would cheat again and again and again.”

And wow, to hear those same things from such godly and wise men and women was extremely affirming. I’ve been questioning this little blogging project lately; but today, I decided: I’m just going to keep on writing about whatever I believe God is leading me to share. Period. No fear. Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never (by the grace of God and the strengthening of His Holy Spirit) hurt me.

After the conference, we spent a little more time with Jennifer and Israel just talking and praying together. I shared with Jennifer about what I have allowed Satan to do to me through the negativity of mean spirited commenters (knowing she could relate in spades).

The whole conversation made us a little sad.

Just kidding. I just thought this picture was hilarious.

I woke up this morning feeling stressed, and I’m headed to bed now feeling abuntantly and exceedingly blessed. All in all, not a bad day…not a bad day at all.

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