Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Ten Things I Learned This Weekend

My heart and my brain are still pretty darn full from this weekend.

Maybe it was because the Influence Conference was even more than I expected it to be, but I really feel like it's going to take awhile to process. And that's ok.

As I'm still processing, I thought I'd share with you 10 things I learned this weekend. They aren't in a particular order, and these aren't the only things I learned. But here's a little glimpse into my weekend.

1. Jesus is, and always will be, the answer. To my hurts, to my "why's" and to my "how's".

2. I need more girl time in my life. Can you say refreshed?

3. Being vulnerable with (the right) people is so healthy. And, I'm a big, fat cry-baby. (As if I didn't already know that.)

4. "Your mess can be your ministry" - Casey Wiegand. Apparently I got a lotta ministry left to do, cuz I got a lotta mess. (Cue the grateful water works.)

5. I have unknowingly shut down some of my spiritual gifts, out of fear and feeling hurt from past experiences. But God wants to use me, and to use those things that I thought were no longer usable. To bless others. HE is capable in me.

6. A blog conference can actually turn out to be about the gospel.

7. DIY is ok when it's a wreath - but not when it's your family or your ministry. We can't do it ourselves, and in fact, we shouldn't. We need to minister, live, act out of God's grace ALONE. (Thanks Jessi.)

8. My husband is a rockstar of a Dad and a servant of a husband.

9. Meeting "an internet friend" in real life is not as creepy as it sounds. Well, maybe it is in some cases. But in the case of Influence Conference, it was wonderful and not creepy at all. And it ended in tears because I love my new friends so much.

10. I can only go so many days without this fuzzy blonde head in my life.

I hope this gave you a little bit of insight into this past weekend. And if you went to the conference and need some guidance in how to integrate last weekend into the reality of home, I suggest you read this amazing post by Amanda. So good.

By God's grace, I hope to implement the things that I learned in my daily life. One day at a time.

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  1. I have to say I'm a little jealous you got to go to Influence! But I'm so happy for you that you had such a great time and the truths that God revealed to you though your time there.

  2. mackenzie..though i didn't get to meet u in person this wknd i saw you a few times fluttering about. i feel so the same way about the amazing experience of influence. it was such a needed time of refreshing for me.

  3. DIY is ok when it's a wreath - but not when it's your family or your ministry. We can't do it ourselves, and in fact, we shouldn't. We need to minister, live, act out of God's grace ALONE

    This is amazing and something I try to preach and share with friends, new believers, etc. Love ya friend and love your heart!

  4. It was so lovely to meet you! God can restore and heal past hurts, and put you right back on that path of ministry that was interrupted before. I know it :).

  5. all weekend i wanted to say hi to you---you little pint sized mama. you are about the cutest thing ever and from reading your words, your heart seems just as beautiful.

  6. I absolutely love your DIY take home from Jessi's session. Amazing conference. Sad we didn't get to meet!

  7. You blew me away girlfriend. You may be pint-sized, but you have the BIGGEST heart. I adore every bit of you!! It's an honor to be your REAL LIFE friend!!

  8. A few months ago one of my friends called me out for trying to "DIY" grace in my life. Once I realized that I was trying to earn grace I had to lay that down. It's a lot easier having Jesus carry all the stuff now. :)

  9. I just think you're amazing (and obviously 100% adorable)! Thanks for leaving your sweet guy and joining us for the weekend--know that we SO appreciate it and are glad you were there. :)


  10. These are all so very true. But I'm especially loving number 2- Need to try to protect some girl time every now and then! And #3/4- is my mission. To be open, and real, and use that to glorify God.

    We didn't get to hang out much over the weekend, but I'm enjoying getting to know everyone after the fact too! Thanks for sharing!

  11. it was so good to meet you at the conference :) i need more girl time, too - it can be so encouraging!


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