This weekend I went to a Beautiful Life Women's Conference at my church. The main speaker was Angela Thomas, the worship leader was Charles Billingsley, we had a concert by Nicole C. Mullen, and there were guest speakers Mandy Young and Lisa Taylor.
I hadn't planned to go. I didn't have anything against it, I just didn't want to spend the money or the time. Then Angela spoke for about 5 minutes on Mother's Day at our church (she actually goes to our church - but I confess I didn't know she was a national speaker) and I thought maybe I'd made a mistake. But the early registration date had passed and I didn't want to spend the extra money to go. About a week later my mother-in-law called me up and asked if I'd like her ticket. She had bought one but had now volunteered to work at the conference and was getting in free. Without hesitation I said yes.
Angela is funny and sweet and deceptively insightful and deep. I'd like to get to know her, but I'm slightly scared to - she might see things I'm not ready to see myself.
Through the conference I realized how cautious and how guarded I've become in my faith. I love God, but I've been through some tough times with His people and I'm scared of getting hurt. I worry too much about what other people think. I hold back on writing in this blog because I don't want to hurt others or have them think badly of me.
Hmmm . . . maybe I AM ready to see those things in myself - so come on over Angela! If I get the chance to get to know you I'm jumping on it!
Labels: Angela Thomas, Beautiful Life, Charles Billingsley, Mandy Young, Nicole C. Mullen