Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Women of Faith - Over the Top Conference

I was so excited to receive 2 tickets to the Women on Faith Conference at the Sprint Center here in Kansas City this year. Now, to be honest, I had not really heard of it before I got the e-mail from Thomas Nelson Publishers inviting me. I am always up for an encouraging night out, though, and I am so glad that I signed up!

Friday, we heard from speakers Patsy Clairmont and Andy Andrews. I had reviewed a children's book by Andrews in the past, so I was excited to hear his story in person. He was so funny and a bit all over the place. Though most of what he said wasn't really Bible, it was common sense and very applicable to the Christian Life.

I'd never heard of Patsy Clairmont before, but after hearing her speak I will NEVER forget her. She is a tiny lady with so much fire and humor, I was so refreshed laughing to her stories. She had some very serious things in her life to deal with, and it was so great to hear how God helped her overcome them.

Saturday Morning we listened to more fabulous testimonies from Lisa Whelchel on friendship, Brenda Warner on how God used heartbreak in her life for good, and Sandi Patti on seeing dreams from a different perspective. Sandi Patti also did a mini concert which was AMAZING!

I was so impressed by how they handled box lunches for 6000 women - so orderly!

After lunch we had more from Patsy Clairmont and a concert from Amy Grant with some final thoughts from the all the ladies. So great!

I have to say, it was not really what I was expecting which was more of a Bible conference. In fact, I didn't even need my Bible. But that is not to say it was not encouraging and challenging. The testimonies from these women were powerful and had us laughing and crying together. I enjoyed the fact that these ladies knew how to have fun and yet share how God worked in their deepest struggles. A great balance for a great weekend!

Here are a few pics from the weekend:

LOTS of women!

Patsy Clairmont

Mam at the Sprint Center

Lunch Break :-)

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