Monday, October 13, 2008

Women of Faith

Isn't it sad when work is a welcome break from the rush of life? Last weekend was a blur of busyness. In a good way. I spent Friday and Saturday at the Women of Faith conference. Great speakers, AMAZING music and 11,000 women in one arena. Here are my random observations:

  • When 11,000 women take over an arena, all the bathrooms are converted to ladies rooms. The stereotypes about men's bathrooms are true. Right down to the graffiti on the stall which read "let it flow." Men are so profound.
  • Watching Nicole C. Mullen sing one of my favorite songs "My Redeemer Lives" is magical. Watching her sign the song as she sings sucks the air right out of my lungs.
  • I am likely the most annoying conference attender in the world. I comment on how cute the worship team's outfits are. I mutter questions during the speeches. I try to make a vegetarian meal out of arena concessions. I shiver and shift in my seat.
  • Contrary to my prior statement, the lady sitting behind us was the most annoying conference attender in the world. Her Laugh. Her too-loud, too-giddy laugh. Like she had just sucked on a helium balloon before each punchline. It was so obnoxious that we had to laugh right along with her.
  • One of the points that continues to bounce off the walls of my mind is that God does not want to waste one bit of our pain. We know life will be filled with trials. Christians are not exempt from pain. But God uses all things for good. We need to let him use every ounce of our pain so it has a purpose.
  • Mandisa's smile is contagious. I have loved her music but as I don't watch American Idol, I've never seen her face. Her smile is as big as her voice. Beautiful.
  • The conference would be half as long if they cut out the constant sales pitch for their books. But if I wrote a book, I'd be up there selling it just as hard.
  • It must be hard to give the same speech or sing the same song or tell the same joke over and over in city after city without losing the impact. These speakers and singers are so gifted and genuine.
  • Forget the t-shirts and hoodies, if they sold the outfits that the worship team were wearing, they'd make a fortune! Seriously.
  • God speaks to me the loudest through music. I am thankful for radio stations like Air1 and artists like Mandisa and Nicole C. Mullen for allowing God to speak to me through them.

A busy but memorable weekend to be sure. A shout out and thank you to Becci for inviting me!


Beth October 13, 2008 at 1:26 PM  

I am jealous! I wanted to go in DC this past year, but for many reasons I couldn't. Nothing will stop me this year! It should be before we move back, so I am excited. I guess if I miss it I could always go in Portland as it is 3 months after it is in DC. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

Becci October 13, 2008 at 7:54 PM  

woot woot!! thanks so much for coming with me!! i'm glad you enjoyed it! it's one of my favorite things ever!! and it was fun having you next to me! who else would i have been able to laugh at the ANNOYING girl behind us with??? plus, ya know, you're awesome! love you sister!

Melanie October 27, 2008 at 7:54 AM  

I work for Women of Faith and came across your post - I'm so glad you had a great time and I definitely got a laugh out of your observations :) I'd love to send you a little something to say thanks for coming. If that's okay just send me a line with your address to


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