Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Deeper Still - Friday

Hour One:

Upon landing in Atlanta Friday afternoon, we were taken straight to Philip's Arena for a quick lunch and then the speakers and musicians had sound check. I was thinking how exciting to be a part of a sound check. That's something I've definitely never done before. What I didn't realize at the moment was how the coolest things were about to happen even before the sound check began.

The Lifeway staff greeted Mrs. Beth, Amanda and myself at this back entrance of the arena and we were walking down this hall to a room where we were going to eat a quick lunch.

Pause and Rewind: One of the things I was looking forward to most leading up to this weekend was that I was going to get the chance to meet Kay Arthur, a beloved Bible Study leader/writer of mine. I've been doing her Bible studies for about 5 years now and have lead a few of them also. So I was actually a little nervous, and by a little I mean I was FREAKING OUT about getting to meet her.

Fastforward: We are walking down the hall to this room and Beth mentioned to one of the Lifeway staff members that I was looking forward to meeting her. The Lifeway worker looked right at me and said, "Well, you are about to walk right into a room where she is." I'm sorry, WHAT. I immediately started sweating thinking I needed more time to prepare for this moment, some sort of annointing from the Spirit. This was all happening too fast.

Sure enough, seconds later we walked into a room and this is who was in it:
Kay Arthur
Priscilla Shirer
Travis Cotrell, his wife and band
and of course, Beth Moore.

Sweet Beth walked right up to Kay and told her that she had someone to meet her. Precious Mrs. Kay gave me the biggest embrace and was as sweet as sweet can be. I would be lying if I told you I didn't tear up as she embraced me and talked to me.

But the greetings didn't end there because I also got to meet all of the amazing people mentioned above too!!! Y'all, seriously? I was so hugely floating on cloud nine, I thought I was going to ascend into heaven right then and there.

Not only did I get to meet them, but I ate lunch with them. Mrs. Kay sat right next to me. That is worth repeating in case you didn't catch it the first time, she sat RIGHT next to me. Her chair. Next to my chair. Priscilla and Beth were at the same table too! Oh, I can not even explain to you how I couldn't take one more bite of my meal after they all sat down. I just could not believe that these teachers that I love and respect and have learned so much from were inches away from me. It was like a dream.

THEN, we go into sound check and while they are all doing their thing, in walks BooMama and Big Mama.

Talk about a good first hour in Atlanta!

After sound check, we went to our hotel and relaxed for a few hours, which was so nice.

At 6:00, we headed back to the arena. The first session was unbelievable! The music was out of control. Travis and his band are quite possibly the most talented musicians I have ever heard. The girls on his praise team make you want to curl up on the floor in the fetal position and sob. I don't really know what that means. But they are GOOD!

Then Priscilla Shirer got up to do her thang. I had never heard her speak before, so I didn't know what to expect. Okay, wow!

Her lesson came from Exodus. It was all about when the Israelites were walking through the dessert. Here are some of the notes I wrote down:

"In the wilderness is when they were brought face to face with God."
"Mt. Sinai was the furthest place in the wilderness away from their destination, but it is where they got the biggest blessing."
"Am I going to let the wilderness push me away from God or draw me in?"
"I am more protected IN the wilderness WITH God than out of the wilderness without God!"

God asks them to do 3 things:

1. God called them to remember what He has ALREADY done on their path. When He delivered you, lifted you and drew you to himself!

2. He called them to recognize their spiritual identity. "There is only ONE who has the authority to name you."
"True spiritual discernment is being able to discern between right and ALMOST right."

3. God calls them to new levels of surrender.
"Holiness is important to God. We mix happiness with holiness without God being the reference point."

AMEN!! I have drawn even more truths from typing my notes up for y'all. She was awesome. So dynamic and funny!

I am so grateful!

Saturday to come...

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Amanda said...

I loved reliving it just now. What a fun weekend!

Melissa said...

I love it girl! Thank you for sharing! I needed it! You are such a good friend.

Lindsee said...

You just definitely painted a picture in my mind of how everything went. SO very cool!

I am sure it was all so surreal. If I was sitting in a room with all of those people, including yourself, I wouldn't know whether to laugh, cry, talk, be quiet, or what not. I would probably have ten million questions and ask none!

Thanks for the detailed recap. It is so fun!


Lizz @ Yes, and So is My Heart said...

I will definitely look forward to reading more. It sounds like it was an amazing experience.

connorcolesmom said...

What an amazing time!

I loved the teachings from this weekend - I am still meditating on them :)

I enjoyed meeting you Friday - you are so sweet and I love your hair
It is even cuter in person!
I meant to tell you that but got distracted - LOL!

Oh I posted the adorable pic of you and Amanda on my blog - it turned out so cute!
God bless

Darlene R. said...

Hey Janelle! Jump on over to my blog-- You Won!!


Julie Robles said...

Girl, you've been Touched by an Angel! Congrats on meeting Kay. I can't believe you ate lunch with her. Amen on your notes. Ooh it's in the wilderness when we come face to face with God. Don't we know it! I'm so glad you had fun and tons o' fellowship.

I'm going to see what's up on Darlene's blog? What did you win? Have you been playing Bunco on the side? I'll see your skills next month.

Liz @ My Full Cup said...

That is amazing stuff! What a blessing to be able to go and sit under such great teaching...and to meet them face to face...wow! How cool is that?

Btw, I think I am a little behind in the blogging world...how did I miss that you are going to AFRICA? That is so cool! Can't wait to hear more about that. :)

pinkmommy said...

Oh what a blessing!!!

Holly said...

I am so thankful you shared your notes, Janelle. I am gleaning some good things all the way from Colorado!

Also, I am glad you got to sit next to Kay. I just wish you had asked to peruse her Bible -- hee hee!

I wonder, does Amanda ever feel star-struck, if you will? I would love to know!

I wonder also...for the Siesta Cookbook--would you share a couple pictures from your mission trip? Also, some recipes, if you have time!

Much love,

MoziEsmé said...

Sounds like an awesome time!

Just met your blog for the first time - what a beautiful little girl! And best wishes on your Africa trip! Enjoy every moment and be sure to let the world know what you experience . . .

Jackie said...

That is awesome- you made me feel like I was there....are you coming to the siesta fiesta in San Ant by any chance? Sometime when you come to Houston, I would LOVE to meet you (and give you GOBS of more clothes that I just can't ship!)
Hope you're doing well!!

The Bargain Shopper Lady said...

I bet that was so encouraging!!! Awesome! You've been tagged!

Cindy-Still His Girl said...

I'm so glad you wrote more about what Priscilla shared. Just knowing she spoke about the wilderness struck me and I wanted to know more! (This year has included some wilderness time for me!) I LOVE Priscilla!

OH. MY. GOODNESS. I can't imagine being with all that sweetness in one room! :) I'm a bit obsessed with Mandisa, my pretend BFF! :)

Becca said...

Wow Janelle! Sounds like you had a great time! I loved the words you shared from Priscilla!

Darlene R. said...

Now that I have actually had time to read this post, I feel so bad for about the comment above! It seems like I was so not interested when actually I was in a hurry and wanted to let you know that you won on my blog! So Sorry!

Anyway, how I would have LOVED to been in that room! I would have been floating right there with you, girl!

This makes me so excited for SA!

You're going to Africa?