Monday, July 07, 2008

Deeper Still - Saturday

This was a long day filled with so much greatness. We left our hotel room at 8:00 A.M. and didn't get back to our room until 8:00 that night. And would you believe it if I told you that I left my camera in our room? For the entire day?

We headed to the arena that morning and was able to eat breakfast again in the room with the speakers and the band. We ate some good sausages, right Amanda? hehe

Mrs. Kay Arthur did the first session that morning. I'm not really sure how to sum up what she talked about. She spoke from Jeremiah on what happens if a country sins against God. She spoke for over 2 hours and her message was a little overwhelming, but needed to be heard. It was so heavy that she said she was physically ill the week before over knowing what she was supposed to talk about and she cried several times while she was speaking. The message was that a punishment is already in place and will continue if our nation continues to sin against the God. As Christians it's our place to step up and repent. Quite a heavy burden to carry. She had lots of encouragement for us.

(Thank you BigMama for letting me borrow your camera for a few shots!)

After her message, we ate lunch backstage and I got to each lunch with Mrs. Kay AGAIN! AGAIN! We talked Bible studies and she gave me a special message to bring back to my Precept girls back home! She is so awesome and sweet and caring! I'll just go ahead and say it...I love her.

The session after lunch was the Q & A with all three speakers. This was a chance for them to be HYSTERICAL, but also I learned a lot, especially about marriage.

The final session was the AMAZING Beth Moore! Y'! It was the perfect way to end the weekend. She spoke on John 1:14 "The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the Glory of the ONE AND ONLY who came from the Father, full of grace and truth."

Our goal through her message was to memorize this verse. So she broke it up into separate phrases and we all learned a cheer to help us memorize it. For example, my group was "The Word". We had to stand up and make a T and then a W with our hands while we shouted "The Word". Mrs. Beth then gave much wisdom on that phrase. Then she moved on to the next group which was "became flesh" and they had motions for their phrase and she talked specifically about that phrase and so on until ALL 19,000 women were broke up into sections with a phrase assigned to them. Only Beth could get an entire room of 19,ooo women to do an organized cheer! By the end of her lesson we all had the verse memorized with our motions. It was fun to hear each group and how loud it got in the arena. It was a neat moment.

I think my favorite part was when she went into detail on the last phrase "full of grace and truth." She said, "Jesus isn't full of just grace or just truth, but both". And she talked about how He is FULL of grace. He can't be less full. It was such a good message!!! Y'all know how well she teaches. Your lives have been changed just like mine through her Bible studies. As a Christian woman, I am so thankful for her and her studies.

After the conference was over, Amanda, her sister Melissa, Melissa's hubby, Beth and I got to enjoy a nice dinner and celebrate the Victories of the weekend! Then we continued our celebration with dessert in Beth's room. It was such a fun time of LAUGHTER and relaxation! Seriously, my stomach was sore the next day from all the laughing.

My friend Kristin summed up this weekend so perfectly. You know on Deal or No Deal how the producers will come up with a package that is perfectly designed for the contestant. It usually consists of being able to meet somebody they've always wanted to meet and do something they've always wanted to do. Well, this would be my package. To get to sit at the teachings, meet and talk with my favorite women Bible study teachers would be it. If Howie Mandel offered me the deal that was this weekend, I would have taken it without a second thought!

I am so thankful and so blessed!

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Cindy-Still His Girl said...

"This would be my package." What a great line!

I do believe you forgot to tell us what kind of dessert you had... dessert is ALWAYS part of my package! :)

Darlene R. said...

THAT would be an awesome package! :) You have great taste!

Your prize will be on it's way today. I didn't quite make it to the PO yesterday. Sorry!

Have a good day, Janelle (&Ella) :)

Mindy said...

OHHH, I wish I could've been at that conference.
I think often about how sinful the country of America is.....but have never thought of seeking forgiveness outside of my own personal part in that sin. WOW.....what a concept.

And I so wish I could've been there to hear the Q & A with the speakers. That possibly would have been my favorite part I think.

Linsey said...

Love it!

pinkmommy said...

Wow, how amazing. I am so glad you got to experience it!

Linda Darjean said...

Sounds like you had a great time. That is awesome. I am attending the Women's "desperate for Jesus" conference in two weeks at OCBF and Priscilla Shirer will be there, I am excited. There will be more speakers there too! I can't wait.

Holly said...

What a DEAL! Tell me more about your Africa trip. Are you raising funds? Let me know!
With love,

connorcolesmom said...

I am still enjoying the lessons God showed me from that weekend
It was a wonderful time
And don't you love when you laugh until your side hurts - that is the BEST!!
Much love

Lindsee said...

Deal or No Deal. I love it. And I'm glad you took the Deal!

MamaCass said...

That's awesome Janelle! The weekend sounds amazing!

Ang baylis said...

I'm so happy for you, Janelle! I bet you guys had such a great time, especially the dessert! Thanks for the reminder that He is FULL of grace! I wish I could have been there, but will take a little bit of it away with me through you! Thank you for sharing!
Lots of Love,
Angie xoxo

Our Family of Five said...

That sounds like one WONDERFUL weekend! What a great experience, you are indeed very blessed. :)