I don't know how many years ago I attended my first Women of Faith conference. I know it was clear back when I had one of those flip phones with the antenna. But I didn't have texting yet. So I took my phone up to the top seats of the arena. I needed a quiet place to call home to my husband. I wanted to see what he thought about sponsoring a child from Compassion International. That was the first of many children we now sponsor.
Those were tender years. Those were the years when Jesus began to really grab hold of my heart. Those were the years when the Lord began to pull me out of that thick soup of doubt in which I was swimming, barely able to stay afloat. More than once, women like Patsy Clairmont, Luci Swindoll, Marilyn Meberg, Thelma Wells and Sheila Walsh threw me a proverbial rope from the stage. I always left Women of Faith feeling changed and loved.
So I was sort of sad and sentimental when I learned that this year's Women of Faith would be the last. But I was delighted when I heard the theme: LOVED.
Women of Faith is holding nothing back in letting women know they are seen, known and free. That message has been my heart's cry for years on this blog, and in my book. Living loved and preapproved is my, well, .... my love language. It's where I want to live -- in love.
So, I was thrilled and surprised when Women of Faith asked if they could run an excerpt of Love Idol this week on their blog. Take a peek at us over there at Women of Faith, would you? The PreApproved sisterhood is hanging out under the Women of Faith banner! How fun is that?
I hope you'll go check the post out. You can find it by clicking here.
The post reminds us of this truth: In a world that shouts "climb higher," followers of Jesus bow lower.
Coupon Code for Women of Faith -- $20 Off
Are you planning on attending the final Women of Faith? The nationwide farewell tour begins in April and may be coming to a city near you!
My friend and (in)courage sister, Shannan Martin aka The Flower Patch Farmgirl, has a coupon code for you. You can get $20 off the price of any Standard or Premium ticket in any city with the code farmgirl20 at checkout. Take a look at the Women of Faith tour schedule and click "more info" to see which speakers will be part of each particular event. Then register for a ticket (and don't forget your discount code!)
Do you have a Women of Faith story? What conferences or retreats are your favorites?