Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Living Proof...

I haven't opened my computer since the last time I blogged. I had the best weekend and wanted to blog about it before this week got away from me. I had plans to hear Beth Moore speak last Friday and Saturday. The devil tried really hard to get me to stay home. Several things happened leading up to the weekend and then Friday was such a hard day with Amelia. Thankfully, I didn't back out. I went asking God for a specific word just for me. We started out with worship....oh the worship. My hands were in the air the entire time and my feet wouldn't stay still. I was among 8500 women but during that time of worship - it might as well have been just me and my Lord! Oh, and Travis. :) I just love when there's freedom in worship. When the focus is on Him and Him alone - as it should be. True worship.

Beth spoke on fulfilling your ministry and on relationships. A lot of the scripture she used was exactly where we've been studying in our home group and also where Alex has been preaching from at church. I'm still processing a lot of what she said. Alex has been out of town, but I can't wait to go over it all with him. I picked him up from the airport yesterday and I just kept saying, "oh was so good." I would just cry as I started sharing some of what God said to me over the weekend. I've been to many of the LPL Conferences and each one is just life changing. I would compare this one to my trip to Nashville to hear her speak. Powerful stuff.

Another neat thing about the weekend is that I was able to meet up with some new and old blog friends! Caroline and her Mom (Robin) were driving in for the conference and I was beside myself to see her again! I was really excited to meet her Mom for the first time as well. I love the relationship they's much like my relationship with my own Momma!

Me, Joy, and Caroline at the conference. This is right after Caroline and I screamed in each other's faces upon seeing each other. It's always nice to meet another screamer. That way you aren't the only girl standing there screaming. Just sayin'. This girl just puts an instant smile on my face! She loves Jesus and it just shows from her head to her toes. This was actually Joy and Caroline's third LPL together. They met in Memphis, Atlanta, and now LR. I missed out on Memphis because I was 9 years pregnant. It's okay though...they didn't make me feel like a 3rd wheel or anything. HA! I was on a lower step for this picture so I look like the hunchback. HAHA!

I met a new friend over the weekend too! Rikki told me that she was coming so we were texting once she arrived. I couldn't wait to hug her neck. She is just precious and has such a sweet heart. Once she and my SIL saw one another - they realized they knew each other from reading each other's blogs! Small world!

Me and Joy.

Amelia with her new best friend. She took to Caroline and Robin quickly. I loved the way Caroline would speak to she was just as old as her. Amelia liked it too! Here she is trying to look all grown up like her new grown-up friend.

At one point during lunch, Robin was mid-story and Amelia says, "OH WOW!" (LOL) She was all up in every conversation and knew just what was going on. HA!

Caroline and Robin - they always dress so cute too. Ya know there are those types of people that you can just sit and talk to about something and you can also sit and talk about's just nice to be sitting there talking with them? That's how it is with these two girls. I just know that I will get to hang out with Caroline again in the future, but I want to hang out with her Mom too. Caroline, could you arrange that? :) I love you both!

It was a wonderful weekend that I will never forget. Caroline gave me a special present and as soon as I find the perfect place for it - I'm going to take a picture and show you. Girl has more talent in her pinkie than I will ever have! It's so pretty...can't wait to show it to you!! More about what Beth spoke on coming soon!!

Love to all,


Faith said...

Love, love, love!! Seriously makes my heart so happy to see all these sweet faces! Makes me really want to see you all again SOON (like July, pretty please?! Lol!)

I look forward to hearing more about the words that God spoke during this time. Awesome!!

Nicole said...

Whew. LPL Little Rock is a weekend I think many of us will remember forever. I can hardly think about it without crying and wanting to lift my hands in shout in worship! How funny that we got to meet in real life before find each others blogs. Does that mean we were real life friends first? :) and by the way Amelia is on my baby names list. She's a doll! Can't wait to follow your blog!!

Courtney said...

Jill, keep writing. Your posts are so encouraging and uplifting. It makes me definately want to go to a Beth Moore speaking engagement, but I also just love reading about life in Arkansas. I hope your weekend is fabulous!

Caroline said...

LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE THIS!!!!! Mom and I LOVE YOU ALL!!! sooooooo much fun hanging out and just laughing!!

Mel said...

God is so good. I love me some Beth Moore. I am so glad you were able to go.

I've gotta get to Arkansas or you have gotta get to Dallas.


Perfectly Imperfect said...

So fun that y'all all got to meet up!! Sounds like a great weekend!

Amelia is beyond adorable. Such a cute kid!!

Laurie said...

I am so sad that I did not get to see beautiful you!!!!

Laurie said...

I am sooo sad that I did not get to see beautiful you!