Life Thoughts: The Gift of Encouragement
It has been a full year and we are back at the Catalyst Conference in Georgia. Last year I shared my heart and wrote this post about my experience. Though I took away many things, my heart was full of a deep burden and many pensive thoughts about God’s love for me and my growth and place in His will for my life. I felt that as I wrote that post and shared so much in my heart; I was a bit hesitant this year in returning to the conference. Not because I didn’t feel that I took something away the year before (I took so much), but because I wasn’t sure if this year I would feel at the same place in many areas of my life and not really moving forward. I’ve been in a place where I feel stuck, but it’s been purposeful to cause me to focus.
Last year’s theme was known and this year’s theme is change makers. The line up of speakers has been phenomenal and I’ve come this year in a much more humble and contrite place that I’ve just allowed myself to learn and really take all of it in. Full immersion…no holding back. We arrived to the conference this morning weary and very tired from the drive, but definitely I’ve hidden a deep expectation in my heart. I wrote a list of things down recently that I’ve wanted to hear God’s direct answer to and I knew that if I listened close enough this weekend would reveal many of them. Lately I’ve found myself saying: