Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Old Ladies and Pink.

Last year around the end of February, I was asked to lead worship at the 2014 Women's Conference at Christ United Methodist Church. I gladly accepted and was excited. So I picked out all of these "old" songs that I thought everyone would know.
Honestly, I thought Women's Conference was for the old ladies at Christ UMC. (Please just forgive me now.) I thought the prerequisites included knowledge of how to knit, a minimum age of 48 and a marriage with children. I legitimately thought it was cheesy. I don't love pink and most of my friends growing up were boys. I always told people, "Women's events just aren't for me."

The closer I got to the event, the more excited I got, but I still just wasn't sure about this, "Yay! Let's have pink and flowers and girly stuff."
Then the conference day came. There was pink. There were flowers. There was lots of jewelry and perfect hair.
But there were also ponytails. There were unmarried women. There were women who never wanted to have children and didn't have any. There were women who were stay-at-home moms. There were single moms and older ladies who were widows.
I walked away from that conference so encouraged and loved. Not because of my worship leading. I left loved because I realized that there was a whole half of the congregation that understood my struggle as a woman and had walked my path and were walking it currently. They were walking alongside me and rooting me on from further along. But they weren't all the same. 
They certainly weren't perfect and were honest about that.
So I was really pumped to emcee the 2015 Women's Conference. This year, there were even more women who were walking alongside me and more women who were cheering me on. I can't tell you how great it was to sit in a room full of people who understood the unique part of me that is girl.
 So make your plans to be there next February.

Here are a few of my favorite moments from this year's conference:
"God loves people based on who He is, not who they are."
"[Whether we act] Powerful or pitiful - both are disbelieving God."
"Whether you like it or not, you were designed to do life with people."

On February 10th, we sang,
"One Thing Remains" by Kristian Stanfill
"Not for a Moment" by Meredith Andrews
"Nothing is Holding Me Back" by Bryan and Katie Torwalt
and "No Man is an Island" by Tenth Avenue North 

On February 17th, we sang:
"Great Are You Lord" by All Sons and Daughters
"Nothing But the Blood" by Andy Cherry
"Your Love Never Fails" by Jesus Culture
and "Washed by the Water" by Needtobreathe

and on March 1st, we sang:
"How Great Thou Art" 
"Reign in Us" by Starfield
"Beautiful Things" by Gungor
"Water into Wine" by Chris August
Then, Communion was a medley of 
"Tell Me the Story of Jesus" by Kim Walker-Smith
"Spring Up O Well" by Phil Wickham
and "I Surrender All" by Phil Wickham