I spent the first portion of this week falling face-first back into the trenches of motherhood. I have to admit, going from a week of eating out, sitting at a computer, and devoting the majority of my time to serving over 250 women for six days can feel somewhat relaxing compared to parenting my two toddlers. Don't get me wrong, I'm so thankful to finally be back home where I belong, leading and loving my people. But, last week involved a lot less whining, fighting, and poop under my finger nails.
Thankfully, my husband is a genius, and knew that a vacation shortly after The Influence Conference would be the perfect medicine for our family to reconnect, regroup, and make some special memories before Baby Boy greets us in November. That's what we'll be doing together for the rest of this week (follow along on Instagram)! Yay!
So, back to the conference. Considering that I spent the majority of my time waddling around with a 32 week belly and serving our women, I have to say that last week was complete refreshment for my soul. I knew it would be the last time before Baby Boy's arrival where I could spend an entire week focusing on my relationship with God and His plans for me without the distractions of laundry, dirty dishes, and dust bunnies. It was a blessing to be momentarily stripped of my responsibilities and given the opportunity to be quiet, to listen, to dream, to worship, to learn, to connect with life-giving women, and to grow.
What I was reminded of/learned from this weekend:
- "Nowhere in the Bible does God say, 'follow your dreams.' He says, 'follow Me.'" - Lara Casey
- "When we do things to earn God's approval, we're saying that what Jesus did on the cross wasn't enough." - Jessica Thompson
- "You are always creating with your words, because you were made in the image of a God who created with His words." - Annie Downs
- "Live a life of collecting inspiration." - Shauna Niequist
- "Don't go home and try to be better. Go home empty and let Jesus fill you up." - Jessi Connolly
What I plan to do with what I've learned:
- Read more.
- Serve, lead, and love my family well. My family is my ministry.
- Live every day with intention.
- Remember to walk humbly and closely with Jesus in everything I do.
This conference was a labor of love meant to help women learn, connect, find their place, and grow in their relationship with Jesus. Our prayer was for women to be reminded of their identity in Christ, of their God-given purpose, and to provide Godly wisdom and tools to equip them in fearlessly serving their online and offline communities. And it doesn't stop at the conference. The network is where we want this relationship to continue. If you attended this year's conference and aren't a part of The Influence Network, please consider joining us!
I've come home from The Influence Conference rejuvenated and reminded of my calling. While the next few months may look a lot more quiet for me online as I process how God is calling me to use my voice, you can assume that my offline life will be much more loud, colorful, fast-pace, life-giving, and fresh. Even if there's still God-knows-what under my finger nails.