I can’t believe the conference is over. It’s a bittersweet feeling…I’m so refreshed & inspired…God has His magnificent way of grabbing hold of my heart and softening it when it’s started to harden. As Nancy Beach so brilliantly puts it – “conferences are like drinking out of a fire hydrant.” There is so much to absorb and to process…which yes, I’m definitely still in the midst of processing. I’m so thankful for what God has done & is continuing to do in my heart.
Here are pictures from the last day of conference! I’m going to add a few more later on from the closing session, but here are some:
I wore my (well, Michelle’s) cowboy boots – thanks for letting me borrow them my sweet friend! I’ve seen 2 pairs of cowboy boots in the entire continent of Australia – mine being 1 of the 2 pairs. It’s a good conversation piece that’s for sure.
Michelle – Tim McGraw. Australia. In September. I had to take this for you.
Bishop TD Jakes
This is Nancy Beach…she has been a woman that I look up to for several years now. She is on staff at Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago & is involved in the Visual Arts. I contacted her back during November or so telling her that I was going to be attending this conference and I would love to meet up and get coffee with her if she would be available. After one of the sessions on Tuesday, I went up and introduced myself and she said – “Oh yes! Do you want to get coffee this week?” She’s such a gem. On the last day of conference, we got to go the a VIP lounge and meet with her for about 20-30 minutes. We just talked about ministry, the arts…basically life in general. I really do admire her and her passion for the Lord, her family, and the church. I’m very thankful that she took the time to visit with us!
Joel Houston – Brian & Bobbie’s son…He’s wonderful!
Darlene Zchech – she’s got such a sweet spirit!
Brian Houston and his son and son in law interviewed TD Jakes during one session…he’s hilarious.
The last part of the afternoon was the breakout that I went to…It was about Creative Leadership and it involved Joel Houston, Ed Young, & Joel A’Bell. Good stuff.
They dropped down this beautiful cross at the start of worship & it was right there center-stage for the entire worship set. That was so powerful, but even more so: at the last song before the message, all of the worship leaders turned and faced the cross. The entire arena was filled with thousands of people worshiping Jesus & what he did on the cross. I can’t even begin to describe the emotion that was felt across the room. I think this next picture beautifully shows it.
This picture above is one of my favorites from the night.
Bishop TD Jakes wrapped up the conference
Funny story. Casey & I wanted to be cheap for dinner, so we went to buy this at a convenient store…for 27 dollars. I know you can’t really tell either, but there were no smaller bowls…these bowls are HUGE. We couldn’t stop laughing, which apparently is a regular thing for us.
TIM TAMS! These are incredible wafer cookie things.