I went to a few Women of Faith conferences when I was a new Christian, but have not attended one since 2006. It is a fantastic event and the speakers are wonderful, but it is just not really my thing only because I prefer a teaching environment where I can barely type fast enough to take down all the details unearthed from God’s Word. Otherwise, I get bored.
But this year, Dr. Henry Cloud and Lisa Harper were coming!
Dr. Cloud’s videos and books have helped me tremendously. I am fascinated at his ability to explain complex psychological issues – and their theological foundations – all in language that we can understand. He has many valuable resources on depression and other mental illnesses, and if you have not yet read “Boundaries,” run – I mean RUN – and get a copy right now.
Lisa Harper is a gifted Bible teacher and speaker, who is also hilarious and she loves dogs! She is such an encourager.
So, I very much wanted to go to Women of Faith in Rochester, NY, which is about a 90 minute drive from my house. I could not afford a ticket or hotel, but I prayed about it and it continued to be on my heart.
Therefore, last Friday morning (after hearing a radio message on Is 6!!), I drove out to WoF in faith. I milled around for an hour, hoping to buy someone’s extra ticket at a discount, but afraid to actually ask anyone. Finally, God revealed to me that they may have donated tickets available. When I asked, they handed me the ONE ticket that was left.
One FREE ticket. I could not stop crying because I was so thankful. But that is not all…
Normally, my agoraphobia would have prevented me from venturing anywhere near that section. I would have found an empty area up in the back somewhere. But I wanted to thank the people that had donated the ticket and tell them how much it meant to me. So, despite the moderate anxiety attack, up I went. And wouldn’t you know…
I saw two people I knew from the church I had just started attending a few weeks earlier. It turns out that a person from that church had donated the ticket I received.
***So out of ~8,000 seats in that arena, God gave me the ONE ticket that was with people from my new church.***
Only God, y’all. Only God.
God also provided me a front row seat for the Friday session with Henry Cloud & Sheila Walsh along with the opportunity to meet both of them! I also was blessed to meet Lisa Harper, who even remembered me from our interactions online!
Throw in some nice connections with people from my old church and a friend’s couch to sleep on, and the whole weekend was a huge blessing!
Only God could have orchestrated all that. Only God.
Thank You, Lord.