Finally I have a few moments to write about attending Women of Faith. I hate that I had to wait to get around too it but it is nice because now I can relive little moments from the fabulous event all over again.
For me, some quotable moments to remember from Anita Renfroe:
Today is the youngest day of the rest of your life.
Peri-menopause is adolescence in reverse. With a mortgage.
Hot Flashes: When your inner child has learned to play with matches.
And, of course, Anita did the Mom song, which I cannot listen to without peeing a little. The same goes for her rendition of Josh Grobin’s “You Lift Me Up” where she sings a tribute to her underwire bra.
I did take a lot of notes–in the dark–and then realized most of them looked like they’d been written while I was having a seizure. So I have little things like “stupt bloux” over top of Psalms 94:19. I’m guessing, I was writing “stuff box” which was what Marilyn Meberg talked about.
I found Rich Stearns, the President of World Vision to be very inspiring. I did hear from some people that they felt World Vision was promoted a bit too much at this years program and I’m guessing it was because Rich Stearns spoke. For me, his testimony was frightening. Rich was a very active and devoted Christian. He and his wife were very-well off (he was a high-up executive at Parker Brothers, The Franklin Mint and Lenox. One day, God called him to leave his lifestyle behind and become the president of World Vision. My girlfriend sorta boo-hoo’d him when he complained about taking a 75% pay cut to accept the position, but hey, he had a lifestyle that he was accustomed to and that was painful. Granted, her (and my) salary taking a 75% hit would put us on food stamps, while his just had him moving out of his multi-million dollar house to a half-million dollar house, it was still a sacrifice that he was willing to step up and take. This is one of my fears. That God is going to challenge me in a way that requires me to leave my family or lifestyle. I have these nightmares where God calls me to be a swimsuit model for Sports Illustrated and I’m like, “really God, it’s just too much to ask of me….”
Like I said, some people didn’t like how much WV was promoted but I am such a sucker for it. Its the same reason Dear Husband won’t let me go to the animal shelter–NO I AM NOT SUGGESTING WV IS LIKE AN ANIMAL SHELTER SO DON’T GO ALL POSTAL ON ME. AND NO, I’M NOT IMPLYING THAT ALL FEDERAL EMPLOYEES ARE CRAZY. Let’s just take a breath. What I mean is, I want to take them all home. Puppies, kittens, and children from World Vision. I just look at their little faces and I melt.
I was looking for my third child to adopt (okay, sponsor, but I like the thought that I’m adopting so much better)–we have one sponsored kid for each of our children. The kids are roughly the same age as mine and it is nice seeing them grow older together. So it was time to find a 3rd for The Baby. I found five. They were all so cute. I just looked at them and saw their mothers wondering how they would feed and clothe them. I called Dear Husband to warn him that I had picked out two little kids. He didn’t say no, but suggested we might want to wait until he got his first unemployment check. I pointed out that those kids didn’t see 500 in a year, let alone a week, and I was vicariously fulfilling my desire to have 7 children. He told me to go ahead (isn’t he the greatest). In the end, it was my girlfriends who talked me down and only let me sponsor one little girl who has the same eyes and cheeks as The Baby. She was also born three days after The Baby. I feel connected to her mother.
Sandy Patty was once again, unbelievable. I really feel like she stands up there, surrounded by THOUSANDS of women and she is speaking JUST to me. Oh, you might be sitting next to me and laughing and crying at what she say, but you are just eavesdropping and we are just too polite to tell you to go away. She’s talkin to me!
Steven Curtis Chapman announced that he was getting ready to celebrate his 25th wedding anniversary and all I can say is, it is just WRONG that he was allowed to marry at 5. There is NO WAY that man can be old enough to have been married that long. He also has 6 children and hearing him talk about his life since loosing his youngest daughter was painful beyond belief. I cried LISTENING to “Cinderella;” I have no earthly idea how he sang it. The fact that he was able to stand up and tell us how he’s continued his life since the loss of his daughter is a testament to his faith. I’m not sure I would be so…alive? I cannot even think of a word to describe how I would feel or function. God’s grace.
One of the great moments (I think I’ve said that for every point) was when 15,000 women sang the theme song from “Facts of Life.” Lisa Whelchel must hate that but she is graceful enough to humor our nostalgic moments.
Patsy Clairmont wowed me with her words of wisdom. Explain to me how I can be laughing, then crying, then laughing again, all in a three minute period. I also want to know how that five foot woman was able to work those heels!
I admit I did miss some of the singers and part of Lisa Harper’s talk–something about mooning everyone as her pants fell down while she was trying to get rid of a dead goat. I’m sure it was hilarious because I heard everyone laughing. And I mean, really, pants falling down and a dead goat–what’s not funny about that. The one thing I did get from Lisa is the begats of the bible. Those lists of people that we kinda glance at and think, “Oh, that’s not really important part of the bible.” Lisa explained that by telling how Jesus was related to all the “bad” people in the bible, it was bringing Jesus within our reach. The bible was showing that these “bad” people were part of Jesus’ lineage and for all their errors and mistakes (and believe me, they had a lot of them), they were important and necessary and that God had a plan for them.
Finally, last but certainly not least was Sheila Walsh. She held a special place in my heart for the terribly personal story that she told. So often I think that we look at these women and assume that they have it all together–that they have some sort of special dispensation from God to have an easy life. But Sheila put it right out there. She told us about how her marriage face a really rough time because of mistakes that her husband made. And, out of all the terrible things that happened–none of which where her fault–the one thing that God required that she do was to forgive her husband. Forgiveness, as much as I routinely need it and desire it, is not something that is easy for me to give. And to give forgiveness when you’ve done nothing wrong–that’s hard. Again, God’s grace.
So, I’ve been a bit wordy, but that’s my five cents on WoF. I wish I could have taken them home with me for advice when I start forgetting what they taught me. I wish I could have purchase all their books to support me. But what I just realized is, I do have a book to support me. I just need to turn to, oh, say, maybe the begats.