When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look,
God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”
   And Moses said, “Here I am.”
“Do not come any closer,” God said.
“Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”
Exodus 3:4-5
It wasn’t a long drive.  Just under 2 hours. 
It was a little rainy…OK, when I left it was a LOT rainy.  But traffic wasn’t bad and I was able to set the cruise control and drive. 
I began to pray.  “Lord, be with me this weekend.  Give me the grace to stretch myself outside my box.  Give me the courage to sit with people and talk with people and seek out people…that are different than me.” 
And HE did. 
And I did. 
And I was on holy ground.  Ground sanctioned by Him.  Ground that was ready for seeds to be planted.  Ground that was watered.  Now it is up to me to nourish the planted seed, continue the watering and watch it grow.
I am not talking about watching my blog grow, my friend.  No.  I am talking about watching ME grow in HIM.  Using this space for HIS glory.  For HIS honor.  My story is not remarkable, but it IS my story.   
I don’t know that I can put into words what I learned from this panel.  The big thing I learned is MY WORDS are OK.  Yes, they gave tips for improving my writing, but they encouraged those of us in the workshop that our story is just that.  OUR STORY. 

Lisa Jo said, “We don’t need another Ann Voskamp.” 

She is right.  God created one Ann Voskamp and he created me.  My story is important to HIM.
Sara and Sarah spent a few minutes with me after the workshop.  They reminded me that what I say matters. 
If I reach one person for HIM through this blog, then that is all that I am called to do. 
And that is OK.

Lord, thank you for the weekend of learning and growing.  For meeting new friends.  Thank you for the three young ladies that had this vision and dream a couple of years ago.  Thank you for the supportive families of the organizers and presenters.  Lord, you were present in the conference this weekend and I am so grateful for the privilege of attending.

In the next days and weeks, I hope to share pictures and stories.  I learned so much.  Met so many…it will take a while to process.

I was attending The Relevant Conference.  What did you do this weekend?

Have a great Monday. 


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