Women Living Well Conference speaker photo. From left to right…Jen from Good Morning Girls,Clare from Peak 313, Ruth from The Better Mom, Courtney from Women Living Well, Whitney from Good Morning Girls, Darlene from Time Warp Wife, Karen Ehman from Proverbs 31 Ministries (and Karen Ehman dot com), Janelle from Comfy In The Kitchen, and me.
Last weekend Courtney, Whitney, Jen and I had the awesome privilege of speaking at Courtney’s “Women Living Well” conference. To say we were excited about the conference would be an understatement. Not only were we excited about the conference but we were excited to finally have ALL FOUR of us together in one place, we were excited about seeing our other dear blogging friends who were speaking with us and we were excited to FINALLY have the opportunity to meet some of YOU!
Here’s our first picture of us at the airport picking up Jen! You should of heard us squeal as we got out of the car to give Jen a hug!
On Friday we all met at the church, where the conference was held, to go over our talks, discussion questions and prepare for the upcoming day. I loved the time we took preparing and praying that God would speak through us as we shared what He has laid upon our hearts.
What I LOVE about the group of women pictured above is that even though we might be different in many ways, our heart for God is the same. Not only are they my blogging friends, they are my true life friends as well. Our friendships go beyond the blogs and Facebook groups to real life play dates, text messages, phone calls and prayer support.
Ohhh and Karen Ehman from Proverbs 31 Ministries was HILARIOUS and was such a joy to get to know!
I loved how Courtney organized the conference with 15-20 minute speaker talks followed by 30 minute group discussions. Here you see the whole GMG contributing team discussing the importance in walking with God. It’s an honor to work beside each and everyone of these wonderful friends. Having the time to spend together last weekend was such a blessing and further deepened our friendships.
A few of our Good Morning Girls friends who serve on our prayer team, encouragement team and leadership team also blessed us by attending! I LOVED being able to see Jen, Betty and Mandy face to face and hear how God is working through their lives as they serve Him through Good Morning Girls! I’m so thankful for each and everyone of these beautiful woman and their servant hearts, always willing to serve our community using the gifts and talents God has given them.
This picture was by far the most exciting part of our conference….seeing SO MANY Good Morning Girls attend the Women Living Well conference! Ohhhh to actually see YOU, hug YOU and hear YOUR STORIES!!! Thank you so much, sweet friends, for joining us on this amazing journey as we dig into God’s Word TOGETHER, as a team, as a community…..all for God’s GLORY!
Mandy, from our GMG Leadership team, flew in from South Carolina to help serve beside us……what a wonderful time we had together. One thing I learned from Mandy joining us for the weekend is that online connections really can be real life connections, too. I had never met Mandy in person before until last week’s conference, though we have been online friends and serve together on our GMG Leadership team, but there never was that awkwardness of meeting someone new……we just picked up in person where we left off online! I LOVED it! Thanks so much Mandy for joining us, for sharing your beautiful story of how God is working in your life and for your dedication to Good Morning Girls! We so love and appreciate YOU!
Jen from our Good Morning Girls prayer team also attended the conference last weekend. I so loved hearing her heart and passion for the work God is doing in and through GMG. What a blessing it is to know that this dear friend is covering our ministry in prayer! Thank you Jen for praying for GMG! We treasure you!
This picture brings tears to my eyes. Through a very difficult time in my childhood, God brought Whitney and her sister, Stephanie, into my life when I was in the 4th grade. What an awesome moment it was for me to have these two dear friends with me last weekend. Because Steph is such an amazing friend and sister, she flew into Ohio from Arkansas to support us as we participated in our first conference together. All I can say when I see this picture is……only God. Little did we know what God was beginning in our lives so many years ago.
Because the Women Living Well conference took place in my hometown, some of my dear high school friends decided to surprise me and attend as well. It was like a mini reunion! Looking back at all these pictures, I’m reminded of God’s faithfulness and blessings in my life. Though I have walked some tough roads, God has always placed dear, sweet friends to walk with me through the years. Thank you so much Beth, Lisa and Susan for coming to the conference. You not only made me feel loved by your attendance, but thank you for your amazing friendship as well!
And finally this crazy girl….love her to death! I’m so very thankful to God for placing her in my life so many years ago. God has used Courtney to shape me, mold me and inspire me to love God greatly with the life I’ve been given.
For those of you who were able to attend, what was your favorite part of our conference?
If you were NOT able to make it last weekend, we would still like for you to join us starting September 26th, every Thursday for 7 weeks! All our speaking and discussion sessions will be webcast for FREE! For more information you can visit Women Living Well!
Also, don’t forget that starting on Monday, you can enroll in our upcoming online Bible study: Loving Like Jesus. We would LOVE for you to grab some friends and join us this fall!