Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Beth Moore and Blogger Weekend - Part Two

So Saturday was conference day. Aishlea, Tiffany (Aishlea's cousin), and I set off for Atlanta at 6:30am in the morning. So nice because we really got to chat and spend time with each other on the drive there and way back. We arrived quite a bit early and it was a good thing we did because the parking lot was a mad house.

So we got our seats and the blogger fest was in full force. Met sooo many bloggers before the conference started and while we had a break for lunch.

That was just the icing on the cake but Beth brought the message and she brought it good. She spoke on her book "So Long Insecurity." Ya'll it was ordained before the foundations of the earth that I be at this thing. Her message blessed my socks off. She spoke mainly out of Ephesians Chapter 4. There was not one person who had to have left that building not feeling more secure. I learned that security is it's own form of pride and is self-idolatry. It keeps our minds on ourself. Hello, Bethie, speaking to me much?????? We need to esteem who God has made us and security helps us think less of ourselves. We cannot wait till we're secure to start believing. We make up our minds to be secure.

Granted not all the problems of the world were solved for each woman as we walked out of that building, but doggonit we sure as heck were more secure, and if someone wasn't I would have to ask, sure we were at the same conference? Ha!

There were 300,000 women who took part in this simulcast and 9,000 of us were in Atlanta and hearing 9,000 women praising God with Travis Cottrell leading us in worship, that's a little slice of heaven right there. It was amazing!!!

So without further delay, here's the rest of the weekend in pictures:

I met:
Kelly from Kelly's Korner (As I said before)

Aishlea and I (Well, technically I met her the day before, ha)

Aishlea and I with Laurie and Hillary (BFF's of Kelly and I read their blogs too).

Caroline and Jenna

Betsy Maddox

Aishlea and Tiffany

Jennifer Francis (Another AR girl, they are ALL so sweet)

Faith @ Walk with me by Faith

Megan @ Tales of the Trees

Amanda Ledford



Erin @ Blue-Eyed Bride

Jenna @ Jenna's Journey

Aishlea, Tiffany, and I

Meeting ALL these bloggers that I read about and being able to see them face to face and hug their necks, it was all a little surreal and such an awesome experience. It really was just a huge party in the overflow.

We were all in the overflow room. It was almost 100 times better than being in the main sanctuary because Beth and her daughter Melissa came into the overflow room to do a Q & A with us. It was so awesome and I got to get some pictures of Beth and her daughter. It was so personal and fun, and Beth is just flat out funny!!

After the conference was over Aishlea, Tiffany, and I met up for dinner with another blogger named Staci who lives in the Atlanta area. It was so great to meet her and she is so so sweet!

So that pretty much captures the whole Beth Moore and blogger experience. Sunday morning it was time to make the trip back to Florida, but have another funny story. Got to meet another blog friend along the way who was also making the trip back to Florida but never had the chance to meet while at the conference. Natalie and I have talked for quite sometime in the blog world and turns out we were right beside each other on the road and so we both stopped for gas and we met each other for the first time at the gas station. Crazy, right? Gotta love the blog world, haha!!

What a wonderful girls weekend!! Was so sad to see it end. Can't wait for next time!!


Aishlea and Brandon said...

LOVE the pics! :) It was such a great weekend and I'm so thankful we're real life friends now!!! :)

Jordan said...

I'm so jealous! That looked like a TON of fun!! :-)

Faith said...

Great pics!! You met a lot of fun girls. I've said it a million times, but it was such a great weekend!!

Jess :) said...

I wonder how many times I can tell you...I LOVE IT!!!! Sooooo much fun and I wish, soooo badly, I could've been with y'all. Someday, we'll have to do a GIRL'S WEEKEND together! :)

Thank you for sharing your amazing pictures and memories

Katie said...

NOT gonna lie...so jealous you met Trina...I love her :)

Megan said...

Such a fun time and you met SO many people!! Glad you had a great time!

Jess said...

Slightly jealous over all the great bloggers you got to meet!!

Sounds like you all had an awesome time!!

Heather said...

So glad you had a great time Lauren!! I know it was a blast and you heard a good word from Beth!

Becca said...

so fun to meet you this weekend!! :-)

Whitney said...

Soooo fun! I know it was just even more amazing than you could describe!

Kim said...

Looks like you & I both had a similure weekend. :) Sounds like you ladies had a wonderful time. I wish I could have meet up with some blogging friends where I was at. :(

Love the pictures, girl your getting tan!!! :)

Staci said...

Wow...this post is like a who's who of bloggers!! How fun! Nice to finally meet and hang out with you :)

Trina said...

You did meet alot of peeps! I was pretty overwhelmed and withdrawn so I didn't take a single picture. I felt weird asking people to do that, ironic right {insecure!} lol. I'll have to steal those that I am in {which are like 3-4} and post them later lol.


You met a lot of folks. I have been to several Beth Moore and Women of Faith conferences...and always leave feeling so full. Over the years...there have been some extraordinary ones...of course I say that about all of them. Happy Wednesday.

...::Mrs. Southern Bride::... said...

Loving all the pictures!! Looks like you had a fabulous time!! :D

Angie S said...

Awww girl I am so happy for you! So glad you got to meet some really sweet ladies :)