Women are amazing.
I was blessed to meet many of them this past week end at The Relevant conference. Oh.My.Word. I simply don't have the words to express everything that I feel about what happened there in Harrisburg, PA.
I thought it would be good, even wonderful, but it surpassed any thoughts I had. The speakers were incredible, from the first to the last. Each one had something to offer that I needed to hear. It was such a revelation.
I had three roomies that were like friends from the past, friends that I had been waiting to see again. The connection was immediate and deep.
Some people can't imagine going to a strange place, sharing a room with strangers. I admit it is out of a normal persons comfort zone. I am far from normal though.
This was a Christian conference, so I believed that unless one of these roomies was a mass murderer, I would be okay.
I was more than okay.
I was blessed. I had a "home base” a phrase coined by my new friend Kim. I didn't "work" the room to meet every woman there. It was obvious that God was there and He directed me to the ladies He wanted me to get to know and them to me.
Each woman I met was a gift. Each one was unique, with stories to tell and love to share. I came away so full of emotion. So full in fact that I slept all day on Monday. I was emotionally, physically and mentally drained. I was full spiritually though and continue to be. My mind still whirls with the events of the entire week end.
We listened and learned. We laughed and cried. We smiled and comforted. We sighed and we were the comforted.
This was a "blogging conference," that became so much more. It was a time I will never forget and I am thankful to have been there among these beautiful women.
I sit here and think about how strong women are. I heard story after story of the incredible challenges, experiences (grief, sorrow and joy) and gifts of these women. I realized how blessed I am to be called a woman and especially a woman of God.
Thank you to all the wonderful ladies that were a part of Relevant.
My cup runneth over!
P.S. Serena, every time I typed the word "so" I thought of you and tried took it out! See I learned something too.