I am not sure what I was looking for when I went to the conference. Probably more than anything I was seeking some courage to venture it alone. I don’t think I found courage. Rather, I left it by the door of the ballroom on the first night.
A late arrival to the hotel and an even later arrival to dinner made me feel like the new kid at school walking into the cafeteria for the very first time hoping to see a friendly face and an open seat. Gratefully, I found both. While courage may have left me to wander alone, Grace did not.
I found it in the conversations at the dinner table. I savored it within the smiles and laughter. I pondered it in the devotions and prayer room. I gathered it in the keynotes and breakouts.
Find your voice. Your voice is the thing that makes you special. – Sarah Markley
Your story matters. You are the best translation of the gospel. – Lisa Jo
What are you beholding? – Laura Booz
Within your writing keep God’s mercy in view. – Shaun Groves
God appoints those who disappoint to point to the God who DOESN’T disappoint. – Ann Voskamp
We can’t give love to others unless you know how loved you are. – Ann Voskamp
It is never about applause, it is always about the altar. – Ann Voskamp
I left Pennsylvania not much braver than I arrived. However, the abundance of grace and mercy found is still waiting to be fully unpacked.
There will be much reflection in the days ahead, of that I am sure.
© A Sacred Longing 2009-2011