What an amazing weekend! I had the amazing privilege to take some dear friends (really wish I could have taken a LOT more of my friends but it was sold out and I was lucky to get as many tickets as I did) to a women’s conference at my mom’s church. This is the second annual one (with Ann speaking) and this year it was also a part of the big In RL worldwide conference.
(sorry for some slightly blurry pictures, I used a small point and shoot camera that I am not used to)
Our group of about 125 people was so blessed to have Ann Voscamp as our speaker since this is her home church. She was SO good!
The topic of the inRL conference was “Staying in Community” and Ann talked about being a real friend.
How God uses community to heal us from the pain we have from bad community.
Even though it can be really scary to make friendships with women because we can be so hurt by other women, we desperately need each other to heal and grow and learn and just have fun.
During the talk we each took a small rock from a pile on our tables and wrote down one or two things that is holding us back in our friendships with other women. Rocks that we use to build up walls….insecurity, fear, past hurt, brokenness, were just a few of the things written down. On our way out we were encouraged to take a rock or a bunch of them and throw them into the pond beside the church.
It was really a neat thing to do I thought. There was a lot of cool symbolism in holding two rocks that are holding back my sisters in Christ and to throw them as far as i could where the water would wash away the words and the rocks would be gone for good. Oh, ya. And we had to be super nerdy and get our pictures taken with Ann. 🙂