I saw through new eyes for a few days and like your first kiss, it’s memory and feeling still burn inside my heart.

I went to a conference last week with several hundred amazing girls. The list of what I didn’t see is larger than what I did see. Many of you have asked how it went, what did I learn, and what I came away with. I will be honest and tell you that I am not sure I can articulate well the whole experience.

I spend 3 days with Jesus.

Jesus, wrapped up, with skin on, in women seeking His face, not making comparisons, and sharing from their hearts. I saw Jesus in our worship and through new friends, roomies that are amazing. I saw a mirror of who He is through godly, giggling, laughing, crying, soul sharing women. I can’t even list all the great girls!!

It was not a mountaintop “camp” experience. I am still chewing on it all. Lines bounce in my head from Ann Voskamp‘s keynote the last night:

God appoints those who disappoint so we can point to the God who does not disappoint. We are not the rain. God is the rain. But we, my sisters, are the THUNDER. Make thunder with your words, your lives. In a parched desert, He is the one that saves and brings rain.

My heart and head still in awe at all the confirmation the Lord gave me through these days:

I am in myelement (a cross section between passion and giftedness) by working with Freeset and staying home with my kids more. Tsh showed a clip from Chariots of Fire where Eric Liddell crosses the finish line, quoting that he feels God’s pleasure when he runs. I wept all over my yummy chocolate desert that first night, with joy and complete understanding of where Eric was. I had the opportunity to share this passion in a session with two other friends who are not just advocates, but now friends. I feel God’s pleasure in this season of my life as I have perhaps not felt it before.

These are days where the gospel is more accessible than any other time in history. But we must be with Jesus for others to see Jesus. We must seek His face instead of seeking what others are doing, wearing, acting, or saying. I witnessed the collaborative power of His children this week and tasted the potential we all have to reach the world for Christ.

I may not be a word weaver, or the best diy-er, or even a metaphorical maven, but my continuing story is His story and is important. I am seeing through new eyes. Not every minute, but more minutes than I did before.

Your story is important. YOU are amazing.


10 thoughts on “Seeing through new eyes

  1. Brooke McGlothlin,

    I’m so glad you lost your make-up 🙂 Well, ok not really. But I am glad we had a chance to chat and get to know each other a bit better. I love your heart friend 🙂

  2. Ed Steele,

    Great post, Kristi. Being and doing what God has created us for is what I believe Jesus meant what He said: “Come to me and I will give you rest. Take my yoke on you and learn from me, My yoke fits perfectly and my burden is light.” Yokes were made for work, not rest. So what does a “yoke” have to do with rest? As we “fit in” to what God has for our lives, it fits perfectly, and does not burden us down with inadequacy, but energy to keep on.

  3. Mandy,

    Kristi, I am SO glad we were able to meet! Your heart, your vision, and your passion so resounded with me! I hope our paths will cross many times over in the future!

  4. Comment author Kristi,

    Hey sweet girl! I was thrilled to meet you and YES I hope our paths do cross lots and lots :). What a blessing you are. Can’t wait to see all He does thru you!

  5. Annie,

    I love how you summed this up. There was such a sweetness, and I’m mulling over it here, too. Thanks for sharing your story, here, in the workshop, in our conversation.

  6. Comment author Kristi,

    Annie, it was a joy to meet you and get to know you! I am still humming songs, thinking about stories, and “mulling!” Such a rich time. Please keep in touch! Blessings sweet friend!

  7. Michelle,

    “I spent 3 days with Jesus”.

    That is absolutely, with a doubt, the best description of Relevant I have read or heard yet. So true. So amazing. So life-changing.

    So glad to have met you there! I look forward to getting to know you better.

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