Friday my sweet friend Audrey and I packed up and hit the road for a 4 hour (or so) trip to Birmingham, AL for a one-night-stay in the downtown area (compliments of the points Kyle has accumulated by working out-of-town). We made this whirlwind of a trip because of Deeper Still.
I haven’t been able to spend much time with this girl since I went back to work since our lives are very different during this season. She makes me laugh and want to be a better woman for Christ. What more can I say?
We were amoung 13, 900 women! They converted the men’s restrooms into women’s for this event!
All four speakers on stage having a hilarious “panel discussion”.
While waiting for Beth, we had the priviledge of meeting Priscilla Shirer. Audrey attended one of her conferences a few months back and mentioned how much she really enjoyed her. After hearing her speak this weekend, I must say, she is one of my favorites now as well.
Aside from the powerful teaching we were able to receive all weekend long, Audrey and I both had a highlight of “star” encounters. I was as excited about seeing Kay Arthur, Beth Moore and Priscilla Shirer as I was about Travis Cottrell leading worship! I have one of his cd’s and I am surprised it still plays without skipping. I listen to it so much the kids know what song is coming next. Even Katie Mae (at 20 months old) sings what lyrics she can because she has heard them so often. He is a talented man and he uses that talent to glorify his Creator. He is a gift. So, needless to say, even though this is a horrible picture of me…my weekend was complete when he stopped to take a quick picture.
On the ride to Birmingham, Audrey mentioned Kelly from Kelly’s Korner was going to be one of the nearly 14,000 in attendance with us this weekend. We (Audrey more so than me) kept an eye out for her all weekend hoping to see her friendly face. When the conference concluded on Saturday there was a message on the big screens: Siestas please meet at the sound booth following the conference. If you follow Beth Moore’s blog you knew what they were talking about. Those of us who knew what “siestas” was referring to excitedly gathered around the sound booth and waited….and waited…and waited. As the arena continued to clear we realized we were probably going to get to meet Beth Moore. Audrey kept looking at her watch, not wanting to leave too late because of the long drive. Finally we turned a corner after standing in a long hallway and there she was. She spoke to our group of 20 or 30 “siestas” and we took several group pictures with her. Not with our cameras…professional photographer only. Both of her daughters were there and they hopped in for a picture too. I spoke with her oldest, Amanda, who is a mother of 2 and her youngest, Anna Beth, is one month older than Katie Mae. I read her blog and laugh at how similar our little girls are. After the long wait and rush of excitement, it was over and they started trying to shuttle us out the door. We turned the corner and low and behold Audrey squeals: “There’s Kelly!”
Her day had been made and we snapped a few pictures. I then asked Audrey if it was worth the long wait since she had been such a patient friend to wait with me to see Mrs. Beth!
I cannot even begin to tell you how many notes were taken and how the Lord used such a special time in that great big arena to change my heart and call my attention to areas in my life that…well…need my attention. 🙂 I need to run, but I will try to write another post about SPIRITUAL side of this trip because I haven’t even said a word about Kelly Minter’s power-packed, 15-mintue, early bird devotion on Saturday morning. Or Kay Arthur taking us through the ENTIRE book of Matthew Friday night. She spoke for and hour and half straight. Or Priscilla Shirer’s pratical yet powerful charge for us to be the “Sisterhood of the Emty Quiver”. And Mrs. Beth’s urge to treasure where we’ve been, who was with us, where we are, who is with us and where we are going. Or the painting/story board that were created while we worshipped….or…
I do want to mention that this was the next-to-last Deeper Still event that they will do. The last one is scheduled for June in Louisville, KY and if you are able to attend…I would encourage you to do so.