I am so excited. I am leaving tomorrow for Nashville. It is the time of year for my writer's conference at LifeWay. I will be given my next assignment for curriculum, brainstorm ideas, work hard on activities and outlines, learn new methods and strategies, stay in a nice hotel, eat great food, but best of all, I get to see friends I usually only get to see once a year!
My mom is driving out there with me. Mike usually goes but he doesn't have time off, so my mom is going. We are planning on hitting some of the great outlets and shopping centers along the way. Yay!
Pray for us as we travel and as I work hard at the conference. Pray that God will fill us with His ideas and not settle for what has worked before. Pray that through all the writer's efforts lives will be changed and Jesus will get the glory!
A quick note on the chaplains retreat: It was wonderful! We got to tour Fort Jackson. This is where Mike will go to school when he gets in. We got to meet other chaplains, and their spouses.
We heard their stories...both encouraging and honest about the good and the bad of being chaplains. Lots of information! All encouraged us even more that this is the plan God has for our family. When they started sharing about deployment and that Mike will be in harms way, I would have thought that this would have scared me to death. I have always had an over-active fear of loosing Mike to death. But as I heard of the chaplains who have lost their lives and of the probability of Mike being in harms way, I felt enveloped in peace. That unexplainable peace. I know everything, no matter the outcome, will be OK. We left there encouraged, strengthened, and fortified. Thanks for praying. We are still waiting to be appointed by our denomination, so that we can move forward to Chaplain's school.
One last note: I would like your thoughts on a quote from a Pastor friend of mine from Tampa Florida. I will blog more about my thoughts on it when I get back next week. For now, let me know what you think.
Bill Craig: Here's a thought: The church has been so concerned at not making waves in order to draw in people, that our ocean has begun to recede being filled with biblically illiterate and soft core bodies, making this theological recession far more earth shattering than the ecological signs of global warming or the economic signs of depression. It will take biblical literacy and repentance to allow us to see revival.
Love you thanks for sticking with me and praying with us.