I promised to take you along with me during my weekend at the True Woman ’08 Conference. And, I promised to update you regularly with stories and photos from my experience. And…I failed miserably!
As I write this I am waiting at the airport for my flight home and I am taking advantage of my first opportunity to take a breath! The True Woman Conference was truly a whirlwind. I managed to squeeze in a few hours of sleep and wolfed down a sandwich or two. But as far as finding time to blog—forget it! There was simply too much to do, too many great teachers to learn from, too many sweet friends to spend time with, too many adorable girls to meet, too much need for prayer and meditation at the conference… I never even pulled my computer out of my bag!
But, I did think of you! I did wish that you could be among the 500 young women who joined Dannah and I in the teen track yesterday. (Maybe you were. If so, I am so happy to see you have joined us online). I did wonder how I could communicate all that the Lord was doing in my heart and in the hearts the of 6,000 other women at the conference. I did want to tell you that I spent some time with Dannah and Nancy at the conference and they are just as fun, and wise, and interested in your life as they seem in the book (Lies Young Women Believe). And, I looked forward to this moment, when I would have the chance to share my experience with you.
To be honest, I am still processing through much of what I learned there. I am sure that those lessons will simmer in my heart for a while. But, I do want to take a minute to communicate the highlights that most apply to you while they are fresh in my mind.
Here’s my best shot:
1. Around 500 young women attended the teen track of True Woman yesterday. Dannah led the teaching and I was in charge of the silliness. What a sweet group of girls! Dannah taught about many of the lies we’ve already talked about on this blog. She talked about guys, she talked about modesty, she talked about the future. We laughed, and cried and learned a lot!
If you were part of that group, I want to hear about it. Tell me about your favorite parts of the day right here on the blog.
2. I listened to Nancy Leigh DeMoss, John Piper, Joni Eareckson Tada and Janet Parshall speak. They addressed biblical womanhood in ways I’ve not heard often (if ever). But mostly, they talked about the sovereignty of God. Here are the questions their words have lead me to:
- Is God really good?
- Do I really trust Him?
- Does my idea of womanhood line up with God’s?
- Am I the kind of woman that God is proud of?
- What is my legacy?
- Am I saying and doing the right things to lead the younger women around me (you!) into a deeper, more meaningful walk with Christ?
3. I was reminded (more than once) that being a woman is good. That it is God’s intentional design and that His idea of womanhood is dramatically different than the stuff being thrown at us by our culture. I think this is extremely important to talk about…we’ll be doing more of that here on the blog.
You can learn more about the True Woman Movement that began this weekend at www.truewoman.com. I encourage you to go to that site to get a clearer picture of what has me so jazzed!
Whether or not you attended the conference or check out the website, I want to hear from you. What are your answers to the questions I listed above? What are your questions when it comes to the subject of womanhood? What did God teach you this weekend?
I look forward to hearing from you (right after I take a nap!)