God's Faithfulness Is Undeniable - {A Relevant Testimony}

Words could not express the joy of my heart, the filling up that the Relevant weekend provided for me. God showed up, and I knew He would. But He also showed up in ways I didn't expect, which may have been the most profound. The beautiful women I got to hug was a slice of heaven. Truly, these women are a-mazing. I didn't even get pictures with all the lovely women I met and connected with. You just get so wrapped up in the moment, pulling out a camera just seemed like too much interruption to the natural flow of things. It also wasn't something you often think of on the spot.

But, as the weekend came to a close, we realized we didn't want to miss snapping a few memories!

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Kelley Krissie and I

 

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I couldn't even begin to share everything I learned right now, and it wasn't all blogging and social media. But what stuck out more for me are the deep connections and relationships that were built and the refreshed feeling of going back home to care for my family with a new vision and new gusto.

I wasn't able to share on Twitter much at all because all of us trying to connect to the internet in the hotel made it slow down horribly. So most of the time it didn't even work.

 

Now if you can just bear with me for an important testimony.

As I type this, it's Sunday afternoon and I'm sitting in my hotel room, in Harrisburg. My train was scheduled to leave that day at 2:30pm, but it was canceled Saturday night due to the snow storm. {Yes, in October}. My heart sank. By the end of the conference, I was so ready to go home and see my family. I missed them tremendously. The train delay was 24 hours, which meant another night spent in the hotel.

We ( my cousin Kelley -@MrsHaggie810- and I)  didn't budget for this. Nor did we budget for the food required to feed us. My husband was able to transfer some money for the cost of the hotel, but that still left us with the issue of food. It weighed heavy on us.

So, we went to breakfast at the restaurant inside the hotel and as we sat, I pulled out Holley Gerth's devotional, God's Heart for You, and I thumbed to the one on provision called "Provided For". As I read it aloud, I grasped hope and remembered His promise. I can't remember a time when I prayed, "give us this day our daily bread" and meant it literally. In fact, I don't think I ever have.  But that morning we did. We briefly prayed God would take care of our need for food.

About 10-15 minutes later, a sweet gal from the conference walked in and asked if she could sit with us. Of course, we happily invited her to sit down. She explained that she understood we were having to spend an extra night at the hotel and that it wasn't in our budget. She explained that she had over-budgeted for her trip and had some extra and asked if she could help us.

I hesitated, but replied, "Sure. That would be really great". So she handed me some folded up bills and we made some small talk. Then she said goodbye, we thanked her and she left. Upon looking, this angel from the Lord had provided us with $100.

We sat there in awe of God and began crying.

We prayed for our daily bread, and He provided our daily bread. It was that simple.

Earlier that morning, I checked with the front desk about staying another night on the Relevant rate. The guest services manager was gracious, grinned slightly, and replied, "We'll take care of you".

Tuesday morning when I woke up in the hotel room, the receipt for our room was found slipped under the door. We were only charged HALF of the Relevant rate for the room!

Once again, God was flexing His Daddy muscles, making sure we knew He was caring for us. I know it sounds crazy, but of all the things that happened that weekend, these are what stood out the most. Because in a moment of uncertainty, God reassured us and His care for us was so evident, there was simply no denying it.

He is faithful. I still stand in awe!

 

 

The Relevant Conference

I have been refraining from posting about this wonderful event until I knew I could actually go [by purchasing a ticket]. Last night, Relevant tickets went on sale at midnight. Fifty of them had an "early bird" rate, and let me tell you, they were gone in about 60 seconds time! I was blessed to be able to snag one of those.

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For those of you unfamiliar with what Relevant is, it is a Christian women blogging conference---yet it is so much more than that. It is more like a retreat for bloggers. From the Relevant About page:

Relevant is the proverbial comfy chair in which we meet, tell, listen, and love deeply for a weekend as our souls are refreshed and our mission renewed.

Our goal at Relevant is to minister to the woman, the blogger, the story teller. We want to love you well, encourage you, and spur you on; we desire to see your soul refreshed among kindred spirits.

The Relevant Mission:

The Relevant conference exists to offer a gathering place for kindred spirits to connect, learn, grow, and be refreshed so they can persevere in being a people who bring hope to the world through the social media medium. Our goal is to go beyond the surface into intentional blogging and real life living, all to the glory of God. Relevant is a one-of-a-kind conference that seeks to engage women by teaching blogging techniques and social media skill while also urging and encouraging women to live fully integrated lives with their faith and family.

God showed up in a serious way last year and did unexpected things in just about everyone who attended. You can read their stories here. A-mazing.

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It was a complete miracle that I even went. And God moved. I was more nervous about being away from home then I was meeting people I'd never met face to face! And the women...oh beautiful, embracing women. It felt like home among friends. (In)courage was there making a cozy place for us to talk late into the night; where the coffee never ran out -- Starbucks, I might add!
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Why attend Relevant? Well, because it's not just about blogging. Yea, you'll learn some great techniques and hear constantly (because we need to hear) to keep our priorities in line. But mostly - the fellowship is amazing and God's presence overwhelming. And let me tell you, at the end, we all worshipped God in community. It was such a precious time!
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If you still aren't convinced, listen to Sarah Mae, co-host of Relevant, tell 5 good reasons you should go to Relevant.

If you are worried about finances, you can always try for a sponsorship. Seriously, you'd be surprised at the opportunities to partner with a company you love and promote them. It's easy [because you love the company] and fun [because you love the company]. ;)

Here are some posts to get you started with that:

I hope to see YOU there. And if not, do not fret! Attendees will post and tweet throughout and you will glean some priceless information. So stay tuned and be sure to follow on Twitter using the hashtag: #Relevant11. It's buzzin' crazy!

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