Journey of Prayer with Women of Faith

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This year has been a powerful one as I sought opportunities to learn about prayer and encourage others in their prayer life. As life has gotten incredibly busy, I have realized even more the need to face life from my knees, praising God, thanking Him for all good things, and bringing all requests before Him, honoring His will as I prayed.

Friday, I sat in a prayer room, a converted room at the Wachovia Center, for much of the day while women listened to speakers and musicians at the annual Woman of Faith Conference. Moms in Touch was in charge of being there for anyone who needed to pray and to pray for the speakers and the whole event every minute it was happening. My friend, Patti, took on the responsibility this year to run the room and gather women willing to pray. I was grateful she allowed me to participate.

I had never been to a Women of Faith Conference. This year was themed "A Grand New Day." Since we took turns going into the event, I was able to listen to the engaging, spit-fire Patsy Clairmont and then hear the rich tones of Steve Curtis Chapman who sang his Princess song, the one written for the daughter accidentally killed by his son who backed into her in the driveway. Tears welled in the eyes of those who knew the story.

I would say that the conference is a delightful chance to enjoy Christian entertainment. It is not intended to be a deep time of bible study or reflection but a time for women to come out of their busy lives and enjoy hearing humorous heart-tugging speakers and talented Christian musicians praise the Lord and lead hundreds of women in doing the same. There are many materials by each of the speakers and performers to lead you in deeper personal study at home but I didn't buy anything this time. I have many books at home that I still need to read!

I had to laugh when the guy who opened the event asked who Twittered. I think I was the only one to yell (which wasn't too loud with my sore throat)! Follow @Women of Faith to get them on Twitter. Inspirational speaker Sheila Walsh was twittering in the crowd! Follow @SheilaWalsh to see what she is doing today. Looks like she got Lisa Welchel on Twitpic! Lisa is another inspirational speaker at the event, best known for her role on Facts of Life so many years ago now. (Man, am I feeling old.)

Overall, I am glad I attended for that day. I hear the prayer room is overflowing on Saturday when it is announced at the end of the conference as a place to talk to women about a personal relationship with Christ. I was supposed to go but I realized during the day on Friday that I was coming down with an UGLY cold. Sometimes you have to say "No."

I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed the rest I did get on Saturday instead and when I woke up, I was praying for them from home in my PJs with my favorite coffee cup – which is OKAY too!

 54 When Solomon had finished all these prayers and supplications to the LORD, he rose from before the altar of the LORD, where he had been kneeling with his hands spread out toward heaven. 1 Kings 8:54

I would definitely recommend anyone who wants to gather friends and attend an event like this – especially since it travels around the country. You will be uplifted and encouraged and hopefully motivated in your walk with Christ. It is a nice time to share with others who need the same!

“The Lord's love never ends; his mercies never stop. They are new every morning . . .” Lamentations 3:22-23 NCV

Comments

  1. Sarah,
    Glad you’re feeling better. :-)

    This is the first year in about five that I didn’t go to Women of Faith. It was great to get your take on the event since I haven’t heard anything about it yet. Glad you got to hear Patsy. She’s one of my favorites. Her talks usually leaving me crying because I’ve laughed so much.

    I didn’t even know there was a prayer room at WOF. What an awesome place to be and a tremendous privilege.

    There is no end to where you end up and who you end up with, is there? I bet next year you’ll be back stage!

    Have a great week,
    Kelli

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