Wednesday, November 2, 2011

His Desire vs. My Expectations—Relevant '11

In front of me rests my journal.  The lavishly scrolled cover imprinted with this Psalm, “Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” 

Desires are not expectations.

Oh, how often I forget!

The Relevant Conference: Kindred Spirits, Coffee, Connection

For five days this past week I left my family, my home, my routine,  and my schedules to gather with a couple hundred ladies doing the same.  We met in lovely Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  {At least I am supposing it was lovely.  God’s creations are.  But I didn’t see much past the view from the Sheraton and the quick drive to and from the airport—made quicker by the hotel’s crazy shuttle driver!}.

I was blessed to be a part of Relevant ’11.
Blessed to meet the loveliest of ladies!
Blessed to hear wonderful, thought-provoking messages!
Blessed to experience sweet moments!

I packed my bags, my hopes and my expectations.  And along the way (between Seattle and Chicago, to be exact) I lost my voice.  All of it pretty much gone. 

For the next couple of days I battled my voice, my necessity, my self—
all while mourning the lost experience I had believed 
Relevant would be for me.

Not simply because I had lost my voice.  
But simply because I allowed my deepest, truest desires 
to be overshadowed by what I thought 
and what I wanted.

Sweet time with the Lord since has revealed too much to share in one post today.  But one thing is for certain
His desires for us will always exceed our expectations
while rarely looking anything like them!

I hope you will come visit in the days to come as I re-visit the relevance of my Relevant experience . . . especially those of you who have been visiting here for awhile now.  There are some things I’d particularly like to share with you.

Unfortunately, it will have to be without pictures! L  I remembered everything I needed to take with me except my camera! (Well—that and my tweezers, but I think I was the only one bothered by that pokey little chin hair!)

Thank you for those who prayed for me and my trip. 

God was listening and I am deeply blessed!