Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Women of Joy Recap

I had such a great time this past weekend at Women of Joy!
Friday night's session was with Lori Salierno. She spoke about what is going on in her life right now, and how she is getting through it. This year, she found out that her husband of 29 years has been unfaithful, and has filed for a legal separation. She spoke about going through the valley, and about the darkness that has come over her in these past few months. Hearing her story just broke my heart. I could not imagine what she is going through. But God is using her to minister to other women who may be in a similar situation. I will post more about what all she said in another post.
After the session on Friday night, we went and grabbed a quick bite to eat, and went back to the cabin for some time in the Hot Tub!!
Saturday morning, Anita Renfroe and Kay Arthur spoke. Charles Billingsley lead the worship all weekend long and he did a great job. He is a little cheesy, but very good.

(Crystal, Sarah, Elise, and Kelly)
Anita Renfroe was Hilarious! Here is a video of one of the songs she did. If you go to YouTube and type in her name, tons of videos will show up. If you need a good laugh, check them out.

Kay Arthur did a great job. She is so passionate, and really isn't there to impress anyone. She is just there to share the word of God. (Me, Carol, Joy, Lori, Becky, and Danette)
(Kelly with a sleeping Elise)
Saturday afternoon we went back to the cabin for lunch and relaxation. I ended up taking a two hour nap while the others drove around Sevierville. That night, everyone came to our cabin for dinner. Mom made lasagna, and the other cabins brought garlic bread, salad, and dessert. Everything was so yummy.
(Mom and Me)
Saturday night was the Steven Curtis Chapman and Michael W. Smith Concert.
Steven Curtis Chapman was great! He spoke about adoption and about his adopted daughter that was killed a couple years ago. I don't think there was a dry eye in the place. We left before Michael W. Smith, but I saw him a few years ago at this same event.
I was most looking forward to Sunday Morning, because my favorite author, Karen Kingsbury, was speaking. She did a great job! She spoke about living our life and making it count. We only get one chance to write the story of our lives.She also read her children's book "Let Me Hold You Longer" and again, there was not a dry eye in the place. If you have children, or ever plan to have children, I would highly recommend you get this book. You can get it on Amazon new for about $10. When she was done speaking, her son, Tyler, got up and sang a song he wrote, based on one of her books. It was a great song, with a great message, There's sunshine, just beyond the clouds. After that, I went and got in line to meet her. This is what I had been waiting all weekend for. Here are some pictures of my progression down the line.
(Just starting out)
(Woo Hoo!! I made it to the roped off area!)
(Almost There!! You can see Kelly, Sara, and Becky waiting for me to finish. By the time I got to the front of the line, everyone was so excited for me.)
(Crystal was nice enough to wait in line with me)
(Here I am with Karen Kingsbury)
I waited a total of 2 hours to meet her, and it was worth every minute! She was so sweet, and spent time with every single person in line! She makes you feel like you are best friends!
I had a great time over the weekend, and am already looking forward to next year!
** By the way, most of these pictures my Mom took. Thanks Mom for letting me use them.**


kellyn2girls1boy said...

It was fun! Thanks for posting.

Papa and Grandma Cox said...

It was a great weekend, I think it was the best one yet! I am happy that you got to meet Karen Kingsbury. and spend lots of time with your old youth group !

Anonymous said...

It was a great time, we had a blast! Thanks for posting your recap Katie.