Month: February 2015

IF:Gathering

A few weeks ago, after returning from Utah, I was strongly thinking about what I needed to start the year off right. One of things that I really wanted to find was a) something that was Christ-focused; b) something that focused on the Bible; and c) something that was geared towards women. I didn’t know what that “something” was — was it a conference, a book, a book study or something completely different.

Being faithful ...

I was planning on asking some people for some recommendations when someone in a Facebook group I’m in posted about the IF:Gathering. I hadn’t heard of it before, but as soon as I looked at the website I knew was the “something” I had been needing.

The main IF:Gathering was held in Austin, Texas. In addition to the main gathering, there were IF:Local events held around the world, and the event was livestreamed. I wasn’t able to get in contact with the IF:Local person here in Clarksville, so I just watched some of the Livestream by myself — mostly at Panera. I’m not alone as the Livestreams have been watched by tens of thousands of people.

I wasn’t able to watch all the sessions. I basically watched 2.5 of them. There is a place you can order a digital download of the sessions, and I’m probably going to do that just because there are a few things I want to watch again (and, I would like to catch the ones I missed).

I was blown away by Christine Caine and some of the things she said — specifically about being a servant and not holding on to old fears.

One of my favorite quotes:

“You cannot take hold of the future if you’re holding on to the past. Leave your pain at the foot of the cross.”

I’m blown away.

The other person that really touched me was Ann Voskamp and in ways I can’t even put into words yet.

 

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Wanting all the money and all the time

I’m not sure why (definitely need to do a little more introspection and digging), but I seem to be struggling this week with wanting to attend lots of things that I don’t have the time or the money to attend.

This year, I’ve budgeted for two conferences that I’ll pay for out of pocket — MisfitCon in May (of course) and something in the fall.

But, there is so much more I want to do.

I want to go to RootsTech and hang out with the genealogy geeks.

I want to go to Podcast Movement.

I want to go to Dave Delaney’s podcast conference in Nashville later this month.

I want to attend the World Domination Summit.

There are probably 10 other conferences in the next 6-12 months that I have similar “wants”.

I’m hoping these feelings go away, and that I will get back to feeling okay with the awesome stuff I have planned for this year and not be so disappointed in what I can’t do.