I can hardly stand how very blessed I was by the Influence Conference.
Like seriously blown away by all of the amazing, talented, beautiful, genuine and loving women I met this weekend in Indianapolis.
Did I mention beautiful?
When I walked into the main room the first night I could not believe how gorgeous everyone was. There were women of all shapes, sizes and styles and they were all stunning!
I may have felt a little insecure for a minute.
Ok, maybe 5.
But as I’d encounter each of them they would smile or reach out a hand to shake and I’d realize they were just regular women who are spectacular because they love God.
And now that I’m sitting here typing this, I think they seemed even more beautiful because of their love for Christ and because they understand how much He loves them.
This is the real beauty secret!
Know how well loved you are by the God of the universe, and love Him back and you’ll radiate joy and beauty like whoa.
Bottle that up and sell it for free this instant!
But to be completely honest, I didn’t exactly realize right away that these women were more than pretty faces and amazing outfits. I may have formed less than accurate (or fair!) opinions upon first glance.
Stuff like, “She’s so blonde and petite and trendy…she’s probably into all of that more than real spiritual depth.”
HORRIBLE. I know.
Little did I know that she has a story of pain and triumph. She has had to bury a baby girl, and she’s had a million other life experiences that God has woven into a unique story of beauty for Him.
AND I COULDN’T SEE PAST HOW ADORABLE SHE WAS.
Shame on me.
God has graciously revealed so much of Himself to me over the past year and He’s opened my heart to truth and depth and peace and it has changed me forever.
But I’m still critical.
I’m still judgmental.
I’m still full of pride.
Instead of that making me “try harder” or feel ashamed, I’m learning to embrace the truth that I’m fallen and sinful and that’s why I need a Savior!
If I could be good on my own, I wouldn’t need Him.
And boy, oh boy, do I ever need Him!
I was bathed in that truth (the gospel) again and again. Each speaker that I had the honor of hearing pointed me straight back to the good news.
They were amazingly gifted and talented women, but instead of sharing their point of view, they shared scripture. It was wonderful.
Those really are the only living words.
And I came home feeling alive and excited.
I’m not sitting here with a list of things to do or ways to get better. I’m sitting here knowing that I’m needy. He is strong and I am weak and I’d have it no other way.
You bet your bottom I’m going to do everything I can to be at the conference again next year. I would not want to miss all of those ladies and all of that truth and energy and momentum.
It was powerful y’all.
Here are some pictures from the weekend…
I had a few people ask me to give a recap because they wished they could have been there, so feel free to ask questions in the comments since I feel like I couldn’t possibly capture everything I experienced in one short post!
If you were at Influence, I’m so glad I got to meet you and connect with you and I can’t wait to sort through all the cards I collected and start following you online! :)