I've heard it said, "one day of favor is worth a thousand days of labor." I am finding that to be SO true.
Today we had our meeting with our sales rep at the Hilton. She's working with us on our Unstoppable Conference. There are so many things I needed to make this work. Things so beyond my abilities, out of our contract, things most people would be told to go jump in a lake about. Well, I've been praying for months and several other people have too, Pastor Tara Sloan for one. Thank you, PT for standing with me in prayer even today while in the meeting.
What happened? Basically favor was thrown at us right and left. There are so many things that just magically (Holy Spirit magically) worked out, and were immediately granted to us - things we DESPERATELY needed to make this conference work. Well, not only work, but be great. And we got every one of them, AND MORE. I was so excited when we walked out of there I could hardly stand it. I have been in constant prayer about this. Were I not in an intimate relationship with God it would have robbed all my sleep and caused me to bite my acrylic nails off. I did lay awake at night for hours over this, but not in vain or for nothing. Each time I was awake, concerned - I simply turned it to prayer. I prayed, and prayed and then prayed some more. And, it worked.
So, my greatest concerns have been lifted off of my shoulders for this, although we do need about 10-15 more registrants to meet our budget. We'll do it in the next three weeks, I have no doubt. So far we have also been able to give 8 women pastors/pastor's wives in need a scholarship to attend. Most are home missions pastors/wives whose churches are not financially well enough right now to support them , and they are also not making enough money personally to pay for this conference right now. I'm so excited to be awarding these scholarships and I can almost guarantee more will come in before the day of the opening of the event. (September 13)
We are sooooooo set for a blockbuster event. If people only knew the caliber of the worship leaders, the speakers, the elegant setting this retreat will be in...all just AMAZING.
God also gave me my message for the Friday night General Session last week and I am finishing it up through prayer and meditating upon the Word, right now at this time. My message is, "Why Women Stop."
I was so happy today after the meeting at the Hilton, and so relieved...I just wanted to put on my bathing suit and go run on Clearwater Beach and then float on my pink noodle for 3 hours! (But alas, I could not...it was time to get ready for Wednesday night church!)
Have a zillion things to do tomrorow to get ready for speaking at the All Church Ministries Conference (both my teachings are all done, however I'm talking about other stuff I have to do - church stuff, home stuff, etc.). Then I must wash clothes and pack for church life co-hort in Lauderdale. At least there is no speaking involved in that, however Larry and I are getting another new pastor-couple to start coaching this next time. I'm looking forward to this new year in CLR. I am always stressed to pack and get there, but once I do, I love it!!! My brain gets so full...I am so energized and enjoy the teaching and the discussion. I think over the past few years it's kept me sane sometimes! (Just to be in a room of pastors who understand and can help one another hash out issues we are dealing with in the church.)
It's time to finish up work for the night and hit the hay. Tomorrow's another day but I AM THANKING GOD FOR HIS INCREDIBLE FAVOR! The truth is...a person can't work hard enough to get what they need to reach their destiny without some FAVOR ENCOUNTERS. If you worked all your life, you'd still never work hard enough to reach your ultimate potential without FAVOR in there somewhere.