3 months later…
I’m terrible about blogging during life changing things. It usually takes me several months to fully decompress and sort out a conference – from what I learned to who I met and how it affected me. I try to be pretty honest about each I go to, even if it isn’t always the most positive light.
So let’s talk about The Influence Conference. Ready?
It changed my life.
No, seriously. Influence blew.me.away.
There was something entirely different about that conference. Maybe it was the women, the speakers, the community, the compassion, the excitement of everyone there. I had the best roomie in the world Rebecca, that could help. I met my She Reads Truth sisters, two for the first time ever.
It was one month after Kaden died. I was there for the month anniversary. I didn’t know if I could do it, in fact a few days before I almost backed out. The thought of going was overwhelming.
I’m so glad I did.
What really got me was how it ended. A worship service, put on by the Influence men and women. I stood there and bawled through each song, and at one point a dear, sweet girl came up and asked to anoint me with oil. I’ve never really been into that kind of a thing, having been on the extreme side of that as a pastor’s kid growing up, but when she did it while crying and praying for me and my family – it was like Jesus at my feet. I’ve never, ever been that touched by another woman’s love and sorrow for me that I didn’t know personally. It was incredibly healing and humbling.
The girls who run Influence Network spent so much time, effort, and love on that conference. It wasn’t huge, it wasn’t pretentious. It was welcoming, homey, and full of the love of Jesus. As cliche as it might sound, it was. I never wanted it to end. I told Sam I had a “Jesus high” when I came home.
If you can go this next year – go. If you get one conference to pick – pick this one. Go to one where you can pray, love, cry, laugh, and talk about Jesus. In the open. With other women. With peers of all ages who are walking this path with you.
The Influence Conference was life changing for me. Let it be that for you this fall.