The Influence Conference – 2013

December 11, 2013

The Influence Conference

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.

Ahem.

So let’s talk about The Influence Conference. Ready?

It changed my life.

No, seriously. Influence blew.me.away.

Influence Conference 2013

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.

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If you can go this next yeargo. 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.

 

10 Comments

  • My Song

    February 17, 2014 at 10:39 am

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  • Melissa Dell

    December 14, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    I’m going! I have no idea how I’ll afford the hotel or flight but I bought my ticket 🙂

  • Jessi Wallace

    December 12, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    I am praying about attending next year and working out the finances to go. Thank you for sharing.

  • Katie Shannon

    December 12, 2013 at 11:01 am

    I know you met so many women, but it was so nice to meet you and bug you about seeing your new tattoo 😉

  • Deirdre

    December 12, 2013 at 9:07 am

    So brave of you to go right after loosing Kaden. I am so happy to hear it was a great experience. Hope today is a good one!

  • Kate

    December 11, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    You met Kate from the small things blog. Wow. Amazing what a small world! I’ve read her blog for a long time now too and you both are such amazing Christian women and I love to read how you both express your thoughts. Thank you for inviting us into your world. I cannot imagine how hard writing some of your posts could be. You are always honest and it is profound. I pray for you each night.

  • Franchesca

    December 11, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    This makes me want to go so. bad. Thanks for sharing. Maybe this one will be my next.

  • EllenMR

    December 11, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Sounds just lovely- and just what you needed! So glad you were blessed by it Diana! ♡

  • KK @ the mom diggity

    December 11, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Loved getting to hug you 🙂

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