Our friend Bud just started a new job in the Lifeway Women's Events department, so he totally hooked us up with seats in the second row! I'm pretty sure we were beside ourselves the whole time. It made the whole room feel so intimate, and it was so easy to engage.
|I was a little bit excited to see my name on my chair!|
|with one of my best friends, Corley|
|listening to Beth speak|
|with Bud and Corley|
|our Siesta picture (we're on the top right)|
Spending time in the Word in an environment like this is always refreshing and challenging. The thing that stood out to me more than anything else is something she said Saturday morning:
"That which makes us the most joyful is not always the thing that makes us most useful. That which makes us most useful will be the thing that gives us the most satisfaction and joy!"How often do we look for things in life to bring us joy, when we are called to make good use of what the Lord has entrusted us with?
When we are deeply satisfied in Christ and are making ourselves useful for His glory and purposes, there we find joy.
It's not on our terms.
I'm praying for contentment and satisfaction in Christ, so that I can be useful where he has placed me. I long for joy in Christ - not joy in this world. Thanks be to our God for his providence and purpose in each chapter of our lives.
I'll leave you with this... Travis Cottrell led worship, and I just can't get this song out of my head. I hope that you'll allow the Lord to speak to you through it. Travis Cottrell – Thanks Be To Our God (this link plays on Spotify)