You just never know what a day—or a weekend—might hold. I was gearing up for some much-needed R&R yesterday afternoon when my boss spontaneously asked if I’d like to LIVE blog The Gospel Coalition’s 2012 National Women’s Conference today through Sunday.
And although my body craved a couple of around-the-clock-zzzz’s, my soul craved a fresh vision of God even more. And that is the story of how, less than 24 hours later, I found myself in Orlando, Florida, home of Sea World, Universal Studios, and just about every other fun theme park you can imagine.
I’m not here for thrills, though; I’m laser-focused on catching a glimpse of God. And I’m trusting I came to the right place, because TGC’s first-ever women’s conference is structured around the theme “Here Is Our God: God’s Revelation of Himself in Scripture.”
Unfortunately I didn’t make it in time for Pastor Tim Keller’s opening message, but I will get to hear Paige Benton Brown for the first time in just a few minutes as she speaks on “In the Temple: The Glorious and Forgiving God” from 1 Kings 8.
Nancy Leigh DeMoss is up tomorrow at 8 p.m. speaking from Matthew 17:1-15. Her message is titled “On Another Mountain: The God Who Points to His Son.”
In between book signings and interviews and meetings and everything else “famous people” are expected to do when they’re surrounded by thousands of women at a Christian conference, Nancy will also be leading a workshop on “Daily Devotions: Duty or Delight” at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow. Pray for her, would you?
If you want to catch it all, you can watch the LIVE stream at TheGospelCoalition.org. Or, if you just want the highlights, follow along right here throughout the weekend. I won’t be giving a play-by-play, but I will be sharing from my heart about what most impacts me.
Would you pray for the 3,700 attendees who are here from around the world, that they would encounter God in a fresh way this weekend? I’m praying the same thing for you, whether you’re in Orlando or Oklahoma City this weekend, whether you’re at a Christ-centered conference or cooking for a crowd.
Cause that’s what we really need.
“And I—in righteousness I will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness” (Ps. 17:15).
Til tomorrow, then!