Rest~ Words from Allume 2013

I want to send out a very special thank you to See The Light! They sponsored me to help me get to Allume this year, and I could not have done it without them! I love them dearly, and I know you will too. If you have children and are interested in art lessons on video that are also full of conversation and lessons about God, go check out See The Light.

 

My time at the Allume Conference was not at all what I had planned or expected. That is true not only of all the logistics of travel, but it was also true of my choices of sessions and what I anticipated that God wanted to accomplish in me.
 

Isn't that always how it goes?
 

We think we know just what God has for us, but it normally ends up being so much more– and so much richer than we imagined.
 

That was exactly my experience at Allume.

 

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It all started the first night…
 

When you check in at conference registration, you are given your name tag and a beautiful Dayspring bag filled with all sorts of lovely gifts from the conference sponsors. {That bag was heavy!}

 

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As soon as I sat down at our table to wait for the conference welcome to start, one of my friends said, “We got a necklace! Look in your bag and see what yours looks like!” After I dug all the way to the bottom of my bag, past the multitudes of books, Christmas ornaments, and other goodies, I finally reached the sought after necklace. It was very pretty. It had a lovely white background with black words in a fancy script—“The Lord is my shepherd.” I hate to admit it, but my first thought was, “Oh. Psalm 23. I wish I had Marcy’s necklace. It’s so colorful and cheerful.”

 

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I know. Famous last words, right? Little did I know that the whole weekend would be full of references to Psalm 23, shepherds, and God’s rest. Melanie Shankle spoke about David and how his time in the fields- his still, quiet places- shaped him. She even had the nerve to refer to Psalm 23. Gari Meacham’s first words to us were that God has a heart for shepherds. She then went on to talk about Moses and even walked the stage with a shepherd’s hook! Bianca Olthoff said she believed we all came there for revival. {What better rest and refreshment?}

 

Gari Meacham
 

Between all these references to rest, stillness, and quiet and the inability to connect to the conference wi-fi all weekend, I’m not sure that God could have screamed any louder to me.
 

I needed rest.

I needed some stillness to listen for His voice.

He wanted to refresh me.

And I really needed it.
 

 

The very best part of the whole weekend for me was the refreshment in worship. Most of you know that we had a big church and ministry transition this year. Well, we are still not completely settled in a new place yet. It had been a long while since I had had a relaxed, free time of worship. I have never been to a blogging conference that had such a focus on worship—with amazing worship leaders who were not performing but worshipping along with us. God knew I really needed those times.

 

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And some silly moments with the girls…

 

I am so grateful for my time at Allume. I left truly feeling refreshed, rested, and ready to keep walking in that rest and actively pursuing times of quiet with God.
 

Then I came home and got sick the next day… for a full week. Yep. I got a whole different kind of rest that week than I had expected. I should have known.
 

It has taken a while to get well and settled back into the pressing parts of life, but I think I’m back into the groove and catching up… with a renewed purpose.
 

 

If you'd like to experience a bit of Allume, you can watch the videos of the keynote speakers. I don't know how long they'll be up, so you may want to watch them soon.

 

 

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