The first time I attended a Women’s Conference, I was a new Christian and was engaged to be married, and my life felt like it was moving in fast forward. It was a little overwhelming, to tell the truth. When I walked in, there was a buzz about the lobby. The way it was decorated was absolutely breathtaking, and volunteers were busily working to finish up every last detail. The speakers were so uplifting and inspiring, I felt like I could take on the world. I also met the most amazing women who poured out more wisdom into my life than they probably truly understood.
I have not missed a Wave Women’s Conference since. I ran into Pastor Sharon Kelly in the lobby before one of the opening nights, and she had tears in her eyes. When I asked her if she was okay, she simply said, “It’s more beautiful than I could have imagined.” Everything that God spoke to her, every little detail, had come to life right before her eyes and she was so overcome by the greatness of what God was doing that she was moved to tears. That’s when I got it. I suddenly understood what it takes to put this event on every year and the impact we have as a community of women, working together to make every woman feel the same way I did that first conference.
Today, I am married, raising three awesome little boys and working full-time. I serve in church and stand alongside my husband who is the Worship Pastor at Wave. If I thought my life was overwhelming during my first women’s conference, it had nothing on my life now! I realize that if I want to be the best me I can be, I have to take the time to focus on my relationship with God and everything else will fall into place. One of the best things I can do is be a part of this conference, put God’s word into action and do what is pleasing in His eyes. So much thought goes into Devoted every year—from the theme, to the messages, the worship, the gifts and special treats—and everything in between. I do everything I can to be a part of it because I am proud of what God is doing through the women in our church. I am forever grateful for the heart of our senior pastors and I am truly humbled by the determination of our staff and the dedication of our volunteers. I love Devoted conference and I do all I am able to do to bring as many people as I possibly can knowing that, just like me all those years ago, their lives will be forever changed.
Finally, brothers (or sisters), whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
Prayer: Father God, I thank you for entrusting us to be a part of what you are doing and what you are going to do in the lives of women all over the world through Devoted Conference—women who are going to walk through our doors, looking for a safe place to bring their God-given dreams and have a fire ignited in their hearts to see those dreams come to pass. I pray that we all focus on those things that are true, honorable, pure and pleasing to you. Thank you that you are going to inspire each of us to take what we learn, what we hear from you, and act on those things and be the vessels you have called us to be in order to further your kingdom.