Tuesday, January 30, 2018

You Are 2018

This past weekend I attended the You Are conference in College Station, Texas.  Two of my friends, Britany and Laci, had attended the conference last year and posted about it so I began to follow the conference's social media accounts.  I think I must have liked something on social media because Britany messaged me and said "you should totally go with us!" I was totally excited to be invited! I talked to Ryan and then used some of my Christmas money to register. 

{Can I just pause here to sing the praises of Ryan Bartis? He knows me and loves me so well.  He knows what I need and supports me when I say I need it.  I can't remember a time that I said "I need to go here for these reasons" that he did not support that decision.  And not like "sure you can go" then be passive aggressive before I leave.  He's pretty spectacular.}

I left after school Friday and drove to College Station.  By myself.  Mini-vacay right there. I arrived at You Are at 6:25 pm, the conference started at 6:30 pm.  Whoop!

Stephanie Lee is the founder of You Are and she spoke Friday night.  She is just amazing.  So real and powerful.  Friday night Steph asked all the ladies to think about the thing they were most worried about, the thing they are most holding back from God.  I immediately pictured mine.  Then Steph asked us to open our hands and visual put that thing in our hands and giving it to God.  People, I am telling you that I could not open my hands all the way. They just kept curling closed.  It was as if my mind and spirit were willing to give my 'stuff' to God but my body would not physically do it. 

Over the course of Saturday morning the Holy Spirit kept moving in me.  Moving in ways that I had never experienced before.  You Are has prayer rooms you can visit through out the conference.  Laci and Britany both told me not to miss the prayer room.  I went into the room and spilled my guts about giving God my stuff.  The woman God arranged to meet me there had a similar story to mine. She prayed the most beautiful prayer over me.  Then she helped me release my 'stuff' to God.  Immediately, I mean that very minute!, a weight lifted off me.  God took my 'stuff' and I am more confident than ever that I can trust Him with it. 

I can't remember which of the You Are team members said "We want you to do business with God this weekend."  But that is what happened! I did some business with God.  And He and I will continue to work on the things He revealed to me.  I am forever changed.  I have a new posture before the Lord.  I am so thankful for Britany's obedience to invite me. I am thankful to the You Are team members who are obedient to God's call for this conference.  I can not wait for You Are 2019!

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