Monday, June 30, 2008

Deeper Still

This weekend I drove to Atlanta with some friends from church to attend the Deeper Still conference with Beth Moore, Priscilla Shirer and Kay Arthur. It was exhausting...but good. As always, these bible teachers were passionate. VERY passionate. Priscilla was my fave of the weekend....very deep but very Lysa Terkeurst. Kay was on a mission to discuss politics which I sort of zoned out of a bit, and I don't think I was the only one, but it could have been due to only 3 hours of sleep....but I'd never heard her before so didn't know what to expect. Beth brought it home, as usual, but we were all so tired by the afternoon session a few in my group (Heather and Vicki, I won't say your last names!!!!) nodded off to sleep and I caught myself almost falling asleep, too. Okay, okay, I know it was Beth Moore, but why oh why did she have to be last??? Oh yea, so we wouldn't leave! But all in all, the overall message of the weekend was that YOU HAVE TO HAVE YOUR OWN THING GOING WITH JESUS. Don't depend of Beth or Lysa or any other speaker (even your pastor) to go to Jesus for you and do the work and you just do the bible study, so to speak. Know what I mean? You have to have your own quiet time each morning, with praise and worship and petition. You have to intercede for others (okay, they didn't say that, but that's what I think). And you have to then be quiet and let Him speak to you. Do you know what He's been saying to you lately? I know He's been dealing with me on a few issues and it's not always easy to hear. It's not always easy to admit we don't have it all together....oh wait, that would be NEVER do we have it all together! But sometimes God just wants to make us more holy. Priscilla said that Holiness is important to God. We must be set apart. We must really, really work on that. In our alone time, in the quiet of our homes. It's important, really it is.

On a side note, I know this blog is usually about bringing you fashion advice. But I'm just needing a break right now...I'll call it my summer break....just like school kids. I need to refresh myself, study, read, be with friends, be with family, be with Jesus. I'm getting geared up for fall events beginning in August and I'll have a fresh new approach when that time comes. Bear with me, if you will. For now, I'll call on Lisa Boyd from Simply His blogsite to post some pics of our personal shopping time we had together last week. I'm home for a few weeks...loving it. My son and I helped Marybeth move into her new house today....with her 6 kids and all. I can't wait for her to post pics for you all....what a great house.....perfectly picture perfect with the most beautiful trees and a GREAT yard! Hope you are all well....have a fun relaxing week, Beautiful Blessings, Shari


Family O'Foxes said...

I enjoy your blog! :)
Enjoy your "summer"...can't wait to hear from you again when you've been refreshed. Thanks for all the great advice.
Currently your book is on an Alaskan Cruise with my mom and G'ma right now. :)

Wrinkled Shirt Ministries said...

Get all of the rest you can. You owe us no apologies or explanations. Us blogosphere gals love you and are blessed when we hear from you but we've come to know you as a "real" person and real people need breaks. I'm so glad you have a month to chill before the August craziness starts.
Much Love
Paula G. <><

Starr said...

Shari, Have a great time of rest and relaxation! You deserve it!

Nancy said...

LOVE your blog!

I was a Deeper Still too!

I agree with what you wrote. I had not heard Kay Arthur speak either - when she started speaking about "politics" I inwardly rolled my eyes - but I was convicted of my need to love His word more than myself.

Wasn't the worship incredible? Heaven is going to be a great place!

Alyce said...

Get your rest Shari!!
I tried to go to Deeper Still, but it didn't work out. My sister in law went (she lives in GA) and said it was so good. We will try to go together next year. I have only heard awesome things about Kay Arthur. I have one of her books as well. My sister in law told me about what she spoke on and I must say, even though I wasn't there, that what she spoke on is EXTREMELY important. Our nation is in despair and we really need to bathe it and this upcoming election,etc in prayer.
Take care,

Jessica Little said...

I've only been reading for a couple weeks, but I was so blessed by your post today. I've been in a pattern lately of just getting little snippets with the Lord. I've been convincing myself to sleep in (Husband's a teacher and out of school now), thus missing, postponing, or shortening my time with the Lord. Good is definitely robbing best in this situation, but THANK THE LORD for His grace! And thank you for your post!

April said...

i have never heard kay speak. I love her studies though.
your post today was well needed, thank you