ACFW 2010 – What I Learned at the Conference, Part 3

There’s nothing like a moment of prayer to calm a restless heart.

I can admit it – I didn’t really prepare for the conference this year. I’d been so sick and overwhelmed that there wasn’t a whole lot of thought or planning that went into my trip. There wasn’t a whole lot of prayer that went into it either.

When I arrived in Indianapolis I was a little off-center. I had literally been horizontal for an entire week before I left, so just the effort of driving and sitting sapped my energy. Thank God for adrenaline!

Anyway – I registered and checked out my schedule. I had appointments during classes I couldn’t miss and with people I didn’t remember selecting. I went to my room to double check things online and the internet went funky. Then, on the third day, the adrenaline faded and bronchitis wanted the best of me…again. It could have been an awful experience.

It was a fantastic conference.

The first two days I was there I made sure to start my days with God. It was just 15-30 minutes spent reading the Bible and journaling, but it gave me an indescribable peace about the week.

The internet came back on. My unexpected appointments each went 30 minutes long (instead of 15 minutes). When I wasn’t feeling well I called my hubby for some extra support and we both got the same answer from God. Everything flowed smoothly and I didn’t feel like I missed out on anything.

If I hadn’t taken a moment to spend some time with my Savior I could have spent four days worrying and sick. I might have wondered about my schedule, changed it, maybe even forced some appointments and visits. Instead, I surrendered my time to God. I asked Him to guide me. I promised to listen, even if it meant doing something I hadn’t planned.

I’m sad to report that I don’t usually start my day with God. I usually jump out of bed at 5:30 a.m. and I’m already visualizing my to-do list. It’s easy to get sidetracked. That’s when I get overwhelmed. I get tired. I get sick.

The conference reminded me how important it is to nurture my relationship with God. When I do that I don’t have to worry about the details – He’s already taken care of them and I’m so in tune with Him that I can tell where He’s guiding me. Since I returned from Indy I’ve been working hard to make God a priority again. It’s not easy – I actually have to schedule it into my planner, but I’m doing it.

Life hasn’t drastically changed because of it. We aren’t rolling in money now. I have lost weight overnight. The house didn’t fix itself. Things are the same…but better. God’s peace surrounds me. I know He’s here, no matter what’s happening in my life or in the world. It’s a good thing.

QUESTION: Have you been overwhelmed recently? How are you dealing with it? I pray that you’ll see God where He is in your life and that you’ll recognize His soft, guiding voice.

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