You may ask, what in the world does Recreate Women’s Conference have to do with the HomeMade Family blog life? To be honest, everything. God is our foundation. He is the source of creativity and He is what gives purpose and meaning to life.
Hannah, Nana and I were so blessed to spend time with 1000s of women at this year’s ReCreate conference presented by the Church of the Highlands in Birmingham, Ala. This amazing conference reminded me of who I really am and how to walk in who I am.
First, let me say the 35 week pregnant, Meredith Andrews led us into incredible worship.
If you aren’t familiar with her, you should be! She wrote an incredible song, “ You’re not Alone” that will bring comfort to your darkest day.
Holly Wagner, co-pastor with her husband, Philip, from the Oasis Church in Los Angeles spoke the first night about our call to continually grow.
She used the simple, but profound, analogy of starting out life in a little play tent, but ending in a big event style tent. We can’t afford to get stuck in the comfortable little tents of the past. We need to learn new things, do new things and get to the next tent! It’s the stretching that hurts, but it makes what last year’s overwhelming crisis was seem like a stroll through the park this year. Growth isn ‘t comfortable, but needed. On the way take time to enrich your mental, physical and spiritual strength.
The next morning, Julia A’Bell from Hillsong Australia opened with that cheerful Aussie accent that all us Americans love to hear.
She encouraged us to walk into the “something new” God has planned for us and to walk confidently in the new things! While this sounds incredibly simple, it’s truly challenging.
After Julia spoke, Pastor of Church of the Highlands Chris Hodges
challenged us to become mentors — we are all older than someone. We live in a generation hungry for information on a real way to live a life that works. Pass what you have learned forward! He then expounded on practical life attire; we need to dress up daily with a mind that is pure, a heart of forgiveness, a song of praise and thankfulness. Rest as needed and be careful to avoid the futile pursuit of unneeded stuff. Speak goodness….share love and life.
Let me also add that the first night ended with food by Moe’s and a fireworks show that was second only to Disney. Chick-Fil-A catered breakfast and Tzatziki served up a Greek pasta salad for lunch. We met wonderful people and left inspired! If you missed this year, mark your calenders for ReCreate 2015!
By the way, I don’t attend Church of the Highlands. So yes, the conference is open to any and everyone. What a blessing it was!