me and my wonderful roomies! (thanks for the picture, Kristina!)
I missed out on probably about half of each session because Jonah would act up, or I was putting him down for bed. But God uses whatever time we're given to teach us what He wants us to hear. There are a few lessons that I want to remember in particular:
Jonah keeping himself somewhat entertained during a session
* We need to relinquish our plans to God. I know I've heard this probably hundreds of times in my life, but it always seems to be applicable. Arlita talked about I Chronicles 16 when the Ark of the Covenant is being brought back to the temple, and one of the people carrying it is struck dead because he reached out to prevent it from falling. David questions God as to why He would do that, and God makes it clear that David did not seek Him for His plan- which was for the priests to carry the Ark. How often do I go about my life making plans without ever seeking Him?
* God forms who we are by the various pressures, heat, and irritations in our lives. It could be an aggravating relationship with someone close to us, sickness, or day-to-day frustrations. We can respond with fear, anger, and bitterness. But we must remember that God wants us to complete the work He has given us (Colossians 4:17), even in that time of hardship. Knowing God's character is our inoculation to fear, and the irritations in our lives are being used to make us more Christlike, just as Paul dealt with the "thorn in his flesh" (2 Corinthians 12:7).
Jonah happy in the stroller
Aside from the speaker, I got some much needed girl time. I roomed with 3 of my best friends (and Jonah of course!), and we laughed over ridiculous things, talked about life, went on a hike, and 3 of us went for a run/walk through the Pennsylvania country roads. On the drive down Kristina and I got off the highway (maybe??), and got a little turned around, but we finally made it! Thankfully we were able to laugh through it, even with a fussing Jonah in the backseat.
post run/walk picture. Jess pushed Jonah the whole way!
I was happy to get home to these two