Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Women of Faith - Telling our Story

We started off Saturday with a great surprise!  A very special guest was there.  Laura Story then took the stage and sang the beautiful song, Blessings.  It was such a beautiful song and I had a dear friend on my heart when she sang it.  Here is the live performance...

Kelly had been emailing Angie and we were trying to work out a time to meet face to face, but she was so busy with the Women of Faith schedule.  Angie said she was nervous, so we took a moment to pray for her while we were on a break. 

Then she took the stage.

As I expected, Angie told her story with so much grace and love.  She told the story of her family and her precious Audrey Caroline.  She told her story.  She told our story.  A story of a mama with a broken heart and empty arms.  A story of God's grace and the offer to walk on the water with Him.  A story of faith and a story of failing.  She gave a voice to the grieving mama's in the room and for that I am grateful. 

We all felt the words she were saying as if we were saying them ourselves. 

She says that she cries like a "deranged gopher"  but the only tears I saw were beautiful ones.  Beautiful tears.  Eleven thousand women heard her story, our story, and wept.  We all cried together.  For Angie, for Audrey, for Kelly, Holly and Erin. For you and me. 

And it was beautiful!


We then had lunch and tried to get some photos together...we'll maybe just photos with Lainey!

After lunch there was an amazing concert from this beautiful lady...

I had heard Natalie Grant on the radio, but seeing her live was a totally awesome. She has a very powerful voice and her songs are just beautiful!  She sang a beautiful acustic version of her song, Held.  We used Held at the October 15th service we organized last year.  After her concert was over, she was applauded back onto the stage and sang "It is Well" acapella. 

Hearing 11,000 women echo after her...

It is well
It is well
With my soul
With my soul
It is well, It is well
With my soul


I'm getting chills again just thinking about it!


(Again, I have rambled on and it has gotten late!  I will have to post about meeting Angie Smith tomorrow!)


Kelly @ Sufficient Grace Ministries said...

It was amazing! If we ever go back, we'll get lower seats!! =)

Rachel said...

I got to hear Natalie Grant sing last year at a Women of Faith conference. At the time she was 8 months pregnant and I was still pregnant with our Emily Faith. At the time the song "Held" did not hold any meaning to me, but after we lost Emily the song has much more meaning to me.

I am so glad that you got to go to the conference. It was such a blessing to me.

Melani said...

I absolutely LOVE Natalie Grant, and am SO jealous you got to hear her in person! I am loving your trip...lots of fun memories for you!

Holly said...

Amazing, amazing, amazing! And I listened to Laura sing from the conference. Oh, she was so good! She made me cry!!!