How do I even begin to describe my experience at the Deeper Still conference? I don't know even where to begin. I will start by saying that I have been praying for God to speak to me; specifically for Him to speak to me so clearly that I could not miss it. I needed God to be obvious and communicate with me in a manner that I knew without a shadow of a doubt that I would receive His message. I prayed this very specific prayer because sometimes I miss the very obvious.
Just last week I was out to eat at a fast food restaurant. I walked straight to the counter and asked the lady for a refill. It did not even phase her, she refilled my coke and just smiled. As I turned around, my friend asked, "what did you get". I had to laugh at myself as I noticed the fountain drink refill station to my right. So, this is why I asked God to give me an obvious clear sign.
I got a call from a dear friend inviting me to come to the conference. I immediately said yes, knowing this would be not only be a very inspiring event but also a great time of fellowship with friends. I rode with another dear friend over 4hours to get to the conference. Once we arrived, we very much enjoyed hearing the outpouring of scripture in Kay's message. It was straight from the bible and obviously God breathed. She quoted some of my very favorite verses. We were lifted and ready for more.
As Saturday's session began, I noticed that I quickly had over 6 pages of journaling. I wanted to soak in every bit of the message that I could possibly squeeze in. I made notes of the verses from Ephesians to Numbers with Hebrews, Isaiah, and Revelations mixed in, inspiring stories of the extraordinary and God's ability to go beyond what we could ever image, one-liners that touched my heart of children and relationships. I jotted down simple truths: God is able! Nothing is accidental! and God's presence in your life is a fact not a feeling! My friends and I laughed at times and cried at times. We held each other and swayed with the music. We held each other and prayed for and with each other.
These friends that I shared the conference have been there for me through many seasons of my life. Two of which I got baptized with in high school. We had drifted away from God in college and much of our 20s. We have seen Satan try to destroy our friendship through the years but through it all, we have stuck by each other and found a friend in Christ. On the way home, my friend and I had the most amazing conversations. For lack of any other way to say it, just true fellowship! This is a friend that lives less than 5 miles from me and I talk to her daily. But not like the meaningful talks we had after the conference. I felt God's presence with us. The drive home was almost as spiritual as the conference itself!
Sunday morning, I honestly did not want to get up to go to church. I was tired! I thought to myself, you went to 12 hours of worship and praise this weekend- you can just rest this morning. But God pushed me out of the bed and into the shower. I went to Sunday school class and could not wipe the smile off my face. Our study was on JOY! I heard some of the same messages from the conference repeated in my class. It was a comforting feeling to say the least.
When we walked out of class, my husband and I debated leaving to have quiet time and discuss my "take away" moments from the conference. However, God pulled us into the sanctuary for service.
From the moment that our pastor began to preach, tears welled up in my eyes. I can't hold the tears back now as write this message. He started with a continuation of our study on "Pray Big", turn to your bibles to Ephesians 3:20- the exact verse that Priscilla had spent on our whole morning session at the conference just yesterday!!! My pastor continued to preach over the same verses and similar message. It was so obvious to me that God had given me a refill! He had given me an undeniable, clear, obvious message!
He had gone beyond beyond!
Our God is a big God, he is able and capable of meeting our needs but wants you to feel his presence. I am so thankful for not just feeling His presence but knowing that I can pray and expect something even better!!