What an AMZAZING weekend! I feel like I am still floating from all that God has done over the last week. From the time I last wrote, God has been working on me to have patience and grace during all the unknowns with my book. One thing after another came up and as of last Wednesday, my books had still not even been printed yet, and I needed them by that Saturday! The copier was giving the printing company a hard time. I prayed about it, and many others were praying for the books to come through by Friday, somehow, some way. God gave me a quiet peace about it all last weekend and I hung on to that one little hope - God can do all things and nothing is impossible with him.
The hustle and bustle of preparing for the ladies conference began, and we all got busy as we decorated cookies, made food for the pastor's wives luncheon, packaged up lunch boxes, and hundreds of other things that needed to be done. There was a pleasant attitude among the women as they worked, and everyone helped out where they could. They did a beautiful job decorating the auditorium of the church, making it look like a boutique that any lady would love to shop in. The theme was, "If the Shoe Fits" and so there were hundreds of shoes all over the building. I must admit I do not get excited over shoes like many other women, and I am quite content with my small supply of simple, unexciting shoes I wear every day, but I still think the building was beautiful. Black, white, and pink is my favorite color combination. If any lady walking into that room did not go, "WOW!" then she is in desparate need of some feminine help. :)
Thursday rolled around and I did not know what was up with my shipment. I did know one thing and that was the fact that the company was going to try to send out a small box of books, 25 in total, so I could have them by the weekend. I must say that this company, which is a Christian company, has been a blessing to me in the fact that they have corrected any mistakes made on my previous books, and have taken care of all extra expenses from the mishap. Even though I was disappointed in the beginning, God is working it all out for good. Once again, I say it is His timing and His perfect work, and He has it all under control.
I received an email Thursday that my books had been sent out, overnighted so they would arrive by the end of Friday. At one o'clock Friday afternoon, I had my new book in hand and they were perfect. God is amazing and soooo good to me. Thank You, Lord, for answered prayer!
I could breath a sigh of relief and focus on the music practices that my girls and I were involved in. The little girls, grades one to six were going to sing, "A Sermon In Shoes" to start off the conference. Another group of ladies, which I was involved with, was going to sing, "I Have Been Blessed." So appropriate!
Saturday arrived. I left to pick up a lady from New Haven so she could come to the conference and got to the church around 9:30. Joe brought the girls so they could run through their song before the conference began, and I got situated. It all began with the little girls singing in their black, white, and pink dresses, each with a pretty pink flower in their hair. After they sang, their daddies took them home since they were too young to attend. Alaina cannot wait until she is old enough to stay and be a part of all the ladies. "Do not rush to grow up, my dear," I keep thinking.
After we sang our song, the first speaker got up, Robyn Ogle, and she gave the most amazing testimony. She had us in tears the entire time and I kept thinking to myself, "How can she be speaking so calmly, so peacefully about such a terrible trial and not break down?" It was about her daughter-in-law, who was pregnant with their third child. They were/are missionaries in Africa and so there is not very good prenatal care over there. They were told their baby had some disease where the brain does not close upon formation and all the brains just float around behind the head like dreadlocks. They came to the USA to see if the reports were true and were told that yes, indeed, she was exactly as they had said. Believing God is in control, she carried that baby until she got reports that the baby's body was shutting down and poisoning the mother's body. It was time to deliver the baby. As Mrs. Ogle was sitting in a chair having her make-up done (she did not want to have pictures taken of her with her little granddaugther without makeup on! You would perfectly understand if you ever met Mrs. Ogle! She is a one of a kind speaker.) and her phone was in her lap. She was waiting for the call from her son telling her it was all over. The phone rang and her son quietly informed her that the baby was healed. Mrs. Ogle agreed. "Yes, she is healed now that she is in heaven."
"No," her son replied, "She is healed. She has no signs of toxins and her body is not shutting down. She is HEALED!" (I still get goosebumps as I write this.)
God had reached into that womb, gently tucked the brains inside the little girl's head, and closed up the skull, leaving a little pinch mark where He closed it. That baby was going to make it!
Now I understood why she did not break down and weep as she told the story. It was a miraculous, happy ending story that only God could have performed! Needless to say, it set the tone for the entire day and all the other speakers were just amazing, as they encouraged, helped ladies with past issues, and just let God do a work on all the hearts.
I even sold quite a few books and got a wonderful start to a new phase of my selling, now that I have a complete set of books. I am almost out of the 25 sent to me the other day, but the others are supposedly being sent out on Monday. Lord willing, with this Frankenstorm coming our way, everything will go smoothly. We are praying for His safetly through these next couple of days, asking Him to watch over us just as He did the last few storms around this time last year. May you all be safe in His care as this storm comes our way. Thank you all for your prayers, support, encouragement, and love. I love being a part of the family of God. There is no place I would rather be, but safely in His will.