Wow! Wow! Wow! That’s all I can say about my time spent in Houston this past weekend at the 2018 National TLSM Single Moms Conference. As hundreds of single moms, single mom supporters, volunteers, and ministry leaders converged upon Houston’s First Baptist Church on Friday afternoon you could feel the excitement. There was an expectation in the air. As the worship team took the alter the roof of the church could have come off as praises to the Father went up with so much passion and energy.
First up was none other than Mercy Lokulutu. She brought a dynamic and challenging yet encouraging word on being rooted in Christ. As she touched upon fear and anxiety I began to feel the Holy Spirit tugging on my heart. Mercy did an alter call and, if I’m being candid, I almost let pride keep me from going to the alter. I’m so glad I defied the accusser and went down to receive prayer. You see what many of you don’t know, and what I’ve never shared on this blog is that for many years, often silently, I have battled both fear and anxiety. Indeed, one of the first scriptures I memorized as a young Christian was 2 Timothy 1:7, “God does not give us a spirit of fear but of power, of love and of sound mind.” I don’t know if you’ve ever fought those things, but boy does my heart go out to you if you have. Know that there is no shame in admitting that is an area you struggle and that there is freedom in Jesus. For years I was bound by shame embarrassed that I didn’t have it all together. The truth is no one does. None of us ever arrive and are all a continual construction zone being conformed to the image of Jesus Christ.
Friday night ended with a Mexican Fiesta after party complete with a mariachi band. Saturday was jammed pack with keynote sessions featuring Karol Ladd and Jennifer Maggio, breakout sessions and getting to chat with so many mommas that came to my vendor booth. Thank you all to who came by to say hello and drink an Arnold Palmer with me! You all have forever imprinted my life and I’m so humbled to have been a part.