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The day did not start out well. I woke up to my foot screaming at me at 4 AM. I must have fallen asleep somewhere between 6 and 6:20, because I didn't wake up again until 6:59. I needed to be downstairs to meet Mom by 7. It turns out she was running slightly late too, so when she got down here, she went to Brewberry's to get us breakfast. Yum!

We still got to the college in time and were able to find a great seat that even had extra room for Julio. The worship was led by
Elizabeth Hunnicutt
and it was excellent. I knew the words to most of the songs and was able to just focus on worship.

The speaker for the first general session was Liz Courtis Higs. She's written several books which I hope to read someday. She spoke about Mary Magdeline. She put forward some really interesting arguments for her not being the Mary Magdeline of The Devinci Code, but also applied scripture to real life stuff.

The first smaller workshop I went to was about a different way to read the Bible in a more relationship-centered way. I found some of what the presenter said to be very interesting. She then led us in reading through a scripture following the steps she talked about. I'll include that scripture at the end of this entry because I feel like it's something I need to think about. It's one of those things I didn't know was in the Bible.

The next workshop I ended up at was really not something I was interested in. I'm probably not too young to start thinking about wills and directives, but I really don't feel like thinking about that right now.

Then we had lunch and just walked around a little bit. Changing positions for a bit helped some, but not enough. My pain levels were just awful yesterday!

The next workshop was about being a mirror image of God. It was a different way of thinking about sharing faith and I found it refreshing. It was more about doing than saying. We should reflect what we have been given, not just sit there and judge or talk. It was very cool and is something I've personally been thinking about lately.

The next worship session was also good. The presenter was harder to follow, but she did talk about forgiveness.

We continued our tradition of going to the Olive Garden for dinner. My confirmation mentor and her sister were with us. We ran into them earlier at the conference and dinner ended up happening together. It was very nice to catch up!

The Natalie Grant concert was also good. She was honest about her faith journey, and very passionate. Wow, that girl can sing! It was the third time that day we sang Chris Tomlin's "Holy Is The Lord". I'll put those lyrics at the end of this entry as well.

When we got back here, I was shot, completely shot. You've already seen that entry.

This morning I ended up seeing the teacher who helped me with transition stuff at Brewberry's. Her daughter was with her and we all had conversation and coffee. They gave me a rid back here which was appreciated for pain and snow-related reasons.

Now for the stuff I promised.

Zephaniah 3:14-17

14 Sing, O Daughter of Zion;
shout aloud, O Israel!
Be glad and rejoice with all your heart,
O Daughter of Jerusalem!

15 The LORD has taken away your punishment,
he has turned back your enemy.
The LORD, the King of Israel, is with you;
never again will you fear any harm.

16 On that day they will say to Jerusalem,
"Do not fear, O Zion;
do not let your hands hang limp.

17 The LORD your God is with you,
he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing."

Chris Tomlin "Holy Is The Lord"

"We stand and lift up our hands
For the joy of the Lord is our strength
We bow down and worship Him now
How great, how awesome is He

And together we sing
Everyone sing

Holy is the Lord God Almighty
The earth is filled with His glory
Holy is the Lord God Almighty
The earth is filled with His glory
The earth is filled with His glory

We stand and lift up our hands
For the joy of the Lord is our strength
We bow down and worship Him now
How great, how awesome is He

And together we sing
Everyone sing

Holy is the Lord God Almighty
The earth is filled with His glory
Holy is the Lord God Almighty
The earth is filled with His glory
The earth is filled with His glory

It's rising up all around
It's the anthem of the Lord's renown



Hugs!
Nickie

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