faith, friends, prayer

Refreshed . . .

Well …

The conference started on a lovely note.

 I had just arrived in my  hotel room when I heard the phone ring.

“This is the front desk calling.” a voice said. “We have a delivery  for  Kathie MacPhee.”

“I’ll be right down” I answered. I got into the elevator and headed down the three flights to the lobby. As the elevator door opened, I caught sight of the front desk. There, sitting on the counter, was the most beautiful bouquet of long-stemmed red roses – a dozen gorgeous blooms. Nestled among them, was a sweet lovenote from my husband.

I’m still glowing! 🙂

The rest of the conference did not disappoint. It was a lavish banquet of …

  • inspiring messages
  • passionate worship
  • laughter
  • sweet reunions with dear friends
  • laughter
  •  good food
  • laughter
  •  a candle lit hospitality room offering herbal teas, flavoured coffees and hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and peppermint bits
  • laughter
  • and even complimentary  hand massages!

These ladies know how to put on a good conference!

Did I mention how much we laughed?

Oh my …

The morning after the conference I woke up with two lines of a song that we sang running through my mind. They are still there – I’m captivated by them. Even as I type these words, my throat tightens and my eyes fill with tears.

“… Break my heart for what breaks Yours
Everything I am for Your Kingdom’s cause…”

It’s my prayer and the cry of my heart.

and yet I wonder – at what cost?

Can I?

I know that in myself, I’m not able.

To be totally honest, I’m not always even willing.

I fail. I’m afraid.

Yet, I am calling out to the Lord,

I want this. It’s my deep desire.

Listen

I love the bridge in this song!

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5 thoughts on “Refreshed . . .

  1. Islandsparrow says:

    It is a powerful prayer Susanne – there’s no telling where a prayer like that will take us.I know exactly what you mean Lovella – it takes faith like Abraham who laid his Issac on the altar. And yet, we do it knowing whom we trust. But it takes courage – just like Ellen writes. Good thing He is willing to give us courage to follow.

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  2. How lovely. Your weekend sounds like it was refreshing and challenging. It is scary to pray that prayer. I’m asking God for the courage to be a wholehearted follower of His…

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  3. Kathie, how incredibly wonderful. I loved the surprise from your husband. Wow, how could the weekend go bad after that?About your hearts cry . .I hear you and I voice the same thing. I think often my fear is that total submission would mean someone I love dearly would be involved in the test I would face . .does that make any sense?

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