Friday, October 30, 2009

Rise & Shine Conference

I'm in Cedar Falls, Iowa this weekend with my good friend Renee Swope. I work with Renee, at Proverbs 31 Ministries, as her assistant. One of the many special perks of my job is getting to travel with Renee to her speaking events.

We are here for the Rise and Shine Women's Conference at Orchard Hills Community Church. This is their very first women's event and I can say without a doubt that these Midwest girls know how to put on an event! Approximately 250 women attended and they all had big smiles on their faces. It was definitely an atmosphere of excitement and great anticipation.

During the closing session, the women were asked to write down their doubts and burdens on an index card, bring them up to the front, and lay them down at the foot of the cross. In place of their index card, they were given one of God's promises, which was a scripture verse, that they could take home with them. It was so wonderful to see these women respond to the promises they had received.

My heart is very full as I reminisce over the many special moments these last two days. I will really miss these sweet women. They are truly a group of girls that love Jesus with all their heart!


  1. Leah, I'm glad I stopped by your blog. It's great to read your recap of the event - I have yet to sit down and put it all into words. Honestly not sure I'll ever be able to capture it all! You were right we will be hearing stories and the more I hear the more in awe I am at what God did! Thanks for being a part of it and encouraging us along the way! You are a blessing, Jill

  2. Leah, this is the first time I've visited your blog. Fun to find it and read your take on Rise & Shine. :) It truly was a day full of God's blessings...just like we prayed. God is good!

    It was such a pleasure to meet you!!

  3. Leah,
    So good to have you and Renee at the retreat, and you are right, we Midwest gals really do love Jesus. Thank you so much for helping make the retreat such a success. It was our prayer that women's hearts were changed and I believe God really did that.


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