You guys... I have missed y'all oh so much, but we were on a break, remember?
Still, I can't tell you how many times I thought of you and now that I am back home... well, the words are coming slowly as I am still digesting all that happened over this past week!
We went to the Leaders/Advance conference for church leaders at Bethel last week and it was wonderful... or, more accurately, wonder full!
I am a slow processor so those words about what we learned will come --you know, slowly, but for now... I thought I would share just a few of the Small Wonders that I found along the way!
Here's the deal, y'all...
I am an introvert. (I know... this is not new news really.) I am also an Empty Nester. (Again, I know...) But I say those two things to paint a picture of what a week in my normal life looks like - which is mainly this: Quiet. It looks quiet!
Last week, after a full month of #Write31Days, I was looking forward to some time away from the computer... a little down time to process and unwind.
So, I thought I would just climb into a car with 4 other adults and 1 tiny toddler on a 10+ hour road trip (that would most likely take way longer than 10 hours!) Then we would huddle up in a tiny house with one bathroom and spend all day, every day, for FIVE days, and be chatty and all together non-stop, attending an amazing conference and building deeper connections with each other. And then we'd hit the road for home and on Sunday, we would gather with our tribe and worship and do that whole pastor thing and oh yes, I would bring the Word... sure. That.
That is the break I was looking forward to!
This is especially fun when you remember that God is the boss of me and He's never so much in a hurry to give me an idea of what I am going to share. I wasn't stressed or worried but I knew the week would be full and busy and oh my goodness, even those things do not concern Him.
Yeah. He's SUPER laid back about it all.
He was all over this trip y'all. It was actually amazing... everyone got along... no one was cranky (even the sleepy, I-don't-like-this-car-seat-ANY-MORE, toddler --for the most part!)
It was full, but didn't feel bossy.
His Presence went before us, arose within us, and lingered behind a bit too, I am sure!
We got to Pour Out and Fill Up...
...got to Unwind and get Stirred Up
We got to Cry and Laugh! Oh how we got to laugh!
And Love and Encourage...
Prophesy and Pray...
And all along the way... we found Small Wonders that led us back home! Through out our trip, this is what God was whispering to our hearts:
All the things that you love about Bethel have been planted at Dad's House and what they have, you have.
On a smaller level, sure... But all of the other times that I've gone to Bethel, I have longed to find a place at home that felt like --well, home! We knew Bethel had our heart and they were our people... but we longed for community in our own town with like-minded (read: Kingdom-minded) people to do life with and stand side by side, loving and serving our City together!
So it was nice to Go...
It was nice to be there... at the conference, and out and about in Redding...
Anyone else remember these? So fun - and yummy!
In & Out, because of course!
A Little Bloggy work while on the patio at Bethel...
Papa Bill (Johnson) - up front for Worship!
The Alabaster Prayer House - open 24/7 for Prayer!
The Sundial Bridge
Oh how we love this family! Our Pastors Shawn and Tenielle Niles!
We found all kinds of Small Wonders along the gardens...
This Little Guy has a tendency to steal everyones' heart!
Breakfast before heading back home!
California sure doesn't make it easy to leave!
She's so flirty with her majestic views!
But it was so amazing to come home, too!
We celebrated our six month anniversary and had a great service on Sunday! God showed up (as He does) and He confirmed His Word (as He does) over and over through out the worship, the prayer time, the guest speaker, and the message He put on my heart as well.
And then, in the afternoon, we had our very first baptism service, baptizing four family members from Dad's House!
Small Wonders were found and counted all along the way!
The Community over at #SmallWonders
Laura Boggess over at #ChasingTheBlueFlower
Holly Barrett for #TestimonyTuesday