Saturday, February 28, 2009

Exactly What I Needed....to SMILE BIG Again!

For several months now, my church has been plannning our Womens' Conference. We were told months ago about a very special guest speaker, Thelma Wells, formerly one of the Women of Faith featured speakers. Unfortunately, I never took the opportunity to attend Women of Faith Conferences when they came to town. When I heard that Thelma Wells was coming, I was very excited and had anticipated blogging about it and telling all of my friends about it. However, with so many things that started happening with us these last couple of months, I must be honest and say that I not only didn't make it a priority, I started wondering up until the day before the conference if I was going to attend.

I really didn't have it in me to go, but knew that I REALLY needed to go and so I did! It was today and it was absolutely GOOD for my soul. The worship time was wonderful and Thelma Wells was just a phenominal speaker. WOW!

I really, really, really needed this and was able to not only cry a few times today, but also smile many times as well. The pictures below will prove it.

It was a great time spent amongst not only with other believers, but with the Lord, too.

Here's a short video clip from Thelma Wells and, of course, a few pictures that I took.





And the pictures taken today...



Me and my friend, Judy. We meet at Judy's home each week for our Home Team (Bible Study).



My pastor's wife, Lisa with Thelma.




I love this picture below. We all attend Home Team together, Judy, me, Yolonda and Jill.

We had a two hour break today for lunch. We ate at the Olive Garden. It was a great choice!

The only disappointment that I had was that I didn't get around to inviting any friends outside my church. I know that they would have been as blessed by this conference as I was!

36 comments:

God's Girl said...

Oh... I'm so glad you went. We desperately need times of refreshing... especially when times are tough.

Thanks for sharing. Sounds like you had a wonderful day!

God is so faithful to encourage our souls.

I pray that you have a wonderful Sunday!!!

Brandi said...

I'm glad you had a good time - and it is so good to see you with a big smile! :)

I'm glad you are back to blogging too!

coco said...

Sounds like a wonderful day...so glad it made you smile! :)

Stacey said...

Sounds like a wonderful time. We all need that from time to time.

Tim said...

Oh D that looks like it was so much fun. Im glad to hear that you are smiling again. I have missed your beautiful smile. :)

Love and Prayers,

Tim

Beth E. said...

Good for you! I'm really glad you got to refresh, refill, and rejuvenate! Looks like an awesome time. Olive Garden looked like fun, too! ;o)

Denise said...

So glad you got to attend this, I know you had an awesome time my friend.

April said...

Hey Daphine~
After all you've been through lately, I'm so glad you took the opportunity to get away for a little while to enjoy some good old fashioned fellowship. So glad you enjoyed yourself and came away with a brighter perspective...your beautiful smile says it all!

Love ya tons!♥ Have a blessed Sunday!

He And Me + 3 said...

That is so great that you got to go and had such a good time. It looked like such a blessed time.

Heather said...

i'm am really happy you went too! what a wonderful day you experienced. i can only imagine how much your spirit is alive today!

Kristin said...

Daphine, You looked so beautiful and happy in your pictures! I'm so glad you had a good time. That sounds like exactly what I need. I hope you have many more good days like this ahead!

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

Sounds like a great day! I love Thelma Wells.

Take care my friend!
I pray you have a blessed Sunday!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Daphine, I'm so thankful this was a blessing to you! You are such a sweetheart, and I am thankful that this just blessed your socks off! God is so good. :-) Loved all your pictures, too. Sending you much love...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Liz said...

I am so glad that you went to the conference. It sounded so uplifting. I had not heard of Thelma Wells. She sounds like a wonderful speaker. I hope you have a great Sunday!

"Just Me - NC Beth" said...

Looks like y'all had an awesome time together!!

I never attended the local Women of Faith conferences either. And they no longer have them in our area.... :(

Blessings!
~Beth

Lee said...

Sounds like you had a great time! I wish I was so lucky. I'm stuck in bed today.

Edie said...

Oh I'm so glad you didn't miss that. I've been to the last 4 Women of Faith conferences and have seen Thelma. She is a wonderful lady. I didn't know all those things about her though. Wow I would love to have a conversation with her.

Love the photos and your big beautiful smile!! :D

Lindsay-ann said...

I am so glad you went to this conference and found it uplifting. It's just what you needed right now. I enjoyed seeing you with your lovely church friends.
Lindsay

Ginger said...

Hi friend,
I hope you're doing well! Sounds like y'all had a great time. I've heard Thelma is wonderful. I went to one Women of Faith conference, but she wasn't speaking at that particular one.

Gotta love Olive Garden..especially the soup and salad special. What a deal!

Alicia said...

Oh Daphine..what a blessing that you were able to attend! There is nothing better than being refreshed in the Lord!!!

Sandy Toes said...

OH..I love conferences like this...enjoyed looking at your pictures!
sandy toe

Toia said...

It looks like you had a very blessed time. I enjoy looking at all the pictures. God always knows what we need whether it's to cry (a sign of releasing) or to smile (a sign of receiving). Blessings to you always!!

Life with Kaishon said...

I am so thankful you had a wonderful time Daphine! What a blessing! I think it was just what you needed. I have never heard of Thelma before but I love her because she has a beautiful smile and my Grandma's name : ).

Susan said...

Oh wow, WHAT A MAJOR BLESSING!!!

I'm so glad you decided to go! I've seen this precious sister speak at a conference before, just incredible.

Thanks for sharing the video clip and those AWESOME pictures!!

Blessings to you Daphine♥

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you had a good time. I wish I was there.

Tonya

Mod Girl said...

Praise God, Daphine! Doesn't He always give us just what we need... so often we fail to accept it. I'm glad that you accepted on Saturday and were encouraged.

Angela said...

Thank you so much for commenting on my blog today. Your SO right girl..it definitely was not by chance. I LOVE how God leads His daugthers to find one another..((hugs))

Jennifer said...

What a blessing....I can hear the joy bubblin' from within even from your blog! God is so good to restore and refresh - when we are most depleted!

Loved your post!

Debra said...

Daphine,

I missed you, my friend. I am so glad you went and were blessed by it. The Olive Garden choice is always one of my favorites too!

Your group looks like a great bunch! Happy Monday, my sweet sis! Blessings to you!

Darlene said...

I'm so glad you ended up going to the conference as I know it was wonderful for you. It is so good to feel so uplifted during a time when you might be down. Loved all the pictures.

Look Beyond The Picket Fence said...

I would say you got your smile back. It looks like you had a great day. A day spent with friends always makes me smile! Have a wonderful Tuesday!
denise

4 Lettre Words said...

Wow...that is so cool. Thelma and all of the Women of Faith speakers were/are so great. (My current fave is Luci.) Glad that you and your friends were able to get in some girl-bonding!

Nicolle said...

That looks and sounds like a wonderful and uplifting day for you! I am glad you went. You've been through a lot lately. You've all been in my prayers!

Cortney said...

Sounds like a great day! I'm glad you got some uplifting. I know you've been needing that. One saying that always sticks with me is that when you don't want to be in worship (or prayer or study or Christian action) is when you need to the most.

mimi said...

It looks like it was a great day!

I pray that smile continues!!

Christy said...

That's great!!! Last summer during our summer study we watched a Women of Faith video series and she was one of the speakers and was FABULOUS!!!!