The opening night of the Bella Conference was incrediBella!! (I couldn’t resist!) Attendees were greeted by gentlemen with posters stating, “You’re Beautiful!” making us feel, well…beautiful. The venue was decorated with bright colors and huge balloons. Dancers floated on stage for the opener, as the band played “Beautiful Things” by Gungor. Chrysta Joy Daidone sang her heart out and sparked hoped in the listener that perhaps God could make something beautiful out of each lump of clay present. Worship was hushed and sober one moment, and then full of energy and excitement a few minutes later.
The ladies at FHC unveiled a beautiful cookbook, the proceeds of which will be going to help demolish human trafficking. The book is very impressive and I will be devoting an entire post to it soon…
Finally, the lovely Holly Wagner took the spotlight. She spoke so many words of wisdom, but here a few of my personal favorites…
God never asked us to do something hard….only impossible.
Maturity doesn’t come from what I know, but what I persevere through.
We don’t always know what’s ahead; but we never will until we persevere through what’s in our “now”.
It’s always safer to stay on the shore, but God has called us to get in the boat.
A strong marriage doesn’t just grow over time, but by doing things intentionally over time.
When my joy is gone so is my strength.
Happiness is a reaction to circumstances, joy is a decision.
When you put the Word in you while you’re strong, it will come out of you when you are weak.
Have the strength to finish.
Can I remain faithful in the post of Believer?
Stay at your post.