I am tired, worn out, and in need of rest.
Now that I said it, does that mean I get instant rejuvination?
Boy, I wish!
Life as a full-time mom & wife, and a full-time Children’s Minister has caught up to me. I am struggling. My eyes are open and I’m awake, but I feel like I just go through the motions.
People that know me, know that I am full of energy. Always on the go. Always doing something. My mom says that God gave me the gift of energy. And He did. But sometimes I let my battery get really low.
I need a re-charge.
Today I am going to Chicago for that re-charge.
I am going to the KidMin Conference in Chicago. It’s an awesome Children’s Ministriy Conference sponsored by Group Publishing. I am ready to connect with other leaders who do exactly what I do and to gain some new ideas and insight in the field of Children’s Ministry. But, I think I am most ready to be away for a few days to rest and re-charge.
Life in Children’s Ministry is like riding a rollercoaster. It’s thrilling, exciting, adventurous, and super fast. There is always something to do. You go from one hill to another with little time in between. Just when one event or activity ends, another begins. Up, down, up, down, up, down….
It’s an awesome ride because I have the best people on that rollercoaster with me. I have the best kids in my ministry, the best volunteers, the best Nursery staff, the best church staff, and the best church members who are super supportive. It’s an exciting ride with lots of fun people who keep me laughing and smiling.
The theme for the KidMin Conference is ABIDE. And that, my friends, is what I am ready to do.
I am ready to just abide. I want a few days to be in the presence of the Lord. I want to spend time worshiping Him because He is so awesome. I just want to sit at His feet and be with Him.
We were asked a while back from some of the leaders at Group Publishing to write down a word or phrase of what abide means to us. For me, it’s to be spiritually connected. To abide with the Lord is to be spiritually connected to Him. When we abide with God we are quiet, calm, listening, and fully present with Him. No distractions, no demands of life pulling at you, no deadlines to meet, no nothing. It’s just you and Him.
Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. John 15:4
I am ready to abide. I want to sit at His feet. I am ready, Lord.
If you will be at the KidMin Conference, come find me and introduce yourself. I would love to connect with you!