this past week was our second annual adore conference. oh my goodness, did God ever move!

conference week was madness for james + i. as most people know who put on takes a lot out of you..but oh, did God ever pour it back in.

the whole weekend was a blur. it honestly felt like it went by in an hour.

the theme for the conference was from micah 6:8

And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
    and to walk humbly with your God.

it wasn’t a justice conference. we specifically did not want to label it a justice conference, rather it was a journey. a journey where our community walked together exploring what it really meant to act justly, love mercy & walk humbly.

i remember praying a very scary prayer a few days prior to conference. i prayed that God would break my heart. mother teresa once said, “may God break my heart so completely that the whole world falls in.” well a portion of the world fell in.

one of the speakers was joyce rees. this lady is legit. she spoke on God’s heart for the marginalized…hearts were shattered, wrecked as sinful nature was cut away and Jesus’ heart for the poor was transplanted into ours. we sat at the altar worshiping and listening for God that evening, and oh, how He spoke.

worship was incredible. i’m so proud of our amazing team + my crazy talented husband who led worship on saturday evening.

we had elijah waters speak on sunday, along with leeland leading worship on sunday night. amazeballs.

elijah spoke an amazing message both morning and night, but do yourself a favor and download the sunday evening message!

all in all, God exceeded my expectations at conference (why should i be surprised?)

yes, our hearts went through the ringer at conference, but it’s just making them more like His..and isn’t that the point?

but there was hope. there was Jesus. at the conference i shared a verse for conference that God laid on my heart months ago…

Because of God’s tender mercy,
    the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us,
79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
    and to guide us to the path of peace. -luke 1:78

after learning about horrendous things going on in our world, one can start to view the world as dark, grey, awful. but i believe that view is wrong. Jesus came to bring colour to grey situations. He came to bring hope! He came to bring light to the darkness + to guide us to the path of peace.

and oh, how sweet that peace is.