i listened; therefore, i learned.

I heard the Lord tell me to go, and so I answered. A bit hesitantly, almost begrudgingly, but I answered. And my life was changed in Indianapolis.

I learned what it means to receive the gospel, and not just believe it.
I learned how to take pride in my brand, because that’s what it is.
I learned that the wrong timing makes a right thing wrong.
I learned how to monetize my blog, in order to provide for my family.
I learned to develop a brave yes and a strong no.
I learned to distribute and collect business cards without feeling awkward.
I learned that growth is winding, and not always linear.
I learned to identify my own, personal spheres of influence.
I learned a bit about communicating to a large group.
I learned that I need to see a counselor.
I learned what it means to minister out of vulnerability.
I learned to see grace and the cross in a whole new light.
I learned about a few people & companies who are changing the world for better.
I learned that the Internet is real and precious.
I learned that when I opened up, there were arms & ears awaiting me.
I learned to hold my own opinions loosely, that I might learn from others.
I learned that it’s time to grow my skin a bit thicker and my heart a bit softer.

I’m so thankful to have been a part of this past weekend, and to have served as a community leader. The friendships, the encouragement, and the inspiration far surpassed my expectations.
I caught a glimpse of where the Lord’s taking me, and I couldn’t be more honored.
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19 thoughts on “i listened; therefore, i learned.”

  1. wow, I’ve been reading all the recaps and it looks like I totally missed out! I’m going to really pray about it and God willingly I will be at the next one.
    All of the recaps are so heart warming knowing that Jesus was praised and that He moved in each one of you.
    Blessings!

  2. Love love love this. Next year, I am so there. Awesome having all of these recaps in one place!

    Also, I might just have to splurge on a gel mani/pedi. Your nails were looking pretty dang snazzy!

  3. Your words bless me and you bless me. I am so thankful that I get to watch and learn from you. I have a crazy amount of respect for you. Thank you for loving on my boy… and for changing his diaper.

  4. love this post. and i loved hearing from you during the panel – you are amazing and wise!

    excited to find out about your blog and start following. beautiful heart!

    xo
    erin

    sweetnessitself.blogspot.com

  5. I love that phrase. Wear your skin a bit thicker and your heart a bit looser. Beautiful! Such a good daily reminder.
    I can’t wait to attend next year. I’m regretting not doing it this year because of being too shy, not knowing anyone, etc. seems like such a terrible excuse after seeing everyones posts about Influence.

    xoxo
    Erin
    Readeatcreate.com

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