Actually, the conference is over as of today, but we feel like we are just beginning to digest all we were exposed to and the relationships that were forged. The best word I can use to describe it is....Wow! There is such a great spirit of cooperation and unity we experienced this week. So much of Hebrews 4 - that says, "encourage one another daily" - these people are not all about their own ministry - they are about furthering God's ministry to marriages and families, whether it be their own niche that God has called them to or someone else's. They share and promote each other's materials and work to be real and authentic with each other. It was so great to hear about all God is doing across the country and even around the world in restoring marriages. We took this picture with Eric and Jennifer Garcia, the founders of AMFM, as we were leaving this evening, and we just want to acknowledge what a great influence and encouragement they have been to us over this past year. We continue to receive confirmation that we are where we're supposed to be and doing what God has called us to do for this season. In addition to that, we received more tools to help us in the present, and more vision for the future. Right before we took this picture with Eric and Jennifer, their daughter snapped this photo of Tim that I just have to share:
I'm thinking of submitting it to the Garcia's for the cover of next year's conference material - what do you think? I'm sure we'll have lots of people lined up to hear from this suave and debonair hunk of a man, eh?!! :-)And then, as icing on the cake, we were able to stay with my brother and his wife and spend some quality time with them. Here is a picture of my brother and me at the dinner table Tuesday night:
Like I said, we're still sorting through all the amazing things we learned this week, and are just so thankful for the prayers and encouragement we've received that have brought us this far. We're more excited than ever for what God has purposed for us - as Eph 4:10 says - the "good works he's prepared in advance for us". Thank you again for all who have prayed and continue to pray for direction for us and that we would be faithful to follow that direction. You all ROCK!
Tim & Jodie