This past weekend, I had the privilege of meeting author Lysa TerKeurst. You may have heard her mentioned on here. She is the founder of Proverbs 31 Ministries as well as the author of a number of books, one being, Unglued, which I did the online Bible study for back in the fall.
An invitation was extended to about 50 women from all over the country to attend a luncheon with Lysa and other Proverbs 31 ladies. It was an honor to be one of the ladies invited to join in on this special time. Lysa discussed some things from Unglued, we played games, chatted and got to know each other. I met many beautiful ladies, some from nearby areas of North and South Carolina and some from as far away as Texas, New Jersey and Ohio. I am pretty sure we all walked away overjoyed and blessed.
There were so many wonderful ladies who helped to make this past weekend special for each of us. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers so that they in turn will feel the joy and blessings that we all felt.
While there, Lysa told us some stories about how she handles certain situations, tough topics with her kids, and other things. She shared some valuable tips that I am sure I will be using in the future. I have read most of her books and the one thing I have loved most about her books is how open, honest and real she seems. Well, I can say, after meeting her in person, she is so real. She’s not afraid to admit she is human and has faults. I think that shows her real strength.
One thing I learned while there is just how much of an introvert I am. Here I was in Charlotte, NC. I was around a ton of sweet ladies who were all chatting it up, getting to know each other and I had every opportunity to do the same. No one knew me and most of them would probably never see me again. I could talk and converse and walk away without any worries but nooooo, I barely spoke!
It wasn’t that I wasn’t enjoying myself – quite the opposite, I was very much enjoying myself. I just can’t seem to find that comfortable place where I can just jump out of my shell and talk. What do I say? I don’t even know where to start.
Compared to the hubby, I’m a top rate extrovert but compared to other women, I’ll take a dark, quiet corner in the back any day! Thankfully, a few ladies who were not so shy managed to invite me to sit at their table with them at lunch (thanks girls!), otherwise, I’d have been chewing on my own.
The difficult reality of all that is considering I feel like God is leading me to write and speak, I feel extremely inadequate for the whole speaking idea. I sure hope God has a box of courage and confidence tucked away for me!
At the end of the luncheon, we had the opportunity to leave a video message for Proverbs 31. Now, I just told you about the whole really quiet, dark corner, introvert girl, right? Well, how about being blasted with bright lights, a camera guy and a gal asking questions … shew, no pressure, right?
One of the questions I was asked, was “How has Proverbs 31 Ministries impacted your life?”
I didn’t even have to think to answer. My kids mean the world to me. I have never been what I would consider a great mom but God blessed me with these little people who continue to love me and trust me day in and day out, even when Monster Mom makes an appearance, even when I’m wrong, even when I come unglued…they still come running to me to kiss their boo-boo’s. They still come to me for goodnight hugs and kisses. They still come to me for mommy snuggles.
My answer was that Proverbs 31 has impacted me, through Bible studies, through being real and honesty, with encouragement. The women of Proverbs 31 have taken time to invest in me, in the hopes that I can grow closer to God and that my relationship with Christ will change my life. It has changed my life and in doing so, it’s making changes in the lives of my children, which means more to me than anything. Instead of continuing down the road of a not so great mom, I am becoming the mom they need. I am learning to be a better mom. I am learning new things every day that make changes in my ways and my attitude and those changes are visible to my kids.
How can you thank someone for that? There are not enough words to say thank you for the blessings the beautiful women of Proverbs 31 Ministries have given to me and my family.