Several weeks ago I attended my first Women of Faith event.
I know… I’m a guy.
So what was I doing there?
I was invited by some very special friends who run, work for and are the heart of Women of Faith.
The theme for this year’s Women of Faith event is A Grand New Day. Hmmm… ok, So what does that mean.
As I sat through the event I heard these incredible talks. All moving, All inspiring. All by women who I admire so much. But something happen when I got back home and the weekend began to settle in.
I realized what A Grand New Day was all about.
I went back through each talk in my head and realized everyone who spoke had a story of real struggle. The kind of struggle that could easily do anyone in, but as I listened I heard strength, encouragement, determination, and faith.
I heard these women tell at a crowd of 16,000 women and 4 guys that they struggle in life but it’s ok… we can get through it and so can you. Why? Because everyday we wake up we have a choice to make. That choice is about what we are going to do with our day. More so… how are we going to react and tackle the struggle we have to deal with in our lives and celebrate the real joys and success we experience along the way.
You know what? Struggling through hard times isn’t easy. You know that. I’ve had them. You’ve had them. But I sit here today writing this thinking how fortunate I am to be who I am… scars and all. Good times and the bad times.
I’m thankful to be alive, to have my family and friends, to have the life I have and to be able to wake up everyday determined to take on the day… good OR bad.
With the tough time I went through, I was determined to not let it do me in. Life is way to short and I wanted to find a way I could get up in the morning, look at myself in the mirror (ew) and make a choice.
Am I going to go for it today and live life? Or am I going to lay down and let life pass me by…needless to say, I tend to go for it… even if i trip and fall in the process!
So…If you are a female and you want to go treat yourself to a spiritual spa… Go find a Women of Faith event. Experience the whole weekend and walk away knowing you too can have A Grand New Day. Not one time during the event will you ever be made to feel like your life is less than it should be or that you’ve been a complete mess up with ant struggle in your life. It truly is an experience that helps you celebrate life as it is and gives you the encouragement to keep going.
If you are a man reading this… Sorry… I’m not sure of many event’s like this one for men. However, if you are married then give your wife a weekend away from you (she probably needs it) and send her to Women of Faith. There’s one in Portland,OR this weekend!