Friday, October 29, 2010

The Relevant Experience

Last week I spent a few days in Pennsylvania where I attended Relevant, a Christian bloggers' conference, and it was heart-changing.

The conference itself had a little bit to do with the how-to's of blogging and a whole lot to do with God-following.

The Lord spoke to my heart over the course of the three days I was there and caused me to do a lot of thinking about my family, my marriage, my mothering, and my blog.

I am filled up and overflowing with everything I brought home to ponder, but I only have a moment to quickly share a few nuggets with you:

  • I have my whole life to blog, to have a ministry, but I only have right now to love my children. ~Sally Clarkson from I Take Joy.
  • I can't give away what I don't have in my heart. ~Sally Clarkson (on spending time with God each day before ministering to your family)
  • You can't write with integrity if you don't live a life of integrity. Am I being faithful to my home and family? Are my words gentle? Am I building a foundation of love with my husband and children? ~Sally Clarkson
  • There is no substitute for time spent with my children. Nurture that relationship with them. ~Sally Clarkson
  • Seek great things for thyself. Seek them not. Jeremiah 45:5                                                  ~Courtney Joseph from Women Living Well
  • Ask each member of my family what will make them feel like I am there for them. Make those things a priority. ~Kristen Welch from We Are That Family
  • Humble myself and ask God what His purpose is for my blog. ~Kristen Welch
  • Budget how you need to spend your time - even your computer time - and write it down.        ~Crystal Paine from Money Saving Mom
  • Unsubscribe from unnecessary email lists. ~Crystal Paine
  • My goal is to never see 11:00 pm on my clock. ~ Courtney Joseph
So there you have it. There is so much more that I don't have time to type. I'm still processing everything, but I came away from the weekend with a heart for seeking God's plan for this blog and how I spend my time with it.

More to come on and friends!

Have a great weekend!


  1. The first thing I did was come home and apologize to my family for letting the computer take up so much of my time. Then, I asked each of them to write down five things I could do to really make them feel like I am there, in the moment with them.

    Megan is the only one who's given me her list so far. (I need to remind everyone tomorrow. I told them they could pray about it awhile.) I was surprised at how simple her list was. We've already been enjoying some of those things this week.

  2. WOW! Thanks for sharing what you learned Shannon. Very challenging and thought provoking.


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