Do you see how I'm on a roll already?... See? I'm doing better!
**Iphone black girl emoji hands in the air!**
Now before I do, I need to say this so please clean your glasses or if you don't wear a pair, blink a couple of times so you can read this clearly ....because I will not be misunderstood on here. This is my blog, my views, and pretty much my perspective. I will always be respectful, the best I can, as well as be honest, and I will stay true to moi **smiley face** so with that being said, I ask that you respect my opinion(s) and if you don't dig it, then beat it.
OK, let's do this!
So first a general gist about the Pinky Promise conference. It's a conference put together by a phenomenal team headed by the Founder, Speaker, and Author, Heather Lindsey who is basically pro-abstinence/celibacy and pro-women being all about their walk with God. (check out her Website & Instagram here. Also more info about the conference here). Going to this conference, My friends, my sister, and I were all in this place of great expectation from God. Individually, we'd been going through some difficult tests and from many conversations, we just needed a renewal, some real encouragement...a word...
But we were so excited and went with ready hearts to take it all in. The conference is in Atlanta and so since we had never been, we also got a package deal to see some awesome sights like The Center for Civil Rights Museum, the CNN center, and World of Coca-Cola amongst other places... But I digress, back to the conference...
It was so awesome getting to the Hilton Atlanta where it was held, We felt sooooo welcome! There were all these ladies with fascinator hats and smiles with ready hugs to welcome us at the door. We got registered and got these cute pinky promise bags with cute freebies and a name badge (great idea) with the schedule conveniently attached to the back. I mean you could tell a lot of thought went into the planning stages.
|Forgive my nails but My name Badge! Keeping with the Pink Theme|
|The Schedule on the Back. Super Cute and Efficient Idea *thumbs up*|
Thursday, aka Day 1, was pretty chill. All we had to do was register and relax until the worship experience later that evening. Looking back, my friends and I appreciated the gaps in between the events. They were well worth it so that we could tour the city, get food to eat, or just relax and reflect. That evening, the worship experience was literally wow! The band came to do nothing but praise God ! We were so happy and it was easy being ushered into God's presence. Day 2 & 3 were filled with activities such as peaceful quiet time, Zumba, Meet & Greet, Book Signing, Clothing Swaps, fun seminars for singles and married women, mothers and business owners.
|My beautiful fashionista roomie, Mo, found quite a few clothes at the swap ! me ....not so much.|
|Oh here's a pointer that will save your life: bring a SWEATER! We had to squeeze into my Roomie's wrap|
|The Crew: L to R: Mo, Winnie, Me, and Sade. The hall was full minutes after this. We were just early. Oh and we were in the middle of an already full half-room.|
My favorite was the modesty talk with Jennifer Spears! It was great hearing about how modesty is not just about your physical appearance but your HEART as well... Anddddd I got to personally talk to and take a picture with her !! **eek!**
|Me, Jennifer Spears who spoke on Modesty, and my bff Sade !|
|Jennifer Spears speaking on Modesty|
Now at the end of each full day, Friday and Saturday, was a sermon aka preaching. Friday's was by Heather's hubby, Pastor Cornelius Lindsey (men check out his website and blog here!!), and Saturday was by Heather. When I say you had to be there.... like I can't FULLY and in detail talk about what they preached (at least not in this post) but let me tell you... it w-r-e-c-k-e-d !!
Here's like the most basic of basic points that hit me from the messages:
1. Christians have got to be more DO-ERS of the word instead of just hearers. It simply does no good until you ACT out your faith.
2. Judge Y-o-u-r-s-e-l-f daily
3. Do you have a heart for people and God's work? or just yourself? 0_0 #majorouch
And here I thought I was going to get some cutesy, everything-go'n-be-alright, rainbows and flowers message....
Yeah, I definitely left with a heart to DO, and be more like Christ and not just talk about it.
OH! There were also ONgoing initiatives that you could have totally plugged in to:
1.) state wide baby shower for single pregnant/ low-income mothers (still happening..check the site!)
2.) 24 hour worship where we prayed for the state of the world (especially as the South Carolina shooting had just happened : ( *sigh*
Now for the parts I didn't like, rightttt... Well, honestly it was no shade to the event but more of a call for us as christians to just do better. During the praise and worship, it was pretty disappointing watching some ladies just sit down and just stay on their phones the whole experience. Like you paid all this money to come and justtttt do that...? huh. And of course, there were the people that came for the WRONG-EST reasons....like to:
1.) find a man (there was a men's conference literally a stones throw away *sigh*)
2.) to sit 0.5268 inches from heather and cornelius's face -- like seriously, stop idolizing human beings! It's okay to get excited about meeting someone who is such an awesome beautiful vessel of truth but uhhh, some people just needed to relax and get with the message.
3.) to NOT network. really? it's a conference. Get our of your comfort zone and meet someone new! I did! and I even wish I met more people. **adding that on my to-do list for next year*
But that's it though. No one is perfect. Not even I. We can alllllll do better.
As for the conference, I am so sure next year's will be even MORE LIVE!!! I sure hope they add a screen and show the lyrics to songs that are being performed during worship so that people who are not familiar can sing along. I also plan by God's grace on being more of a helper in the form of volunteering and spreading words of encouragement to more and MORE people like through this blog and let them know that GOD LOVES and He LOVES so completely. He takes us as we are and makes us so MUCH MORE in HIM. So I'm totally cleaving and I'm never ever letting GO.
I can't wait for NEXT YEAR'S PINKY PROMISE CONFERENCE!!!
|My beautiful crew with Pastor Cornelius.|
Until next time Y'all,