The rain brought chilly weather as I arrived to the Sunshine State, but when I entered Anastasia Baptist Church, it didn’t seem to matter. Inside, 200 volunteers from 15 different churches had passionately come together to put on one powerful Fresh Grounded Faith event. The rain couldn’t stop the SON from shining on us in St. Augustine, Florida.
Energy and excitement built in the months prior as these ladies and men prayed, planned, and prepared for Fresh Grounded Faith. Women from different churches and parishes packed the room. When our prayer team leader, Julia, prayed over the group, I felt an overwhelming sense of peace in my heart. Their love for Jesus motivated them to attend a weekend of encouragement. These women were ready to hear God’s truth; I knew He had big things in store!
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I loved the way so many churches came together; a result of the leadership provided by the loving and welcoming Judy Tripi. During the decision time, almost every encourager stayed busy. God showed up in a mighty way to reach women, heal broken hearts, and restore the lost. I must say, these women weren’t the only ones blessed–I was too! Many got the opportunity to share with others the message of Truth and Hope. Because of this, we now have eight new sisters in Christ.
When I returned back to my room on Saturday, I thought about how God uses His children to work together. Whether it be my friend Kathy Troccoli singing and sharing, a greeter at the door who welcomed a woman with a smile after she had a rough day, or even the helpful sisters pouring coffee – we’re always better together.
That is what I love about Fresh Grounded Faith. When women catch the vision and are willing to serve together, God gets the glory. And boy, did God get the glory in St. Augustine! I love this quote from Mother Teresa, “Words which do not give the light of Christ increase the darkness.”
Girlfriends, we need to speak more light into each other’s lives.
We had the blessing of being able to stay over and experience the beautiful sunshine and warm Florida temperatures before heading home. Once again, my heart filled with gratitude after meeting so many new sisters. I am in awe of what God did and still doing because of women who pursue God and want others to know Him. I truly can’t wait to return.
Question: What did you enjoy most about this conference? what do you enjoy most about women’s conferences? Leave a comment here.