Unpacking bags…

And thoughts today.

Following up on fresh faces and beautiful hearts.

Trying to put it all together, pare it all down; what does God want me to learn from this? What is He telling me through these sweet voices?

Last night, as I tucked in little bodies that were a hole in my heart while I was away, Littlest Son says, with a yawn:

“Let’s say silent prayers tonight,” he closes his eyes with a happy smile on his face. Reunions are so lovely. “Then they can rise up and meet in the air.”

His smile was luminescent in the night light shining through the cracks in the blind. His brother beside him closes his eyes too.

But I am left speechless, because, isn’t this one of the things my heart has heard this weekend?

In her session, Experiencing God’s Power in Your Ministry, Mary Ann Ruff spoke about corporate prayer. I’ll not forget one thing she said (a paraphrase): We can never know what happens in the spiritual realm when we pray together. But I believe it is something powerful.

This is what my Littlest Son knows with his heart.

This nine-year-old speaks from his heart what I traveled over 280 miles and spent three days to learn.

With these words from my son’s sleepy lips, I hear God whisper, “Listen to your heart, Beloved. Listen like a child.”

I have some people to pray with, Dear Ones. It seems so clear now. Why not yesterday, or the day before, I cannot say. But He wants me to reach out and take the hands of some I would rather not.

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” (Acts 2:42)

He wants us to pray together.

When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God…” (Acts 4:24a)

Out loud.

“All the believers were in one heart and mind…” (Acts 4:32a)

Being one in heart and mind.

I am willing, if He so wills.

I leave you with some images of my treasured time with Proverbs 31 this weekend:

**Here are those bloggy queens, Lysa T., Sophie from BooMama (she’s so funny y’all!), Melanie from BigMama (she’s so fashionable y’all!)and Shannon from Rocks in my Dryer (she’s so smart, y’all!).

Here I am with Lysa Tyrkerst, doesn’t her new hairstyle look great?

My sweet bloggy friend Shanda, from Fellowship.

The amazing Lisa Whittle…So much Behind Those Eyes.

With Van Walton, a very special lady, and Shanda.

With Lindsey Kane, an amazing worship leader…and ever so energetic!

More sweet bloggy friends, Pamela from In His Graces, Kelly from Aroma of Joy, and Lelia from Write from the Heart.

Here we all are, worshiping together.


  1. says

    oh, what a precious time you must’ve had! Praise the Lord for all He did in and through the sweet ladies there. I pray he will one day provide me the privilage to attend! Glad all are home safe!

  2. says

    It was so sweet to meet you this past weekend. You are beautiful and I wish I could have spent more time with you!! Your passion for God is reflected not only in your blog post but also in your personality. You are very real and such a blessing friend!!
    In His Graces~Pamela

  3. says

    Hi Laura! So glad you got home safely and full of powerful images. Once again your words inspire me. About prayer for one another. So true – we will never know what forces we unleash when we delight our Father and join with oneanother to pray for each other. IT was so sweet to see your face. You are precious in His sight. luv u friend!

  4. says

    Sweet, sweet Laura with the beautiful blue eyes!

    Meeting you was such a highlight of the conference. I have to tell you, you have just the most amazing spirit about you. I sense that not a mean bone exists in that tiny little body of yours.

    I love your heart. I love that you desire to use your talents for the King. He’s eager to use you. Glad I get to watch it happen.

    Much, much love!
    Lisa 🙂

  5. says

    What an exciting time, Laura! I bet meeting all of these “Blog Stars” was like meeting a celebrity for the first time.:)
    I love how the Lord instantly connects us with complete strangers. Our love for Him connects us all.
    I’m glad you are home safely.
    I love the image of your son praying……Thank you for sharing that.

    God Bless,

  6. says

    Laura, I am so glad you had such an awesome time
    It’s good to see you and Shanda’s faces…

    It’s good to have you back.


  7. says

    waaaahhhhhh! Do you hear these cries all the way from Gatlinburg? (I’m on vacation.) Next time, please interrupt. I even brought chocolate to share! Maybe next year. I pray that the treasured wealth of the weekend will follow you the rest of the days.

    I’m so overwhelmed by many things right now, it’s hard to process.

    Be blessed as you catch up. More later.


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