Sunday, September 25, 2011

Over the Top Review

My girlfriends and I
The Women of Faith "Over the Top" conference was just what my girlfriends and I needed! On the first day we had the pleasure of hearing the wise and inspirational words of Patsy Clairmont. I love her! She is full of humor, and yet everything she says cuts to your soul. I loved the testimonies and stories she shared. "Sarcasm is anger wrapped in a clown suit." WOW, yeah that's another way of looking at it. "God designed us so that our will is bigger than our emotions." Patsy has such a great knowledge of the bible and can share it so eloquently. She explains things in a simple way so that we have a better understanding and grasp on what Jesus is trying to tell us through His word.
Patsy Clairmont
Then we had the privilege of hearing from author Andy Andrews. This guy is hilarious and can't sit still for a second. He really helped women understand out husband a little more. How men are on the inside even with that tough exterior. He had some great stories to share too. He spoke to us about 7 Decisions. He talked about being WISE. Not just having knowledge, but wisdom. He also spoke about forgiveness. Saying sorry is one thing, and asking for forgiveness is totally something else. I really enjoyed his speaking more than I thought I would. I am really interested in reading his novel "The Traveler's Gift" as soon as I can get my hands on a copy.
Masdisa and Tim Hawkins performed on the first night. I LOVE MANDISA! I had to throw that in there. I love her voice and the fact she loves to worship God. She was sitting her chair singing along and worshiping when other speakers were singing a song. You can just see the joy she gets out of it. It was great to see!
Lisa Welchel
Sandi Patty
We started off the next morning with Lisa Welchel. She shared with us her struggle for making and keeping real friendships. Growing up on a TV show, she was vulnerable in a way. EVERYONE probably wanted to be her friend, but how many wanted true friendships. Maybe they just wanted to be close to an actress. She gave us some pointers and advice when it comes to seeking out real friendships that will help us grow in Christ.  She had a great testimony to share as well.  Patsy Clairmont spoke to us again that day with some more encouragement. Deborah Joy Winans, neice of Bebe and Cece Winans, did an outstanding piece. She really had us enthralled in the story she shared about throwing stones. We are all guilty of sin, so how can we judge others and throw stones. Someday it might be us or a family member in a similar situation. What then? Will we throw our stones at them? Put the rock down...we have no right.
Right before lunch Sandi Patty came on stage and shared an emotional testimony with us. She has come so far in her life and walk with Christ. She sang a few songs of inspiration. Other speakers were Marilyn Meberg, Brenda Warner, and a performance from Amy Grant.
From Left to Right: Amy Grant, Marilyn Meberg, Patsy Clairmont, Lisa Welchel, Brenda Warner, Mandisa
This was an emotional conference and oh so life changing. We just need to put into practice what we learned. I've learned so much and I am working on myself, areas where God has revealed things I need to change and work on. I really hope to attend the next Women of Faith Conference. It is such a blessed time for all women.

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LOTS OF THANKS TO BOOKSNEEZE.COM AND WOMEN OF FAITH FOR OUR COMPLIMENTARY TICKETS. I received 2 tickets to the Women of Faith Over the Top to do this review.