I think I’m a little overwhelmed that Allume is actually here-like it is THIS WEEK!
When my Logan of Life for Dessert invited me to be the conference photographer, then gave me the dates, my first reaction was “it’s right in the middle of Fall!” …translation, the busiest season in an outdoor photographer’s life! But I knew if Logan was in it, it was important and BIG! (If you think I’m in the “Go Big or Go Home” club, she’s the president!!!) So even as I said yes, I didn’t know why. Why would a Christian Blogger’s Conference be big? Why would being a part of this conference be important to me?
Then Passion 2013 happened. While our 15 year old was lamenting not being able to attend this amazing, “for college kids only” conference, we learned of the new livestream and she and the rest of our family stayed glued to the the computer screen for hours at a time! I knew that God was stirring something in me because I cried through the whole thing. (My best friends may not think that’s too relevant since I am the one who cries at commercials, but…I knew something was up.) Since then I have been asking God to show me, chasing a few avenues that ended in dismissal and closed doors, and I am, 10 months later, still lingering in wonder, asking God to make the path clear…the one I feel Him nudging me towards.
Reveal it to me, Lord, in your time….and I will do it.
Last night I attended the “In the Round” concert by Bebo Norman, Andrew Peterson, and my long time fave, Sara Groves! It was like several hours of “porch time” with a few good friends! The theme, for me, continued and maybe even got a little clearer as each one declared that to have a God given gift and use it only for the sake of personal provision is empty. But to have a gift and use it for His kingdom and His kingdom’s work, locally and world-wide is to be full. And while I struggle with being in the place that Bebo describes in his song “The Middle” I do feel like I’m about to get a glimpse…at Allume 2013.
I feel like I’m in a first trimester, beginning to feel something grow in me, but not yet sure what the dream is or how it will be fulfilled. But, like an expectant mother, I wanted to annouce that God is doing something in me…and I believe my attendance at Allume is going to be both important and big for me and my unkown journey ahead.
I am honored beyong belief to be serving as this year’s conference photographer! If you think about us, please pray for all involved in Allume 2013!