First I want to apologize for the delay in posting. All I can say is that life has taken over and we have walked through some adversity in the past month. I thank you all for your sweet comments and your e-mails and want you to know how much it means to me. Here are a few pictures of the special night. I have about a 15 minute video that we have pieced together to give you a feel of the event that we are hoping to have posted here in the next day or two. We have had to convert, re-do, start over, try again and the list goes on and on! So again, sorry for the delay with everything.
I would like to share that there was tremendous opposition leading up to this night as the enemy was not very happy with me. Talk about pushing through. I really struggled. I almost called it off half a dozen times. I told myself and my husband- "I can't do this!" "It's too much!" (on more than one occasion.) I remember how The Father would gently encourage me and confirm His word to me over and over again. I would regain my courage and then something else would happen - another Pastor would make a rude comment or laugh at me and I would just crumble inside. I remember telling The Lord- "I am not going to do this! Obviously I did not hear you correctly!" I remember how He would encourage me again and again and give me the same instructions and the same visions over and over again and somehow, by His grace- it happened.
I did every single thing He asked me to do. It was His night and I wanted with all of my heart just to be obedient. I loved how detailed He was. The flowers, the pearls, the rose petals, the music, the candles. It was all so beautiful. I was honored, humbled, overwhelmed and scared to death all at the same time. I said to the Lord at least a hundred times- "What if no one attends Lord? What should I do? What do you want me to do then Lord?"- The only words He spoke to my heart were "Trust me." I felt like I was building an ark. It was not easy. There was very little support and I am going to take a giant leap of faith and say most people thought I was crazy. They were right. Crazy for Him.
I remember walking into the hotel that Sunday night , after all the praying and all the fasting and all the adversity, and all the trusting and the stretching of my faith and seeing a room filled with beautiful, precious women. I could not believe my eyes. I walked in and turned around and walked out with tears streaming down my face. He did it. He did what He said He was going to do. I had to spend a moment with Him to say thank you and to also tell Him how sorry I was. I'm sorry for doubting . I'm sorry for being of little faith. I'm sorry for almost calling it off. I'm sorry for not believing You. I'm sorry for thinking that You would leave me high and dry. I'm sorry for not standing on Your word. I'm sorry for not trusting You Lord. You are so faithful Father.
There were so many parts of the night that I could call my favorite. One was throwing rose petals on all of the women. Another was the "adorning" with pearl necklaces, another was the special video we created, the list goes on and on. I felt that a small piece of Heaven touched earth that night. I was so blessed to meet so many precious "pearls" that evening. I was overwhelmed by how they shared their hearts, stories and prayer requests with me at the end of the night. My only regret is that I did not get to personally meet or speak with each and every woman. I pray that I will have that opportunity in the days to come.I will write more, post more pictures and hopefully the video next. (If we can get it to work!) I am knee deep in motherhood and celebrations and life and want so desperately to catch up here as well as with each one of you. I will do my best. With love and rose petals....