Friday, March 20, 2009

The Pearl Event Video ! (finally)

Finally! Here is a small piece of the special night. It is around 17 minutes long and there are about seven different little clips to help give you a feel of the evening.The night itself was about an hour and twenty minutes , so I tried to pick some highlights for you! If you do not have time to watch the full video, skip to the last five or six minutes or so - it is really special. The song that I used is one of my absolute favorites- Your love Oh Lord by Third Day, just in case you wanted to add it to your own collection. It is really, really beautiful!

(Please overlook the fuzzy sound in the beginning. We had to switch out the microphone and the sound gets better! :)


I praise You. I thank You. I stand in awe of You.

May these 17 minutes and 7 seconds send your word forth into all the corners of the earth and may Your precious women be set free. May those who don't know You, come to know You and may those who don't know how beautiful they are, start to look in the mirror with Your eyes from this moment on. May those Oh Father, who want to end it all, stop and think again, and listen to the words about how they have a Father Who loves them, Who adores them and Who calls them by name. Have your way Father. May You be exalted and highly lifted up by the word of this testimony. Amen and Amen.

Be glorified Lord.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Pearl Event Pictures

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....

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Quick Update

March 1, 2009

Just wanted to write a quick update and also apologize for my delay in posting. I have much to say about The Pearl Event and was trying to gather pictures from others before I posted as I do not personally have very many. It was incredible. Even with a 19 inch snow storm on the way. Incredible. I am still awestruck from the entire night and have been trying my best to put my thoughts , feelings and experiences into a post. For those beautiful bloggers who had plans to attend and had to cancel due to the weather- I completely understand and received your precious e-mails. I have not responded because I did not want to write a hurried response. I never want to write a hurried response but wanted to take my time and write to you and thank you for your support and for offering to attend the event even from out of state! Please forgive me for taking so long. I have so much to say and very little uninterrupted time at the computer. Immediately after the event Sunday night we were hit with a tremendous blizzard and I spent Monday recovering :) Tuesday and Wednesday I was busy preparing to share my testimony again with a beautiful group of women for Thursday morning. Then Thursday afternoon, I received the phone call about my precious friend.  By God's incredible goodness and amazing grace and two incredibly kind and beautiful people, I am leaving in the morning to attend her funeral. HE has taken care of every, single thing. Every detail. And I am in awe once again at His goodness and the generosity of some very special people. I will write again soon and will have a special post about The Pearl Event. 

Monday, March 9, 2009

I Miss My Friend

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I miss my friend. My beautiful, incredible, amazing, intelligent, spiritually fragrant friend. I miss Cheryl Albert Reed.  She just passed away last Thursday due to the cancer she was fighting. She was close to my age with a wonderful family, a loving husband and two very precious children. I haven't been the same since that phone call last Thursday and I can't do anything right because all I can think about is Cheryl. Beautiful, inspiring, creative, loving, genuine, sincere Cheryl.  My Pastor told me once- "Don't sing the music, be the music." Such was true in the life of Cheryl Reed. She was the music. A symphony of goodness and grace. I miss my beautiful friend. I should have called more. Done more. Been there more. Demonstrated my heart for her more. If you have a Cheryl Reed in your life, Call. Write. Meet. Encourage. Pray. Support and LOVE her.

Don't wait. Tomorrow could be too late. I'll post again soon. Right now, I'm holding my babies tight.