Many of you will know that at last years Real Conference (our annual women's conference) I had the dubious privilege of being asked to sing as a surprise for Catrina. I stupidly said yes, not imagining that it was going to end up on YouTube :) And no I'm not going to post a link to it!
Well this year the girls have gone a step further and asked me to speak (although this year Catrina knows that it is happening!). I've been pondering for a while what I should say, but then the other night woke up in the middle of the night with a strong sense of the message I should bring. That's not something that often happens to me, normally I can't think about anything beyond the next message I'm supposed to be preaching. The more I think and pray over what I sense God has given me to say, the more sure I am that it is going to speak into the lives of many of the women there.
I want to encourage every woman who reads my blog to come to Real, and to think about who else you can bring along with you. Conferences like this are an incredible opportunity to stop, spend time with God and his people and hear his voice in a way which doesn't seem to happen in the normal busyness of life. It's going to be fantastic having Shauna Niequist with us, Catrina will be a brilliant host and speaker and hopefully I'll do OK. Put yourself in the way of God, even if events like this aren't normally your sort of thing.
And I want to encourage all you guys out there, both single and married, to make sure the women in your world come. Do something practical for them, forward this blog to them, offer to pay their fees, if they're a mum babysit for their children.
You can find all the registration details and much more information here. And if lack of finance is an issue please let us know and we'll do what we can to help.
Hope to see you there!