I’m home from The Relevant Conference. What a privilege it was to join 250 mom/bloggers in Harrisburg, PA for the 2nd year in a row! I returned with a suitcase full of giveaways, my mind spinning with ideas, and anxious to see my family.
During my flight there I wrote this cool post – it was WAY cool – I fully intended to blog throughout the weekend with pictures and everything. I even brought my camera AND the manual! But, my plans came to an abrupt halt when the hotel Internet refused to comply.
The message from the Lord was more like ‘rest and peace’. Typing slowed and we all settled in, more intent than before. Cool, winter air invaded our comfy hotel as the first snowstorm of the season blew in. Huge snowflakes wove a thick blanket of white – it looked like a scene from White Christmas!
Relevant is such a unique experience. Multifaceted – like a women’s retreat, enrichment classes, getaway for busy moms, friend-connect, plus, opportunities for ministry interests galore. They even had a prayer room and live dinner music from David Nevue – the man behind the music on A Holy Experience. I got to room with Ali – An Ordinary Mom and her precious little one, Faith.
The mom/blog phenomenon is a cross-cultural movement. Relevant draws southern bells, embedded missionaries, those who rescue and those who have been rescued, farm girls, city slickers, and moms like me.
Women who treasure their families and love their God now have a voice through social media. A voice that circles the globe and reaches the heavenlies. Hammering out the cries of their hearts, creative ideas and inspirations – making a collective ‘sound.’ Thanks to the women who’ve put their heart out there like Emily, from Chatting at the Sky , Sarah Markley and Serena Woods from Grace is for Sinners, they have helped pave the way for a groundswell. I was honored to be a part. Next year I hear they’re moving to a larger place to accommodate more – I hope so.
Of these modern day disciples, there is no mold in which to conform. They’re a sliver of Christianity – a mixed drink from diverse streams of living water. Each reattaching her identity to the roots of grace and truth. In a world where ambition reigns – self-promotion is a stranger here.
The accomplished alongside the deer-in-headlights newbie – we all gather for one purpose. To know God and make him known, through Christ alone. Each conveying truth – from their vantage point. Theological differences aside. Solidly Christian. Salt of the earth – preserving culture from self-destruction.
At Relevant we’re all inspired by bloggers like Kristen Welch from We are THAT Family and Ann Voskamp who’ve used their platform to rescue the hurting and connect across the world – the resources of those who have to the needs of those who have not. Proverbs 31 in the age of information.
We were challenged by Ann Voskamp and Joy Forney – The Grace Full Mama to engage in social media with purity of heart and harness it as a tool to spread the gospel without ambition. Stirring the heavens as a “collective, roaring thunder”. Making the road straight for the voice of the Lord in the wilderness. And the Lord of the harvest – He brings the rain.
The Kingdom of God is at hand.
If you were at Relevant, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
If you’re considering blogging – come on in! The road’s paved for a smooth ride.