Monday, July 24
If you're a WO-MAN...
...or a husband of one, mark your calendar. You'll want to attend (or make plans for your wife to attend).

The fall Youniquely Woman conference, that is. It's a kind of "finishing school" for adult women (18-45), and I have to admit, I was compelled to attend its pilot program in the Spring. Compelled and yet VERY skeptical. Suffice it to say, my expectations (whatever they were) were FAR exceeded. Speakers/leaders include Emilie Barnes, Donna Otto (two sites to check out) and Kay Arthur. The dates are October 17-21 and it's worth the time and money. More than worth it.

Emilie's site describes it as "A powerful week of teaching and training women in all facets of being a woman," and I'd agree with emphasis on the word "all". This is stuff women aren't hearing in general--not even in "the church". Very much Titus 2 being lived out; Kay, Donna and Emilie didn't just teach and disappear, they were out there with us, spending the week listening and sharing their lives and experiences. NEVER pretending perfection, just sharing practical insight and even some of their mistakes. Amazingly unpretentious. I guess if you know anything about any of these women, you'll know whatever they say comes out of their relationship with Christ--everything is Biblically based.

This translates into positive transformation for those in attendance...I cannot imagine anyone not being changed as a result. Here are a few thoughts I had at the time--here, here and here.

"Many daughters have done nobly, But you excel them all."

  Into the pensieve on Monday, July 24, 2006
  Your thoughts, please (13)

At July 25, 2006, Blogger Lori said...

Hey fellow YW grad! I'll add my RAh! RAH! RAH! to yours! What a fantastic conference! I wish I could do it all again. (Remember it was just a pilot :))

I just received my CDs last week and have been crying already!

At July 25, 2006, Blogger Robin said...

Hey Lori :) :) :),

What a coincidence! I just got home and picked up our mail on the way in. In it, I had a package from YW--10 invitations to pass along to friends. Then I sign on and get your post (how cool is that?). I tried to post back to you, but it looks like your blog isn't quite up and running (a nice start if you choose to do something with it). I didn't get any of the videos, but sometimes it'd be nice to "go back and re-hear" some of the sessions...goooood stuff! Thanks for letting me know you stopped by (hope it's not your last visit).

At July 25, 2006, Blogger Lori said... won't let you comment? Not quite sure why. I'll get right on it--after I go to Walmart and pick up the bag I left AAAGH!

I have been 'lurking' (is that the right lingo?) I'll try to comment more often.

At July 25, 2006, Blogger Karmyn R said...

Sounds like a great conference - wish it wasn't so far away. I bet my mom would LOVE it!!

At July 25, 2006, Blogger Lori said...

Yeah! I fixed it! LLV

At July 26, 2006, Blogger Pamela said...

Karmyn's mom is toooo old.
Young at heart - I used to say I was 16 going on 50. Reassessing that..... now maybe 12 going on 60???

Hope you make it to the
conference. There are places and things unfolding in this world that make women 2nd class citizens - our freedom here is God Given and we need to use it to first help ourselves and then them ...

(PS. yes. that picture on my blog is one I took of the mountains, and then I superimposed one the hubby took of me onto it.)

At July 26, 2006, Blogger Wendy aka Cheeky said...

I had never heard of this before.....interesting....

At July 31, 2006, Blogger Anna Venger said...

I just saw Kay Arthur in person, finally, two weeks ago. She's amazing!

As for finishing school, I could probably use it! But I fear, it's too late for me. Too set in my ways and too unpredictable. I don't even know what I'm going to say or do next!

At August 02, 2006, Blogger Susannah said...

This conference sounds really interesting... I wonder how I could help as a volunteer at the next one. Do they have a website? (Um... I've over 45!)

At August 02, 2006, Blogger Susannah said...

Thanks for the info over at my site! I did try to google YW, and I got YOU! I read Emilie Barnes' book "More Hours in My Day" when I was a young Mum. It was so helpful. I have another book by her on intimacy in marriage. (Title?) Anyway, she's impressive, and it would be fun to be part of a conference. I think you're down south somewhere though (?), so it may not be practical for me. I will look into it. Thanks again for popping by!

At October 09, 2006, Blogger Karmyn R said...

Dang - back to play the game and have found that "NO - you arn't at the Women's retreat..." So, I guess I lost that one. dang.

At October 12, 2006, Blogger Malissa said...

hey same as Kamryn--nope that's not where you are!

At October 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

so, are you there this weekend?
sounds great!


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