Friday during the day most of the dies headed down to the beach. I had planned to spend the day o the balcony with good book! But..... I ended up going to the tanger outlets with some ladies who struggle with their health as well.We had the best afternoon together ! Two of us were in wheelchairs and the other two pushed us! We were a sight to see! I had a decked out wheelchair a big hat with a cute ow and some super cute sunglasses! Yet I still never took pictures! We were busy creating memories and friendships! I spent the day with ladies who needed to know it was okay to be broken! Even though we had been broken and put back together we were just as whole as a healthy person! Just our lights shine through a different way but just as bright.
That night was the first night of Women Of Joy! Everyone was super excited! We all got dressed up and were getting ready to go! Some of us were hanging out in the living room and all of the sudden I am not sure what happened but I was sick as a dog and my chest hurt like never before. I was praying it woold pass! 10 minutes passed and I was no better if anything it was worse tham ever before! So needless to say ! I missed the first night! One of the ladies offered to stay wit me so my daughter could go! Tha touched my heart in so many ways! She was one of the ladies I had spent the afternoon. She watched me sleep and updated my sweet girl through the evening. I learned that night that this women of joy was going to be diffrent from any other I had ever attended! In a wonderful way,God was using my weekness to bring me closer to some of the ladies in our church! I was able to pour into my sweet new daughter from another mom! Help her to begin healing deep wounds!
The next day was amazing!!!!We opend with worship! There is somethong about worshiping with thousands of women! No one cares what their neighbor thinks and just lets down their guard and truly worships!
The first session had a new speaker named Alli and she was amazing and on point about accepting our flaws and deeply roor ourselves so we ccan be used! Then O my goodness she hit home on my heart !
If you haven't heard of her I urge you to google her! Check out her book hope heals! Kathrine suffered a brain stem stroke when she was 26! She had a six month old son! Kathrine travels around telling of all of Gods goodness! After she told her testimony. I am positive there was not a dry eye in the auditorium! She ended her talk with this no matter if your in a wheelchair or walk on legs God wants to use you and your story are you willing to let Him use you? Let that sink in for a minute!
I had the pleasure of meeting Kathrine ! When my journey 3 years ago began. I had actually heard her speak the year before at her very first women of joy! She had touched my heart so much then! I didn't realize the impact her story would have on me a year later! I reached out to her through social media. I was struggling with the changes and the giants I was facing at time! She reached back out and her message was read over and over. It was a inspiration to a broken heart and woman who's world had been torn upside down. Who new 3 years alter I would need that same inspiration again as I sat in my wheelchair to meet someone who had faced greater challenges than me! Spoke words of inspiration to this girls heart and told her it didn't matter if I had legs or used a wheelchair God was still using me! Those words would forever speak to my heart!