It’s been a few weeks since I attended the “Over the Top” Women of Faith conference in Anaheim.  I was so touched by the conference this year and many themes have stayed with me. 

Sometimes people wonder, “Is it worth it to go to a motivational conference?  Won’t I hear the same things?  What lasting change comes of it anyway?”

Well, I am here to say quality conferences are SO WORTH IT! 

Themes that spoke to me were:

Grow up!  Stop whining and start acting!  (this of course was said in a very palatable way and illustrated beautifully at the conference)

People matter.  Prayer matters.  Change can be good.

I need quality friendships with other women.  

Perspective brings calm.

Andy Andrews and Patsy Clairmont said what I needed to hear over and over again throughout Women of Faith.  When I felt stuck and unmotivated last week, I picked up Andy Andrews’ book The Traveler’s Gift and read this:

I am a person of action.

No longer will I dwell in a pit of despair, moaning over squandered time and lost opportunity.  I can do nothing about my past.  My future is immediate.  I will grasp it in both hands and carry it with running feet.  When I am faced with the choice of doing nothing or doing something, I will always choose to act! …

Knowing laziness is a sin, I will create a habit of lively behavior.  I will walk with a spring in my step and a smile on my face.  The lifeblood rushing through my veins is urging me upward and forward into activity and accomplishment.  Wealth and prosperity hide from the sluggard, but rich rewards come to the person who moves quickly.  (p. 69, The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews)

Read that aloud once or twice and you’ll be fighting back in no time!

Arlene Pellicane

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