Two years ago we (my sister Sarah's family and our family) went to our first "AIG" conference in Branson Missouri...Vision Forum was there along with Voddie Baucham. It was a powerful week!
This year, many of the same families were back and it was so good to see so many familiar faces and catch up with a few friends that Sarah and I had made 2 years ago...
I love how you can go to a conference like this one, on "Defending the Faith" and get so much more out of it than just your "normal every-day preaching". We left there even more grounded in our beliefs of homeschooling, freshly encouraged to trust God for our family size and burdened to pray even more for our nation and reach out to our lost neighbors!
Overall, with our family usually being the "odd men out" on homeschooling and desiring a big family, it was just SO good to see and hear that we're NOT alone and to be taught from the Bible on those issues!
We took our kids to the conference (everyone did--it was a family conference after all) and although the first day was a little rough (after such a looong car-ride they were restless!), they got used to it and by the second day, they were doing great and were excellent the rest of the week!
Brahm and Liberty proud of their new name tags!
We packed backpacks for each of them filled with books, a Bible, coloring books, pens, paper, matchbox cars and fruit snacks! That kept them busy :)
Unloading the vans at the conference and getting ready to go in...
(See in the second pic how the sliding door to our van is open? Yep...it stayed that way the whole night-we didn't know until we came back out to our vans! Yikes! But praise the Lord nothing was stolen!)
Then there was Tuesday! Tuesday was a day filled with sessions just for women. Biblical womanhood, godly parenting, building a "one flesh" marriage...so my sister and I spent most of the day together! We had such wonderful, uplifting coversations and just enjoyed our quiet time together! I love my sisters--they are my best friends and role models FOR SURE! (along with my momma of course!)
Sarah and I getting ready to leave for our first "women only" session
(She's 4 years older than me, but I'm about 4 inches taller!)
My niece (and my name-sake) Isabelle Grace came with Sarah and I for the night session.
Favorite quotes from the conference:
"Once you question Genesis-and the earth being created in 6 literal days-you open up doors for ALL the Holy Scriptures to be questioned. Genesis is our beginning...and it is literal."
"In Genesis 3:15 we read that as a result of 'the fall' there is now an enmity between woman and serpent, her offspring and his...he wants women to dread their body changing with pregnancy, he wants to scare them with the dreaded pain of childbirth...he doesn't want you to have any more babies.
Satan hates women...especially Christian women. He hates them because of the enmity and because they bring about children that will one day praise and serve the Lord Almighty."
(Talking of careers and laziness among American boys) "Instead of teaching young men to 'find something they love and do it', teach them to 'find something to do and love it'...it's not about us!"
"The ONLY hope for victory for our nation is NOT in legislation, clever bumper stickers, letters to congressmen, it is in our Promised Redeemer-Christ our Savior."
"Abortion isn't just about life, it's about feminism."
"Today men are defined by 1-the ball field, 2-the bill fold, 3-the bedroom, and that's what our little girls are taught to desire in a partner."
"Reading self-help books is like football players taking instruction from cheerleaders. You may feel pepped up, but for real, solid instruction, they need to listen the coach. For us as Christians, our coach has left us a playbook...the Holy Bible. It's all we need."
"Genesis 3:15-the two things that should bring us the most pleasure, were made to be the heaviest burdens of womanhood. But loathe these things, instead seek the pleasure in childbirth and having our husband as our head and you will be BLESSED."
"Parents say their kids walk away from the Lord in college, but 87% of children have their first doubts about God when they are in Middle School, so we see they lost them long before college--they just didn't know it because they were already away at school."
"Your children are watching you, how you dress, what you say, even mannerisms...so live up the holiness God called us to--they are His kids after all. Ask what He wants modeled for them?"
"When Adam and Eve sinned, they covered their private parts, but when God found them, he gave them a more sufficient covering made from animal skin. Sisters, covering your private parts isn't enough for the Lord...he wants you clothed in righteousness, holiness and therefore, in modesty."
First blog post: The Beginning of Our Vacation...Part 1
Second blog post: Life at the Cabin: 14 people Living Together For a Week (Part 2)
Next blog post: Out and About in the City ~A CRAZY, Busy, Fun day!
Then: A Breath-taking Smokey Mountain Hike
Then: The Creation Museum
And finally: The Saddest Day--Heading Home (and another hotel adventure!)