As I sit here trying to sum up what the Pursuit 31 Conference is about, I find myself not being able to find the words. Even though I spend countless hours dreaming, and planning, and shopping for the conference each year, when the time comes that we are actually all in Georgia, I find myself being changed in ways I never expected. By people I never knew that I completely needed in my life.
I thought about writing all of the things I love about our sister time at Winshape. The campus, the food, the incredible worship and speakers, but then I thought…. ya know.. I’m probably a little biased. I love these women heart and soul, and this conference is like my dream-child for the past 2 years. Plus my experience as the founder, and someone who works behind the scenes are probably pretty different from those attending. So today I thought I would do something a little different. I figured I would stop talking and let their voices be heard. The voices of the lovely and absolutely inspiring women who make up this beautiful community we call Pursuit 31. So I went ahead and stalked all of their blogs and quoted some of my favorites below. They are all linked and unsolicited. Each of these are just a glimpse from their hearts, so please feel free to click their links and read their complete posts.
If you would like to find out more about our 2014 Conference, please visit our website HERE. But for now, read on! I hope you are just as inspired by these beautiful souls as I have been.
“As soon as I walked in that place I was greeted by hugs and people who already knew my name, they really did make you feel so loved. Everyone there is like family. You’re probably thinking “How can you be so close with people you’ve never met?” But that’s just how this thing works. Its awesome.” Moriah Sutton
“We spent all week listening to successful business women, who I aspire to be like, speak about how they got where they are. But you know what? It was always about how God brought them to where they were. The bold steps of obedience that they took and the way God did crazy things with their faith. It was never about their own success and accomplishments, it was always about God finding them in their brokenness or His calling on their life that they followed.” Makenzie Shewcraft
“I needed the community of Pursuit 31. I needed the support, the encouragement. I needed the freedom to learn. To ask questions. To know that it’s okay not to know everything. I haven’t shared a lot of my faith on this blog yet because honestly, I don’t know how to. My story will have to be another post another time (because this is already getting lengthy), but the short version is this: I’ve always known who God and Jesus were. I’ve always believed. I’ve just never quite known what I was supposed to DO with that belief. I never knew how to have the relationship that so many seem to have. After this week, I have a better understanding.
Those four days at Winshape changed me. They changed the way I think about God, my marriage, my life, and my business. To say I’m not a little scared of where this is all going would be a lie, but I have more faith than I ever have that I’m heading in the right direction, for the right reasons, with the right people.” Stacey Dinch
“I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect and what I got out of it was more than I could have anticipated. I’ve turned that little dial of mine so that my business purpose is clear and in focus. I know what grounds me, why I am pursuing this career and this passion of mine. My heart is full and I look forward to moving on in confidence and love.” Anna Shackleford
I realized that I have never invited God into my business. I’ve never given it to Him! I’ve been holding on to it, like it’s mine, like I deserve it, like I have to make it what I want it to be. But I don’t- my business is a gift from Him and I need to open my hands and allow Him to do with it as He pleases. After all, He knows far better than I do what is best for me. He has beautiful things planned for me, all I have to do is open my hands and accept His gifts.“ Sara Bittner
“I had never been with a community of all Christian women photographers before. Honestly, it felt like a slice of heaven on earth. Being in a room full of dreamers, and artists, women with good hearts who want to do something in the world, and above all worship and serve God…there was no way I could not be impacted by this atmosphere!! To see women who do not just have photographic vision but holy vision; now THAT was beautiful beyond words.” Kerri Hamm
“God showed up there! And he broke down the walls, and reminded all of us what it really means to love, be loved, and be a light in our communities! Towards the end of the week I was completely humbled when I realized that I wasn’t there to speak or bring wisdom to any conversations, because… it wasn’t about me!! But that I was really there to hear from God. To hear in ways that I haven’t in a long time. and I am truly thankful. and I am refreshed. and honestly, I’m changed.” Promise Tangeman
“After having come home from the conference and spending time with other utterly amazing Christian women. I was inspired and filled with so much hope & joy & passion for humanity, life, business, creative outlets and just so simply in living life fully, TODAY. It’s that feeling of BIG-NESS and then bringing it all back down into the simple contentment and pleasure of this single moment in front of me. UNREAL Y’ALL! I have been on this “high” if you will, and it’s truly unexplainable.
You see, something happened on that mountaintop in Georgia that struck up my love and passion for people so deeply that I am still bursting with this CRAZY LOVE. I heard speaker after speaker talk about hope, love, joy, struggle, faith, creativity, God…. So many of them came back to the same thing for me. They are PASSIONATE about what it is that they are here for! They “GET IT” my friends. Everyone has a different passion and niche in life. That is what is so totally beautiful about life. When you GET what your passion in life is all about, everything just sort of comes full circle and it’s RIGHT! That doesn’t mean everything is perfect or everything is clear and beautiful and pain free. Rather, it means you have your eyes set to where you are best designed to serve in the world. How you get there and where you will end up is yet to be determined, but simply knowing what “GET’s YOU”. Whew… that’s a pretty spectacular feeling indeed.” Beth Daane
“Last year’s Pursuit 31 conference changed my life. So there was no question in my mind when registration opened for this year that I was going. I had tasted the sweetness of community last year & been further encouraged, corrected, uplifted & bathed in prayer in the year since which negated all the fears I felt last year (anyone else afraid of that many women in one place?) & replaced them with sheer, can’t-sleep-at-night anticipation.
I was not disappointed.” Meagan Fisher
“Every woman I met there shared a similar experience in their own unique ways, with God speaking into their messy places – answering their questions – healing their hearts. That is, ultimately, the beauty of this ministry and the hearts of the women who keep it running, who spend countless hours praying for and planning this amazing week in one of the most serene settings I can ever recall visiting for a retreat or conference. It is inspirational, life-changing, and completely God-centric.
I have no doubt that the Lord is using Pursuit 31 in incredible way. I also have no doubt that every woman who has even an inkling that this type of experience might be for her should run, not walk, to the nearest REGISTER button. Even if it means hovering one mouse-click away, one or a dozen times, I promise it will be worth it.” Kristine Neeley
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