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 Over the Top
Over the Top, was the Women of Faith theme
Based on Romans 11:33 ask yourself with me
“Have you ever come on anything quite like this
extravagant generosity of God?” (The Message)

Come along as I share some highlights with you
Just a glimpse, as so much more could be said too
I pray you will find hope even in your dark days
If you are His child, He walks with you always

Friday speaking two times each at the day session
Petite Patsy Clairmont and lively Andy Anderson
Patsy with quote I'm not weird, I'm a limited edition
Andy said smile while you talk, Christ-like reflection

Friday evening, and all sessions, began with worship
Then introductions by the four speakers in short clips
World Vision video, children in poverty, heart moving
Concert by Mandisa powerful conclusion to the evening

Patsy shared recent family trial, oldest son on life support 21 days
Prayer matters, change can be good, and never give up in any way
God used abrupt new doctor, changing meds, his life was spared
Later Patsy's husband rushed to ER with heart attack, what a scare

Lisa Whelchel, who played Blair on TV series The Facts of Life
Shared struggles in journey to make friends that caused her strife
Sandi Patty sang and shared her long battle with food addiction
Weight gain, life at risk, 3 years ago had LAP surgery reduction

One of three dramas performed by new dramatist Katharine Everett
Left everyone grabbing a tissue with a society message so relevant
Acting the part of a teenage girl carrying baggage and pain of divorce
No one, not even God loved her, until she finally met Jesus at her worst

Saturday afternoon concert by Amy Grant was an extra special treat
Her music and sharing comes from the heart, always spiritually upbeat
She shared about the homegoing of her mom the end of April this year
The legacy of her mom's faith in God and how it impacted her life here

Marilyn Meberg shared how it is human nature to always crave for more
All of our longings and desires will not cease until we reach heaven's door
God created us to have restlessness on earth because He alone can satisfy
Jesus offers living water to all who by faith accept His sacrifice at Calvary

I came away encouraged through music of Mandisa and her song Stronger
Blessed with hope by Patsy and Andy as my unemployment days get longer
Years ago God enabled Patsy to face her fears of being trapped in her room
He helped Andy, homeless at 19 after death of both parents, his life to resume

God will continue to carry me through my trial as I focus on Him more each day
To all interested women readers on my website, I want to encourage you today
If you have never been to Women of Faith before, I extend to you an invitation
Below is their events link, what will be your over the top story and life situation

© Carol S. 8/15/11

Here is the direct link to Women of Faith events:
http://www.womenoffaith.com/events/2011-events/



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