Ladies gather for a weekend of encouragement and refreshment
Robyn McKelvy brought insight and audacious laughter with her from Nashville, TN last weekend at the women’s conference held by New Creations LLC and the Wellsboro Bible Church. “How are you doing? -before your spiritual health dials 911” was a beautifully organized event in Wellsboro that brought more than 100 women from across the region. Some travelled up to 140 miles to attend.
Robyn’s warm, realistic and humorous banter about her life’s journey was engaging and bonded the entire room of women together through shared experiences. Many left feeling refreshed & uplifted, saying they would gladly return for another event. “I like that she is unpolitical,” said Karen Hall about Robyn’s approachable way she disregarded comfort boundaries and got real.
Although her message was anchored in the verse, “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him,” (Psalm 34:8) the take away was sweetly simple. She encouraged everyone to check in with themselves by truly answering the question, “How am I doing?” Are we serving only ourselves and feeling empty like so many others? Or do we choose to actively “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 13:34)?
“You are what you repeatedly do,” Robyn reminded us and suggested everyone “practice the love of Jesus,” every day. At the grocery store look up from your list and seek out ways to be hospitable to strangers. “Stretch your spiritual muscles,” Robyn emplored, by lovingly supporting one another even though it may be uncomfortable.
Being the “salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13) and shining our light means loving others but in a way that is able to be tolerated. Robyn demostrated that if she added 3 cups of salt instead of sugar to her cake, no one would eat it. Similarly, if a bright flashlight is shined in your eyes you would turn away. “We’re not to be overpowering,” was Jessica Snyder’s take away.
“It’s time for us to get off the sidelines. Be bold. Be strong. Know that the Lord is with you,” Robyn concluded. Her heartfelt wish for everyone who hears her message is that they get uncomfortable & stay uncomfortable as they go outside their comfort zones in order to “be nurses in the spiritual community.”
Melissa Owlett, CEO of New Creation Events, LLC, plans to do a similar event this Fall and hopes you will attend. For more information please visit the sites listed below:
Idea/Concept: Sara Vogt
Writing: Stacey Dondey