My heart is expectant tonight… this coming weekend is one I have been counting down to since this time last year. To my friends who introduced me to the first IF:Gathering, dreamed up by Jennie Allen, that happened in Austin, Texas last year, thank you! I didn’t realize it at the time, until I started listening to the livestream from my couch, just how hungry I was for these women to speak Truth into my thirsty soul. The beauty of the web design was enough to intrigue me, light + airy + soothing. The IF title itself made me want to take a closer glimpse into this unknown thing where so many women I have learned from were gathering. Ann Voskamp. Jen Hatmaker. Sarah Bessey… the list goes on & on & on.
One talk in particular stands out however… Rebekah Lyons stood on stage & as soon as she started talking I was enthralled. She spoke of fear, anxiety, & her story of free falling to fly in NYC. She was brave, transparent, & refreshingly hopeful. I remember standing in my kitchen with my eyes glued to the screen feeling like she was putting the words to my last few unsettling years that I couldn’t seem to find. I have listened to the same talk numerous times since IF last year & wanted to share her book with you! To enter the M+H giveaway simply leave a comment below and/or re-post the image on instagram/twitter via @milkandhoneyLKN by Sunday +
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“Women today are fading. In a female culture built on Photoshopped perfection and Pinterest fantasies, we’ve lost the ability to dream our own big dreams. So busy trying to do it all and have it all, we’ve missed the life we were really designed for. And we are paying the price. The rise of loneliness, depression, and anxiety among the female population in Western cultures is at an all-time high. Overall, women are two and a half times more likely to take antidepressants than men. What is it about our culture, the expectations, and our way of life that is breaking women down in unprecedented ways?” -from Rebekah Lyons
This year I am grateful to gather with some women here in Davidson who I see on a regular basis around town [thanks for hosting LG!]. We will watch the [delayed] livestream together & have some carved out time to discuss what we hear. There is something incredible about knowing that 15,000+ people from around the world will all be spurred on together within similar time frames within the next 48 hours. Won’t you join us?
IF you are looking for something to bring LIFE to you this weekend, register online for the IF:Gathering & listen in on all the goodness that brought me great peace & joy in 2014. update: anyone can watch for free! just go to: ifgathering.com at 3pm EST!