It always amazes me how quickly time flies when I attend a conference. And I’ve attended quite a few in my day. I’ve even planned several conferences during my career and so I know what it takes to put together a first-class conference. So does the staff at the Speak Up Conference 2012. This conference is sponsored by Carol Kent Ministries (www.CarolKent.org; www.SpeakUpConference.com). From the moment I registered for the conference in March, until the end of the conference this past Saturday, every question I had was answered, every need I had was met. Every keynote session, every breakout session, every meal started and ended on time.
The conference had three tracks: writing, speaking and leadership. The staff invited some of the top authors, editors and publishers from around the country to come and teach us about our chosen track. They listened to the writers’ pitches about their books; they listened to the speakers’ presentations; or, as in my case, brainstormed with those of us who weren’t quite ready to “pitch our book.”
But the conference was far more than just keynotes, breakouts and great meals. We were blessed with the gift of Babbie Mason and her magnificent voice as she led us to the throne of God in worship throughout the weekend.The presence and the anointing of God were, at times, almost overwhelming. His presence was so sweet during those quiet moments of worship. His presence was powerful during the times of prayer. And as we exuberantly praised Him, His presence was joyful.
It was a beautiful sight to see as the remaining attendees gathered in a huge circle at the close of the meeting on Saturday afteroon. Carol had printed scriptures and had selected people at random to read each verse. The Holy Spirit directed and the scriptures read spoke directly to my heart.
God planned for me to attend that conference and although the enemy had other plans, they were thwarted a long time ago. God knew exactly what I and every attendee needed to hear, the type of ministry each of us needed and He showed Himself strong on each person’s behalf.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.