Hit a Wall (in Your Promised Land)?
My name is Lisa Coles. My husband is the Worship and Creative Arts Pastor at The Sound Church in Haymarket, Va. I just wanted to tell you how much the Beautiful You conference touched my life.
At the conference I was six months pregnant with our son Isaiah. During that Saturday morning session where God’s presence was so strong I just cried and cried and I really felt the Lord was doing something so deep within me it was beyond words. I didn’t sense Him speaking to me – I didn’t have a word from Him – I just felt Him. I didn’t know then that He was preparing me.
Two weeks after the conference on June 3rd I got the worst phone call of my life. My dad was rushed to the hospital. When we got there he was gone. I had just sat down with him the night before and talked about his trip to southern Virginia. He was totally fine. 24 hours later he was gone from a heart attack. I was and still am devastated. The next two weeks flew by – funeral, seeing family, taking care of my mom and staying the night with her. On June 16th I noticed I hadn’t felt Isaiah kick for several hours. five hours later we were at the hospital and the doctor’s confirmed – there was no heartbeat. I lost my son at 7 months pregnant. I delivered him on June 18th at 2 am.
I can’t believe how much we have lost in such a short amount of time. You can imagine the thoughts running through my mind—Did I do something wrong? Why is this happening to us? And then I remember what Christine Caine talked about at the conference. Just because you run into the walls of Jericho doesn’t mean you’re not in the Promised Land. Right now I am facing my wall of Jericho, but I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I am STILL in the Promised Land. The Lord still has a plan for my family and He is faithful and will use this somehow for good.
I truly believe God gave me the gift of His presence at the Beautiful You conference so I would know He is with me. He touched me in such a deep way and I thank you for your obedience in putting on this event. I cannot wait to bring my mom to [this] year’s conference!
“I bought a U+3 last year not knowing who I would give the other tickets to. The friends I originally invited weren’t able to attend, but I was able to use the tickets for friends of friends. They were each encouraged and inspired by the conference, so I’m really glad it worked out for them to attend!” —Laura
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