Monday, July 27, 2009

Conference Recap

As you know from my last post, our family went to the American Vision Worldview Super Conference this past weekend. We had a great time, and we could not believe how well Daniel and Sarah Beth did. Daniel did not get a nap one day, and he got a very short one another while I was holding him. (It had been a long, long time since he had fallen asleep while I held him, and it was kind of nice.) Of course, it was a huge help that there was a nursery to put them in.

We heard several good talks, but our favorites were on the church and the family by Voddie Baucham. He is an amazing speaker, and if you haven't heard any of his talks, I encourage you to find one on the internet and listen to it. As a matter of fact, John (jokingly) asked if I wanted him to ask for a transfer to Houston where Voddie Baucham's church is.

I learned many new things and was convicted of others. Since I have been feeling so poorly lately, I had been letting the children watch too much television. I was convicted to stop that and to use Christian children's videos sparingly. It is much more important that I get on the floor and play with them which I am able to do now that I am feeling better. I also realized that I need to start having a "Bible time" with the children every day. I already knew that I needed to do it; I just haven't gotten around to it. It's hard when you don't know how much your children understand, but I think Sarah Beth is ready now, and it certainly won't hurt Daniel any.

John and I were both convicted that we need to start having a family worship time every day. Again, I think we already knew that, but we see now how important it is.

There were some other great talks about the family, but we missed them. One was too late at night, and other things came up to keep us from the rest. That's okay, though, because my dad bought the CD's, and now we can listen to them at our leisure.

Dr. Jonathan Sarfati had a couple of interesting talks about science that I really enjoyed. His website is here. He is Australian, so I also enjoyed his accent.

I also joined the Georgia Home Education Association as soon as we got home. Even though we are not homeschooling yet, I think it is still important to be a part of organizations like this one.

I come away from conferences like this with a wider view of the world. As the after effect wears off, my world narrows back to its former boundaries. I think it's important to attend conferences like this regularly to keep my focus broad, and even to make it broader.

What kind of conferences do you attend? Are there any that you recommend?


Laura said...

What?!? There was a nursery?? If I had known that then I would have gone for sure!! Several months ago I checked the conference website and it said that there was no nursery. And since Adam couldn't go I just completely dismissed the idea. Of course I couldn't take all five children by myself and expect to be able to pay attention. Oh well. God is sovereign and I wasn't supposed to be there this year.

How wonderful that you enjoyed it so much and that it was so helpful and convicting. I told Adam that your Dad has the CDs, and we definitely want to ask to borrow them. Voddie Baucham is one of my favorites too. He doesn't mind telling it like it is and stepping on toes! It's great.

Small Town Mamma said...

Sounds like a great conference. But we don't have accents - all of you do!

IF said...

Awesome! I bet it was wonderful!