Monday, January 26, 2009

Sonbreak


It was more refreshing than a day at the spa.
Truly, it was. I'd take a day like this over a hot stone massage any day. (I sound crazy.)
The Sonbreak Womens Conference at Overlake Christian Church was last Saturday, and I was honored to be a part of it.

Pam Tebow was first up. If you haven't heard of her before, shes the mother of a very fabulous college football player named Tim Tebow. Or Timmy, as she refers to him. Pam spoke to us about hope - and shared so many scriptures that she knew from memory! I was in awe of how much she had memorized - and how cute she was doing it. She said "what's remembered in song...is remembered long..." and she put a little tune to each scripture in order to memorize. LOVED it.

Lisa Whelchel came next. Or "Blair" as you may remember her from the Facts Of Life. She was delightful, just as you would imagine her to be, sharing a hilarious story of how she fell for her husband. They have three teenagers now and Lisa has several books about motherhood that I've found quite helpful. I was walking by her green room back stage eating a brownie, and she said "aren't you on in a second?" and I looked at the clock and went running. She saved my bacon.

Ruth Graham knocked it out of the park, did she not? Stepping onto the stage and letting us know that it was not because of her last name that she was qualified to speak, but rather because she was a "sinner saved by grace, thats all." And if you hear me at all, hear me on this: "The people who think they have all the answers don't even know what the questions are."

Oh, Chonda. Chonda Chonda Chonda.
I'd never seen her perform before. She is amazing. I love this new found freedom she spoke of having. She didn't hold back on the jokes, did she? I gave her free range to say whatever she wanted about me when we were backstage :-) I haven't laughed that hard in a long time. And then, after all the jokes, came her story. I was in awe of her. She shared some of the hardest parts of her life. So brave. So strong. So beautiful.

It was a good day. If you were there, I'd love to know what you thought and how you were impacted. I keep thinking about everything these women spoke of. I feel refreshed. Now if we could only combine the spa with the conference...

Sarah

PS Special thanks to Community Ministry Productions (Billy & Daphne!) for all their hard work, and to Robert Forbes for the pictures. And to whoever made those coconut brownies backstage.

11 comments:

Eva Foster said...

I have been dying to hear how it went! Thanks for posting about it. I would have loved to have been there. What did you talk about? Now as far as the big announcement coming Thursday....hmmm. I will have Mackenzie in the doctor's office at that time. You may have to email me. :)

Anonymous said...

Sonbreak was so awesome!! I loved it!!! It was so inspirational. I wanted it to go on and on and on.... Every one of the speakers were fantastic, including you Sarah!! :)
Keep up the good work. Be blessed!

Nikki

Carrie said...

I went and was so glad I did! It was really a blessing to me. You did a great job, I loved your Wheel of Fortune story. And your intros were great too, so good job all around.

I blogged about my experience here!
http://growingababyinseattle.blogspot.com/2009/01/first-annual-sonbreak-womens-conference.html

Anonymous said...

You are so skinny!

I loved this post, but I want to read another on juicing, please.

Thanks for all of your inspiration!

Anonymous said...

The conference was fabulous! I cannot stop talking about it. But I agree with a few of the other posts- Sarah- you have something great to share too. You might not be Billy Grahams daughter or Timmy Tebows mom, but your story brought me to tears. AND...my hubbies eyes were full of tears too when I retold your story to him. So thanks for being so darn cute!

Anonymous said...

Sarah - as always, loved seeing you! You are such a blessing! Your story was an inspiration as to how God can use us! All the women were awesome, and awe-inspiring. Their stories helped lift spirits, and renew hope. And remind us of how great our Savior is! God Bless, and can't wait to do this again!!
Ann no "e"

Beatriz said...

WOW! The conference was awesome! I really enjoyed all of the speakers. Temple was great. I am really glad they were recording live because that is as close as I am going to get to any record deal. :) Great job Sarah.

Beatriz

Felton/Casey said...

I wanted to go so bad, but could not afford to at this time. I tried to win tickets, but that is okay, I am sure that someone else was very blessed by this experience. Billy's wife, Penny, is my son's preschool teacher, so it sounds like it was incredible.

Anyways, my juicing and detox book is great that I won through your blog awhile back. I actually tried to do one of the fasts this week, but only made it three days. Still juicing though and feel like a new person.

Sarah Taylor said...

Casey, you made it three days? Good for you!!! I have yet to do the actual fast, but you make me feel like I can!

twinmama said...

I thought it was a fantastic conference, but my favorite speaker was YOU. I just moved here and your story was the only one to bring me to tears! AND you made me laugh!! so fun. hope to see you next year!

Kat said...

Sounds like it was great! I really wanted to be there, but my son is 7.5 months and still breastfeeding, so I didn't feel comfortable leaving him with my husband alone for that long.