I remember the day that I first heard about the IF: Gathering. Like several thousand other women across this country, I was thrilled and instantly engaged in the movement that God had begun to stir within the hearts of just a few women that has now spread to countless women around this globe. I immediately signed up for email notifications and was delighted to hear that I would be among the first notified when registration would open for this conference to be held in Austin, Texas.
Registration day came, and within minutes, registration was SOLD OUT. I was among the many who jumped on just minutes too late to reserve a spot, and I was devastated. Confession #1: I cried. You know, the ugly cry. Because from the moment I heard about this conference, I KNEW that I was supposed to be there. It was as if the Lord placed such an incredible burden on my heart to be a part of this movement, so you can imagine my disappointment when I realized that there was no more room in the inn.
This was months ago now, and with this passing time, I exhausted every effort to somehow find an extra ticket. I reached out to my “friends in high places.” I entered every give away. Nothing. No open doors. I resolved that perhaps I had heard the Lord wrong, and I was supposed to host a Local Gathering.
Fast forward to two weeks ago, just three weeks before IF: Austin. A dear friend of mine who managed to secure a ticket for Austin texts me to let me know that she can no longer go, and she would LOVE to GIVE her ticket to me. Ladies, I about fell off my chair! Not only a ticket to IF: Austin, but a generous DONATION of one? Confession #2: I cried again. Tears of joy this time. Because for months, I had been praying, “Lord, make a way.” Others had joined me in praying. And God heard our prayers. God is in the details.
If that weren’t enough already, there were others that believed that God wanted me to be there, too. Within 24 hours, I had a ticket to IF: Austin, money was donated to fully cover my airfare to Austin, another friend secured free lodging for me while in Austin, and because God likes to put a little icing on our cake when He blesses us, someone donated money to cover any and all expenses I would have while in Austin. God is in the details.
To say that I am excited for what will unfold next Friday and Saturday in Austin, Texas is an incredible understatement. I am ecstatic. I am expectant. I am eager. I am ready. Along with the other 1,000 women that will be in attendance, there are thousands of women around the globe attending “locally” that share my thrill. God is at work. And God is in the details.
He is gathering His daughters, equipping them, and going to unleash them to transform this generation for His glory. And I get to be a part of it. And so do you. You don’t have to be in Austin to join God where He is at work – in your home, in your community, in your church, in your world. Find a Local Gathering near you and jump on board! God has called us to love Him and to love His people. And make no mistake about it: God is in the details. When we seek Him with all of our hearts, He answers. He answers BIG. Above and beyond what we could even imagine. Abundance is His specialty.