You know God is going to move when you plan on not going somewhere and last minute end up going! Well that was the Captivated conference for me. I had rationalised why I shouldn’t go (I was too busy, it would be too difficult to get there and cost too much) but then a good friend gave me one final prod and I caved.
what is captivated conference???
As a mum, we often think we the kids are solely our responsibility, that life will stop if we’re not there, that our husbands can’t cope without us for even a day. Well you know what – THEY AREN’T, IT WON’T and THEY CAN! Don’t we owe it to ourselves to recharge spiritually every once in a while? To be able to actually spend time worshiping and being taught, instead of always having one eye on the kids. I think we do. I think that every mum should be able to have one day off (at least!) to spend a day with God and others in the same position as them. We will be better mothers and wives for doing so.
That is what Captivated is. It is a day conference especially for christian mums (their slogan is “Mums journeying with Jesus”), where we get teaching into our specific needs. This year the fabulous Anne Calver was the speaker, and she was powerful! The biggest thing I learnt from her was to stop putting things in the way of acting on what God has called us to do. We can far too often say “I am only a mum, I am tired, I am not as good as them” but we forget that God called US to do it. He didn’t call someone else, and he doesn’t ask us to do something that we are not gifted or equipped to do (or that he won’t equip us to do on the way!).
what did God challenge me on?
For me, the challenge was about a particular ministry I feel called to – using creative arts to reach people, especially teenage girls. I have always used the excuses of not enough time, too tired, being a mum gets in the way (I closed down my wedding stationery and craft business when I had Sam) and lately just that I’m not as talented as others in creative arts. But God really challenged me on that this weekend. Because my calling isn’t to be a Christian Artist with a beautiful etsy shop (there are others who are doing that amazingly well!) but it is to be a facilitator to help others discover their creativity and to connect with their creator through that.
The lady who I ended up sat next to on Saturday had also come on her own. And as we were chatting in one of the breakout sessions, she said that she was getting excited when I was talking because she could feel the passion there for what I wanted to do. I am now praying that my fears (of rejection, not enough money to do it and energy) are knocked over one by one and that I am able to move forward in my desire to run creative art workshops.
are you Interested?!
So if you came to Captivated, what did God do in you on Saturday? I’d love to share in some of your hopes and dream and stand with you in those. And for anyone who didn’t make it, would you like to join me next year?! It is only one day, and for a conference it is very affordable (this year’s early bird tickets were around £17 – and that included doughnuts!!). One day to invest in yourself as a mother and a child of God, whats not to love?