I turned 30 a week & a half ago, and I must say...it's not so bad! Actually, I was contemplating on whether or not I really wish that I was back at 20, and I was able to immediately say, "no way!" I feel like I'm more confident in who Paige is, I know where I want to go, and I'm much more at home in my skin than I was 10 years ago...I'm assuming that I'll keep growing in this way, so I say bring it on!
My husband and family threw me a surprise party and it was so fun! It had a theme - I LOVE themes (around the world in 30 years) so there was food from different countries, pictures from my travels and a few people even dressed up! One of the best surprises were two friends who came in from out of town. Marisa came in from Abilene and one of my dearest friends growing up - Megan came all the way in from Mineral Wells. My sweet friends who live too far to come sent me video messages & cards, so it was a really special night for me.
So, February seems to be quite a busy month (especially with speaking engagements), and if you are in the area I would love to invite you all to join me at some fun events. Here they are!
- I'm preaching at COTR this weekend! Saturday at 6pm or Sunday at 9 or 11am...come join as I talk about "Stepping Out of Your Shoes and Into His Hands"
- zoe Girls Retreat - if you fall in the "young adult" category we are taking our annual retreat to Ruidoso, NM - February 20-22...I promise, it is not one of those "retreats" where you come home exhausted...we are going to chill and talk about resting in God's love. This is our theme verse - Isaiah 54:10, "Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed," says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
- Momentum Women's Conference (Trinity Church) - February 27 & 28...I'm doing a workshop at this conference & I'm super excited because the guest speaker is Lisa Bevere. I love Lisa Bevere - I think she is a great speaker, but mostly I love her because when I worked at ORU my job was to book & host chapel speakers. While I was there I met lots of "big name" preachers and I found that many of them were not very nice to this girl who took care of things like getting them water. BUT John & Lisa Bevere came that year, and they were genuinely lovely people who took the time to talk to everyone & even noticed me - the water girl. In that season I was tempted to get really cynical, but the Lord told me He was showing me this so I would always remember about not getting too big for my britches...anyways, since that time I've followed John & Lisa and I'm able to receive from them because I saw at that time that they lived what they preached. Sooooo...come to the conference! It will be great!
On to more totally superficial things...is anyone watching the Bachelor? I'm ashamed to tell you that I watch it, but I'm hooked this season & super glad that he sent Stephanie home last night. She is super sweet, but they just never had that connection... Also, has anyone gone to see Slumdog Millionaire? Loved it and would love to know what others thought...
I have more to say, but I'll wrap this up by telling you that I got a new zoom lense for my b-day and am having so much fun trying it out! Here are a couple pics using it...until next time...