It is where the preacher gets preached to!! We start around 9:00 a.m. and finish around 9:00 p.m. We absolutely love it!
We drove down a couple of days before the conference and stayed at Destin. We love it this time of the year because it is somewhat desolate and we pretty much have the beach to ourselves. No, we don't swim or sun ourselves! Just a walk on the beach together is our cup of tea!
And, yes, we did have coats on! It was the coldest it has been in years while we were there. The wind was cutting and a coat felt good all week!
The theme of the conference was Feed My Sheep.
We look forward to seeing our friends we went to seminary with over 30 years ago. I didn't get a picture of the men but here I am with Debbie from Oklahoma and Pat from Georgia. Our kids all went to school together during our years in Fort Worth, Texas.
The church always has a beautiful pastor's wives luncheon and this year's was so very nice.
The tables are always so pretty with fresh flowers and gold orangza bows tied on the chairs. Reminds me of being at a fancy wedding reception! The food was delicious and we got gift bags with books (yea!) and a necklace from Premier Jewelry.
Thank you to FBC Jacksonville for making us all feel special!
We heard many great pastors preach. We were convicted, up-lifted, encouraged and filled with joy by all of them! On Sunday evening Tim Tebow preached to thousands crowded into the sanctuary to hear him. Although he is not a "preacher", he delivered a great message. He loves the Lord and is very humble when speaking about how the Lord has been working in his life. It was a great way to end our conference.
We like to drive back to Arkansas on the "backroads" and enjoy a little Americana. We drove through Plains, Georgia and even though I don't agree with Jimmy Carter's politics, I wanted to stop and see what Plains was all about!
Downtown was very old and I loved it!
This was one of the first things we saw as we parked our car downtown: a trailer full of peanuts! So we knew we could get some fresh peanuts!
We walked into this store and the lady started feeding us peanut ice cream and fresh boiled peanuts. Seriously, it was great!
We couldn't take home the ice cream but we did get some delicious peanuts and some of the best tasting brittle I've ever had!
As we drove home toward Arkansas, we got into a little snow between Tupelo, Mississippi and Memphis but missed the huge snow storm that came the next day.
We had a great trip and came home with thankful hearts at all we had heard and experienced! It is always fun to travel but always great to get home!
And then Sunday we got this as we drove home from church on our little gravel road.......
And more freezing rain and snow due tomorrow!!
How many more days till Spring??