Isn't it a blessing?
I love being a part of women's ministry. I love hearing the hearts of women, learning from their strengths, hearing their struggles, watching them grow in their understanding of their Father's love for them.
And I also love women's ministry because sometimes I get to be a part of something cool like this.
Meeting that gorgeous blond up there in the picture.
That's Kristin Armstrong, author, mom, marathoner, speaker, blogger, dog lover. She came to speak to our women's group and I figured out pretty fast that I like this lady. A lot.
Kristin has a powerful and honest and wise walk with God. She spoke to us on Spring Cleaning, the most important kind, the kind of cleaning of our hearts and perceptions and expectations. Blending a combination of new thoughts, passages from her book Work in Progress and a powerful question and answer session, Kristin led us through a enlightening exploration of true Confidence, Beauty, Softness and Courage. In the days since the event, I've heard many of my girlfriends who were there repeating things Kristin spoke on and have received numerous emails telling me of how much her teaching touched the women of our church.
As I said, I like this gal.
And she's run five marathons.
And an ultra marathon.
Which, for the uniformed, is a marathon of 50 or 100 miles. Yes, there are 50 mile ultra marathons and 100 mile ultra marathons. And she's run one of them.
I know. I'm still getting my mind around it. Let it soak a minute.
And in honor of Kristin and marathons and ultra marathons, how about a giveaway?
I picked up an extra autographed copy of Kristin's book Work in Progress, just to give to one of my blog readers. So let's come up with the rules, shall we?
Head over to Kristin's blog called Mile Markers, featured on runnersworld.com. Check out her post on her talk to us and then come back here and comment on which aspect touches you most. You have until midnight Sunday, March 14th, 2010. The winner will be announced bright and early Monday morning. Tweet about it, blog about it, Facebook about it and get an additional entry into the drawing (shipping is available in the continental U.S. only). And be looking for Kristin's latest book, Heart of My Heart, a devotional book for mothers, coming out next month!