It’s finally here! Spring has arrived. It is a welcomed relief after our cold, bleak, brown winters. So moms, are you preparing for your Spring Break? What? Never heard of a mom’s Spring Break? Then please allow me to explain.
There are some wonderful advantages about living in our time. Technology and 24/7 information access is an enhancement for our daily lives. However, there is a price to pay and, ladies, you and I are paying a higher price than our male counterparts. The consequences display themselves as anxiety, depression, and fear. Our bodies were created to handle stresses such as periodical sadness, disappointment, and loneliness. However, the constant feed of news (fake or otherwise), tensions, comparisons on social media, and our own perfectionism has resulted in our stress level remaining at a high level all the time. What does that feel like? We are fatigued, lack energy and focus, are sleep deprived, and experience fluctuating weight. We can feel hopeless, inadequate, and moody, with very little joy.
What can we do? The good news is that each one of us can change this picture with our choices and a little intentionality. If you cannot relate to the above scenario, I am sure you know someone who can. As women, and especially women of faith, we do have options.
Back to Spring Break…are you ready to pack? I can hear all the reasons why there is absolutely no way you can leave your children, family, jobs, and responsibilities and take off somewhere. Would you reconsider if it came to you?
The Women Walking with God Conference (WWWG) offers an incredible healing weekend right here in Wichita. Therapists and doctors might give women certain suggestions to help with the stresses of their busy lives. I would like to share four of the ways this conference can benefit you in whatever stage of life you may be experiencing:
1. Do something for yourself.
It’s called self-care and it is vitally important for your health and well-being. Moms not only care for children and the home. Moms are out in the work force and take on stressors which demand energy and emotions. After all that, there is not enough time and strength left to take care of yourself. This weekend is a perfect time to choose to do something just for you. One speaker will be talking about The Shackles of Self.
2. Learn something new.
Many of us get caught in a rut. It’s difficult as a Mom to find the time to take on something new, but challenging yourself and using different parts of your brain are vital in keeping healthy. This conference will be a wealth of faith-based information, inspiration, challenges, and experiences. Speakers will motivate and equip you, touch your heart, and tell their stories. You will walk away from the weekend with inspiration to energize your life. We’ll hear a talk and learn How to Trust God with Tomorrow.
3. Enjoy social community with women of faith.
The routine in which so many Moms find themselves is a cycle of daily schedules and responsibilities resulting in little quality time with women to develop friendships. We all need others who will share life with us and from that comes encouragement and energy. The conference offers that opportunity for you whether you come alone or bring a handful of friends. Social community is vitally important to our health and well-being. We can listen together to the talk on ‘Get Out Your Map’! And ‘Pack Your Bags’!
4. Laugh and relax!
When is the last time you had a good laugh? Did you know that laughter is healing? Stress hormones decrease and endorphins are released when we laugh. It is good for your health in many ways. You will find yourself in a relaxed atmosphere at the conference. You may laugh and cry. You’ll be blessed with music and worship. Plus, there is fun shopping too. Come and enjoy laughter with our Christian Humorist as she tells us “What Not to Wear (on the Path).”
I’m looking forward to joining you for Spring Break at the Women Walking with God Conference.
The Women Walking with God Conference is an annual women’s conference in Wichita. This year’s theme is “Trust His Path,” based on Proverbs 3:5-6 and features guest speakers, vocal performers, singing, and a Christian Humorist. Celebrating its12th year, WWWG will be at Hartman Arena on April 13-14, 2018.