Snapshot – The Relevant Conference

by Donna on October 27, 2010

I’m still lacking the words to rightly describe all of the wonderful things that I brought home with me from The Relevant Conference, and NO I’m not talking about all of the amazing SWAG! My heart is filled, my life was challenged and I’m certain that my life is changed. I’m still processing, re-reading notes and spending time praying about everything that was shared.

I think many of us said at one point or another during the conference “This conference should have been sponsored by Kleenex”.

In short, The Relevant Conference for me was LIFE CHANGING.

Here are a few snapshots of what my heart gathered from the conference, shared by several speakers (Crystal Paine,  Money Saving Mom, Sally Clarkson, I Take Joy , Ann Voskamp, A Holy Experience and many,  many more.

The Hard Words:

“Is your husband are getting the leftovers?” – Crystal Paine, 

“If you don’t have time for God, you DON’T have time to blog” – Crystal Paine, 

“Do you have FMS? – Fear of Missing something (in Re: Social Media) – Crystal Paine, 

“If you can find the time to blog, but you’re too busy to be intimate with your husband, then you’ve got to fix your priorities” – Crystal Paine, 

“Anyone can be a successful blogger, but only one person can be wife to your husband and mother to your children” Crystal Paine, 

“Are you being faithful to your home?”

“Are you seeking great things for yourself? Seek them NOT. Jeremiah 45:5 shared by Courtney, Woman Living Well

“If you are not living life at home with integrity then you have NOTHING to write about”, Sally Clarkson – I Take Joy

“We are called to be responsible for our relationships”

“The hunger for success was very tempting”, Kimba, A Soft Place

“There is no substitute for time with your child”, Sally Clarkson – I Take Joy

“When you hoard what God gives you, you kill it” – Serena Woods, Grace is For Sinners

“Don’t give the leftovers, scraps of yourself will not suffice”- Ann Voskamp, A Holy Experience

The Encouraging Words:

“Choose your real life first” Crystal Paine,

“Ask for forgiveness … actions will follow”

“Not even Jesus healed everyone” -Ann Voskamp, A Holy Experience

“There is NO such thing as perfect balance”

P- Purpose to be faithful to your children (and husband)

E- Expect criticism – take it in, but not to heart

A- Accept limitations

C- Cultivate a heart for God’s messages

E- End well

– Sally Clarkson – I Take Joy

Take REST celebrate LIFE

Mom’s haven’t failed enough, because the more you fail the more grace is given to you and to others

“It is impossible to be all things to all people” – Crystal Paine,

“God doesn’t ask me to be perfect, he asks me to praise”- Ann Voskamp, A Holy Experience

“You are a successful blogger from day 1 if you are doing it as a service to Jesus”

“Set your sights on God and not on Site Readers” – Ann Voskamp, A Holy Experience

“Jesus had only 12 followers, and even He lost one” – Ann Voskamp, A Holy Experience

Helping your readers is the GOAL

The Practical

“Say “no” – often” Crystal Paine,

“Ask your husband, often, how he things things (home/children/marriage/blog) are going” Crystal Paine,

“Do a few things and do them well” Crystal Paine,

“Set office hours” Crystal Paine,

“Find your voice” – Courtney, Woman Living Well

“Don’t fail to present something of value”

“Have you husband proof read your posts” Crystal Paine,

“Stop preaching ugly self sermons” Ann Voskamp, A Holy Experience

“Shut down the computer – get away” – Melissa, The Inspired Room

“The content can be Christian w/ out sharing bible verses or using Christian terms” – Melissa, The Inspired Room

Identify who you are talking to. – Melissa, The Inspired Room



What were your highlights? Were there any specific points that you feel like really spoke to you?

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kalee October 27, 2010 at 7:52 pm

It was so awesome to meet you at the conference! And thank you for noting all these things. I caught some but not all!
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2 Natalie October 27, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Hey Donna,
It was great getting to meet you at Relevant! This is a great wrap up. I haven’t written mine yet but sure have been pondering the words.


3 Jenny Yarbrough October 27, 2010 at 11:33 pm

Hi Donna! Thanks so much for putting these in your post. I too am still chewing on all of the nuggets we were given, and trying to figure out how to walk out what God has laid on my heart. It’s a scary, but exciting thing.

I miss you too, friend! After one weekend I feel like I have a wonderful new friend. You are an encouragement and a blessing!

Your friend (and newest follower),


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