Posted on: April 16, 2011

I arrived early for the Volunteers’ Meeting at the Extraordinary Women Conference in Macon, Georgia and decided to spend some time in prayer. I prayed for the volunteers, speakers, musicians, attendees and then I asked God to place me where He wanted me every minute of the conference. I told Him I wanted Him to use me wherever He wanted to use me.

After we seperated into our different “groups” of volunteers (Product tables, Greeters, Encouragers, etc.), I knew He was already answering my prayer. One of the Encouragers told us that she did not have a hotel room yet so, if we knew anyone that was looking to share that expense, please let her know. I knew that I was to offer and I told her she was welcome to stay in the room with me and my daughter, if she didn’t find anything else. She took me up on that offer and we had a wonderful chat last night after we got back to the room.

You may be asking, “But what does that have to do with complaining all the way to your blessing?” Well, I’m getting to that next. Part of our job as Encouragers is to walk around the arena before the doors open and pray over all the ladies (and a few men) that will be attending and pray for the speakers and performers, also. I went into the arena, walked up and down every row of chairs on the floor and prayed for the women that would be filling those seats. Then I moved on to the product table area and some of the higher seats. When I finished, I went and sat down in a chair on the floor up front. I was working on something when these two ladies (who were not volunteers) walked up and asked if the seats were reserved. I told them they were not and that they could sit anywhere they wanted. They just could not get over it! One of the ladies just kept going on and on about how she couldn’t believe they were going to get to sit right up front! She was telling me that she thought they weren’t even supposed to be in yet. They had come from the Marriott Hotel (which is attached to the Civic Center) and it just took them right inside! She said they got to one door and it was locked but a Security Guard let them in. She said she had been “fussing” (complaining) all the way over because they weren’t seeing any other ladies or anyone else and were beginning to wonder if they’d been sent the wrong direction! “And we get here and are blessed with FRONT ROW seats!!! I just can’t believe this!” she kept saying.

A few minutes later, the Encouragers had come back together down front and we were gonna all have prayer together for the conference. The lady that had been speaking with me asked if they could join in and I said sure! As soon as that woman began praying, I knew that these ladies were not there by “accident”! I could tell that this woman had an annointing! When we finished our prayer time, I turned and asked her if she would like to volunteer as an Encourager at this conference. She said she would. I called the Team Leader over and let her know that this lady wanted to volunteer (and we had two or three Encouragers that had not shown up). I told her we would need to let Amy know and she said, “Well, there’s Amy right behind you.” Coincidence? I think not! Amy said she would get her a volunteer badge and, since the lady had already paid for a ticket, they would give her a certificate to spend at the E-Women Product table!

Oh yes, you guessed it – another Divine Appointment of God. This lady was telling me how she was now feeling bad because she had complained all the way over to the event and was receiving such a blessing! I told her, “Isn’t that just like us sometimes in even BIGGER things? God has such a blessing for us on the other side of whatever trouble we may be going through; but, we are so busy complaining and griping (or fussing) about what we’re going through that when we DO get to our blessing, we almost feel guilty for receiving it!

Puts me in mind of how the people complained when Moses was leading them through the wilderness. How about you? Are you going through troubles right now? Are you complaining? Do you think that maybe God is leading you to a great big blessing on the other side? Makes me think that I need to learn to PRAISE Him in ALL my circumstances, as He tells us in His Word. I definitely need to work on this area. Am I alone or are there others out there that need to work on this also?

I pray that you will be blessed even today, no matter what you may be having to walk through.

Love you all!



Hi Kathryn
What a great post you are awesome , This post touched me in a special way see I have been unemployed for a yr and 4 months and I get a little discourage but I know the Lord has something waiting for me somewhere out there. So sometimes I complain because of the bills that come in and think how I am going to pay this or that, so anyway it can get down right depressing at times. Then I take care of my elderly mom and things sometimes there are not so pretty and I was talking to God the other day and said this is not something that I wantedin my life but I know again there is a reason for all this stuff that is going on in my life but to answer your question I am right along with you in the complaining dept. so where do I go from here just trust the Lord in this circumstance. Financially can get really discouraging but I am trying to hang in there. I am glad I have got to know you thru twitter and praying for Joanne take care my friend

Hi Kathryn! True thoughts & thanks so much for sharing your hotel room w/me–what a blessing! I really enjoyed our chat, too, & meeting your sweet daughter. Take care & stay in touch! Stacy


One of the sweetest women I met at this conference. I’m so glad we were able to help you with a place to stay. I will continue to pray for you and your family and ask that you would continue to pray for me, too 🙂

Love you!

Wonderful post and wonderful insights! Can’t wait to hear more about the conference!


Thank you! I’ll try to write more about it when I get home 🙂

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