it's time :: a new movement for our generation

I know I'm in the middle of a series as well as a blog sabbatical, and those things are still happening. But. Some things are just worth the breaking point in time, you know? So. Two posts in one day, and a minor interruption for a big! huge! announcement. 

A few months ago, I hosted the first Story101 retreat off in the hill country of Texas. You may remember my post about breaking in the marching boots—about the women marching together not in order to fight something but to fight for each other. This is what I want to be about, because we all feed the river. 

A few weeks later, I got an email. 

It was one that shook me to my core. One that sent a resounding yes! to the deepest places. It spoke of a dream to gather, equip and unleash the women of this generation to live out their purpose. 

(I get chills still when I type it.) 

Let me tell you: this dream is crazy. But it's the crazy ones that capture my heart, and it's the impossible ones that point me to Jesus. And the leadership behind this vision is bold, energetic and lion hearted. 

And we're gathering in February.  


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A fresh, deep, honest space for a new generation of women to wrestle with the essential question: IF God is real… THEN what? This 2-day conference brings women together and wrestles out how to live out the calling God has placed on our lives.            //Austin, TX Feb. 7–8 2014

I know some of you may be shying away because it's another conference. For women. You know this track. You've done it before. Can I just whisper in your ear for a second? This is different. I mean, I'm a tattooed coffee addict when I'm not drinking French 74's who leans toward colorful language more often than not and I'm so excited about this. I'm serious. For the past few months I've been so cynical about everything that relates to church-y stuff and when this came into my inbox, my heart felt at rest. 

This is about friends gathering together, sharing their stories, and trying to dig deep in what it means to follow this purpose burning within our souls. Mark the date on your calendar and make sure to sign up for updates?

I'd love to meet you and hear what makes this heart of yours race with vision.

Oh and get this. Today, when everything went live, you want to know what they posted on their Facebook page? 


This is a vision that actually requires an army. We don’t just want you to attend- we want you to lock arms.
— IF:gathering

This is bigger than any of us. It's time to break in those marching boots. Join us?  

Want to hear more from others? Check out these posts for more info -- 

Jennie Allen
Lindsey Nobles
Jen Hatmaker
Sarah Markley
Lore Ferguson
Emily Freeman
Sarah Bessey
Raechel Myers
Bianca Olthoff
Jessica Honneger
Melissa Greene

Posted on June 19, 2013 .