Have you ever prayed that God would use you?  That His hands and feet would be your hands and feet and that your words would be His words.  Have you ever hoped that your feeble contribution would be seen as amazing in God's eyes and that He would take it and make it something incredible?  Well that is what I witnessed this weekend at Shine Girls Conference 2014.

Organised by the amazing Urban Saints, I am sure you are bored of me talking about Shine by now, but this weekend really is transformational for many of the teenage girls that attend.  They get a real opportunity to meet with God (sometimes for the first time) and to connect with their creator.  They get a chance to deal with issues that affect girls in our society today and to see them in a biblical light.  They are allowed to express their worship of God creatively through dance, drama, art, media and music.  And most importantly of all they get to be girls - doing it all together and having fun!

So I wanted to share with you a few of the high points of the weekend for me personally - the moments when I could tell that God was using me and that I can now reflect and say "yep - that is why is was so important for me to be there!".  Because I know for a lot of the leaders - core team and shine angels - that it wasn't an easy journey to get to Shine.  It was costly in terms of finances, time, energy but also many of us know that in the weeks leading up to it we were spiritually attacked.  For me it was the thought of having to leave my little boy who had started teething really badly and waking up shrieking and screaming in pain.  Every inch on me wanted to stay and cuddle him, but I knew that my husband would be more than capable of doing that and that this was just a voice trying to convince me not to go - one that I shouldn't listen to.

Pallet art symbolising the freedom that God's love brings

Finally, a moment that blew me away and shall stay with me was when a girl came to join the leaders in praying for her friend who was in tears and heartbroken - that young girl's prayers were so filled with faith and love for her friend and it was amazing to see her so on fire for God and wanting to stand with her friend in whatever situation she was going through.  And that is why I do Shine.

P.S. Not to take away from the sentimentality of this post, but I clearly suit this look and shall amending my appearance accordingly.....