Angie Smith is the wife of Todd Smith (lead singer of Dove Award winning group Selah) and author of I Will Carry You, What Women Fear, and Mended, and one of the most popular speakers and blog writers in the country. First connecting with masses of women on her blog as she wrote about the pregnancy and ultimately the loss of her daughter, Audrey, Angie now connects with women through her books and national women’s conferences. Holding a Master’s degree in Developmental Psychology from Vanderbilt University, Angie addresses core issues of struggle in the lives of women through biblical truth, professional understanding, and personal narrative. She lives with her husband and a house full of daughters in Nashville, TN.
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Angie will speak Friday & Saturday Afternoon.
Her Friday Topic is:
The Journey Up: What is Our Walk With Christ Supposed to Look Like?
We all know as Christians that life isn’t an easy walk-it’s more like a hike sometimes. Often we find ourselves in the midst of what feels like chaos and we aren’t sure where to find Jesus in it all. Coming out of one of the hardest seasons of her life, Angie realized that her faith didn’t look the way she wanted it to, and as a result she found herself struggling with what life as a Christian is supposed to “look like” in good seasons and in bad. She realized that instead of living like she was following the Lord, she was living like she was chasing Him. Are you?
Her Saturday Topic is:
The Journey Down: Realizing How the Promise of Christ Sustains Us
Focusing on one of the most often-told stories of dedication to the Lord and unwavering faith in the face of crisis, Angie will unpack the story of Abraham and Isaac as an example of our call as Christians. After studying the story, she realized that there were portions of God’s promises that she had misunderstood, and those errors were affecting her relationship with the Lord. She will talk about what the Lord revealed to her on her journey down the mountain of sacrifice, and how the simple revelation of His words to Abraham changed her entire view of loss and hardship.
Get to know Angie Smith
Nationally and internationally recognized author/speaker Dee Brestin has spent the past 25 years writing, speaking, encouraging and challenging women of all ages, from all stages of life, how to discover a life-changing intimacy with Jesus. Dee brings to life the truth of God’s Word through her use of real-life stories, humor, and clips from classic musicals. It is often said, “Dee keeps our attention – and helps us see the truth of Scripture as well as hear it.” Dee began connecting with women with her classic, The Friendships of Women, and continues, understanding the needs of mothers, singles, and most recently, since the loss of her fifty-nine-year old husband, widows.
Dee feels called to help today’s woman understand the truth of Scripture and to realize that “Jesus is inviting us to a “dance” – He longs for us to hear the music and to let Him lead.” In her Bible studies and in her speaking, Dee helps women abandon themselves to “the Lord of the dance.”
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Dee will speak Friday & Saturday Morning.
Her Friday Topic is:
The Three Love Stages in Our Journey with the Lord
Both the Old and New Testaments show that our journey with Christ, as is often true with marriage, tends to go through growth stages: first love, wilderness love, and invincible love. Most believers experience the euphoria of the first love time with the Lord, but then the honeymoon ends and they find themselves repeating the same mistakes in the wilderness. But God’s heart is not for us to stay in the wilderness, but to move into the land of invincible love. Dee, through the Word, will show us how that can happen.
Her Saturday Topic is:
Facing the Truth About Our Deepest Desires
In her newest book, Idol Lies, Dee tells how she kept losing administrative assistants. She always thought it was their fault. But God awakened her through the counsel of a friend and a sermon on “Martha the Manipulator.” Martha of Bethany, indeed, had an invisible heart idol that was hurting her, her relationship with her sister, and her relationship with God. In the wilderness, God awakened her and Martha changed. Martha’s story awakened Dee – and now Dee’s relationship with others and with the Lord is monumentally better. She is going ‘higher up and deeper in’ on the journey, and she is so excited to tell us about it!
Get to know Dee Brestin