One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other

I am in Oklahoma this weekend for the Baptist General Convention’s Women’s Conference. Last night when I was trying to go to sleep I got very tickled thinking about what the 22 year-old version of me would say about the fact that I’m staying on a campground (there are lodges! I’m not sleeping outside!) for the weekend and hanging out with some of Oklahoma’s finest Baptist women.

I’ll go ahead and tell you that it’s not necessarily something that was on my 22 year-old radar.

I’m thrilled to be here, though, and it is an absolutely beautiful setting. Yay for Oklahoma sunsets and the fried pies that may mark the end of my Lenten resolve. I haven’t tried one yet because I’m quite honestly I’m afraid of the depth of my reaction. I think there would be a lot of feelings.


A couple of weeks ago I did a little video call with my pastor, my pastor’s (sweet, funny, beautiful) wife, Heather, and Ann Voskamp. The fact that I was even in the conversation was sort of hilarious to me, but oh my goodness – I SOAKED UP the wisdom from David, Heather, and Ann that afternoon. We were talking about the topic of the next Secret Church – The Cross and Everyday Life – and it was so encouraging to hear everybody’s perspectives and challenges and stories in terms of trying to walk out the Gospel in the day-to-day. We talked about family, marriage, sports, spiritual disciplines – a whole host of stuff.

I even have this little picture collage as a souvenir, and it delights me for several reasons.


1) I look just like my mama in these pictures.
2) MY HAIR?!?!?! Did I wake up that day and just swoop it all to the side?
3) Clearly I had no idea where to look when we were talking.

Anyway, you can read some of what Ann had to say right here in part 1, and then there’s my part of the conversation in part 2. Obviously I don’t have quite the, um, depth of Ann, but I hope it’ll make you smile. That’s about the best I can do, my friends.

I know that some of y’all have attended Secret Church in the past, and some of y’all are probably already signed up for the next Secret Church on April 18th. There’s probably also a few of y’all who may have wondered what it’s all about but been reluctant to sign up. I totally get that – because I was, too. But just know this: even though it’s six hours of fast-paced, intense Bible study, it flies by (seriously), it prompts great discussions, and it’s a chance to just go another step deeper in your relationship with God and your understanding of Scripture. There are really affordable simulcast options if you’d like to watch at home, and there are a whole bunch of churches serving as simulcast sites, too.

You can find all the info you need on the Secret Church website.

Hope y’all have a great weekend!

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  1. I’m glad you are at Falls Creek. I didn’t get to go, but my friends are there, and they promise to come by and say “hey” from me. From experience, I will tell you the fried pies really are wonderful, but don’t GO there! Another time, perhaps. Have fun with the Okie Baptists!

  2. I just have to be careful to keep those things in perspective and remember that there is no place in Scripture where Jesus rang a cowbell and screamed, “Hail State.”


  3. I will go back and watch that but I have wanted to take part in the Secret Church….not sure how or where. I have a house full. Enjoy your weekend in OK

  4. Love the picture collage! I just got to hear David preach at Together for the Gospel in Louisville. I love hearing him preach. I can’t imagine what it’s like having him as a pastor (however, I’m married to a pretty fantastic preacher myself). Being a pastor’s wife, I always wondered what David Platt’s wife was like. After reading Radical, I decided that I might be too intimidated to be buddies with the Platts.. Haha…. He actually preached at a small church camp in Missouri that I went to in high school. He was probably in his early twenties but he was a great pastor then, too. I love reading your blog and book and I thought it was so fun when I found out your preacher was one that I look up to!

  5. On behalf of my fellow Okies just let me say, you were wonderful! Come back anytime!

  6. You DO look just like Mama Ouida!