What IF

photo-5IF I told you that it would change your life, would you go? IF I told you that you would leave maybe not knowing all the answers but anchored to the truth, would you listen? IF I told you that we were all in this together, would you be a part of it? IF:Gathering did all this and more for me a few weeks ago in Austin and I believe IF:Local can do the same for you right here at Chets.

I didn’t realize how much I needed this weekend until it was over. I had reasons, okay so more or less excuses why I couldn’t go. The world has a way of making the routines/demands of life seem more important than time carved out solely for focus on God. It’s amazing how much better life can be when you start to see it and live it through God’s lens.

The IF:Gathering is more than just a weekend conference or women’s retreat, it is a movement and this movement needs you. Through authentic Christian women, God is reminding us of our purpose. He uses those with a huge platform like authors and speakers but you’ll also hear Him just as loud through “regular” moms and wives thick in the weeds and heartache of ordinary life but choosing to have faith in Him.

IF is more than just women speaking. It is God moving. It is His word asking us to rise up, to own what we believe and to help anyone and everyone understand that His love and grace is available. It is the most important thing in this world. IF tackles big issues with which both unbelievers and Christians struggle- race, terrorism, human trafficking, etc.  IF challenges us to step up, step out and face the tough issues because if we have Him in our heart than that is enough to do something.

Throughout the weekend, it is clear that His word is the truth, that we need it and we are all called to do something with it. Being a part of IF:Local will give you an opportunity to discover what your faith means to you, what you need to change, how you need to grow and what’s next. IF reveals we are better together than apart. Our stories are not the same but our God is. We can be that cloud of witnesses that encourages and strengthens the Christians around us. We need each other.

IF is really simple. IF is going back to the basics of faith and living it. You won’t know it until you experience it for yourself but you need IF and IF needs you.


{This post was written by Mary-Lauren Eubank.  Mary-Lauren is a curly-haired Texas transplant who has fallen in love with Jacksonville beaches! She in the trenches of motherhood with two sassy and entertaining daughters. A busy body in the truest sense, she teaches fitness classes all week and runs her own business Jax Stroller Strength. Her family has been a member of Chets Creek for six years and she cameos in the nursery every month.To stay sane, Mary-Lauren requires a daily dose of dark chocolate, unwinds with a page-turner and folds laundry watching just the kind of reality TV that she will forbid her girls from watching in the future. A wannabe foodie, she loves to learn about, prepare, experiment and indulge in all things food…well except the shopping part with kids in tow. She is a contributor for Jax Moms Blog and an active volunteer at her oldest daughter’s school.}