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January 25, 2012

Radiance

Definition: Radiance

ra•di•ance/ˈrādēəns/
Noun: 1. Light or heat as emitted or reflected by something: "the radiance of the sunset".
2. Great joy or love, apparent in someone's expression or bearing. 
3. Amazing conference at Cedarville that exists to encourage girls to live a life of totally focused on Christ. 

It's last Thursday night here at the 'ville and it's cold. I have spent my entire day running around campus, going to class, doing errands, and being generally, and somewhat impressively productive. But it is now 6:30 p.m., and all I want to do is go chill in my room and watch a show on Hulu. But Radiance starts at 7:00 p.m. and I know I need to be there.

Two days later, I am so glad I went. Crystal Renaud was the speaker and she spoke to hundreds of Cedarville girls about her journey from sexual addiction and shame to freedom and victory. Her story opened the door for conversation on a topic that is extremely taboo, especially in the Christian community. But more than that, she showed us what it looks like to surrender daily to Jesus Christ. It was so encouraging to be reminded that God is with us when things are well, and when we feel that we are drowning in darkness. God doesn't always take us on the easy path, but He is still with us when life is hard.

For me, hearing Crystal speak was humbling. I don't know if I would have the courage to share my past struggles with an entire audience. But at the same time, it was so cool to see a woman share her life like an open book, all for the sake to display the glory of God- and to encourage us as young women to trust God with every part of lives.