LYFE1CLARKS SUMMIT, Pa.—Nearly 1,000 women attended the LYFE Women’s Conference at Baptist Bible College and Seminary May 29–31 and June 5–7. It was a powerful time of spiritual refreshment and renewal.

Now in its 32nd year, the event carried the theme “Breathe,” offering a focus on finding strength to breathe in times of stress, fear, and pain. The keynote speaker was Christie Lothamer, a BBC alum and dynamic leader who serves in England. Special guests included The Pottery Lady Carole Wolaver, who combines storytelling with creating pottery, and comedienne Anita Renfroe.

“I really enjoyed it,” says Dawn Kneller of Olyphant, Pa., who attended for the first time. “I liked the opening with Carole Wolaver, and Christie’s sessions were very insightful. I came because I wanted to get out of my shell and be a part of something in the community, and because I was looking to grow spiritually.”

LYFE, which stands for Living Your Faith Everyday, is led by Director Diane Lytle. She is an adjunct professor at BBC and, with her husband, Jim, has coauthored the Regular Baptist Press adult Bible studies The Christian Life and Effective Bible Study. She is joined by a planning team that meets frequently throughout the year.

LYFE3The weekend conference (women choose one of two weekends to attend) helps many in attendance refocus and become encouraged and equipped as they return to their homes, families, and ministries.

“I come back every year because of the blessing I receive,” says Diane Daiker of Rochester N.Y., a 30-year attender. “The workshops are a highlight for me. They are such a blessing. I get so much out of them. They encourage me to become a better Christian.”

“Christie Lothamer’s authenticity and passion were contagious as she shared how breathing is to our physical life what believing is to our spiritual life,” she says. “She encouraged all of us to repent of our unbelief and to believe the truths that God is great, God is glorious, God is good, and God is gracious.”

The 2015 LYFE Women’s Conference, themed “If the Crown Fits,” will be held May 28–30 and June 4–6. The keynote speaker will be best-selling author Liz Curtis Higgs. Special guests will include vocal artist Kezia Curry and comedian Bob Smiley.