Last year was a monumental year for me. Not only did I experience all the rekindling that comes with twenty-year reunions; but I also met some of the most wonderful friends I’ve ever had the opportunity to connect with through Proverbs 31 Ministries. The Lord has used these ladies to ignite the kindling in my soul into a burning flame.
I first heard about She Speaks a few years ago. At that time, God dropped a deposit of wistful dreaming and fragile hoping into my rapidly beating heart. Connection to ladies with similar hopes and dreams has set a firm belief in my heart that this conference may, indeed, be just for me. Hoping and dreaming with ladies who share my passion has not only been fun and encouraging; it has been life changing. I have loved having friends whose hearts also beat fast at the prospect of a conference dedicated to better equipping ladies to share personal stories of God’s redemption and grace and it has changed how I see things.
This week Lysa TerKeurst is hosting a scholarship contest where she will give away three Cecil Murphey scholarships for the conference. She Speaks offers a variety of training classes. Both experienced and novice writers, speakers and ministry leaders can benefit at She Speaks. Here is a summary of descriptions from Lysa's blog.
Speakers with all levels of experience will learn to develop a clear message, keep an audience engaged and deliver inspiration and motivation to an audience and increase number of booked speaking engagements.
Writers will learn how to go from blog to book, discover a unique writing voice, know what publishers want, publish magazine articles, write engaging stories and learn the basic mechanics of effective writing.
Women’s Ministry Leaders will learn how to build a team, cast a vision, distinguish God’s vision, celebrate milestones and keep team members inspired.
Last year was the first time I seriously even considered going to She Speaks. Although I have been familiar with the She Speaks conference for several years, I have never felt “qualified” to attend. I have always seen myself as unworthy to be among those “chosen” to have a fruitful ministry. I’ve really never even been sure anyone would ever be interested in what I have to say. My story is ordinary. It’s simply that of an average girl who loves an amazing God through many twists and turns of a life filled with the everyday. I realize just having a fast heartbeat or being friends with others who have growing ministries doesn’t give me credibility. You see, I’m not a published author or a highly sought after speaker. All I have is this crazy desire to share my completely ordinary story of God’s extraordinary love with others.
Yet, when I take this burning desire to the Lord, he reminds me that his economy is different. He qualifies those he sends and he sends all who are willing to go.
“Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?”
I said, “Here I am. Send me.”
And he said, “Yes, go…” Isaiah 6:8-9 NLT
Lord, here I am. Send me.
Lord, here I am. Send me.