Wednesday, August 18, 2010
I am still processing so much that happened at She Speaks. So much. I think I am going to pack some of you in my suitcase next year and take you. Some of my real life friends. Some of my blog friends. Seriously, there were some of you I couldn't help but think were made specifically for this conference. Some of you who have an unmistakable call and gift that must be shared! You will be hearing from me, my friends. I mean that.
Part of the most fabulous part of the conference was meeting women who "get" me. I was fortunate enough to be part of the most awesome speaker evaluation group. This group of ladies was the most incredible group. The one word that comes to mind when I think of them is brave.
Each one stood up on trembling legs and shared. They shared stories of things that should never happen, much less be repeated. They shared stories of vulnerability that made me weep. They shared their stories for one reason. So other hurting women can see they don't need to stay shrouded in darkness. Speaking our secrets brings healing not only to ourselves but to others. I have no doubt that many will be healed through the triumphant stories of these ladies.
When I stepped off the plane, I met Shelly. Beautiful, bubbly Shelly. She has six, yes six, children. She's a farmer's wife, although she doesn't dress like one. She's a talented, funny and busy woman who I'd drive out to the country to hear speak or to get some fresh corn. I'm just sayin'. Shelly sure helped me to feel at ease walking into the hotel. Thanks, Shelly for being such a leader in our group.
Then there's Andrea. I'm not sure why I don't have a picture with Andrea. . . but I fell in love with Andrea when I first read her blog. She is kind and sweet and well, I just felt like I'd known her forever and can't wait to get to know her better.
Our group was led by Lynn. Lynn engages you instantly with her smile. Her larger-than-life personality energizes and inspires all she touches. She is working on her first book and has a dynamic ministry to teenagers.
Thank you to each woman who touched my heart with your courageous story and answer to the call. I know there are more blogs so if you stumble here, leave a comment so I can share the linky love.
He whose walk is blameless
and who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from his heart