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Thursday, March 10, 2011

She Speaks Scholarship 2011

She Speaks Conference

This week Lysa TerKeurst is hosting a scholarship contest where she will give away two Cecil Murphey scholarships for the She Speaks conference. If you desire to communicate God's Word with excellence and reach hurting people for Christ, this is a conference you won't want to miss! She Speaks offers a variety of training classes. Both experienced and novice writers, speakers and ministry leaders can benefit at She Speaks. Visit the She Speaks website for a description of classes.

Watching The Bucket List with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, I ache to experience living large before I die. In the movie two terminally ill cancer patients make a list of all the things they want to do before they kick the bucket. Then they sneak off to live out their wildest dreams.

With a cancer diagnosis comes an instant desire to fully live. There is no more hem hawing around the dance of life. Even wallflower cancer patients can be found doing the Cha Cha Slide. Imagine the giant dreams I have after attending last year’s She Speaks conference and transitioning from cancer patient to survivor just a few months later!

Cancer survivors inherit more than the courage to start marking experiences off their bucket lists; they earn the privilege of paying vast medical bills. I write a check each month for the amount of the She Speaks conference. I try to write the check with gratitude. Five hundred dollars is a small price for life. 

Praises flow as I write the first twelve checks. The hospital has a plan to pay for lifesaving cancer surgery in twelve monthly installments. I reason I will get accustomed to writing a $500 check each month and I will just extend my monthly program to cover She Speaks this year.

Month thirteen arrives. She Speaks registration opens. Time to write check thirteen. Check thirteen is the check paying for endless tests, scans, doctor visits, treatments and other parts of the surgery. Check thirteen is supposed to read, “Pay to the order of She Speaks.” Check thirteen is just the first of many more checks to the cancer hospital.

I want to keep writing them with gratitude. Again, that is a small price to place on life. Although MD Anderson Cancer Center places a rather low monetary value on my life, Jesus doesn’t. He says, “You were bought with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:20)

While my bucket list does not include skydiving and race car driving like Edward and Carter’s, making God famous by sharing my story is the desire of my heart. Writing a book and speaking to large groups of women sit right at the top of my own list.

As a journalism major and former teacher, communicating with words both written and spoken pulls me naturally. Allowing God to use my story is a passion God gave me in college. Possessing courage to act on it is still being slowly birthed in me almost twenty years later. The camaraderie, encouragement and training She Speaks offers spurs me on toward my goals while drawing me closer to Jesus.

Writing a check to the cancer hospital each month is the type of excuse that has kept me from attending She Speaks in years past. This year I believe She Speaks is just another way God will show His faithful provision in my life. I pray knowing He will make a way. His Word promises, “The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.” (1 Thessalonians 5:24)

Cancer is giving me a second chance to follow my lifelong dream and fully embrace my calling. She Speaks will provide the training to do so with excellence. Every day I thank God for the high price He paid for me. I want nothing more than to spend the rest of my days honoring God and making His name famous by sharing my story.

Just the thought of it makes me want to break out in the Cha Cha Slide!


We Six Nasons said...

I'll do the Cha Cha Slide with you! Very inspiring post, I hope you win.!

Mining for Diamonds said...

Lisa!!! What an incredible entry!!! Oh, my, I was on the edge of every word. I am a living witness to the amazing power of God's provision, and I am certain that He will make a way for you to attend this conference, one way or another.

And if I meet no one else there, girl, I want to meet YOU!!!!! You have no idea how much you have blessed me in the past year since I've been visiting your blog. It is because of you that I'll be attending She Speaks this year, and believe me, I plan to stalk you, lol!

Blessings to you, can't wait to see how God provides!

Andrea said...

Praising GOD for how you are living out your life with a renewal of heart and mind....focused on what GOD has for you. THANK YOU for sharing your life with us.
Blessings, hugs, and prayers,

tiffany @ tea with tiffany said...

Cha Cha Slide indeed. I so want to hang out with you, Lisa, at She Speaks. I pray this the year we both get to see each other's smile in real life.

God has a good plan, we can rest in that. You are beautiful to Him and to me.

Love you, Tiffers

stephanie said...

Lisa, your strength, the strength God has given you is astounding. Tearful as I read this post.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I "get" this one, sister. I pray that God makes a way for both of us to attend this year.

You're living your faith beautifully. Keep to it.


Kelly said...

Great entry! You have the talent, the desire, and I know the faith. He will provide a way! ~Hugs~

Anonymous said...

Here's hoping you can do the Cha Cha Slide at the conference. Best of Blessings;)

BTW - have you visited "Don't Waste Your Cancer" blog? - http://libbyryder.blogspot.com/

Kathryn Taylor said...

I'm so glad you are going, and I'm so glad you continue to share HIS story through your story.

You are loved!

Cindy Bultema said...

You inspire me, Lisa! I hope the Lord provides so that we'll both be back in NC this summer!
Love to you~
Cindy :)

Lynnette said...

Your faith can move mountains! I hope we can meet in NC this year! Thanks for reading my blog.