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!