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"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." Matthew 5:14-15

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it." Matthew 13:45-46

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Why I Want to Go to She Speaks

Last June I had the incredible pleasure of being able to attend my first She Speaks Conference. It was a life changing event for me. God touched my heart and spoke to me in a mighty way.

June 2008 marks Proverbs 31 Ministry’s 8th She Speaks Conference. This year they again have an exciting array of speakers that will concentrate on writing, speaking, women’s ministry and also a track for the next generation. Be sure to check out this link:
http://www.shespeaksconference.com/

Lysa TerKeurst is offering a free scholarship to attend this year’s conference. You can find the information on her blog: http://lysaterkeurst.blogspot.com/2008/01/win-scholarship-to-she-speaks-2008.html

So why is it that I would like to win the scholarship to attend She Speaks? Actually there are multiple reasons. I first became aware of Proverbs 31 Ministry about five years ago when God was doing some radical changes in my heart. I came across one of Lysa TerKeurst’s books that focused on the Proverbs 31 Bible passage. Since then it has become my favorite portion of scripture.

Over the past few years I have developed a tremendous passion for this ministry. I was overjoyed when I discovered that I could actually volunteer for their organization. With living in Pennsylvania I am limited on what I am able to do. I pray that someday I will be able to do much more.

I have been excited and praying about attending She Speaks again this year. My desire was to drive down a day early so I could volunteer my services to help wherever was needed. Financially there is no way we can afford to pay for the conference. I looked at our budget and know that without a miracle of some sort, I will not be able to attend.

My passion is writing although I do lead ladies Bible studies as well. This year I had planned to attend seminars on writing and speaking. Even though I am a rather shy person, I feel that sometime in my future, God may have me speak. YIKES! :) I am also excited that they are offering sessions on blogging this year. I am rather new to this endeavor and would love to learn how I can make my blog far-reaching to touch many lives for Christ. I want to learn more about how I can be a better writer, blogger and potential speaker. I feel I can do this by going to She Speaks.

My final reason for desiring to attend is that I would love to meet the bloggy friends I have made, particularly various ones of the P31 speaker team. Last night I was discouraged when I reviewed our finances and knew there was no hope of going. This morning I prayed, “I give up Lord. You know how much I want to attend, but I give it to you.” Later I turned on my computer and saw Lysa’s blog about this contest. I also had a sweet comment on Zoe Elmore’s blog telling me not to give up hoping in regards to attending. So here I am with my hands open to God and releasing it to Him. If I am able to attend I know it will be a miracle and a special gift from my Daddy.

7 comments:

Amy L Brooke said...

I hope to go to! It would be fun to meet everyone wouldn't it?

Jenny said...

I'm excited to read about all the people who have went and loved it! It would be a blast to meet new friends who are pursuing the same thing!

lp8265@gmail.com said...

I couldn't agree more about meeting all the blogging friends. I'm looking forward to that also.

I so hope your wonderful daddy lets you go. But don't bother batting your eyes and playing that cute little girl card. I tried it before and it doesn't work.

Good Luck with the contest.
Luanne

Natalie said...

Oh, I would LOVE to go. I'm going to ask Dad and see if he'll let me come play with ya'll!

Heather@Mommymonk said...

You were there last year? It was so wonderful, wasn't it? I hope this contest stirs up lots of new people to go!

Celly B said...

Wouldn't it be wonderful to meet all of these wonderful bloggers who have such a story to tell and who have been given the desire to tell it?

Miss Sandy said...

May God give you your hearts desire.
Blessings,
Sandy