I love giveaways and when LeAnn told us about her idea to give away a scholarship to
She Speaks for this summer I had to jump in with both feet...with both of my pretty shoes! LOL!
RULES: I'm especially excited about this one because it's for someone who feels called to SPEAK and it's for someone who absolutely couldn't afford to come otherwise. It's also for first timers to the conference. All you have to do is leave a comment below (and on any of the blogs listed below, the more you comment, the better chance you have to win!). Your comment should tell us what winning this scholarship would mean to you in answering God's call to speak.
LeAnn thought it'd be fun for each of us to tell you our stories about our first experience at She Speaks...and boy is mine a good one! I know this is What to Wear Wednesday, so bear with me today as I stray away from my usual topic...LeAnn is our Queen at Proverbs and when SHE SPEAKS, we all listen!!
When I heard God's call to speak I prayed about it for only seven years. Yes, SEVEN YEARS. At the end of the seven years, I was invited to speak at a friend's church to "try it out". Shortly thereafter, my friend Renee Harris (who happens to be my new assistant!) advised me to call Lysa and tell her about my ministry...you know, how to dress, what to wear, and still be stylin' girls for God! So I did. And of course I got her voice mail..but she called me back. (Probably because she thought what crazy chick what speak on outer beauty in the Christian world.) Anyway, as God would have it (and it could have ONLY been God to have this happen) she invited me to come to She Speaks to train the speakers on how to dress for their speaking engagements. I'll never forget walking into Renee Swope's house and seeing the speaker team for the first time! We laugh about it now, but I was nervous! They told me I wore fishnet stockings that night and they were scared I'd tell them they had to wear them too! The person I remember most was Marybeth Whalen. I'm not kidding when I tell you that she scared me. If you know MB at all, you'll know what I mean. She sometimes will just look at you like, "seriously, you are soooo boring me" or something to that effect. Well she sat at the back of the room, pregnant with her 6th child (basically she was huge) and had her arms crossed like saying, "I don't really care what you tell me about how to dress because I'm not going to listen anyway, pregnant or not." So I tried not looking at her the whole time and just did my thing. I told them all these rules that I've since relaxed on but,hey, SOMEBODY had to get these girls dressing in the right way....come on people, they were wearing open toed sandals with un-polished toes...geesh. And did even ONE of them know their DCC? (dominant color characterisitc for those of you who are new here). Noooooooooooo, not one. I had to stop Lysa from wearing brown, brown, brown, (I'm not kidding, that's all she wore) and I had to stop Renee from dressing like a little girl. (You know I'm right, Renee.) I taught every one of them to wear the right colors AND to paint their toes IF they were going to wear open toed sandals, WHICH I told them not to do. (I've relaxed a little there.) Oh, I had to take pink away from Charlene, and let Zoe know she was perfect as she was (wait, I think I did recommend my hair stylist to her..of whom she still goes to today!)
Basically, they became my new best friends and are now very stylin' speakers!
And you want to know the funniest thing of all? Every year at She Speaks we get to room with one other speaker (we can pick) and guess who I room with every year?
It just goes to show you that no matter what we wear, no matter what we do, if God wants it to happen, it will. You see, MB has become one of my best friends, and our families are friends too. No matter our backgrounds, no matter what someone says you should or shouldn't do, God will have His way. I pray that if God is calling you to something, you will step out in faith and go for it! Yes, it's scary, but the rewards (and the new friends) are priceless.
Comment below about why you want to win...I pray you never give up on your dreams.
Even if someone is sitting in the back of the room (or in your living room) with their arms crossed saying you can't do it.
*P.S. If you ever wanted to do what I do, I'm holding my first-ever Christian Image Consultant Speaking Training Program this June for 4 days. The class is limited to 8 students and I have 2 spots left for June. Also filling a waiting list for the November class. Here is the link for information: http://www.sharibraendel.com/certification.html