Wednesday, April 21, 2010

What to Wear: She dresses well while SHE SPEAKS!

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.
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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!!
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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!)
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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?
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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.
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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.
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Love ya!
 Shari
*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



125 comments:

Moms In Need Of Mercy said...

I will gladly be the first to comment! :)
For as long as I can remember, I've loved writing. I used to go in my room after school (even in elementary school) and write stories in a hard-cover book from something like the Dollar Store.
In college, I studied communications with minors in psychology and religion and wanted to be either a journalist or a counselor. I worked in broadcast news for several years before having kids, and now that I am home with my boys, I am fulfilling my love for writing and encouraging other women through my blog, Moms In Need of Mercy (momsinneedofmercy.com).
I have never been to She Speaks but would like to go at some point in the future. I think it would be a great time of fellowship-- meeting and learning from so many other godly and talented Christian women. Plus, the mentoring advice in the areas of speaking and writing would be helpful. Since I don't see myself going back to news, I would like to develop my writing and speaking talents to encourage other women that way.
Thanks for the scholarship opportunity!
Blessings,
Cheryl

Kim Teamer said...

I truly believe that God has given each one of us a unique testimony to tell. Whether you speak to an audience of one or one-thousand, His message MUST be shared. I am ready to proclaim the message that I have been given. This is my season to move beyond self and to God's level of beyond beyond!

His,
Kim

pinkdaisyjane said...

I felt called to teach women since a very powerful experience in 1998- a true Holy Spirit encounter. Since then, I've had many opportunities, small and large, to teach my sisters and even have had a few small speaking engagements. I want nothing more than to know how to do a better job, so that I can do a better job of getting out of the way and letting God do His thing in me! I feel that She Speaks would do that for me!

Heatherly Sylvia
pinkdaisyjane at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Our seasons of life give us stories to tell. Right now, my season of life is about my two girls who have just started dating in their 20's. Yes, watching and discerning when to talk and when not to speak up is what my husband I are tackling right now. Having gone through "life" a little, I would love to be able to speak out and declare what God has been doing in my life. I would welcome an opportunity and a scholarship to She Speaks. I hope you will consider me. Thanks Beth b.voss@fumc-clermont.org

Kim Wideman said...

My devotional calendar for today says "You pay God a compliment by asking great things of Him." ~ Teresa of Avila. "If we ask anything according to his will, he hears us." 1 John 5:14

So far, this deeply embedded dream in me to speak/write has been a prayer answered by 'wait on Me!' But, God is stirring in me to believe with great FAITH that this scripture in 1 John will be fulfilled. So, with great faith, I am asking to be considered for this scholarship so that maybe, just maybe, this will be the beginning of God's answer to my prayers changing from 'wait' to "Child of Mine...Go For It!!" Thank you so much for this chance to be my beginning...

Kim Wideman
jrmh.29.11@gmail.com

Marybeth said...

So ummm, you said I was mean and huge all in one blog post... hmmm, trying to focus on the end where you said I was wonderful and actually quite stylish. Ok, so you didn't say that but I SO know you meant it! (Even if recently I did go out of the house with flip flops and unpolished toes... I admit it.) Hey, a mom of 6 can only get so much fashion into her busy, crazy days. But I do look MUCH better now that you, my friend, are dressing and advising me. I am SO BLESSED that God brought your bossy, fashion-conscious self into my life.

And yes, I did just call you bossy. :)

Heather Laurie said...

I would love to win a scholarship! I am just begin to spread my speaking wings and share our family's experiences with others. My lovely children have a genetic disease and I have a chronic illness. I would like to help others understand they can make it through the worst of struggles clinging to the Lord. They can succeed, homeschool, stay married and honor the Lord with JOY!

Thank you for considering me!
God bless
Heather Laurie
www.specialneedshomeschooling.com

Anonymous said...

She Speaks! I'd LOVE to attend this Conference (and win a scholarship) because, by God's calling, I've been asked to 'step up my game' and go from writer, editor, blogger - to speaker.

Here's my story. I have been a Christian-genre writer, editor, and publicist for many years. I worked for my wonderful church (Lake Pointe Church, Rockwall, Texas) for six years as editor-in-chief, lead writer, for their magazine. It shared all the good stuff going on within and through our congregation. It was such a blessing to prepare each time! But God called me out - out into the wonderful world of freelance, where my ministry focus could expand to His entire Church, not just the one I attend/worked for. So, I quit my day job. I have been freelancing "on the side" for 12 years and have edited many books written by Christian authors (some listed on my new blog at writervoice1.wordpress.com). Then, one week later, my mentor (and a client) Thelma Wells, A Woman of God Ministries, asked me to do the unthinkable: she asked me to join her and others on TV and on a Webcast University that she is preparing (she's a busy, busy lady for God!). I can't say no - nor do I want to - but I have no speaking training. Teaching Bible study for 7 years has given me lots of confidence, but I've never taped a presentation nor stood in front of a crowd larger than 50. I want to take this next step - to speak - and allow God to use me as He has prepared. And, ladies, I do believe He is preparing me for Kingdom work!
I know graduates of She Speaks!, namely author Mary DeMuth, and would love the chance to enhance my profile to include SPEAKING for Him! It would be a wonderful adventure and the fulfillment of a tugging that I've not been able to ignore.
Thank you for making this contest available. I'm sure whomever wins will be the RIGHT choice! Blessings to you today in all you do for His kingdom!
Amy Van Vleck, Rockwall, Texas
write-way@hotmail.com
amy-v@hotmail.com

FYI - being newly "self-employed" and my husband tentatively unemployed, there's no way I could afford to attend without assistance. Thanks again for the chance to WIN!

Angie said...

Oh my, What a blessing!
I would be so thrilled to be able to come to She Speaks. My speaking ministry was birthed at my home church through leading Ladies Bible study and God pushing me in this direction.
I am planning on coming to the conference, just waiting and watching God provide the way to do it!
I've never been before and would love to come and gain all there is to learn from such a great event!

His Love Extended--Julie Gorman said...

I've never attended a She Speaks Conference and would love to be able to. We haven't had an income for the past 6 months and so the scholarship would be an amazing blessing. It’s the body of Christ working together that completes us and makes us whole. I know God's calling me to speak and since "iron sharpens iron" I'd love to have my iron sharpenend at a "She Speaks Conference".

Julie Gorman
julie.gorman@comcast.net

Anonymous said...

I have wanted to attend a She Speaks conf. for two years, but haven't been able to do so. I have felt a calling to speak to women and ten girls for nearly two years. I have been a youth leader and got to teach many that way. I am now in a new phase of life and feel an even stronger calling to reach out to women and teen girls and just have not been able to figure out how. Getting this would be an answer to prayer of how I am to start and continue in God's will.
Thank you,
Tara DeMaris
lasting_memories_tara@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

God has provided a few opportunities over the years allowing me to teach and speak. I always get a thrill from speaking because God provides such peace and guides my words. However, just thinking about the prospect of being on the "front lines" and opening myself up to the criticism and the scrutiny that one bares serving in this capacity, almost paralyzes me with fear. And though I know God equips anyone He desires to use, I still feel insecure about my abilities.

The She Speaks Conference has always interested me but time and money kept the door closed on this opportunity. This year was no different because I was scheduled to participate in the International Hearts at Home Conference in Europe. The conference had to be cancelled due to the volcanic ash. This in turn, opened up the time needed to attend the She Speaks Conference. And now this contest has presented me with the chance to overcome the financial burden. So I feel as if God is telling me to "get out of the boat."

So here I am, following God's orders, trying to keep my eyes on Him and not the fear that is threatening to overwhelm me. Thank you so much for this opportunity.

Connie Johnson
chicon16@gmail.com

Terrilynn said...

I'm not sure what the specifics are, but I know God is.
I'm not sure where the destination is, but I know He is.
All that I'm sure of is that He is moving in me, working in me, preparing me, and beginning to open doors that are beckoning me to enter. It's due to those recognitions that I am stepping out, beyond my fears and entering this giveaway.

Lord, if it is in Your will for me to attend She Speaks, I pray for the door to be opened and for the courage to leap through with abundant faith. I pray for each woman entering, that You will clearly manifest Your way and Your will for their lives. In Jesus' name, Amen.

katmastakins said...

Hi Shari. First, did you check out the necklace that I won from the carnival in February? I took a pic and talked about you on this blog: http://katmastakins.blogspot.com/2010/04/thank-you-god-for-making-me-so-cute.html.

Second. I'm entering my name for She Speaks. Why I'd like to attend? Because I have a big mouth...and I want to use it to glorify God. Just as much as your P31 girls needed some learnin' on what to wear when they speak, I need some learnin' on HOW to speak.

Love love love ya,
Kat

Laura Mullen said...

My roommate went to She Speaks last year. We were not roommates when she signed up for the conference, but by the time it rolled around I was super jealous I wasn’t going too. She was a little timid at first, but it totally changed her and gave her a boldness I hadn’t seen in her before. So, this whole year, I’ve been wondering how I could find a way to go myself.
I don’t have the money…like a lot of people these days. I do have a heart for women. I’m developing a love for writing that I don’t understand. I have always been a bit of a performer so I’m comfortable speaking/talking with people, but I have no training in either. I’m not sure where God is directing me, but I know I need some honing in both these areas to get there.
Lots of potential…needing some direction.
~Laura
laurarmullen.wordpress.com

Anonymous said...

My journey with God these last few years has been amazing and transforming! I have prayed and prayed for God to let me see myself as He sees me and I truly feel like He's been giving me a glimpse. I have found new courage, strength, and a deep desire to share God's love and my love for Him with other women. God is filling my life with opportunities and new relationships to share my love but I know I am to do more. My craving for learning and growth is overwhelming. I have found myself consumed by His word and not just reading but analyzing and studying as much as I can. I just can't find enough women to share it all with. I do not have a blog due to lack of knowledge but I am looking into it. I would love to win this scholarship to learn more about speaking so I can continue to follow God's will for my life and touch as many others as I possibly can : ) Blessings to all!

Anonymous said...

God led me to the Proverbs31 site today! I am thrilled to be considered for a scholarship to SheSpeaks, as our finances on my husband's retirement income are adequate for daily living, but certainly not overflowing. I know God has given me a passion for ministering to women by encouraging them in their personal walks with God. Whether it's through a platform of leading Bible studies and small groups or stepping out into a broader speaking role remains to be seen, but I know God is preparing me for something more. I can't wait to see what is in store!

Rachel Binney
hoek73@yahoo.com

Kelly Wise said...

I went to Bible College in the early 80's and I sought God with all my heart to "find my calling"...I felt most comfortable when I was upfront of a crowd sharing my testimony or leading a Bible study or just sharing scripture. It became my lifelong dream...to have a real speaking ministry...I havehad full time ministry positions, I have survived many trials through these years and I have raised 3 sons all who are seeking full time ministry. I will be 50 this year but still don't have any idea how to launch a speaking ministry and "the call" is still very much alive. I cry out to God as a willing vessel seeking to be in His perfect plan. I could never afford to attend "She Speaks" but to have this opportunity would be an answer to a girl who so desires to "share God's truth"!

Misti said...

God has been nudging. He's got me writing devotional blogs for women; now I'm feeling a nudge towards an eventual teaching ministry. I'm sure this will include speaking at some point. I don't know when, but I do know it is my responsibility to become ready for the call when it comes. Scary but exciting. I was a high school teacher before I was a stay home mom, but getting up in front of a group of my peers to teach them the Word of God is intimidating. I would like to gain some confidence here, and I believe She Speaks could do that. With my husband in full-time ministry, your scholarship would allow me to attend when I otherwise would not be able. Pick me!!

Misti Gil
wallsdown@yahoo.com

Ashley Cloninger said...

On July 20th, 2006, the Lord led me into a wilderness of brokenness I’ve never known before. Everything I held dear, He gently and very quickly stripped away-my calling, my home, my church, my friends, my comfort zone. God brought me to a new arena that was very frightening to me. Being the ultimate Girl Scout, I always prided myself in knowing what was going to happen next. I was serving the Lord but with a prideful resistance. I could have never foretold the pain I learned in this desert wilderness. I was so completely broken and stripped bare of any resemblance of self.
As God ordained each aspect of how the brokenness came forth, I heard His gentle voice speak, “I am going to use your mouth to encourage women. I am going to publish things through you. Where you are is not where you are going and I am getting ready to accelerate things”. I sure wish I could say I believed Him. In the pain and the countless tears of grieving over the life I thought was mine, I was very angry with the Lord and verged on much disrespect toward our Heavenly Father. I tried to bargain with Him that I would do anything, absolutely anything if he would just give me my old life back. I yearned for the familiar for what I thought I needed and even though my calling was crystal clear, I seemed to be paralyzed by fear. Many questions stirred in my mind…How Lord? How are you going to accomplish this calling?
Being completely and utterly honest, at that time, I didn’t even like women. In my past, I have been on the receiving end of spitefulness which included haughtiness, jealously, and fakeness to say the least. Why would you call me away from my love of being a Children'sMinister to encourage women? But Praise God, His ways are always higher than my ways.
These last four years since my calling was revealed, I have experienced God in the most phenomenal ways. I have been an eyewitness to his grace as He is opening door after door to speak, to encourage, and to minister to all women who steal my heart. He alone, spoke Isaiah 61, “you are a planting of the Lord to display my splendor”. And from this verse, my speaking ministry, Unveiling His Splendor, has been launched as I am daily watching God open doors that no man could open. God has supernaturally used many people to bring me to a platform where I can boldly proclaim His truth, His love, and His grace. I no longer expect an ounce of self to bring forth the perfect will of the Lord.
I eagerly await each new door that presents itself and consider it a privilege and an honor to stand on this platform hand in hand with every woman I encounter. With each new speaking event, He is daily teaching me to lean more on the Holy Spirit and less on myself. In the movie Spiderman, Peter Parker’s uncle states "with great power comes great responsibility.” I feel that way about my speaking ministry. I received power when the Holy Spirit came upon me and God has handpicked me for some unknown reason with this precious calling to love on women.
I would consider it a special honor, another open door, if the Lord allowed me to attend this years’ conference. Being a military wife to a husband who deploys six months out of every year, I have learned to not only rely on God's solid word, but to also trust in His timing. I have dreamed of coming to the conference for three years now but to no avail. I know and trust He will perfect those things which concern me and He will keep me in perfect peace as long as I am focused on Him.
I would humbly accept the scholarship and would be thrilled to attend. I know I would glean much information as I come under the authority of the P31 Ministry Team and as a result, would enhance my skills and strengthen my serve :) Pun intended! May God bless you richly as we serve hand in hand with teaching and equipping all women to walk in love, to stand on His powerful truths, and to fulfill our specific purpose. Much love and many hugs.

Unveiling His Splendor,
Ashley Cloninger
cloninge@bellsouth.net
(H) 843-871-9765
(C) 704-408-7340

Anonymous said...

God moves in mysterious ways. I thought my season of "public speaking" had passed. I instead have been focusing on writing, while raising my three lovely daughters. I was completely comfortable with this shift. Several years ago a friend encouraged me to attend a She Speaks conference but the cost was prohibitive. So I put it all in a "past season" category and left it at that. This morning when I read that another scholarship would be offered I felt compelled to read about the details. All while reading I was thinking "this will be so nice for someone else." Then a small voice said "do it." Uh-oh was my first thought, it seems God might want to take me out of my comfort zone. Since then God has led me to scriptures of confirmation that I am to enter this contest. For what purposes I do not know, but I do know that when God speaks and you follow amazing things always happen. Thank you for offering this wonderful opportunity and encouragement to so many women, who like me have a God story to share.
Blessings,
Amy Peterson -average Mom with an AWESOME God!
sweetiepetey@cox.net

Maria Lomeli said...

I have heard of “She Speaks” conference only from Proverbs 31 ministries.
I looked up the information on the web and became very interested very quickly.

When I was a young woman (teenage years) I had a woman minister speak into my life and tell me that I was someday going to tell the world my story, being young and naïve and I had a “Whatever “ attitude and went about my business.
Here it is 15 years later and I remember that day like it was yesterday, because through all the pain and suffering in my life I have recently (2 years) have finally decided to do it God’s way. God has put a book in my heart to write entitled “I’m Nobody’s Secret” It is the story of my life and how God has stamped those very words on my heart and through lots of prayer and counseling I am realizing how valuable my life is to Him.

I have looked at different resources to help me in accomplishing this God dream and because of limited money on my part I know that anywhere I go will only be by His command. Thank you for the opportunity to share. kats7369@yahoo.com

redheadkate said...

I wanted to go to She Speaks this year, but several other unexpected financial things came up.
Honestly, I want to go, but it is a little scary. It's not the getting up in front of people. It't the being honest and vulnerable part. I've learned some hard lessons in the last few years. And I think we are then called in turn to share those with others. I just have to get past myself!
Kate (thequirkyredhead AT gmail DOT com)

cindie said...

I would love to be able to attend She Speaks, but financially it has been a difficlut season. I pray God will bless the woman who is supposed to win this scholarship, but that He will enable all of us to continue to tell our stories.

I believe that we all have a story to tell. Our stories are all different, but I believe that God is truly the author of them all. My greatest desire is to use my story to show His glory in my life.
I want to enable others to see the Hope that they can have as they trust Jesus on the journey.

Anonymous said...

I have been involved for many years in my local church teaching Sunday School and Girls Club. I have to say that Girls Club ministry is very special to me. About two years ago I began to feel a need for teaching on a deeper level to teenagers and new converts about really connecting with God and developing a personal relationship with Him. I am passionate about teaching Girls Club and working with teenage girls especially because I remember well my teenage years. I remember the life I led and the way I acted, the things I did, and most of all the mistakes that I made. I also remember that, even though I had Christian friends, I never felt compelled to change my ways. I never saw Christians that made me want a relationship with Jesus. I have a passion to see teenagers (and that includes my own three kids, who are not quite at their teenage years yet, but it's not too young to begin) develop a personal relationship with God. I want to see them realize the potential and plan that He has in their lives. I wish that I had realized and developed my own personal relationship with God much earlier. I began working with some outreach ministry two years ago as well. My husband felt a call to begin driving our church van and he started picking up kids around the area of our church. I enjoyed getting to know the kids and working with them, they were special to me. The first "big" project was an Angel Tree in my local church. It was during this time that I first went out into people's homes and met them. It really increased my desire to see mom's and dad's begin to come to church and get saved. God really changed my heart and how I felt about others, and how I felt about myself and what He had blessed me with, when I went into other people's homes and saw how they lived and the situations and problems they dealt with on a daily basis. It is a humbling experience to see living conditions, trials, and problems that people and children are faced with on a day to day basis. I feel that new convert teaching is important, because so many times people get saved, but don't know what to do next. Or, they would like to get saved, but have not been raised in church or even hardly attended church and they just need help in understanding God and His Word. I feel a special desire and need to teach new converts and teenagers about developing their relationship with God. In developing "daily walk" habits of reading their Bible, praying, studying, and living their Christian life. I would like to teach Bible studies. I don't know where to start. You would think a person that is involved in teaching in Sunday School, teaching Girls Club, and in working with young people would know where to start, but I don't. I have been praying, reading, studying, writing, journaling... doing all the things I feel necessary to move forward, but my feet seem stuck. The women of Proverbs 31 are an amazing and inspiring group, and I feel that attending the She Speaks conference would answer questions I have about moving forward and following this calling I feel in my life.

Rebekah Lilly
rebekahlilly@suddenlink.net

Nanette said...

I am SO excited about the opportunity to further equip myself in sharing my story! I am equally excited for God's ability to Make my Mess my Message,and look forward to all that is in store!!

Bethany from Confessions of an Organized Homeschool Mom said...

Yay! Another contest! I'm going to be like the friend in Luke 11:5-13; y'all are going to get so sick of my entering all the She Speaks scholarship contests that you'll eventually award me one! I'm really believing that I need to keep asking for this opportunity because I know I need to be there this year and this is the only way I can manage it (I even live right in Concord, but have never been able to attend).

I'm an accidental speaker. I never set out to speak publicly, although I'm not afraid to be in front of a crowd. I started writing a few years ago (also kind of by accident), and then people started asking me to speak on those same topics. Knees quaking and voice shaking, I have spoken a few times. I have a few more speaking engagements lined up, but I need so much help and direction to move from being an adequate speaker to being an excellent speaker.

Thank you, thank you!

Bethany LeBedz at gmail dot com

Nadia said...

For years, God has nudged me to attend She Speaks. For many reasons, I have been unable to go. As my speaking opportunities have grown and my ministry increased, I know that this year, I need to be there.

I have been speaking for 6 years and am grateful to do something I feel so passionately about. It is a blessing to be able to encourage women to live their lives intentionally. Over the years, I have worked to expand this ministry but am now at the point where I need additional help. The sectionals offered at She Speaks teach the very things I need to learn to do. In addition to this, I have begun to write and am eager to pursue publishing so that I can find new ways to encourage and empower women.

This scholarship means so much to me and to our family. Finding a way to afford the conference has been difficult for us. I know, however, that God will not be contained by the constraints of our economy. He is so much bigger than that! I trust Him fully to help me find a way to attend She Speaks this summer and am so grateful for yet another opportunity for a scholarship.

Thank you so much!

Shelly said...

I have had a part time ladies' ministry for about 7 years. However, about 21 months ago, right when it SEEMED the Lord was leading me into a more full-time speaking ministry it virtually became non-existent. Not through any wrong doing of my own, but through some pretty tough circumstances that instead, had me sitting at His feet and simply being still as He worked on transforming me in ways I could never have imagined (which He is continuing to do). Not to say that every day was spent "being still" because I had many days of doubt, questions and wrestling matches. The reality is, God WAS leading me into more of a full-time capacity, except it was God's plan to first take me through the fire ... "But He knows the way that I take; When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold!" [exclamation point mine] Job 23:10.

God already knows which precious ladies will be the recipients of the She Speaks scholarship. I'm simply excited for the opportunity to throw my name into the hat and will be thrilled for whomever is selected.

Shelly Brown
www.shellybrown.com
shelly@shellybrown.com

AmyDunham said...

I am a "new" Christian and just came onboard with the Lord in the fall of 2009. I have a wonderful infertility story that was totally left in God's hands and he worked miracles in my life... but I still struggled with coming to Him. I love to share my story and hear everyone's story. I have been told that I am so funny and yet so sincere in my testimony that it makes other "long-time" Christians feel that same "newness" all over again. I LOVE THAT! I recently listened to Lysa TerKeurst messages through some Hearts At Home CDs my friend loaned me. I just love her and her style and her funny stories... "WHITE SHOES" I do feel called to be in front of people, sharing, being funny and bringing out the laughter in their hearts and helping them to feel "new" with God again. Let me know if you want to hear more of my story.

Amy Dunham
amy_dunham@comcast.net

Charmaine said...

For many years, I have been silenced to my past haunting me. I have been through so much and yet, I live.I survived life's trials & tribulations.I have a testimony to share. I think it is time for my story to be told for others to be strengthen by. I have never been to a She Speaks before. But, I will be She Speaks for you. It will be hard to talk about, but I know my story needs to be told.
Blessed~
baby-doll38@hotmail.com

Mishel Dawn said...

I have been praying about attending "She Speaks" for the past two years and now I feel a passion for the Lord like never before in my life. I have always had a gift of public speaking and now actually teach it at a college level but my new passion is to share my story of stuggle and searching for Christ's love while in college. I know this conference would give me so much valuable experience to help keep other young women from making the same mistakes I did in college! I long to share the love of the Lord through speaking! My husband has been laid off for over a year and while the Lord has provided me with 3 jobs...there just isn't quite enough left for the conference. I would be so greatful for a scholarship! Thank for you the oppurtunity! Blessings, Michelle

Michelle Ulland
michelleulland@gmail.com

Stephanie Shott said...

Cec Murphey's generosity is truly inspiring! Almost every time I see the opportunity for scholarships to "She Speaks" and to other conferences, they come attached with Cec's name as the benefactor. So thank you, Cec and thank you Proverbs 31 women for offering yet another opportunity for a chance to go to this wonderful conference.

As a speaker of over 20 years and a newbie to the world of writing and publishing, I find that the simplest way to express why I want to attend "She Speaks" is because I feel as though I'm supposed to be there and I know that unless the Lord provides financially for me to go, it's just not in our financial cards this year.

Not only do I sense that I'm supposed to be there, but also that I "need" to be there, as well. I can't explain it. But I'm truly looking forward to how the Lord will use my time at "She Speaks" to change me, to develop me, and to give me the opportunity to do one of my favorite things...spend time with like-minded women who long to make a difference for the glory of God.

Thanks again for this opportunity!

Eternally His,
Stephanie Shott
Phil 3:7-14
dshott1@msn.com

Shelly said...

Writing is something that I have been doing for a long time, and I've managed to keep it to myself in my journal... until recently.

Speaking is something that I very recetly felt called to do as I wrote and led the fall womens' retreat for my church in '09. This was the 1st time I had ever done anything like that and it was WAY out of my comfort zone!

Since then, I have been feeling the call to vocational ministry, and I believe that She Speaks is my next step!
http://shellysc.blogspot.com/2010/03/shelly-says-he-speaks-will-she-speak.html

Will you consider me for the scholarship?

My husband is without full-time work (since December '08), and I know we can't afford it on our own.

http://shellysc.blogspot.com/

Gretchen Flores said...

The Lord has often spoken to me about a life of public speaking. I have stage fright so I told him I thought he must have the wrong person. I need a chance to learn so that I can be able to obey my Lord and get over my jitters. We are trying hard to get out of debt so I cannot spend the money right now.

I want to speak on healing along with the healing God has done in me. He said to me "I have delivered you for a purpose." Gretchen Flores

Anonymous said...

I have been a single mom for almost 3 years. The night I discoverd my husband's extra marital activities was a turning point for me wherein I finally saw Jesus as my only true security. I had always looked to my dad (who had passed away 6 months prior) or my husband. The relationship I have now with Christ is exceedingly and abundantly beyond anything I could have possibly imagined I could ever have. God has very recently called me to become a Personal Guidance Minister for Scope Ministries and I begin training for this in May. I am so excited about sharing my experiences and the love of Christ with other single mothers that I cannot right now keep up with my fingers as I type! I think that I am much more comfortable with speaking than I am with writing and I have never been to a "She Speaks" conference! This would be an amazing experience for me, especially right now during the dawning of my calling! Thanks for providing the possibility of being blessed with a scholarship to this event! I don't think I will be able to attend without such a blessing this year, but maybe someday soon!

Melanie Broadway
melanie.71@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

God knows my fearful heart.....in faith I'm steppin out. I will do it afraid ;-)

Thank you for the opportunity to win the scholarship. It would be an answer to my prayer.

Joycee
tennesseemama@gmail.com

Nan Jones said...

Shari,

I LOVED your post. Laughing is definitely a great medicine!

I am so thankful that you are offering another opportunity to win a scholarship to the She Speaks Conference. I have a passion - a yearning - that is difficult to describe. It never leaves me; it only intensifies. My desire is to teach Christian women who they are in Christ, to help establish them in their faith. I want to show them how to find the Light in their dark places, to bring them joy in the midst of their sorrow. I have birthed Jubilant Light Ministries - www.jubilantlight.com - after 18 years of labor and have begun a daily devotional blog, Morning Glory, that teaches small nuggets of gold from God's Word. I have so much to learn. Without a scholarship, I will not be able to attend the conference.

Thank you for this opportunity. Now on to more blogs...

Bless you!
Nan Jones

Leslie Shelley said...

Yes, I would love to attend the She Speaks conference, I love speaking and need all the help I can get. It would be such a blessing but I am just excited about seeing the Lord at work with this ministry. Thank you so much for allowing the Lord to use you in such a mighty way for all of us women.

Anonymous said...

Winning the She Speaks Conference Scholarship means the Lord is bringing me one step closer to the desire of my heart - to Speak to any and all who will listen! I know this conference would equip me with the skills I need to go forth into His creation and share what He has done for me and what He can do for others.
Thank you for this opportunity.

Colleen M. Geyer
VaGeyers@aol.com

Cindy@FromSeedstoSunflowers said...

Thank you for the opportunity. What this scholarship would mean is that God is paving the way to what He has called me to do - share with others. He would be allowing me access to gain some great tools to help me speak to other women, connecting with them. I feel the best way to connect is speaking. I would be honored and excited to have this opportunity I could not afford otherwise.
Thanks,

Monica said...

Five years ago I developed an image consulting business/ministry that focused on image consulting from the inside out. It didn't quite work out the way I had expected so I asked God what He wanted me to do. He said, "Go deeper!" I said yes and asked Him to suppy all that I needed to make that happen.

I am now in seminary and obtaining my Christian life coaching certification. Both are equipping me for His call on my life to serve His daughters. I believe attending the She Speaks Conference will be an opportunity to fine-tune my skills as a speaker, as well as be a place for learning, fellowship, revelation and confirmation of His call. I desperately want His daughters to know the depth, width, height and length of His love for Him and want to be used as the oracle He created me to be.

Monica T. Smith
lilyscloset@earthlink.net

Tea With Tiffany said...

Sharing my comment from Renee's.

Good to see you are an image consultant. Sounds like something I would enjoy learning more about.

*******

It's only by God's grace that I desire to speak. I'm the one who was in speech therapy in 2nd grade. I'm the one who sang in front of a church in 4th grade and started laughing from nerves and couldn't stop. I'm the one who messed up on my ONLY line in high school drama the night of our play. Only to hear at my ten year class reunion by a then Calif. news anchor after she peeked at my picture and name button I was wearing. "Oh yeah, I remember you. You're the only who messed up on your only line is our school play." Oh gee, thanks.

God has given me a strong desire that will not quit to share HIM and His love and the way He has changed my life.

As a speaker, I have NO formal training. I'd love to come to She Speaks so I could learn more about the craft and so I could meet new friends. I love being a part of what God is up to. And I know this ministry is just that. God's.

Currently I have no income from writing or otherwise to do conferences like this. It's just too much. So winning would be an amazing God sized gift!

Jennifer said...

I would love to be able to go to She Speaks. I have been doing a study recently on finding my mission on how I can best glorify God and one of the questions is what would you do if money were no object and fear wasn't stopping you and my answer was becoming a courageous,authentic speaker for Christ. I think this would be a great opportunity to grow in that role.

Thanks,

Jennifer
jroba5@yahoo.com

Emily Roten said...

My heart for speaking to women started at the age of 19 when I began teaching a 7th and 8th grade girls Sunday school class. Over the next 10 years God allowed me to share my heart, and desire for women to find their complete satisfaction and fulfillment in Christ alone, and challenge them to get into the word DAILY!! My ministry took a very interesting turn in 2005 when I got married and revisited an issue in my life that I had known about since I was 13. I found out as a teen that I could never have children (details a little long so just leaving it at that). Since that day I had always planned on adopting my children and my AMAZING husband was very much on board. After our first year of marriage feeling of inadequacy krept in and I began to struggle with "why" God worked through His word and my sweet husband and in 2008 we adopted out PRECIOUS daughter Celeste, and in 2009 another daughter Olivia. We are a multi-racial family or daughters being african american and us being about as white as they come. The struggles of infertility, the joys and heartache of adoption and the hilarious, and thought provoking moments that being a multi-racial family brings I HAVE GOT TO SHARE! Speaking scares me because I don't want it to be about me but the message God has given me (which HE is still revealing to me). THAT my dear P31 LADIES is why I would be THRILLED and delighted to attend "She Speaks" My husband is an associate pastor at a local church and talked starting an adoption ministry (at some point in the future) where we share with anyone who will listen what God has done and how he has changed OUR lives through adoption and to encourage others to support adoption in general any way they can. I feel attending She Speaks will begin the path to me refining what God would have me say and how to say it.
WOW - can you tell I"m excited! Going for the longest comment known to man or woman ;-) Praise God for what He is doing through P31!
Emily R
eroten@godspotters.com
www.spoiledroten.blogspot.com

Jody said...

My name is Jody. I am married to Mike and we have four children. With his permission, I am posting this as entry for the second scholarship to She Speaks.

Mike’s addiction to pornography was exposed in April 2009 and divorce was imminent. We have gone from separated and angry to connected and intimate – due to recovery and support groups, individual spiritual renewals and intense emotional-based counseling.

My husband has been sober for over a year now and has completed Dr. Doug Weiss’s Christian-based 12-steps for sex addicts. He continues to attend his Freedom group and has accountability every day. I have worked through the 12-steps for partners and have attended my support group through this past year as well.

Through this last year of recovery and establishing sobriety, my husband and I have felt God’s call to begin preparing to share our testimony of a restored and healthy marriage through speaking and writing. There is so much we want to share with others!

What is emotional anorexia? How does sexual addiction affect your marriage and the spouse who is addicted as well as the spouse finding out about the addiction? What steps can you take to create proper boundaries? The list could go on and on…

I absolutely know that God has healed our marriage for the purpose of sharing the possibility of healing to those who are hurting and stuck in a relationship where fantasies and airbrushed pictures remain supreme. It is possible to confront this addiction and create a more intimate marriage than you could ever imagine!

I have a hard time finding the adjective I’d like to use to describe the thought of standing in front of a crowd and sharing our testimonies. This experience would be very hard and frightening. I believe Father wants me to attend She Speaks and gain encouragement as well as speaking and writing tips to better enable me as these opportunities arise in the future.

With four children to clothe and feed and a middle class income, the cost of the conference seems out of reach for me. I would appreciate your consideration for a scholarship. Thank you for considering my request.

Wander said...

Shari
First of all....I think you are so adorable! I love your fashion diva abilities! I'm a chick that enjoys looking good (along with 2 teen daughters). You could so totally be our BFF anyday!
Second.....I love your story about how you got hooked up with the Proverbs 31 gals. I have to say that I would be a bit intimidated myself. I admire them so very much!
I've had the dream to lead/speak forever. My husband and I left home to attend seminary in 96. At the time, I had no idea what it was that God had in store for me. I began teaching women/teens and loved it. My heart's passion is to minister to these ladies. So often girls/women settle for what the enemy tells them they deserve. I don't want that to continue.
I want to fine tune the gift that I think God has given me. My friends and family have told me for years that I'm supposed to be in the speaking ministry.
This scholarship means the chance of a lifetime for me. I have a son in college and 2 girls in high school. She Speaks is completely out of our wimpy budget. I know that God can DO ANYTHING! I'm living proof of that.
If He wants me there.....He'll take care of it.
I'm just open to being obedient!

If I ever make it there.....I'm looking for you first!
:)

~*~KIMBERLY~*~ said...

I am feeling the tug of God on my heart to go into a speaking ministry. I am like Moses was when God told him to go speak to the people and Moses didn't feel he was worthy or able to do so. God is not letting me use that excuse. I feel convicted to do to this.

I believe my life experiences could reach many hurting women.

Bel said...

My mom said that when I was born with a heart murmur, I turned blue in her arms, and she thought she'd almost lost me. She told me on my birthday when I was a teen, and this reminded me that from then on out with every extra breath I'm given, I should praise the Lord (Psalm 150:1)

"Breath" to me has translated into playing field hockey in college with all my heart for God's glory despite having asthma...and short legs, leading Children's worship with all my energy, despite not being able to sing a complete octave, and sharing with my voice the goodness of God to friends and family, and whomever I meet.

Winning a She Speaks scholarship giveaway would be like winning big on OPRAH. I didn't pray that I could go to She Speaks but I do pray that God will use me. Going to She Speaks will allow me to speak with a more effective "breath". I feel like God has gifted me not only with the ability to write through story telling and experience, but that he has also given me a passion and courage to share how He works in my life. I'm now 26 and thankful for the many breaths I get each and every day. I want to speak!!

I remember hearing Lysa TerKeurst at a conference wishing that someday I can also use my words to help people passion for Him.

Bel

Isabel.To@gmail.com

Monica Watkins said...

As I type this comment, I'm full of pain and sadness as it appears the Lord is testing me or training me in the areas of loss and long suffering. Testing or training.... Right now I don't know that one is any better than the other.

I know what the words of Galatians 6:9 read, and I also know, without a doubt, that I'm so close to fainting.

I'm the last person who would ever voluntarily want to speak, but I felt the call to speak to women many years ago. My story, my path toward speaking has been much like yours, Renee. I wrote my first Bible study and led a small group of women through it back in 2008/2009. Looking back, I've never been happier than I was during the time I did this.

Just days ago I sat with a friend who was preparing to bury her father. She was a member of that small group in 08. She told me I have no idea how much she talks about and references our nine months together. Listening to her speak of how God used me (a flawed leader and wannabe speaker) and the lessons I penned out of the depths of my own life to impact her life even during this time of loss and pain somehow refueled my desire to speak, teach, and lead women. Somehow...in the midst of my own pain the ministry of my heart took on a face. It became real.

I've entered a previous scholarship contest for this conference. When I didn't make the winners circle I chalked it up as another loss and God moving me away from my quest for validation. I've wanted to attend the conference for at least the past 6 or 7 years. At the end of the day, I believe I'm just thirsty to be around other women who share my passion for pouring into the lives of our sisters. I saw the announcement for the scholarship for writers, and although writing is a large part of my calling, today out of the abundance of my heart my mouth wants to speak.

I realize the winner will be randomly chosen, but I know God already knows the outcome. Maybe it truly isn't for me to attend this year, but I won't stop until the conference doors open and I do or do not walk through. Then and only then will I know God's perfect will. In the meantime, I'll continue striving to speak.

Monica Watkins said...

As I type this comment, I'm full of pain and sadness. It appears the Lord is testing me or training me in the areas of loss and long suffering. Testing or training.... Right now I don't know that one is any better than the other.

I know what the words of Galatians 6:9 read, and I also know, without a doubt, that I'm so close to fainting.

I'm the last person who would ever voluntarily want to speak, but I felt the call to speak to women many years ago. My story, my path toward speaking has been much like yours, Renee. I wrote my first Bible study and led a small group of women through it back in 2008/2009. Looking back, I've never been happier than I was during the time I did this.

Just days ago I sat with a friend who was preparing to bury her father. She was a member of that small group in 08. She told me I have no idea how much she talks about and references our nine months together. Listening to her speak of how God used me (a flawed leader and wannabe speaker) and the lessons I penned out of the depths of my own life to impact her life even during this time of loss and pain somehow refueled my desire to speak, teach, and lead women. Somehow...in the midst of my own pain the ministry of my heart took on a face. It became real.

I've entered a previous scholarship contest for this conference. When I didn't make the winners circle I chalked it up as another loss and God moving me away from my quest for validation. I've wanted to attend the conference for at least the past 6 or 7 years. At the end of the day, I believe I'm just thirsty to be around other women who share my passion for pouring into the lives of our sisters. I saw the announcement for the scholarship for writers, and although writing is a large part of my calling, today out of the abundance of my heart my mouth wants to speak.

I realize the winner will be randomly chosen, but I know God already knows the outcome. Maybe it truly isn't for me to attend this year, but I won't stop until the conference doors open and I do or do not walk through. Then and only then will I know God's perfect will. In the meantime, I'll continue striving to speak.

Sue Frazee said...

I might have to check our your stuff, because I know that I frequently wear the wrong things. :) Thanks so much for this!

Anonymous said...

I am resigning my teaching job to enter into the field of Women's Ministry at our church. Bascially, I am designing the program from the ground up and need help a lot of help. Without a teaching salary I will need financial assistant (my husband and I have had three girls in college at the same time - our twins are graduating this year so money has been tight). I am desiring to train other women to be leaders as well as lead them myself through workshops that equip them, events that encourage them, and skills that will help them be better evangelists. Blessings on all that you do for the Proverbs 31 Ministry.
Sara Quick saraquick123@yahoo.com

Julie Lane said...

What a responsibility! What I first embraced as a passion to speak and write for my loving God, I now hold so very dear to my heart and I want to walk both faithfully and carefully down this path that God has made for me. I know God has called me to speak and write for Him and I taking each little baby step that I can with Him and embracing with this journey every open and closed door—trusting that God knows best and is leading the way.
I have researched ways to sharpen and better equip myself and I have not found anything like “She Speaks.” I have been praying about attending the last couple of years and honestly, the funds are tight and I have not been able to fork the bill on top of the airfare. If I am chosen for this scholarship, I will know that God desires to use the women at the conference to inspire and equip me to serve for His kingdom. To God be the glory, amen.
Julie Lane

Jane from SC said...

I want to attend the She Speaks conference so badly. This year I made my decision to listen to God and stop furthering my education to teach nursing so I could further my education by reading God's Word and teaching it. What a ride it has been! I know He has great things in store for me and I feel that this conference will get me on my way to reach this journey He wants for me. Please consider me for this scholarship. My husband is not getting enough work even to pay the power bill let alone for me to come to the conference. I know God will provide and am praying that you will choose me for this wonderful opportunity. I had not heard of She Speaks conference until this year and when I felt God has called me to teach His Word to women again (which I did not 14 years and then stopped for 5 years)I felt like this was confirmation to get me on my journey that God has called me on with Him. Reading all these comments on all the blogs - wouldn't it be wonderful if all of us could go and meet each other and with all of us being trained and starting to lead and teach women throughout the United States - there would be GREAT REVIVAL among women!! Wouldn't that be awesome! I am so excited to be a part of all of this whether I am chosen or not to know that I am part of God's chosen women is a great honor!

Noel said...

What would it mean to me to attend the She Speaks Conference? The sustaining of new life stirring. The continuation of a mysterious story God has been weaving in dark places. God used a brilliant study on the creative process to clarify my gifts and callings. Doubt has since crept in, telling me that the dreams he stirred in me were just lofty dandelion fluff. "He's not THAT good. My gifts aren't THAT valuable."

If anyone believes in us to the death, it is our mothers. Today mine was fighting tenaciously for me while I dusted her with my doubts and unbelief like heavy pollen raining down outside my window. Mom mused, "I held you on my lap in church when you were three, and I sensed that God had a special call on your life. My mother's heart ached as I thought of the suffering it might involve and how it would take you far away." I listened half-heartedly, pulling up the She Reads blog as I got ready to hang up the phone. Two powerful words arose from the screen. She Speaks. Tears ran at the sounds of "my name". Jesus made me to speak, to read, to write! Mystery still surrounds my story, but I need to tend it with my words, so that when it is full, I will be equipped to share it!

Noel
noelrfagan@aol.com

Sabrina said...

I saw the information for this conference for the first time last year, I was pregnant at the time and my husband was home, knowing he would be deploying soon and I would have 2 children to find care for rather than one I really wished I could go then but there was no way we could afford it and nothing happened to make it possible. At the time I thought “maybe next year” but knowing I would have two children and a deployed husband I kind of pushed it from my mind and forgot about it until I started seeing blog posts about it this year. I didn’t really let myself get excited about it because I now have two children and a husband in Afghanistan so not only can we not afford it I would have to arrange for childcare (and it would be the first time I left my baby). Then I saw this contest. WOW, I actually teared up at the idea that it might be possible. If I’m supposed to go to this conference I KNOW God will provide the way, the money, the childcare etc. Perhaps this is how He will provide the money I don’t know. But I do know that if I win He will also provide arrangements for the children.
What does it mean? What is my passion? Well, I’ve always LOVED both writing and speaking And I think I’m good at both honestly. I have done speaking/training in my job (secular) before and LOVE being in front of a room full of people. I currently need motivation and direction to get going in this area. I need practical tools to make my writing/speaking organized and meaningful. I love sharing information, I get all fuzzy inside when people ask me a question about anything that I have an answer for (seriously I get excited about diapers lol). I currently don’t have the confidence to write/speak about my faith, I’m afraid of being wrong and then telling everyone else something wrong. I know this is something I can and should get past I just need help! I would love to have the confidence to lead a group of women in Bible study or speak at an event! Thank you for this opportunity!
sobyn at hotmail dot com

Janet Morris Grimes said...

I have been a “closet writer,” so to speak, for the past twenty years. It was this past June, after facing unemployment for the first time since I was 15-years-old, that I attended my first ACW Conference. Though I still consider myself a beginning writer, I am making quick progress and currently write for five monthly online publications.(for free, of course) I also will have my first write-for-hire book published later this year for Atlantic Publishing. So, I am pleased with my progress with writing so far.

But it is time to go deeper. Think bigger. Take more chances. To get out of the boat and test the waters and see if Jesus will help me walk on them.

My goal is to share the true stories that can change lives. I long to be able to do this through face to face contact as well as through the written word. I consider this a weakness of mine, and would appreciate the opportunity to attend She Speaks so that I may strengthen my ministry. Though I have taught junior high girls classes at church for years, I am in no way polished or professional enough to do so in large groups without my voice quivering or fidgeting at the podium.

The testimonials that come from this conference prove that God is very much a part of the process, inspiring those who participate to go further than they ever dreamed possible.

Thank you for your consideration.

Jenn said...

For as long as I can remember I have felt called to speak for the Lord. The Lord has taught me so much this His love letter in His word and I just can't keep it in. I love speaking to woman and seeing the Holy Spirit move in their hearts. I have been blessed to teach womens conferences all over south asia and in some places in America and find it a true joy. Attending She speaks would be such a dream to recieve training in this calling and I cannot attend without either a scholarship or God's people giving. What an awesome ministry!
Jenn Hand
reachingsouthasia@yahoo.com

Gerri said...

First....Shari, thank you for teaching my pre-teen that showing your bra straps in NOT cool! She is modest, and your message helped her embrace that and feel better about who she is!

Now, about the scholarship...

Not too long ago, I was sitting quietly with God, praying. I asked him for discernment and guidance as I entered a new phase of life, becoming a mom who works outside the home. I was also praying about the desire to write and speak that He placed inside of me, wondering what He wanted me to do with that. He led me to Habakkuk 2:2-3 And the LORD answered me, and said, “Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” (NKJV) Although I have felt a calling to write for a number of years, in the past year, God’s given me a couple of opportunities to “dip my toe” into the speaking world both by leading women through Bible Study and by speaking to them at women’s ministry events. Out of obedience, I did what I was asked to do. As hard as it is to believe that God wants to use me as a vessel to encourage and exhort others (those are my spiritual gifts, along with service), I’ve finally started to embrace it. I’m working to develop the discipline that writing requires, started a blog, and am using every opportunity I have to speak God’s truth into the lives of women, my children, and my husband. God is so good! If he wants me at She Speaks, He’ll find a way to make it happen! Though it tarry, I continue to wait for it! My God never disappoints!!!

Gerri
fieno@bellsouth.net
704-293-8055

A Child of God said...

I am very excited to see another opportunity has been presented to give one blessed lady the chance to attend She Speaks. I was a little let down when I realized I missed the last opportunity to participate for a chance to win a scholarship to the conference. I am grateful for this opportunity.

I know I have been called to be a mouthpiece for the kingdom of God. Speaking before an audience, big or small, is not an easy thing to do for most people. As for me, I belong to that group of “most people” I just mentioned. I truly believe She Speaks will arm me with the skills necessary to perfect my speaking ability so that I may go forth with my calling with confidence.

I keep telling myself I am going to attend She Speaks, maybe this year it will become a reality for me.

Thank you.

Misty A Brown
mistybrown01@yahoo.com

Laura Polk said...

I'm so excited there is another opportunity for a scholarship! I've been wanting to attend a She Speaks conference for the last two years. Winning the She Speaks scholarship would be an amazing blessing to me and would allow me to finally get the direction I need to get to the next level in my speaking goals, as well as be a clear indicator to me that this is where God wants me at this point in my life. Thank you so much for the opportunity.

Grace Full said...

I have only just learned of the She Speaks Conference and could not think of anything more perfectly suited for me. I accepted Christ in October and what he has done for me, and through me are quite simply too many to mention.

I would love to be a part of this conference but there is one little snag... In accepting Christ, I have owned up to all of my past transgressions and one of those has led to my being sentenced to jail. I will be turning myself in on June 10th in California (I live in Michigan) and I am to serve a 6 month term in the Santa Barbara County Jail. BUT... I was told that I am eligible to apply for electronic monitoring that can be served in Michigan and then I can be granted permission to come to your conference.

I am a 41yr old suburban mom, housewife, and making amazing strides with Christ by my side. I am also getting baptized at my church on May 12th and could not be happier at the changes.

I have several degrees and as a ten year breast cancer survivor... have been a motivational speaker for breast cancer and know I can answer His calling for me to speak to a group of women to show what is possible when Christ is in the picture.

For more of my story....please visit my blog with just one entry (with more to come).
www.watercolorministries.blogspot.com

I would be very honored to win and participate in this conference and if not chosen to win this year.... I will definitely be there next year. Look for me. =)


Gidge

Anonymous said...

I can honestly say that I've been in the Refiner's fire for the last few months. But God does nothing without purpose. I would love to learn more about sharing what God is teaching me and feel called to attend this conference. I signed up for the conference's blog to find out when registration began, but haven't been able to register, so this scholarship would make that possible. If it's His will, I KNOW I'll be there!
Christy Perry
christyperry@embarqmail.com

RefreshMom said...

Thanks for the invitation Shari. As I think (dream) about coming to She Speaks, I think through my wardrobe choices for things that would meet your approval!


Attending She Speaks has been in my heart since my youngest (now 4) was a baby. As a ministry family on the other side of the country, actually getting there has always been out of reach. Even moreso this year as we have no regular source of income (aside from God’s gracious and unexpected provision).

I've been hearing whispers about speaking and want to confirm if it's His voice. I've always been a reluctant speaker (it's not the delivery that I have trouble with, but the responsibility). I don't know whether this is to be my year for She Speaks or not, but I do know that if it is, it would take a miracle of this sort to make it possible.

I sometimes feel like Gideon putting out my fleece, “If I get a scholarship, I’ll take it as confirmation that I’m meant to go.” God has done this in the past when I followed His call to writing. Now the question is whether it’s time to be more intentional about speaking the messages He’s given me.

I’m so glad to know we have a sovereign God who paves the way down these paths that often seem like a dream that He intends to turn into reality. Maybe this year…

Thank you for this opportunity. Blessings on all who enter and seek His plan for their ministry.

Mary Hampton

Anonymous said...

For 9 1/2 years I have walked the road of breast cancer treatment. I have had the disease five times during this time, but my story is not about cancer. It is about God's amazing grace, love, provision, strength, comfort, peace,and joy in the midst of the battle. I love sharing all He is and all He has done for my family during this journey. I believe God wants me to speak and write about my story to encourage others with the hope He offers in every situation. I passionately desire to attend She Speaks with my 15-year-old daughter, but we cannot afford it. If it is God's desire for us to attend, He will make a way. He always does. I thank God for Proverbs 31 Ministries and the opportunity to apply for this scholarship!

SJ Johnson
sheri511@cox.net

Heather {Desperately Seeking} said...

I've felt called to attend shespeaks for a few years, both in the writing and speaking capacity. As a unpaid servant for our youth group, I lead the Sunday night services in which I'm responsible for sharing the gospel wtih our future! Speaking, teaching, writing... all gifts, and I would love the opportunity to be able to better craft these gifts so that I can do the best job possible for the Lord... because I do want to hear Him say.. "Well done."

Thank you for the opportunity.
desperatelyseekingheather@gmail.com

Anette said...

Got up early today, woken up by the sounds of my friend's young boys squeals of excitement of a new day at...6:30am. I should take cue's from them! I have never been to the P31 website until today, directed here by the "Cantcookalick" blog.

In 2004 I was living in New York and working as a Sign Language Interpreter at a University. Kingdom Bound was coming to town (a Christian Music Festival) and I had the privilege of interpreting various events, concerts and speakers.

One afternoon I was scheduled to interpret for someone at the main concert stage. It was mid-afternoon and as I stood on my interpreter platform, I looked over at the stage and had an incredible urge to be ON it. I didn't even know what I would say! I just stood staring with this desire stirring in my to BE a speaker on that stage.

Later that day I prayed about that desire and told the Lord that if this was His desire for me one day, then to lead me through the steps to get there. Perhaps this conference is one of the steps. Much has happened and IS happening since that time...my journey continues, as does my healing. All of which I have felt called to speak and write about. I've just never know HOW He would take me to that place. We'll see what He does next! Oh, and no...I was laid off from my job in March so if I don't win, I will continue to pray for a way to get to the conference!

a:
Anette

Kandee said...

I heard the Holy Spirit speak to my heart to attend She Speaks while attending a Ladies Retreat where Lysa spoke. I am trying to follow His leading, but because I left my job to finish school to enter ministry as I knew God was calling me to, there are no funds available in our budget. I have started to try and raise the money for a scholarship and the Lord has provided the money for my plane ticket (which i booked). I know that I know that I know God will provide a way for me to be there, I wonder if this scholarship give-a-way is it. We'll have to wait and see. My prayer is that, and I know it will happen, who ever God has in mind to win this will! Praise God for providing for us all in His way in His time!!

Cynthia said...

The SheSpeaks conference has always had such drawing to my heart. As a leader of women's ministry it is so easy to get burned out from constantly planning and providing for others. I would love to attend to learn how to more effectively share God's word to other women, how to help them apply what they learn and also hear from other women what is working and what isn't. All this while at the same time getting re-energized in my walk. My leadership budget only covers a very small part of the cost to attend and the rest who be mine to bear. With a son heading to college that is hard to come up with. I so desparately want to learn how to better serve and share with our women.

Kristi Stephens said...

Thank you so much for this additional giveaway!

I have felt so strongly that I need to be at She Speaks this year - the only reason I haven't registered yet is money!

I am passionate both about speaking and writing - I've been teaching Bible studies in my local church for several years now, creating them from my Bible training at Cedarville University and from my own study of the Scriptures. It has been EXCITING to see how God has been transforming lives through women getting into the Word on a deeper level!

After teaching for a while, God opened opportunities for me to speak at several womens' retreats through our church. About the same time, I began blogging and have been stunned to see how God has grown and used this little "ministry" from my living room.

At this point in my life, God is opening doors for me to continue teaching, writing, and speaking - and I would love to glean from the wisdom and training at the Proverbs 31 conference!

Thank you again for the opportunity!

Anonymous said...

Shari,
What fun to read how you got involved with She Speaks. I enjoy Marybeth's blog and can picture the ladies as you were describing them.
I have longed to attend the She Speaks Conference for the past 2 years but have not been able to due to lack of funding and/or ability to take time off from my job. However, I feel this is the year the Lord has said “yes” and that He will provide for me to attend. I am a pastor’s wife and would like to hone my speaking skills. I also lead the women’s ministry here (and teach Sunday School, lead worship with the Praise Team, teach VBS crafts, etc.) and I am sure any encouragement you can give me would be a help to our ministry here.Thank you.

Michele Zampogna
ml.zampogna@gmal.com

B His Girl said...

You are just too cute! Shari you keep it real! It's funny that YOU were the P31 woman I was afraid to see at She Speaks. lol I knew you were going to give me the X like I used to see in magazines when you are a fashion faux pas. (I have my colors swatches from you now:) But you were exactly the opposite. Warm, Friendly, Bubbly, and the ONE I person I knew that God fueled the conversation. It was powerful. I'm still Walking By Faith Down Aisle 15, knowing I will need your help picking an outfit when I meet Tim and Faith.
Shari, the Lord let me know I am supposed to share this video post with you. http://bhisgirl.blogspot.com/2010/03/if-shoe-fits.html
I am kind of stunned how fresh God is washing all of this over me now. I pray for all of what God is doing in and through you Shari. The doors openings are getting larger for you to walk in. Walk confidently in Him. Blessings, B His Girl
(Obviously I am not entering for She Speaks. I know it will be a huge blessing for someone.)

Angel77 said...

I WANT TO GO TO SHE SPEAKS!!!!!!
I have told everyone I know about this conference and my desire to attend if not this year then one year soon to come.

Of all the things that I do, I know that God has given me a talent of writing and speaking. It has always come naturally to me and not until I saw Lysa Terkeurst at Mt. Vernon OH about a month ago did I realize that the fact I like to write and speak, is deep within me for a reason. She said that Dreams are within us for a purpose. I am still not ready to call it a dream but I will call it a "finding".

I cannot wait to attend She Speaks whatever year that may be. I really would like it to be this year but my life is in His hands and His timing is perfect!

Anonymous said...

Hello, I love all the Proverbs 31 devotions! They always inspire me and I have forwarded them on to others. I enjoy writing. I have always done this for many years. But over the last few years I have had the privilege of leading a small ladies group in my church called Leading Ladies. This year God gave me the opportunity to hold my own ladies retreat with another local church of about 13 women. I was so nervous but I know now it was in His plan. I realized that weekend God is opening the door for me. I say this because I know I am called to speak. I had the fear for many years I could not do it because I had no education other than being a high school graduate and I am not a Pastor’s wife. I am over that fear Praise the Lord! I desire to receive from leaders the structure and the wisdom in speaking at church events. I have been serving under a ministry in and out of my church that speaks to women. This would mean so much to me to win the scholarship to the She Speaks Conference. I believe this will teach me and draw me closer to the will of God for my life. I cannot afford to pay for the conference. I am in the process of having fundraisers now for my kids to do their dreams and mom has to be put on the back burner sometimes.  But I am so hungry and humble for direction in my faith walk that I know coming to this conference will help me to spread what I learn with many other women. I have a story to tell and I know God wants me to get it out. I am a miracle to even be alive and to have a successful marriage and family at that! I know it’s all in God’s timing for when He wants me to speak and the doors of opportunity are opening up even as I type. Thank you for considering me for this scholarship. If I don’t get it, I know God will bless the one who does receive it. And may she walk out her purpose and calling to be the woman of God she is called to be!

Serving HIM,
Robin Shockley
Greenville SC
Sfam34@charter.net

Anonymous said...

Hi,
Over the past few months the Lord has put on my heart to speak to teen girls my age. (i am 13) When i had heard of She Speaks i had been praying that God would make his way clear and show me the next step. as soon as i said that my mom walked in and said "i sent you a link go read it" it was the link to She speaks. as soon as a read the information i wanted to attend. I have started writing but i dont feel like writing can show the emotion you want, since its just words on paper. there is no way i can attend with out gods intervention i would have to get two tickets one for me one for an adult to attend with me. that would be almost $900. thank you for this oppertunity!

Anonymous said...

Hi,
Over the past few months the Lord has put on my heart to speak to teen girls my age. (i am 13) When i had heard of She Speaks i had been praying that God would make his way clear and show me the next step. as soon as i said that my mom walked in and said "i sent you a link go read it" it was the link to She speaks. as soon as a read the information i wanted to attend. I have started writing but i dont feel like writing can show the emotion you want, since its just words on paper. there is no way i can attend with out gods intervention i would have to get two tickets one for me one for an adult to attend with me. that would be almost $900. thank you for this oppertunity! Audrey Beers A17thstar@aol.com

bookaholic said...

You remind me of my best friend. She too offers great advice fashion advice, which I always need! For example, right now I'm wearing sandals without polish (I know, I know), but my excuse is I'm pregnant and I'm not sure I could reach my toes. Sure, I could have my 14 year old paint them for me, but she's very interested in painting every nail a different color. I'm pretty sure naked nails is better than rainbows, but maybe not.

Now during my BC days (Before Children) my hair was cut by a professional who charged more than $12, my nails (hands and feet) were tended by someone, and my previously mentioned friend helped my wardrobe with her regular advice. However, when I remarred a man with two children, we had our own baby, and now expecting another - other items become priorities. My hair doesn't get trimmed every six weeks (I know - shame, shame!), my fingernails are clipped (okay, let's be honest chewed!), and my clothes are whatever still fits and is clean (hopefully at the same time).
Attending the She Speaks conference would allow me the time to return to God's other call for my life - speaking for Him. Obviously, as a mother I do this on a daily basis to my children, other moms, and women's groups. But my daily life and finances don't allow as much focus as attending the conference would provide. If this is God's call for me, I'll trust Him to provides the way.

Toni Ryan said...

No one was less equipped than I..... Along with four others, I was selected by my peers and Pastor for reasons I could not fathom to be a leader in our single's ministry. Not long into our new ministry I was asked by one of the other ministry leaders to co-lead a women's small group with her. Much to my surprise, after the first meeting, the other leader bailed and left me floundering around trying to figure out how in the world I was going to lead this group of women all by myself. Please understand, I had absolutely no leadership experience or training. I had not even ever been involved with a small group before! What on earth was God thinking???? That was 12 years ago. I am a shinning example of the phrase I've grown to love and live by. "God does not call the equipped, He equips the called." I have been a small group leader and coach of other leaders for all of these years and owe it all to God's vision for who He wants me to be and how He wants me to serve those he places in my path. Speaking to others and writing about God's grace and mercy is something He has placed in my heart for a very long time.
The opportunity to attend She Speaks would be a huge gift. As I wrote in another post, I feel somewhat selfish for even trying to win a scholarship. There are so many deserving women to choose from. I pray God's will for each of us as He has placed a desire to lead and bless others with the talent we all wish to improve upon.

Thank you so much!!

Toni Ryan
toni@safeharborinsurance.net

Kelli said...

God is nudging me out of my comfort zone this year and I am excited about the conference and really excited about the opportunity to win a scholarship! Thanks your inspiring story!

Anita said...

Have you ever felt like you've got a whole lot to say but aren't sure how to say it? Since completely surrendering my life to Christ as a 25 year old single mother of one I have felt a burning desire to minister to women. Now 21 years later that fire still burns strong. Over the years as I've traveled through the mountain tops and the valleys of this road called “life” God has been preparing me and giving me a voice, that I believe, is for such a time as this. Attending SHE SPEAKS would be an awesome opportunity to discover that voice and truly understand what I am destined to do with it.

My life verse, Jeremiah 29:11, "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future,'" tells me that God has already laid out His plan I just need to step out in faith and claim it.

Further, Jeremiah 29:12-14, “' Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,' declares the LORD, 'and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,' declares the LORD, 'and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile,'" reaffirms to me that no matter what life has dealt me, good, bad, or horrendous, God will use all those things to bring freedom and restoration for the fulfillment of His kingdom and for His glory. That is my passion. That is my desire.

Anita Armas
aarmas1@earthlink.net

Mallory Shaw said...

My name is Mallory Shaw Kristjanson. I am 23 years old and reside in beautiful Southern Alberta. I have been born and raised in a small community with my family all residing in Lethbridge.
I have a story of positive change. Once living in the darkness oF alochol and drugs, contemplating suicide and ready to end this beautiful thing called life. Something happened.
I was addicted to cocaine by the age of 17 and became a daily drinker by the young age of 15. I was broken, hurt, resentful and full of guilt. Everything I said I would never do I did.
One day after using cocaine for a week I came too and I broke down beside my bed. After being refused help from the closest people in my fmily (because i always said I wanted to stop but never had the honest desire) I got on my knees and cried and prayed out to whoever you would like to call a higher power.
The next day, I was blown away. A man, whom I never met before was sitting on a dock by the lake in Lethbridge. I looked at him and my feet flew over wherein I seriously felt like I floated over to this man. I shared my whole life of self destruction, addiction, suicidal thoughts, hurt and brokeness. He said to me, the only person who can save you is God. And I sure didn't believe that.
After three months however, my heart bought into the message.
I have been sober for over 3 and a half years. I am a speaker to the young people, a leader to the youth and I partake in much service. I give my time to the following organizations because I have been given a new life:
BOYS and GIRLS Club, Teen Stuff: Providing leadership and an enthusiastic role model to youth ages 12 - 19
I am the Remote Community Chairperson for Southern Alberta
G.S.R for my 12 step group
Speaker in all areas of Alberta with respect to sobriety and willingness to Grow/Change
Sponsoring women in recovery of all ages
Travelled to the Philippines to work with our friends in third worlds and poverty
LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE MINISTERY at Lethbridge correctional centre, this is working with male and female offenders, helping them to see the light and let them know they are loved
I partook as a Sunday School teacher to the youth ages 8-10. It was amazing.
I recently won the YWCA Woman of Distinction - Turning Point award for Young Women, it was truly by Grace.
I love to spend time on the streets of Calgary, speaking with our friends who are homeless, to just be a friend is all I want to do. To show love where there is none.
There is much more. But that is all. I was forwarded this site by a friend who said Mallory, do it! So thank you for your time.

Mallorykristjanson@Hotmail.com

www.msk1986.blogspot.com

Mallory Shaw said...

My name is Mallory Shaw Kristjanson. I am 23 years old and reside in beautiful Southern Alberta. I have been born and raised in a small community with my family all residing in Lethbridge.
I have a story of positive change. Once living in the darkness oF alochol and drugs, contemplating suicide and ready to end this beautiful thing called life. Something happened.
I was addicted to cocaine by the age of 17 and became a daily drinker by the young age of 15. I was broken, hurt, resentful and full of guilt. Everything I said I would never do I did.
One day after using cocaine for a week I came too and I broke down beside my bed. After being refused help from the closest people in my fmily (because i always said I wanted to stop but never had the honest desire) I got on my knees and cried and prayed out to whoever you would like to call a higher power.
The next day, I was blown away. A man, whom I never met before was sitting on a dock by the lake in Lethbridge. I looked at him and my feet flew over wherein I seriously felt like I floated over to this man. I shared my whole life of self destruction, addiction, suicidal thoughts, hurt and brokeness. He said to me, the only person who can save you is God. And I sure didn't believe that.
After three months however, my heart bought into the message.
I have been sober for over 3 and a half years. I am a speaker to the young people, a leader to the youth and I partake in much service. I give my time to the following organizations because I have been given a new life:
BOYS and GIRLS Club, Teen Stuff: Providing leadership and an enthusiastic role model to youth ages 12 - 19
I am the Remote Community Chairperson for Southern Alberta
G.S.R for my 12 step group
Speaker in all areas of Alberta with respect to sobriety and willingness to Grow/Change
Sponsoring women in recovery of all ages
Travelled to the Philippines to work with our friends in third worlds and poverty
LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE MINISTERY at Lethbridge correctional centre, this is working with male and female offenders, helping them to see the light and let them know they are loved
I partook as a Sunday School teacher to the youth ages 8-10. It was amazing.
I recently won the YWCA Woman of Distinction - Turning Point award for Young Women, it was truly by Grace.
I love to spend time on the streets of Calgary, speaking with our friends who are homeless, to just be a friend is all I want to do. To show love where there is none.
There is much more. But that is all. I was forwarded this site by a friend who said Mallory, do it! So thank you for your time.

Mallorykristjanson@Hotmail.com

www.msk1986.blogspot.com

Amy said...

Oh my goodness y’all. I really need to win a scholarship to She Speaks…I really need to be there and desperately need the scholarship. I am a pastors wife, womens ministry leader, bible study leader, etc…the list goes on and on…mom of three teens and a high school teacher. I have required training this summer for school one in Orlando and One in Louisville…so expenses for another week are impossible. I’m soooo praying I win…I need to be there.

Anonymous said...

Wow! As I have made my rounds commenting on each blog, God has reminded me that had someone suggested a speaking minitry to me 10 years ago, I would have RAN THE OTHER WAY! Now,I long to do what my Savior asks of me. I am a Christian COunselor and mother of two under the age of five. My husband is in the minstry and works another job so I can be a stay at home mom...which I love! For several months now, I have felt God tugging at my heart about a speaking ministry. To confirm that tug I was recently approached about speaking to our area churches about mentoring (a passion). I am also the lay Women's Minstry leader at my church and love my ladies. I want to pour out into others, directing them toward a passionate life lived for Christ...a whole life...a life worth living! Thank you for the possible opportunity to attend a polish my speaking skills to be used for His glory.
His, Cherie Orange
creeor@gmail.com

Mari said...

I'm just a small town Pastor's wife who loves to share with humor and transparency things learned through life in the trenches, the fish bowl, and the home...oh wait, a pastor's home is the trenches and the fish bowl. My bad. : ) I sing, I write, I speak…all on a small scale thus far but I am eager to leap out of the nest and fly. A chance to attend a conference of the awesome caliber of She Speaks would bless me beyond my imagination...and I have a pretty big imagination.
Mari
http://www.marilavell.com/

Anonymous said...

I am new to Proverbs 31 Ministries and even newer to the She Speaks Conference. Since discovering P31 I have continued to come back day after day and I was ecstatic when I learned about She Speaks!

I am a young woman who is whole-heartedly seeking God's will for my time on this earth. I work as a dietitian and absolutely love encouraging and inspiring people to make wise choices that will allow them to lead more fulfulling, productive lives. Since coming into my field I have been praying that God would reveal how he wants to use my training to glorify His name. God has slowly but strongly laid on my heart that he desires for me to use my passions to speak to fellow believers and inspire them to approach their relationship with food and their bodies much differently than what our culture promotes.

Receiving this scholarship would mean so much in helping fulfill this calling because it would give me the training to take what God has taught me and package it into compassionate, God-centered messages that inspire His people!

Erica Hanson
ericahanson@uwalumni.com

Anonymous said...

A very close friend first introduced me to Proverbs 31 Ministry. I was going through a vital trial in my life. She read one of the daily devotionals and emailed it to me. She felt that I needed the encouragement that day. It was encouraging. Soon after that, I received another emailed devotional from my friend. Again, she felt I needed encouragement and again, I was. I decided to sign up for the daily devotionals and get them emailed directly to me. I am so glad I did. On many occasions I have been inspired, motivated, encouraged, and equipped with God's Word. It has been refreshing to read about real life stories from other Christian women.

Over the past few years, probably close to about eight or nine years now, I have been slowly pursuing what I believe God is calling me to do for Him: write and speak. I want to encourage others (especially women) to trust Jesus, live for Him, and believe in the power of Him. No matter what, He is good.

It has been a journey I have needed encouragement and focus to succeed. God has provided this every step of the way. I completed my bachelor's degree in communication studies in 2009 and just got accepted into a graduate school program for a master's of art in communication. I know this traditional educational is a necessary part of my journey.

When I saw last week the "She Speaks" conference information, I was again encouraged. This is so awesome that this type of conference is being put together. In the years I have known about Proverbs 31 Ministry, I never seen this before. It just lifted my spirit to know there are people out there helping train others to pursue and live out their dreams, their calling of writing and speaking. I am one of those.

I have never attended a "She Speaks" conference, but it would be amazing to be trained and mentored by others who have been traveling this path already. As I entered the writing contest, I knew it was a long shot, but I also knew it was time to take that risk and put my writing out there for others to read besides professors. I did not win, but I am so thankful I submitted my article. I will continue to work on that article. It is worth the effort. It is worth telling others about.

Now, I have another opportunity to win a chance of attending the “She Speaks” conference. This is very exciting. No matter whether I get to the conference this year or not, I will continue to pray for the Proverbs 31 Ministry team, the training, and the conference so that God's will be done for whoever does attend. Plus, I will keep writing and pursuing His calling on my life.

Thank you for putting in all the time and effort to help others become what God has called them to do for Him.

In Christ’s love,
Michelle Barringer
mrbarringer1@mac.com

Anonymous said...

My heart is begging, "Please, God! Please, God!!" But I trust Him totally with the outcome. I will continue waiting on Him, delighting in Him, and trusting Him to fulfill the dream that He planted in my heart over 20 years ago. My longing is to influence women toward Jesus through speaking and writing. Thank you for this opportunity! God has great plans for each of us!
Heather Senter
h.senter@mgcswarriors.org
Warner Robins, Ga

Rhonda said...

I felt useless for the kingdom, so I began to pray daily that God would show me where, when, and how He wanted to use me. He asked me to speak at an all day retreat for young women. I was scared silly, but three days in the belly of a whale wasn’t very appealing either so I said yes. Then he sent me to give a talk on live television. I read the whole book of Jonah . . . and said yes again. When I received my third invitation to speak, I went to the She Speaks website. The conference sounds like a perfect fit, but our check book said no. I’m laying it in God’s hands. If He wants to use Cec to get me there, then God is good. If He sends someone else, then . . . God is still good.

kim said...

Shari,

Although I do sincerely hope I win a scholorship (as I hope all the other women win too...), I am so excited to find your blog. You see, the last 18 months I have been in horrible pain, sick and bald from cancer treatments...now that my hair is growing back, I am so ready to learn how to pick up my fashion "know how"

I know God is working in my life and is calling me to something--sure hope it is to the P31 conference, as without a scholorship, I won't be able to attend.

Psalm 9:10
Those who know your name trust in you,for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you.

Thanks for the opportunity!

Kathryn said...

It is so refreshing to see God using all of His women to work together and spread His truth!
God is leading me on an incredible journey. It is this journey, seeking out a writing/speaking conference that I found this scholarship give-away! Is it a "God coincidence" that it was the first place I looked? God only knows! :) If I do win, this will be a God given answer to prayers and leading me into my dreams!

Kathryn Prus
Kathrynprus@gmail.com

Shannon Lee said...

As a young, teenage girl I stumbled across God's timeless wisdom for women as wives and mothers found in Proverbs 31:10-31. That "awakening" became the desire of my heart from my youth onward...although I would bump and tumble to a fantastic fall to my face before the Lord before I would realize it.

The summer of 1998 I found myself pregnant, but unwed. Pride shattered and prostrate before the Lord, my Redeemer cleansed me, forgave me, clothed me, and began restoring me (Psalm 51). He granted me a willing spirit to sustain me and garbed me in everlasting joy (Psalm 30).

God's blessings for obedience began to overflow. A month and 18 days later I married my best friend, soul mate, and the daddy of my first son, "Gift from God." The Lord reassured me that he could STILL use me and I prayed as King David did, "Lord, let me teach transgressors your ways." He initially confirmed His word with an instant ministry to a young mom with a story just like mine.

In 2003 the Lord placed the call on my heart to write for Him. He has confirmed His call in more ways and encounters than I can count or name. He has shown me who I am and who I am not. Not one step or season I have lived in has returned void. Rather, God has grown and groomed me for greater things He has set for me ever since He called me. Like Abraham who believed God's promise, the Lord has asked me, "Do I believe Him that the Almighty WILL accomplish this?"

I remember my Lord, the Promise-keeper. Not ONE of His good promises has ever failed. He knows what I need before I ask. Before a word is even on my tongue, He is there. He KNOWS me completely. Hearkening back, I can trace His hand in my life, connecting the dots He has set for me. My Lord has never left me. His presence, promises, and protection are mine. He is FAITHFUL.

I answer, "Yes, Lord. I BELIEVE you." I ask and pray. I wait. I study His word. I connect with the Lord as His Holy Spirit guides, convicts, and teaches me. He shows me my "next step". I cling to the word He spoke to my heart, "The one who calls you IS FAITHFUL, and HE WILL DO IT." 1 Thessalonians 5:24

Just today I asked the Lord to clarify my "next step" for ministry. As if the "green light" from my amazing husband and dual support of my Little Mama and mother-in-love ("My Naomi"), discovering this scholarship opportunity tonight was nothing short of God's impeccable timing. A gift trip to my first She Speaks conference would be yet another confirmation from my Lord that I am keeping in step with His Spirit. While I make plans in my heart, the Lord directs my steps. Praise Him!

Shannon Lee Cochran
mscochran@austin.rr.com

Jenna said...

Wow! Leave a comment on what winning a scholarship to SheSpeaks conference would mean to me. Knowing God has called you to speak is both exillerating and terrifying! I am trusting God that He will make a way for me where otherwise there would not be. Utah is really not that close to NC =]...so God here I am making myself available to You, for a miracle!

Cree said...

It is amazing how God works in each of our lives! I was reading Lysa’s blog and noticed the She Speaks scholarship offer. I was not familiar with the conference, but as I read the through the site I found myself excited and filled with anticipation. Our God has awesome plans for each of us and my journey has been amazing!
I felt called to ministry when I was 14; I am now 41. The journey has led me to seminary, a Masters in Christian counseling, and now I am in a season of motherhood to two beautiful children under the age of five.
Over the last year, I have on several occasions felt the Lord directing my steps toward a speaking ministry. Recently, I was approached by our local Baptist Association about doing a mini-conference on mentoring to our area churches. I am also the lay director of Women’s Ministry at my church. I love pouring out into the woman of my church and long to use the gifts God has given me to lead others to healing and wholeness in Christ.
I am not certain how this ministry will look at this point, just waiting on God to make the path straight and clear. I am excited about the possible opportunity to attend this conference and sharpen my speaking skills and connect with others who have the same calling. Hoping to see everyone at She Speaks, but trusting my Jesus for the right timing.
His,
Cherie Orange
creeor@gmail.com

Cree said...

It is amazing how God works in each of our lives! I was reading Lysa’s blog and noticed the She Speaks scholarship offer. I was not familiar with the conference, but as I read the through the site I found myself excited and filled with anticipation. Our God has awesome plans for each of us and my journey has been amazing!
I felt called to ministry when I was 14; I am now 41. The journey has led me to seminary, a Masters in Christian counseling, and now I am in a season of motherhood to two beautiful children under the age of five.
Over the last year, I have on several occasions felt the Lord directing my steps toward a speaking ministry. Recently, I was approached by our local Baptist Association about doing a mini-conference on mentoring to our area churches. I am also the lay director of Women’s Ministry at my church. I love pouring out into the woman of my church and long to use the gifts God has given me to lead others to healing and wholeness in Christ.
I am not certain how this ministry will look at this point, just waiting on God to make the path straight and clear. I am excited about the possible opportunity to attend this conference and sharpen my speaking skills and connect with others who have the same calling. Hoping to see everyone at She Speaks, but trusting my Jesus for the right timing.
His,
Cherie Orange
creeor@gmail.com

Cree said...

It is amazing how God works in each of our lives! I was reading Lysa’s blog and noticed the She Speaks scholarship offer. I was not familiar with the conference, but as I read the through the site I found myself excited and filled with anticipation. Our God has awesome plans for each of us and my journey has been amazing!
I felt called to ministry when I was 14; I am now 41. The journey has led me to seminary, a Masters in Christian counseling, and now I am in a season of motherhood to two beautiful children under the age of five.
Over the last year, I have on several occasions felt the Lord directing my steps toward a speaking ministry. Recently, I was approached by our local Baptist Association about doing a mini-conference on mentoring to our area churches. I am also the lay director of Women’s Ministry at my church. I love pouring out into the woman of my church and long to use the gifts God has given me to lead others to healing and wholeness in Christ.
I am not certain how this ministry will look at this point, just waiting on God to make the path straight and clear. I am excited about the possible opportunity to attend this conference and sharpen my speaking skills and connect with others who have the same calling. Hoping to see everyone at She Speaks, but trusting my Jesus for the right timing.
His,
Cherie Orange
creeor@gmail.com

Cree said...

It is amazing how God works in each of our lives! I was reading Lysa’s blog and noticed the She Speaks scholarship offer. I was not familiar with the conference, but as I read the through the site I found myself excited and filled with anticipation. Our God has awesome plans for each of us and my journey has been amazing!
I felt called to ministry when I was 14; I am now 41. The journey has led me to seminary, a Masters in Christian counseling, and now I am in a season of motherhood to two beautiful children under the age of five.
Over the last year, I have on several occasions felt the Lord directing my steps toward a speaking ministry. Recently, I was approached by our local Baptist Association about doing a mini-conference on mentoring to our area churches. I am also the lay director of Women’s Ministry at my church. I love pouring out into the woman of my church and long to use the gifts God has given me to lead others to healing and wholeness in Christ.
I am not certain how this ministry will look at this point, just waiting on God to make the path straight and clear. I am excited about the possible opportunity to attend this conference and sharpen my speaking skills and connect with others who have the same calling. Hoping to see everyone at She Speaks, but trusting my Jesus for the right timing.
His,
Cherie Orange
creeor@gmail.com

Cree said...

It is amazing how God works in each of our lives! I was reading Lysa’s blog and noticed the She Speaks scholarship offer. I was not familiar with the conference, but as I read the through the site I found myself excited and filled with anticipation. Our God has awesome plans for each of us and my journey has been amazing!
I felt called to ministry when I was 14; I am now 41. The journey has led me to seminary, a Masters in Christian counseling, and now I am in a season of motherhood to two beautiful children under the age of five.
Over the last year, I have on several occasions felt the Lord directing my steps toward a speaking ministry. Recently, I was approached by our local Baptist Association about doing a mini-conference on mentoring to our area churches. I am also the lay director of Women’s Ministry at my church. I love pouring out into the woman of my church and long to use the gifts God has given me to lead others to healing and wholeness in Christ.
I am not certain how this ministry will look at this point, just waiting on God to make the path straight and clear. I am excited about the possible opportunity to attend this conference and sharpen my speaking skills and connect with others who have the same calling. Hoping to see everyone at She Speaks, but trusting my Jesus for the right timing.
His,
Cherie Orange
creeor@gmail.com

Cree said...

It is amazing how God works in each of our lives! I was reading Lysa’s blog and noticed the She Speaks scholarship offer. I was not familiar with the conference, but as I read the through the site I found myself excited and filled with anticipation. Our God has awesome plans for each of us and my journey has been amazing!
I felt called to ministry when I was 14; I am now 41. The journey has led me to seminary, a Masters in Christian counseling, and now I am in a season of motherhood to two beautiful children under the age of five.
Over the last year, I have on several occasions felt the Lord directing my steps toward a speaking ministry. Recently, I was approached by our local Baptist Association about doing a mini-conference on mentoring to our area churches. I am also the lay director of Women’s Ministry at my church. I love pouring out into the woman of my church and long to use the gifts God has given me to lead others to healing and wholeness in Christ.
I am not certain how this ministry will look at this point, just waiting on God to make the path straight and clear. I am excited about the possible opportunity to attend this conference and sharpen my speaking skills and connect with others who have the same calling. Hoping to see everyone at She Speaks, but trusting my Jesus for the right timing.
His,
Cherie Orange
creeor@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I am a teenager and have a passion for sharing God with others, especially those of my generation. I want to make a difference and feel God is calling me to speak and write about all He has taught me and how He has changed my life. Through my mom's cancer journey, I have gotten to know Him better and have learned to trust Him more. As believers we should have the skills to be the best in presenting our message to others. It would mean so much to me to learn how to better communicate. I don't believe God wants me to wait until I'm an adult to minister to others. I am praying for His provision for me to attend this conference if it is what He wants for me this year. Thank you for the opportunity to apply:-)

LJ
kajohnsonaz@hotmail.com

Julie Lavender said...

With great excitement, I read about the She Speaks conference scholarship opportunity. I hadn’t quite made up my mind to blog my entry – quite possibly because I tremble at the thought of speaking to adults - , but was praying about the chance to do so. When the time came for my children and I to begin our homeschooling day, I opened our kids’ Bible to the lesson for today, and realized I would be reading to them from Proverbs 31. I chuckled to myself, then made plans to enter the scholarship give-away. Thanks for your ministry.
Julie Lavender
lavenders@bulloch.net

Kimberly said...

My passion is Speaking. Imparting wisdom, knowledge and power to those in the audience as the Holy Spirit directs my path. Speaking to women; encouraging them; letting them know that there is someone out there that gets what they are going through, that cares and is there for them is the call on my life. I am a survivor of this world we live in. I have survived sexual abuse, domestic violence, self-loathing, hatred and the desire to end it all until I found God. Truly found Him. Let him in my life and embraced the love that He so freely gives me. I am at a point in my life where I yearn with all my heart to take all that I have learned and impart it into others. I want to laugh with them; cry with them; and grow with them as they embark on a deeper, closer relationship with Him. Being able to attend She Speaks! will get me one step closer to the dream.

kdchristian44@gmail.com

Kimberly said...

My passion is Speaking. Imparting wisdom, knowledge and power to those in the audience as the Holy Spirit directs my path. Speaking to women; encouraging them; letting them know that there is someone out there that gets what they are going through, that cares and is there for them is the call on my life. I am a survivor of this world we live in. I have survived sexual abuse, domestic violence, self-loathing, hatred and the desire to end it all until I found God. Truly found Him. Let him in my life and embraced the love that He so freely gives me. I am at a point in my life where I yearn with all my heart to take all that I have learned and impart it into others. I want to laugh with them; cry with them; and grow with them as they embark on a deeper, closer relationship with Him. Being able to attend She Speaks! will get me one step closer to the dream.

kdchristian44@gmail.com

Jerralea said...

Hey, Shari! Thanks for sharing your story. I had to laugh at it because it's been one of my dreams to meet Marybeth Whalen!

I would love to come to She Speaks because I consider it the next step to fulfilling my dream of being a Christian women's speaker and writer. Would I be scared to come? You bet! I would do it anyway and count it as confirmation that I'm doing what God wants me to do.

Julie Lavender said...

A little over a year ago, I attended a writing intensive led by Cec Murphey. In a short amount of time, I realized I was being instructed by a very gifted writer (and speaker), one who cared passionately for those desiring to impart God’s words to others. I pray that the one chosen to receive this generous scholarship will glorify God, bless other women incredibly, and put a smile on Cec Murphey’s face! I would be delighted to attend the She Speaks conference to learn how to do just that!
Julie Lavender
lavenders@bulloch.net

Anonymous said...

Just this week, I spoke to my women’s Rejoice Bible Study on creating faith moments with our children. Though I’ve shared this message three times in the last three years with different groups at my church, I’m never quite “comfortable” speaking to my peers. My hands sweat, my heart races, and my voice cracks! But, God still blesses, and many moms thank me afterwards for some fresh ideas to carry out in their own homes. I would love to attend the She Speaks conference to better equip me to share the messages God gives me. I give Him all the credit for any creativity that I possess, and therefore would love to share His ideas with others through possible speaking opportunities.
Julie Lavender
lavenders@bulloch.net

Anonymous said...

Just this week, I spoke to my women’s Rejoice Bible Study on creating faith moments with our children. Though I’ve shared this message three times in the last three years with different groups at my church, I’m never quite “comfortable” speaking to my peers. My hands sweat, my heart races, and my voice cracks! But, God still blesses, and many moms thank me afterwards for some fresh ideas to carry out in their own homes. I would love to attend the She Speaks conference to better equip me to share the messages God gives me. I give Him all the credit for any creativity that I possess, and therefore would love to share His ideas with others through possible speaking opportunities.
Julie Lavender
lavenders@bulloch.net

Anonymous said...

She Speaks

Wow, it is amazing to see how God is working in and through the hearts of so many women He is calling to speak.

God saved my life from the hands of a very violent and abusive marriage. I was saved and called into His leadership army within the same year. He spoke to my heart saying “all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose” Romans 8:28. Even though I knew this truth, I still felt as though I was in the “March of The Unqualified and the Unworthy”. Over the years He has reminded me that Moses and countless others formed His leadership army then and the call is no different now. For as He calls thus He equips…God spoke to my heart and said you are unconditionally loved, emotionally healed, and made whole. Remember my daughter there is not an affliction beyond My conviction. Your responsibility is to be 4 real to be healed.

I began serving with a local domestic violence shelter teaching cooking classes and sharing my testimony. I served within this organization for eight years. God expanded my territory and I served on a local governance board that supports domestic violence initiatives. At my former home church I served in the health care ministry where I was asked to speak/share my testimony at several events. God expanded my territory again and I worked and shared my testimony to survivors of violence in Celebrate Recovery.

In 2008 God called me to write devotion about my life experiences on this journey with Him. He spoke to my heart sweetly, that the devotions would become topics/platforms for my speaking ministry. In 2009, God created two open-door opportunities for me to speak. One was at a local college where five women who are walking with Christ shared their personal testimonies of surviving violence and God’s calling on their lives. The other opportunity came from a dear friend who was led a women’s ministry at her church. With God’s leading she purchased my ticket and paid me a nominal fee. I spoke at her women’s conference and the topic was Unconditionally Loved, Emotionally Healed, and Made Whole.

It has been a year since I last spoke. I have continued to write and develop the speaking platforms for which God is directing me. I am follower of your ministry and have prayed for three years to attend your conference. Finances have prevented me. I realize that God will complete His plan in His timing. This opportunity for Proverbs 31 She Speaks conference is God’s open-door opportunity to expand my territory once again. To allow me to be in the company of women that are called to speak, write, and teach His word and increase His Kingdom for His glory.

Joan Taylor
Jtaylor349@aol.com

Pronaos said...

Shari,
Thanks for being a part of P31 and opening up this opportunity for that one blessed winner! And thanks to the benefactor Cecil!

One tip I've learned about speaking in front of people that I thought I'd share here is:
Don't wear a button-up shirt. If you get nervous you might start unbuttoning those buttons without realizing it!!!

Praying for the right person to win the scholarship. Knowing she will. Hoping it's me.
God Bless,
Tricia

Anonymous said...

As a breast cancer survivor at the age of 35 with 2 small children, I felt God calling me. I have been invited to speak at large events about my experience. Never having an opportunity to attend a conference like She Speaks, I told the Lord that the Holy Spirit will have to speak through me or provide me with the gumption.
Thank you for this opportunity.
Shelley Rindfuss
mrindfuss@columbus.rr.com

Martin Family said...

My God has great plans for me and my family, it has been a desert walk for about 10 years but He has been so faithful taking me step by step in the direction He desires for my life. It was just impressed upon my heart in the last weeks about public speaking and been confirmed by God through someone else. I truly desire to share more of Him and less of me. Thank you for this awesome opportunity.

Barbara Martin

Amanda Johns said...

I have been running from and ignoring God’s plan for my life - my whole life! I’m tired of doing it my way and have finally surrendered to His way. What a great feeling! Although the very thought of winning this scholarship leaves me petrified, I can no longer ignore the small voice in my ear telling me that I’m perfect in His eyes and that He can use me. Despite the fact I keep telling myself that I’m not intelligent enough, I’m unequipped and so much more. He still keeps whispering to me that I have a story to tell (by speaking) and to leave the rest to Him. I’m totally a beginner and scared to death, but take comfort in the fact that He is leading me in this leap of faith by attempting too win a She Speaks Scholarship.
Thanks!
Amanda Johns
amanda.johns21@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

First of all thanks to all of the servant hearts at P31 Ministries. You are honest and encouraging and I hope to have the opportunity to meet you soon.

God has placed a strong desire in me to share His love, hope and faithfulness with others. Though I've faced, wrestled, and walked through many trials, I have this uncontainable JOY in my heart!! I'm ready to share if God's ready to use me!!!

Pamela
pamela.north@seahec.net

Marti Pieper said...

Words matter because people matter more. God called me to the ministry of writing long ago. But as I’ve grown in Him, He’s helped me to view my words as a vehicle to connect people with the One who loves them more than they can imagine. And I believe He intends to use both my written and my spoken words to accomplish His purposes.

As He’s grown my writing, He’s expanded my speaking opportunities. That’s why I began to pray about attending She Speaks. My husband, like many others, has faced the heartbreak of job loss this year. As important as the conference is, family obligations come first. A scholarship would allow me to attend.

I know the One who calls me to speak and to write is faithful. I’ll trust Him to meet the needs of all who enter. Thanks for offering She Speaks along with the scholarship opportunities. And because both words and people matter, I’m grateful.

(And besides all this, it would be great to meet my SUSIE mag buddy in person--although you can be sure I'll check those open-toed shoes at the door!)

He Lifts Me Up said...

I believe that God is my Father and that He has always been with me, protecting me and guiding me through the deepest, darkest and most despairing circumstances in my life. Sadly to say, it has been during these most vulnerable times in my life that I fell away from God. But being God, He was always there and found a way to bring me back into His grace. I do not know where God is leading me or what His plan is for my life, however, I do believe that God has been actively encouraging me to dig deeper into His Word for His purpose in my life. I do not know if I have the abilities, knowledge, skills, characteristics or work experiences to be selected for the "She Speaks Scholarship." But I do know that God is my Father and that I love Him with all of my heart. Perhaps some of my life stories, actions and outcomes, might help someone else to find their way back to God. It would be the greatest honor of my life to be selected to attend the "She Speaks" conference and training and allowed to study and grow among such a dynamic group of Godly women.
God bless each of us.
Take care,
Marilyn Fielding
mefielding@aol.com

"All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way" (Isaiah 53:6 NAS)

"What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off." (Matthew 18:12-13 NIV)

Susan Ely said...

When I first became aware of Proverbs 31 ministries and the She Speaks conference a few months ago, I figured that given our financial situation, attending was a long shot. At this point, it would take a miracle, but that's alright - the fact that I've been speaking for the past four years is a miracle, too! When I give my testimony for Christian Women's groups, I title it "Leaving the Safety and Security of Your Shell." It seems appropriate to stick my head out and see if God might open the door for me to attend. This would be my first opportunity to meet, network and learn from other speakers and I know that becoming part of this community would move me forward into His purposes!

Lynn said...

Winning would require me to take the plunge and GO! I struggle with making time for myself and know that God would use this powerfully.

Lynn Seng
lynnmarie@gmail.com

Kathy Friend said...

Yes, I would love to go to She Speaks! I have wanted to go for several years, but it hasn't been in the cards, or budget for me...especially this year.

We just brought home our 7 year old from Russia. We had to spend 2 months in Russia on top of fighting to bring her home for almost 6 years.

To say that money is tight is an understatement. I (too) am a wardrobe coach and speaker. Since I have been in Russia forEVER, I had to put my career (and ability to make money) on hold since the beginning of December. God is good. My email in-box seemed to fill up with inquiries from potential new clients over the past few weeks. But I am feeling that I really need to focus my business efforts - and really believe She Speaks will help me do that.

What I am learning (as a first time Mom at 40...to a 7 year old) is that my time is REALLY REALLY not my own any more. Everyone told me it would be this way, but I didn't believe them...well, they were right. So I don't want to waste my time to continue to accept speaking engagements if that isn't what God is calling me to do. I've been approached about writing a book...but again, that is a big commitment, and if it isn't God's plan...it is a bad idea.

So - again, yes, I would LOVE LOVE to go to She Speaks...and then shoe shop with ya!

Wifeof1Momof4 said...

Shari, I loved, loved, loved your post! Man we need you in TX and quick! Choosing clothes for myself scares me to death, but someone, Oh I could totally do that. :) Marking your blog for future "lessons" on how to get of my BOX. I'm so SQAURE!
==
I have wanted to attend SheSpeaks for several years now, but have talked myself out of the opportunity every single year. This year, God provided a major healing of a brain tumor for my son (7yr journey) and I told the Lord when this whole ordeal started that I would shout from the rooftops at everything He allowed and did. I have done that within our "comfort zone" circle, but after he completely HEALED my son 2 months ago, I have felt the Holy Spirit telling me I should share Jordan's journey with woman across the country. He did NOT heal Jordan just for me and my family, but also for others. He provided a modern miracle for my son and demonstrated that He is still in the healing business, but most of all that we should trust Him with our lives, our decisions, our thoughts, our husband and our families. Throughout this ordeal, I have learned to TRUST HIM, just as he says in Proverbs 3:5,6 - - Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not to thine own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and will direct your paths.

Thanks again,
Jai@wifeof1momof4
wifeof1momof4@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I have never attended a She Speaks conference but would love to go! I hold with an open hand any "calling" God may fulfill for me to have more opportunities to speak.

Teaching and challenging women to deeper, more significant living is really enjoyable for me, and I feel His pleasure when He can use me in that role. I also know it is a big and humbling responsibility, so I do not take it lightly.

Anonymous said...

I have never attended a She Speaks conference but would love to go! I hold with an open hand any "calling" God may fulfill for me to have more opportunities to speak.

Teaching and challenging women to deeper, more significant living is really enjoyable for me, and I feel His pleasure when He can use me in that role. I also know it is a big and humbling responsibility, so I do not take it lightly.

Rachel Schaus
rschaus@pobox.com

Nina said...

I just heard about the She Speaks conference for the first time this year. Because I can't afford to go on my own, I wanted to enter the other scholarship giveaways, but the timing just didn't work out for me, and I don't yet have a blog. But I'm working on that. I think part of my problem is perfectionism; I feel like I've got to figure everything out first (my "theme," some interesting topics, etc.) before I start. I know I just need to do it. Plus, I sometimes think I can't possibly be as good as some of the others who are entering these contests. But I know that is just satan trying to fill my head with lies and my heart with doubt. I'd love to attend some of the writing tracts at the conference to help me move forward in an area that I feel God is calling me to. I can't wait to use the gifts and talents He has given me and see where He takes me.

Anna said...

To be honest, I am nervous as a cat commenting on this blog. I have seen God move in my life on several occasions but especially recently. I've known that I needed to be in ministry but I've run from it. I feel God is asking me to allow Him to use a very sensitive area of my life possibly through writing and/or speaking. However, I flat out not wanted to. I don't know if I'll be chosen to go to She Speaks on scholarship but I know that God put this opportunity for a reason. Whether it be to test my faith by commenting or to allow me to win the scholarship, I want to be found faithful. My Lord is full of grace, abounding in love, and slow to anger. He has been everything to me.

imoomie said...

Love this post Shari!