Friday, March 4, 2011

She Speaks

"She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue."
Proverbs 31:26

She Speaks Conference

As some of you know, the Lord has been leading me into a new chapter of life and ministry. Really, in a lot of ways I'm aiming to do what I always have .... focusing on being faithful where God has me each day with whoever He brings into our lives. Sometimes that is a hurting friend far away who just needs a word of encouragement and to be reminded she isn't walking alone. Other times it's simply opening my home and heart to a weary mom or family in need of a place to rest and be refueled. Now and then it entails an invite to speak to a larger group of women {and men} giving testimony to the work that Christ has done in my life. Over the last 18 months I've been receiving more and more of the third opportunity.

What used to really intimidate me and make my voice do the shivers now feels like an incredible opportunity and one which has greatly humbled me. I've thought all my adult years that everything the Lord has allowed into my life has to be for a far greater purpose that my mere survival. I see now that He's showing me glimpses of how He plans to use all of that for good and for His glory. Instead of fear, I just sense His incredible faithfulness.

Since our move back to central IL, I learned of a wonderful conference that takes place each year to help equip women in speaking/writing ministry. Check out SHE SPEAKS for more info!! As I poured over all the information I couldn't help but see that this perfectly lines up with where God has me right now. There's only one problem and for me it felt like a crippling one. I just didn't see how I could come up with the funds needed to make it happen. Well, guess what? ... I can't. As hard as I tried to shake it though, the Lord would keep bringing this conference to my mind.

Yesterday I heard from a dear friend. She's pretty precious to me ... not just because of who she is, but because of the incredible testimony her life represents. God has brought her to a place of truly loving her savior, her husband and her children. It wasn't always like that though. Like many adoptive families she faced great trials as God was weaving her family together. When you are following God in radical ways it's a sure way to tick the enemy off big time. I had the incredible privilege of walking with this precious mom long-distance {thank you Lord for technology!!}. What a JOY it has been to see God bring healing and health into her marriage and family and new children. HE IS SO GOOD and FAITHFUL to provide. I LOVE her updates. Anyway, yesterday she wrote to tell me that she and her husband want to cover part of my airfare to the She Speaks conference this summer in NC. I was moved to tears. And reminded again that GOD KNOWS. He knows every detail of our lives. He knows we used everything we had to stay in our ministry in ND for nearly eight years and bring two children into our family with little income. HE KNOWS we'd face a tremendous loss on our home there that would wreck our finances for years to come. HE KNOWS it all!!!

So for me, yesterday was a HUGE reminder to me that the Lord will provide for what He calls me to do. I don't where the conference fees are going to come from. I don't know where the rest of the flight ticket is going to come from. But I know this is part of the process that God has in preparing me for future ministry. And today, I'm choosing to trust Him.

As I wait for God to show me what His plan is for all of that, I want to stay focused on what He has for me today, tomorrow and the next. I'm excited that part of the next few weeks includes preparing for two upcoming speaking events. I can hardly wait to see what all God has to teach me along this journey.

If you'd like to hear more about the details of this conference, let me know. :)

And to my sweet friend .... thank you. Thank you for reminding me that God cares about the details of my life and that He has a purpose for what He's doing. Thank you for challenging me to BELIEVE in what He's doing and all that He is capable of. I can hardly wait to hug you in person. ;)

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