The journey began in early March 2012. I had a secret desire yet I wondered whether it would be realized. For the past three years I wanted to attend She Speaks Conference; however, it was hard to see the opportunity due to the sticker price.
It seemed out of reach with business being slower than past years. But I felt a pull to say…Yes.
I registered to fundraise my scholarship to participate. People showed up out of nowhere. I was gifted transportation to the event as well.
I won’t recount every single detail. I can’t because my heart is still so full from the experience. I meet some wonderful people and was blessed beyond words.
Now, in the mist of it all I had my camera but failed to take pictures. LOL!
On the ride I decided to merely be present. I watched the clouds and water zoom by. I prayed and read. We rode and talked. I received clarity on the direction of my work here on the blog and in my message to the world.
Okay now to the nitty-gritty. I want to give a few specific updates. I feel like I have so much to share and it’s difficult to keep this post a reasonable length. Thus, here we go.
I met with three publishers. Writing the book proposal was a new experience. I found it challenging and necessary. My intent is to write a book proposal for every written project I have in the future. It helped clarify my message and organize my thoughts for my meetings.
All three publishers expressed an interest in reviewing my proposal beyond the 15 minute meeting. Praise God!!!
Please keep me in your prayers. I will keep you all posted on the happenings of the book.
I gave two speeches for evaluations. I received great responses. I had a clear message in my heart to share in the evaluations and it appeared to go over well.
I think my future speaking engagements will be positively affected by attending the event not because of the evaluations but due to seeing the She Speaks women at work.
Have you ever heard Lysa speak in person? Or Whitney? And Luann… These beautiful women of God were AWESOME!!!
I saw Whitney online before but in person she made me want to up my game. 😉
Luann brought tears to my eyes.
Lysa made me value my ability to tell stories. She is really good.
And Lizzy….she was hilarious!!! She had me laughing and crying. I felt thankful God called me to share His word with others. I felt grateful for every opportunity, big and small, to participate in His work.
My heart captured bits and pieces from every speaker. It was truly unexplainable.
I feel like I need an instant replay. I felt like it moved too fast.
I took notes, hugged people, listened to people and it all was too much to contain in such a short period of time. I pray to attend again…and again…and again.
For now, I am praying for the work of Proverbs 31 Ministries. I pray to be obedient to the work He has for me. I pray that my new friendships will blossom and we will all do kingdom building work.
I have to add the links to some of the people I mentioned.
My sister…my sister. She carried me from Houston to Concord in style. LOL! We had a wonderful time and I can’t wait to share the ideas confirmed as we traveled to the conference. www.theunclaimedgift.com
Jenny Harrison and the Breath of Life team.
These sisters are growing and they embraced me. I enjoyed their company and look forward to having some time on the farm with them. www.breathoflifewomen.org
I absolutely loved her!!! www.whitneycapps.com
We laughed and cried. She gave the best hugs. www.luannprater.com
I have enjoyed her blog for a while. And I’ve read several of her books. However, I believe hearing her speak in person was better than any blog post or book. www.lysaterkeurst.com
Proverbs 31 Ministries
Liz Curtis Higgs.
She was a HOOT!!! I pray it is not the last time I can listen to her live. I so enjoyed it. I bought a few of her books too. www.lizcurtishiggs.com
I can’t list everyone. I’m sure I will think of more as my brain and body rests from the trip. For now….
Thank you to my husband, Kenmon. He is awesome. He held my hand as I ran in circles trying to finish my proposals and speeches. He encouraged me when I thought…what in the world am I thinking… He believes when my plans seem over-the-top.
Thank you to my children, Kenmon, Jr. and Kierra. They gladly went along with the plans to be shuffled about as I readied and traveled to the conference. My daughter so boldly reminded me….Mom, God’s got this!
Thank you to my sister, Jamilah, she cared for my children while I prepared and traveled. She placed them in a wonderful summer camp as my husband and I readied for my trip.
Thank you to all of my contributors. God blessed me with your generosity. I appreciate and love you all.
Thank you to my readers. Writing this blog has been a blessing. I’m slowly growing into my writing shoes here and I have you all to thank. I had some of my readers find me at the conference and proudly show me their email subscriptions on their phones. How cool is that!!!
I am still groggy and digesting the experience. On the drive there and back I received some wonderful confirmations. I must admit, I’m a bit nervous. I believed God was ushering me in a particular direction and now I’m nearly certain it’s time.
Pray for me. Pray for the other wonderful women of God venturing to do His work. It’s difficult. But we serve an awesome God.
He is so wonderful. He blesses us with wonderful signs of His love and grace. He plants unique callings in the hearts of His daughters.
Stay tuned. I plan to roll out things slowly. Again…pray for me. I’ll be back to my normal blog posts next week.
Question: What are you thankful for today? What have you asked for and God answered with a bold YES?