A shout out to the winner of the Home-Shaping giveaway from the weekend. She is:
Jenny Wilcox, time stamp February 25 at 9:50 a.m. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize!
Do you have a dream?
Maybe it is a minuscule one; you’d just like to get your fridge cleaned out today and get caught up on your pile of paperwork. Then, you’d bask in the glory of a task checked off of your never-ending “to do” list.
Maybe it is a bit bigger; you’d love to get all the closets and dressers really organized. They’d not only be neat and tidy and would contain only the clothes that are of the current season and actually still fit the wearer!
Or maybe you have a monumental dream.
No, I’m not talking negotiating for world peace or eradicating hunger across the globe.
I’m talking a tiny little dream tucked away in your heart, that although tiny, would take a great amount of faith to pursue.
Have any of you ever longed to step out and venture to try your hand at writing? At speaking? At leading women in your church and community?
Ever since I began to follow Jesus late in high school, I had an inkling in my heart.
I’d see a woman lead at church–teaching a Bible study; being in charge of an event or mentoring another– and I’d wonder in my heart if I could ever do the same.
When I began to read books that helped me understand and follow God, I’d silently wonder “Could I ever write a book that helped others too?”
When I attended events at church or summer camp or college which featured a guest speaker, I’d walk away and contemplate being able to communicate in front of a crowd what passions were on my heart about living life and loving God.
And I promised my little 1980’s self that if God ever did allow me to fulfill this burning passion, I’d try to assist others with the lessons I learned along the way.
I had my first speaking engagement in 1986.
I was paid with a potted plant.
I wrote my first article in 1994.
I wrote for 7 more years with no pay.
Over 15 years into my journey, I attended my first Proverbs 31 Ministries She Speaks conference. In one weekend, I had access to loads of information it took me nearly two decades to discover on my own.
The inspiring main stage speakers, practical “how-to” break-out sessions and opportunities to meet with publishers one-on-one to pitch my ideas was a crash course in speaking/writing/leadership 101 and an opportunity to network with those in Christian ministry & publishing.
A kind of “everything you’ve ever wanted to know but didn’t know where to ask” three-day seminar.
But girlfriends, more than anything….God shows up at this conference.
I’ve known women who went to learn how to write a book.
They left determined to work on their relationship with Jesus even more.
I’ve know gals who wanted to know how to get started speaking.
They also left with a fire in their belly to start speaking kindness to their own family.
I’m now on staff with Proverbs 31 as the director of speakers.
Registration for She Speaks is now open. I’d love for you to join us there!
Now that my dream of writing, speaking and serving has come to be, I want yours to come true too.
So whether you’d like to write, blog, speak, or be involved in women’s ministry of any kind, check out the conference here.
Don’t worry about the cost.
If you are to be there, it will happen. There is info on scholarships. And although I never obtained one when I first attended, God did drop a free plane ticket in my lap and an individual came forward that paid for over 75% of my conference cost.
And just today over at our executive director LeAnn Rice’s SheCooks site, she is offering a scholarship!
And remember to stay tuned to my site. I’ve got a few more tricks up my sleeve to help you with that daunting dream.
(Including a great giveaway designed to launch one of you off on your own blog soon with a special guest expert to show you the way!)
But I’d like to know in the mean time, do you have a ministry dream? What is it? I’d love to have the honor of praying with you about it.
I’ll do that when I take a break from pursuing my daily little dream of getting to the bottom of my antique desk’s current paper pile. :-)