Friday, March 26, 2010
Did you ever know that you know that you know what God has called you to do with your life?
I've been blessed to have been shown my purpose and it sometimes scares the living daylights out of me and other times completely ramps me up and gives me "glory bumps" (goose bumps).
In 2003 I saw a glimpse of what God has called me to do and since that day I have spent the last seven years trying to take the steps necessary to get there. There were many years of praying, building, planning, and preparing.
There were also a few years where I just wasn't able to move forward...life kicked in, ministry at the church kept me busy, having a family, and everything in between all seemed to jump forward at the same time, which made it even harder to move forward to that dream God had given me.
I've been learning, growing, studying and doing what God is calling me to do with my every day, ordinary life (Romans 12:1 TM) and finally feel like it's time to take the next step.
My heart is to "Encourage women to live life with an authentic faith by being transparent, renewed and transformed" ~ Romans 12:2.
Right now there is a fan-tas-tic opportunity to continue to learn, grow, connect and build the skills necessary to continue with the dream God has given me to be as a Woman's Speaker/Writer. I've always loved the ministry provided by the Proverbs 31 Ministries and have wanted to attend the She Speaks conference for the last four years, but unfortunately the time just has not be right.
I'm hoping this year the time will be right!
The She Speaks Conference is hosted by Proverbs 31 Ministries in Concord, North Carolina this year from July 30th through August 1st (incidentally my birthday is August 2, so this would be a fabulous way to celebrate my 39th birthday, eek...did I just say my age online, ha!).
They have tracks for Speakers, Writers, and Women's Ministry Leaders (all of which I would love to go to and benefit from) during the conference.
For me, at this point in my ministry and life, I would love attend the Writers Track! As a writer I have a passion to share the words that God has laid on my heart and what better way to improve that by listening to some of the best of the best in the Christian industry. Let's face it the publishing industry is wildly complex and I could really use the help in figuring out what the next step is for a few of my ideas and works in progress.
Here's the deal, I would absolutely love to be considered for one of the three Cecil Murphy She Speaks conference scholarships that are being given away this week, but even if I am not chosen I will still try to do whatever it takes to get to the this year. What an amazing opportunity it would be to connect with so many wonderful Christian sisters as they seek to be all God has created them to be as well.
In the mean time, thanks to you my friends and family here in Mel's World. You continue to inspire me to "Passionately Pursue God Every Day" and for that I am forever grateful for your love, support, prayers, and friendship. I am truly a blessed woman whether I win this scholarship or not.
Thank you for being on this journey called life with me...you are the BEST!
She Speaks Scholarship Contest
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