In approximately 37 hours, I will be boarding a plane for North Carolina to a conference put on my Proverbs 31 Ministries called the She Speaks conference. It is a gathering of 650 women meant to encourage, equip and connect with other women who have a passion for women's ministries and is specifically focused on the gifts of speaking and writing.
I want to clarify that, at this time, I'm not convinced that my calling is to speak or write but I do know that God has called me to use the gifts he has given to me for His glory, whatever that may look like. I do believe that God has called me to be an encourager. I don't think it's by coincidence that my gift is encouragement and my mouth is my biggest weakness. I don't think it's by accident that God made me talkative. So, what does a chatty girl do when she's been called to encourage with her mouth and also control her tongue?? She surrounds herself with other women with the same calling and attempts to soak up all the wisdom and experience they have to share! THAT is why I'm going to this conference. I'm so excited to hear from these ladies and from the Proverbs 31 Leadership and to meet so many other sisters in Christ. More than all this, I'm praying fervently for God's leading and for His direction.
At the conference it was recommended we bring business or contact cards. I, initially, felt so uncomfortable with the idea of having a card as if I had something I was selling or promoting within my self. One of the lady's said "If God's called you to be a speaker, then put down that you're a Speaker!" and as I mentioned, I'm not sure...so I put down what I know to be true and wanted to share it here.
We all have gifts and have been equipped for service. Scripture is clear in telling us so. (1 Cor 12:4-11) My prayer for you is that you find your gift and use it! We are the body of Christ and each member has it's purpose. There is not one without purpose. What is your purpose?
I ask for your prayers as I travel and go to meet these women there. I pray that the Holy Spirit be in all of it. I pray for open ears to hear from the other women but mostly to hear from God. In the end, I know it will be a blessing. I know I will be encouraged and learn more than I'll be able to fit in my brain. I know I will leave with a bunch of new and loved friends and I know God will meet us there.